Vauxhall and Ford are still reviewing whether they will be at the London Motor Show, contrary to a claim by the organisers this morning. Clarion Events, the organiser of the London Motor Show at Earls Court, has denied that the event will be cancelled next year.

“The London Motor Show is all systems go for 2001”, said Andrew Morris, managing director of Clarion Events, in a press release today. “In fact, I am confident that the plans we have in place will make it the most exciting, innovative and entertaining motor show ever”.

Clarion quoted a Vauxhall spokesman as saying: “It is our intention to be at the London Motor Show 2001”.

An unnamed spokesman for Ford was quoted by Clarion as saying, “We have always found the London Motor Show to be an excellent and important venue to present our products”.

Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive said, “The London Motor Show is an important sales platform for the UK car industry and an exciting automotive showcase that is fully supported by SMMT”.

Andrew Morris added, “Over 200 exhibitors have already confirmed their attendance for 2001 and we undertake to ensure a comprehensive range of cars is represented at the show. We will commit substantial investment to the show to make it a resounding success for both visitors and exhibitors”.

But just days after Vauxhall said it would be ceasing Vectra production at Luton, business affairs PR manager David Crundwell said, “It (the show) has been under review for four or five weeks and that is still the position.”

Ford PR spokesman Peter Hayes said, “No firm decision has been made and we are still looking at it (the show).A decision is expected fairly early in the New Year one way or the other.”