Automobile Barcelona revs up for centenary edition
Motor show in Catalan capital to feature 42 new vehicles against backdrop of possible protests by Nissan workers
This year is a special one for the Automobile Barcelona motor show, which celebrates a hundred years of history with its 40th edition.
From May 11 to 19, the international fair held in Fira de Barcelona will feature 45 vehicle brands, 50% more than last year, and the highest number in the event's history.
Visitors to the car show will be able to see 42 of the newest vehicles on the market, as well as having an opportunity to check out the latest in self-driving technology.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the centenary, the 'Génesis' audiovisual display will take visitors on an interactive and immersive journey through the show's hundred-year history.
Nissan workers threaten protests
Yet, the show could be marred by protests, as Nissan workers have threatened to target the event to focus attention on the Japanese company's intention to lay off 600 employees.
Talks between unions and the firm, which has two plants in Catalonia, broke down last week over workers' demands for a freeze on further redundancies until 2022.
Cutting-edge and classic vehicles
Whatever happens, Automobile Barcelona will go ahead, allowing visitors to take in the sector's latest novelties, such as the PAL-V, a car that can turn into a helicopter.
However, in its centenary year, the event will also feature classics, such as the Ford T, the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 and the Ferrari Testarossa.
The show is also aimed at industry professionals, with meetings such as that of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, on May 9.
Mobile app and special entry fee
As has become a feature of such events, technology will play a leading role, and visitors can download a mobile app that helps them plan their visit and stores their entrance ticket.
This year also has a special family entrance fee of 35 euros, which allows entry to two adults and up to three children. The regular price of entry is 10 euros per person.