Organisers are expecting a record 425,000 visitors to view more than 250 cars on display - including a number of vehicles being shown for the first time in the UK.
Posted on 24.05.2012
Among the new production cars making their UK debut at Motorexpo will be Jaguar's XF Sportbrake, which first aired at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and the all-new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.
Other models aired for the first time at a UK show include the Mercedes-Benz A-Class compact car, which aims to challenge the Audi A3 in the premium hatchback market, and the all-new second-generation Kia cee'd, which is backed by the manufacturer's class-leading 7-year Kia warranty.
Alongside the debuts, a full line-up of manufacturers will be present to display their latest cars. Brands already confirmed to attend include Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Chrysler, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Tesla, Vauxhall and Volvo. Many of the cars on show can be driven around the Canary Wharf estate and, for visitors wishing to proceed with a purchase on the day, prices will range from under £8,000 to more than £1m.
Among the expected crowd-pleasers in attendance will be the Lamborghini's flagship supercar, the Aventador, and Ferrari's first ever four-wheel drive, four seater FF grand tourer. The new V8 engined Continental range will be available for visitors to pour over at the Bentley stand, while Land Rover will bring its heritage fleet, including the Series 1, and models representing its full range.
Also on display will be cars sold by the auction house H&H Classic Car Auctions. These include the £1million-plus Lamborghini Reventon, one of just 12 lightweight E-Type Jaguars and further rare and prestige cars from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Pagani.
Graeme Carver, Motorexpo CEO, said: "Motorexpo continues to grow year-on-year and this summer's event is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. Our roster is brimming with leading mainstream and prestige car manufacturers, and the unmatched promise of being able to get up close to the latest models is going to be a major draw.
"The future looks very bright for Motorexpo. Helped by the growth of the Canary Wharf estate, we are expecting that by 2020 we will have around 900,000 visitors - making Motorexpo one of the biggest outdoor events in the UK."
Motorexpo differs from traditional motor shows in that it is free to enter and allows visitors to get up-close to, and even interact with the vehicles. Most cars on show can be sat in, and as an added attraction, visitors can even get behind the wheel of many vehicles for a full test drive around the Canary Wharf leisure district and the wider public road network.
There are no tickets and no queues, with easy access to the event by public transport. Alternatively, there's also space for 2,900 cars within Canary Wharf's four underground public car parks.
Motorexpo is open daily at Canary Wharf from 10am to 6pm (Monday 11 to Saturday 16 June) and 11am to 5pm on Sunday 17 June.