Britain's 59th International Motor Exhibition opened at Earl's Court in London on Wednesday (16 October).?
GV PAN Motor Show area
SV&GV De Ville Panther (2 shots)
SV Volvo 264 GL
SV&CU Porsche Turbo and engine (3 shots)
GV&SV Lotus Elite (2 shots)
SV AC 3000 (Lotus)
SV Fiat 126
CU&SV Ford Escort 1100 L (2 shots)
GV Honda 1500 Civic
SV Renault 5 TL
GV Austin Allegro
GV Jaguar XJ 6L
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Background: Britain's 59th International Motor Exhibition opened at Earl's Court in London on Wednesday (16 October). The exhibition will last for eleven days.
The Earl's Court Motor Show is accepted as one of the most important motoring exhibitions in the world and displays the latest trends in design, engineering and coachwork.
There are more than 350 exhibitors this year including 33 car makers from Australia, Japan the United States and Canada.
While the general trend today is for people to buy smaller cars to cope with rising running costs, sports car sales are increasing and several new models are on show at the exhibition.
Traditional luxury cars like the Rolls Royce and Mercedes have not been influenced by the general recession in the motoring industry and have long waiting lists of prospective buyers.
For the family man, Volkswagen have introduced their new "Golf" model and there is also a wide range of small British, French and Italian models to choose form.
SYNOPSIS: Many car manufacturers took the occasion to demonstrate new models at the Motor Show. This Porsche Turbo will sell in Britain for approximately fourteen thousand pounds. Its engine will run on two-star petrol.
Contrary to expectations, sales of sports cars are holding up very well and more new proto types are being developed by British and European car manufacturers. The largest market for sports cars is the United States. Such cars as the new Lotus Elite four seater, and the AC mid-engined three-litre coupe, are expected to sell well there.
Smaller models are becoming ever more popular as petrol prices soar. But drivers still expect comfort and good performance with smaller engine sizes.
The modern small car is easy to handle in town traffic, yet can cruise for long periods at motorway speeds on the open road The emphasis is also placed on safety, with better braking systems.
The big family car, such as this Austin Allegro, is still very popular in Britain.
The Jaguar XJ 6L shows British engineering and bodywork at its best.