FRANKFURT (reuters) – The Frankfurt Auto Show is a champion of sustainable driving, and electric cars, the German auto industry association said on Monday, as it tries to get out of the protests by climate activists.
Security has been tightened up for the high prices. 11-22 a case of an activist group, last month, broke down to 40 on luxury vehicles for the show to be scrapped.
“We want to contribute to the protection of the environment and massive investment in sustainable and individual mobility,” Bernhard Mattes, president of Germany’s VDA auto industry association, told reporters at a news conference guarded by the riot police.
The VDA has invited activists to join the public debate before and after the show is over, Mattes said, as the activists unveiled a banner saying “the cars will have caught up with” out of the press conference.
“We want to provide intelligent solutions to the most pressing questions about the future of mobility,” Mattes said, explaining that the declining number of exhibitors, it was no longer a measure of the success of the motor show, including the exhibit, is well-known.
“We are experiencing a transformation in the world’s biggest car showroom is the most relevant platform. A trend can be seen among the major exhibitions include: the relevant point is not the size of the area, but the size of the media to achieve it,” Mattes said.
The VDA said the exhibition space had been cut by more than 200,000 square meters in 2017 to around 168,000 this year, and the sizes had been changed, and a more interactive debate.
The number of exhibitors has dwindled to about 800 this year, up from 994 in 2017. Fiat, Volvo, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Chevrolet, Cadillac and Aston Martin, will have to skip the show and only have five rooms, new cars, instead of eight.
The new york international auto show from Frankfurt, it will, however, continue to be an important location for the German manufacturers have in order to be show off their wares.
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All three car makers are also hosting separate events for these vehicles is outside of the airport.
Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Mark Potter