What is being billed as the largest northern European motor show will be held at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 8 to 18 February 2001. The exhibition centre consists of 11 halls, totalling 80,000 square metres.

Forty car importers will represent 60 makes and will show some 1,500 vehicles in total. On the second floor about 100 companies will present car-accessories and automotive parts.

The theme of the 2001 RAI motorshow is The Magic Wheels of Freedom, with a separate exhibition of the Dream Garage (organised by car magazine Autovisie) with exclusive vehicles, the Action Zone motor sports pavilion and the Car & Advertising pavilion, in cooperation with the Dutch car magazine Autokampioen.

Another feature is the special off-road circuit for 4-wheel drive cars, where visitors can experience the adventure of 4x4 driving for free. There is also the Concept Car Route, which leads visitors along all concept models displayed by the exhibitors. The Junior AutoRAI caters to younger visitors.

New this year will be the Exhibition WebCam, for live broadcasting of the RAI-show on the internet: www.autorai.nl.

Citroën will show several concept vehicles and Aston Martin will exhibit their project car. BMW will have the new 3-series Compact on their stand while Lada celebrates the re-birth of the sturdy Russian make in Holland, and will debut the 112 series and re-introduce the Lada Niva.

Organisers estimate that the number of visitors will be around 500,000.