Shanghai International Exhibition Co., Ltd. announced today that the 11th International Automobile & Manufacturing Technology Exhibition (AUTO Shanghai 2005) has successfully drawn to a close. The exhibition ran from April 22nd to 28th, 2005, and was held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. Its features included its large size and the variety of brands and models that were present throughout the auto show.
A total of 1,036 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions actively participated in the show, with an exhibition area of 120,000 square meters, making it the largest event to date.
Exhibitors at the show included Ford Group, Volkswagen Group, General Motors, Buick and BMW, with the organisers claiming that the event is now an ‘International A-level event’. GM Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo debuted their new models. Domestic brands were another highlight of the show, the organisers said. Large automakers, such as FAW-VW, Shanghai VW and Chang’an Auto launched self-developed models, while Cherry, Chang’an, JAC, Changfeng and BDY Auto also showcased their own concept cars. The auto show exhibited 693 vehicles, of which 649 were cars and minibuses and 44 were buses and commercial vehicles. A total of 140 vehicles were directly imported from abroad.
The seven-day exhibition received a total of 390,000 visitors, the highest ever. On April 24 — the first public day, the number of visitors totalled 86,000, hitting the highest daily record of Auto Shanghai. Responding to the peak visitor flow, the organizers launched various contingency plans and measures to ensure the smooth progress of the show.
The organisers also appeared to breathe a sigh of relief that there was no disruption (it began amid popular protests in China against Japan). “The whole show preceded orderly and was without incident,” the organisers said.