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2010 British motor show canned

Date: 19 March 2009

British motor show organisers the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has announced the 2010 event has been cancelled as a result of the economic downturn.

The event is held every other year and was due to take place at the Excel centre in London next summer, but the SMMT said the condition of the car market at the moment made it impossible for exhibitors to commit to a 2010 show.

"The British International Motor Show is the UK's largest consumer exhibition, hugely popular with the public, and has been attracting increasing numbers of visitors over recent years, making the decision to cancel the 2010 Show an extremely difficult one," said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

"However, the global credit crunch has placed the automotive sector under unique pressure and has created a level of uncertainty that deters manufacturers from committing to large-scale, international events."