London, England – The 2010 British International Motor Show has been cancelled, due to the economic downturn and challenges facing the industry.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said it made the decision following a consultation with the U.K. motor industry.

“The British International Motor Show is the U.K.’s largest consumer exhibition, hugely popular with the public, and has been attracting increasing numbers of visitors over recent years, making the decision to cancel the 2010 show an extremely difficult one,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “However, the global credit crunch has placed the automotive sector under unique pressure and has created a level of uncertainty that deters manufacturers from committing to large-scale, international events.”

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