The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, otherwise known as Auto China, is held every two years in the Chinese capital. The event started in 1990 and has grown in prominence in line with the rapid expansion of China's domestic car market.
The Beijing Motor Show is now one of the key events in the automotive calendar for the world's major car brands as they compete for sales in China's lucrative emerging car market. The premium brand manufacturers are particularly busy when Beijing Motor Show time comes around with the likes of BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Bentley and Jaguar usually showing new cars and concepts to curry favour with the growing Chinese middle class.
The Chinese domestic manufacturers will also be out in force as they try to secure sales at home and, in some cases, plot a breakthrough in the European market. Brands like BAIC, Geely, Dongfeng and BYD will be out in force at the show and while they might not be household names in the UK at the moment, that could change soon.
The show runs from April 20th until April 29th 2014 at the China International Exhibition Center, Tianzhu, Beijing.