JOZI SHOW CANNED: Naamsa confirms that the 2015 Johannesburg International Motor Show has been cancelled. Image: QuickPic
CAPE TOWN - The 2015 Johannesburg International Motor Show, originally scheduled to be held at the Expo Centre from October 14 to 27, has been cancelled, reports the National Automobile Manufacturers Association of SA (Naamsa).
Naamsa reports: "The costs of automotive exhibitions have risen disproportionately and this has called into question the return on investment for exhibitors."
"Internationally, in recent years, concerns about affordability and return on investment for exhibitors have led to the cancellation of automotive exhibitions in a number of countries."
RUGBY WORLD CUP CLASH
Naamsa reports that additional considerations in cancelling the show included the the fact that the event would clash with the 2015 Rugby World Cup, to be held in the United Kingdom, and the "E-mobility month" in Sandton over the same period.
The organisation reports: "Moreover, the economic and financial climate in South Africa currently has impacted on trading conditions in the automotive sector and has resulted in substantial pressure on margins throughout the automotive value chain."
TO BE HELD IN 2016?
The decision to cancel the show, which would have celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015, was made at a emergency Naamsa meeting in April after automakers and importers pulled out.
The possibility of a show in 2016 will be considered by the end of June 2015.
According to Naamsa: "In essence, NAAMSA has requested its joint venture partners, South African Shows Messe Frankfurt, to formulate proposals that would ensure a sustainable, financially attractive model for possible future Johannesburg International Motor shows."