In a surprising move, Germany's second-largest auto show after Frankfurt, hosted in Leipzig, has been called off.
Large-volume manufacturers not wanting to attend the 2016 edition, along with several automakers that already withdrew their participation, led to the cancelling of this year's AMI Auto Mobil International, in Leipzig.
"We have worked hard for many months to prepare an attractive AMI 2016 experience. Until a few days ago, registrations for this event were at the level of AMI 2014, and we were confident that this would be a successful trade fair- even though major large-volume manufacturers did not want to attend and the exhibition space was significantly reduced", said Managing Director of Leipziger Mese, Martin Buhl-Wagner.
At the beginning of February, the exhibitors list included 22 car manufacturers, with 27 brands. However, up to date, 13 of them, with 17 brands, pulled out due to the reduced exhibition space and the absence of competition in the "alternative communication concepts".
The 2016 edition of the AMI Leipzig would have been hosted between April 9 and 17. Last year, the show wasn't held, but in 2014, it attracted approximately 242,000 visitors. Germany is left without a major automotive event in 2016, as Frankfurt is held every other year and the next one will take place in September, 2017.
Note: Images are from the 2014 Leipzig Auto Show