Germany’s auto show struggles to attract foreign automakers

MUNICH — One year before the IAA, Germany’s top auto show that is moving from Frankfurt to Munich, organizers are still struggling to confirm the attendance of a single non-German automaker or supplier.

Even among German automakers, BMW is still the only company to commit to appearing at the show in its home city.

Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Opel yet to confirm attendance, according to inquiries by Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe.

With automakers increasingly opting to save money and launch their latest products with online streaming debuts or at private events, the pressure is on the show, known by its acronym IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung), to attract top global car companies.

The VDA, the German industry group that organizes the IAA, decided that Frankfurt would no longer host the show because of falling attendance figures after the city was the home of the biannual exhibition

Read More

Read More

Foreign Sport Technician of Santa Monica, California Offers Advice on Purchasing Sports Cars

Foreign Sport Technician of Santa Monica, California Offers Important Advice on Purchasing A Pre-Owned Ferrari, Masserati, and Porsches.

Tech Tip – Purchasing Pre-Owned Foreign Exotic Sports Cars, A Tech’s Perspective

Having specialized in service & repair of foreign exotic sports cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, BMW, Lamborghini, and Porsche in Los Angeles, California for the last 35 years, I am commonly asked to serve as consultant, mechanic, psychologist, and hand holder by clients who are contemplating the purchase of a “pre-owned” foreign exotic sports car. The following is a method that I use when inspecting a foreign sports car being considered for purchase.

Learning About The Sports Car Driver

The first question is to determine how you intend to utilize the car. Will you be driving it only on the weekends, or daily? Areas with heavy traffic such as Los Angeles, California can impact a certain performance vehicles over the … Read More

Read More