14 new cars unveiled for the first time in Qatar and the region
Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, the eighth edition of Qatar Motor Show (QMS) opened at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre today, 17 October, and will run until 21 October 2018. Organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) in cooperation with Fira Qatar, the show was opened by His Excellency the Minister of Transport and Communication, Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti.
Commenting on the opening of the show, His Excellency said:
This edition comes as Qatar intensifies its efforts to enhance innovation and safety in the field of transportation. New innovations in the use of electric cars are in line with our commitment to promote clean and sustainable energy. The roads, rail, port, and airport projects that the Ministry of Transport and Communication is now completing, will make Qatar’s transportation sector one of the most advanced in the world. This will support the development plans of all national institutions as they work to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030.’
This year’s show is held under the theme ‘Driving to Innovation,’ and is the first since QMS adopted a new strategy aimed at enriching content, focusing on the concepts of innovation and sustainability, while raising the profile of the show on the international calendar of automotive exhibitions.
Ahmed Al Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions at QTA, commented:
This year’s edition focuses on new offerings for the public, car enthusiasts, exhibitors, and the car industry in Qatar and the region in general. QTA invests in developing the business events sector as part of its strategy to grow the tourism sector as a whole. We work with various partners from public and private sectors to attract the largest and most important international conferences and exhibitions as well as to promote local events to attract more visitors and, consequently, increase tourism spending and support the hospitality, transport, and aviation sectors.’
Over the past seven years, QMS has evolved to become one of the leading motor shows in the region, strengthening its position as a platform for interaction between international brands and their local agents on one hand and consumers and potential customers in Qatar and the region on the other.
14 local and regional ‘first-time’ reveals
More than 165 models of classic, sports, mid-range, and luxury cars offered by top international car brands will be on display this year. 37 booths representing manufacturing brands, local well-known car accessory brands and partners will also be showing their products and activities at the fair. The show also features special stands for Qatar Tourism Authority in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, Traffic Department, Mowasalat, Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) and Arab Motors.
On the opening day of the show, visitors were treated to several reveals of models that were being displayed for the first time in Qatar, and in some cases, the region. Jaidah Group launched the stunning Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 for the first time in Qatar. Other new automobiles unveiled during the opening were the Maxus D90 2019, the new MG6 from MG.
Abdullah Abdulghani and Bros group unveiled the Toyota Avalon and new Lexus hybrid cars. Saleh AlHamad AlMana Group launched the all-new Infinity QX50. Taleb Group revealed ZX Auto’s Terralord pickup 2019 and BX7 TS and BXi7 from Borgward. Universal Motors displayed the new Lotus EVORA GT430.
Giving a sneak peek of an upcoming design, Genesis unveiled its concept of the first SUV, which will be launched under the model name of GV80.
37 Exhibitors & 20 Top Brands:
Exhibiting brands and companies at the 8th QMS include BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Infinity, Chevrolet, Maxus, MG, Mitsubishi Motors, Harley Davidson, Jaguar, Land Rover, Genesis, ZX Auto, Borgward, Universal Motors (Lotus), Crystal Car, Auto Stacker, Kracher, Breu, Four Stroke, , Car Care Centre, Al Jaber Car Care Centre, Pegasus, My Tyre, and Titanium (Smart Line).
Mawater Exclusive Pavilion
In line with the aims of QMS to enrich content and cater to a variety of tastes, Mawater Centre organised a special exhibition of classical cars under the sponsorship of QTA. The Centre is exhibiting more than 65 classical and modified cars, 4-wheel drive cars, classical motorbikes, and government cars.
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