Press conferences of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), the oldest noncommercial association in the branch (in 2019 OICA will celebrate its centenary) accredited at the UN in the status of the official representative of the global automotive industry, are held many years in a row – and 2017 didn't become an exception – within the frames of the Geneva motor show.
Issues related to the importance of free trade for the international automobile industry, role of alternative propulsion systems and their contribution to CO2 reduction – balance between environmental and industrial policy, traffic safety improvement through “digitization”, and, of course, urgent tendencies of world and regional automobile markets development, were covered at the press conference.
Matthias Wissmann, OICA President, the acting Head of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and the former Minister of Transport of Germany, noted growth of the world automobile market by 4,5% (90 million motor vehicles) and car sales by 4,7% (up to 93,9 million motor vehicles) in 2016.
The calendar of the international industry shows supported by OICA was considered at the meeting of the OICA exhibition committee March 7. The running dates of the Moscow International Automobile Salon were confirmed during the meeting – MIAS 2018 will be traditionally accommodated in Crocus Expo August 29 to September 9, 2018*!
Pyotr Tutarashvili, MIAS Director, told that after a number of consultations held with the leading players of the branch the organizers enlisted a certain support and they see serious interest of automobile producers to participation in the Autosalon 2018 and that allows us to look forward and work with optimism.
* MIAS 2018 will be open for general public admittance from August 31.