As every April, Leipzig presents itself with the Automobil International [AMI]
as a successful and modern automotive service centre. Organiser, press and
public expect new records and the first statistics justify these assumptions.
An increase of exhibition space of 5% is a remarkable rate, especially in these
times. First of all, it is an Italian manufacturer that underlines the development
of this exhibition. Started in 1990 as a regional show, the international importance
of the AMI has been constantly raised through the years. Now, also Ferrari has
recognised the meaning of the Automobil International and reserved a sufficient exhibition
area to show its cars only one Autobahn exit away from Porsche's test and assembly facility.
Two further debutants come from the United States. America's number one, General
Motors, presents its divisions Cadillac and Chevrolet to the Leipzig public. Rumours
say GM intends a big introduction in the German premium car market. It eventually is
a good reason to show its cars at Deutschland's most important auto exhibition of
2004. By the way, coming here they are even closer than Ferrari to the place their
direct rivals come from because, the newest BMW plant is adjacent to the fair ground.
Also very optimistic, the rest of that trade's branch. At the press conferences, positive thinking
was all around. But neither expectations nor attention here is an indicator for the
market's development. Sadly! Because - as we already said - the dynamic of Leipzig is strong
enough to run against the general trend.
And so it comes that there are lots of companies that exhibit their range here again, after
a few years of being absent. Mercedes tuner Brabus is one of those that arrived at the
conclusion that the Leipzig show is worth the money. Also the wheel maker Borbet is back again. In
times of low budgets, DE Motorsport goes a different way. The auto tuner attends the AMI but
doesn't take part in the Essen Motor Show this year - Germany's biggest exhibition for car
tuning. Also thanks to the significantly increased space of the tuning sector, the event
occupies 4 halls, instead of 3 ones as in the years before. Soon, we provide more information about
the show and, a little a later a big photo gallery of the best photos.
Related link: www.ami-leipzig.de - the official website