February 5, 2002

Attendance down 20% at Montréal auto show

Montreal, Quebec – The 34th edition of the Montréal International Auto Show closed its doors on Sunday. Total attendance of 182,050 visitors was 20% lower than the annual average attendance. The Show President, Mr. Jean-Paul Lalonde, explained that the economic situation since the events of September 11 as well as pessimistic weather forecasts and two consecutive days of snow and ice pellets helped reduce visitor attendance. The show was also hurt by the defection of many luxury automakers who held an independent luxury auto show the week before in downtown Montreal.

“Although this result is more than 20% lower than our annual average, the Auto Show remains a prestigious event with a valuable impact on the automobile industry. We are proud that so many visitors came to see the 400 vehicles on display, presented by 34 brand manufacturers. This confirms without a doubt the magnitude of this event that still remains a much-anticipated annual rite among Québecers”, said Mr. Lalonde.

The Montréal International Auto Show is sponsored by the Montréal Automobile Dealers Corporation (MADC).

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