Automobile Shows and Awards

Administrator posted this 24 January 2019

Auto Shows are held in different regions of the world. At these events, manufacturers of cars and automotive equipment demonstrate their latest innovations, which are introduced by the concept cars and customer models, auxiliary automotive technologies and capacities (eg. augmented reality technology Invisible-to-Visible, etc.). Among other things, iconic cars of the past also can be demonstrated in such exhibitions. There you can get acquainted with the latest car-models of the automotive industry and not only, besides, manufacturers often reveal the “secrets” and technical features of their new car models. 

  • North American International Auto Show or NAIAS
  • Paris Motor Show (Mondial de L’automobile Paris)
  • International Geneva Motor Show
  • Los Angeles Auto Show or LA Auto Show
  • New York International Auto Show
  • International Motor Show in Germany (IAA)
  • Beljing Motor Show – Auto China
  • Tokyo Motor Show


  • World Car of the Year (WCOTY)
  • European Car of the Year
  • Green Car of the Year
  • Car design Award

North American International Auto Show or NAIAS  

Held annually in January in Detroit, Michigan. The first Detroit auto Show was organized in 1899 by William Metzger, an entrepreneur and, car salesman. The venue is the Cobo Center. Since 1987, the auto exhibition has gained an international character.  

In 2019, the dates of this event are 12.01-27.01.  

Among other things, such Shows are held Awards Ceremony in different categories. Namely chosen "North American car of the year” and “North American SUV of the year.”  

The organization PlanetM provide a number of awards for the products of engineers of different technologies connected to the automotive industry. PlanetM combines organizations, communities, and institutions working on the development and implementation of mobile technologies of the future.  

In 2019, PlanetM distributed awards in the following categories (nomination/winner): 

  • Best in Show: Wave Sense 
  • Autonomous Driving: Wave Sense 
  • Connected Car: Haas Alert 
  • E-Mobility: Detroit Flying Cars 
  • Mobility Services: DeepHow 
  • Smart Cities:  Derq 

NAIAS Winners are: 

  • Genesis G70 - "North American Car", Ram 1500 - ” Best pickup“, Hyundai Kona - ”The best Truck" and “Utility of the Year”, respectfully.  
  • Infiniti QX Inspiration-recognized as the "The Best Concept Car“, also received the award for ”The Best Interior “ and for ”Innovative use of colors and materials".  
  • Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 - " Best production car”   
  • Concept car convertible Lexus LC-awarded for " Best Lighting” 

At the show, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group announced a global alliance to collaborate on commercial vans and mid-size pickup trucks, and potentially share EV and autonomous vehicle technology in the future. 

Paris Motor Show 

The event is held every two years, the nearest occasion will be in 2020, the exact date hasn’t been announced yet. In 2016, the Motor Show was visited by more than one million people. Marquis Фlbert de Dion, who was one of the pioneers of the automotive industry, organized this exhibition in 1898. Paris Motor Show is known as the first in its history Auto Show. The venue is Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. 

International Geneva Motor Show 

Motor Show was organized in 1905 on the initiative of three people, entrepreneur and General representative of Michelin in Switzerland Paul Boucher, Albert Vassali and engineer Jules Megeve. The Show is held annually and in 2019, the dates are scheduled for 7-17.03 

LA Auto Show 

The Los Angeles auto show has been held since 1907, and today it is a medium-sized exhibition of cars and automotive technology. This motor show is held annually in the Los Angeles Convention Center. In 2019, it will be held from 22.11 to 1.12. 

New-York International Auto Show  

New-York International Auto Show is hold every year at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. This year the dates are scheduled for 19.04-28.04. NYIAS was first held on November 3, 1900, where total sixty-nine exhibitors displayed approximately 160 complete vehicles. And 48 000 people visited it. Today, the number of visitors reaches half a million people or more. 

 International Motor Show in Germany 

The Frankfurt motor show is held every year, but passenger vehicles demonstrated only in odd years, commercial vehicles -in even years. Also, cities, where the event takes place, is different, so the event takes place in Messe Frankfurt and Hanover Fairground, respectively. In 2019, the dates are scheduled for 12.09-22.09. The first exhibition was held in 1897. 

Beljing Motor Show – Auto China 

The exhibition auto show in Beijing is held in China’s International Exhibition Center (TianZhu) every two years since 1900 and alternates with the Shanghai Motor Show. The Chinese automotive market is growing, and the popularity of the Motor Show in Beijing is growing with it too, moreover, today the scale of its holding is not inferior to the NAIAS or IAA Germany. 

Tokyo Motor Show  

Tokyo Motor Show is an international exhibition of cars and commercial vehicles, as well as motorcycles, which is held every two years, and in 2019 the dates are scheduled for 24.10 - 4.11, at the Exhibition Center - Tokyo Big Sight.   

The first show was organized in 1954 and was called All-Japan Motor Show, it was attended by 257 companies, mainly from Japan. The number of visitors reached a little more than 547 000 people. In addition, the Tokyo motor show set a record, when more than two million people attended the event in 1991. 

There are many awards in different categories, but the most prestigious and significant are four of them.  

World Car of the Year (WCOTY) 

It is an international award in the field of the automobile industry, cars are awarded by the Commission represented by professional international journalists from 20 countries. The first award was given in 2004 and the winner is the Audi A6.  Already in 2005, the number of nominations increased from one to four, and in 2014 to 5, from 2017 within the organization there are 6 nominations. 

  • World Car of the Year: Volvo XC60 
  • World Performance Car: BMW M5 
  • World Green Car: Nissan Leaf 
  • World Car Design of the Year: Range Rover Velar 
  • World Luxury Car: Audi A8 
  • World Urban Car: Volkswagen Polo 

European Car of the Year 

It is also an international award in the field of the automobile industry and is awarded by a Board of European automotive journalists from 22 countries with 58 members. The award system is limited to one nomination and three places. In 2018, Volvo XC40 took first place, SEAT Ibiza -second place, and BMW 5-3rd place. 

Green Car of the Year 

Green Car of the Year is an award which was established by Green Car Journal, and one more category was added in the 2015 year - “Green Truck of the Year” The jury, which evaluates the nominees, consists of 11 people, namely experts in the field of ecology and automotive industry. In 2018, the “Green car of the year” was Honda Clarity, and in the category of “Green truck of the year” Chevy Colorado won. 

Car design Award 

“The Automotive design of the year” award was established in 1984 on the initiative of Fulvio Sinti, founder, and Director of Auto&Design magazine. The award is aimed at projects that have made a significant contribution to the development of the automotive design. In 2018, the Company received awards to Honda for its car model Urban EV Concept, Jaguar for auto E-Pace and Volvo car line.