Frankfurt / Main (dpa) - The Frankfurt Motor Show has attracted as few visitors this year as it has for years. The Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) counted a good 560,000 visitors, as the VDA announced as the organizer at the end of the fair.
At the last edition of the International Motor Show (IAA) two years ago, there were 810,000 visitors, the IAA Cars 2015 had even lured 932,000 people in the Frankfurt exhibition halls.
Among other things, VDA President Bernhard Mattes attributed this year's slump to the fact that important manufacturers from Japan, the USA, France and Italy had stayed away from the industry show. The number of exhibitors shrank from almost 1000 to 838.
The debate on climate protection is putting additional pressure on manufacturers and suppliers. For the first weekend of the fair, environmentalists and climate activists had blocked the main entrance to the exhibition center for hours. After press and trade visitor days, from 14 September, the general public was able to get an idea of what's new, for example, around electromobility.
Whether the IAA will be hosted again in Frankfurt in two years is uncertain. A new trade fair concept with changing venues will be discussed. VDA President Mattes is aiming for a location decision by the end of this year.
It is already clear: For the former Ford Germany boss Mattes it was the last IAA as VDA president. Mattes had announced his retirement at the end of the year on the day the trade fair opened. Who will lead the influential lobby association in the future, is so far open.