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2014-12-11 08:54

LONDON AUTO SHOW RIVIVAL: The British International Motor Show is set to be revived in 2016, eight years after it was last held in 2008 (pictured here). Image: British International Motor Show

LONDON, England - The British International Motor Show is to be resuscitated for 2016 and its organisers say it should rival similar car exhibitions such as those of Geneva and Frankfurt.

The London show was last held in 2008.

Until then British auto shows had been held regularly from 1903 to 2008 at Crystal Palace, Olympia and Earl's Court, where many models were shown for the first time in the UK.

LACK ON INTEREST

Poor attendance figures and a lack of interest from automakers for a 2010 show caused its cancellation.

The 2016 expo was announced by Prince Michael of Kent, who said manufacturers were being invited to attend the event in Battersea from May 5-8 2016.

The prince told the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT): "It is right that London should have a show to rank alongside Geneva and Frankfurt."

The SMMT owns the rights to the previous show but will not be affiliated to the 2016 edition. The new show will focus on electric and hybrid vehicles, along with road safety and education.

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