Automobile Barcelona 2019
Barcelona becomes the world capital of the car industry during the Barcelona International Motor Show, marking its 100th anniversary under a new name, and showing the most exciting industry trends, with a safe bet on smart cars.
With a legacy spanning an entire century, the Barcelona International Auto Show (newly rechristened as Automobile Barcelona) is Spain’s oldest expo to make it to modern times, hardly missing a beat in its biannual celebration since 1919, with the exception of the tumultuous years of the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Owing to the event’s undisputed global significance, it’s the only car show in Spain to be officially recognized by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Although it first emerged as an industry event geared towards the professional sector, its vast scope and profound relevance today make it a hit with the general public, who’s ever eager to get a first-hand look at the new models being produced from all over the world.
The overarching theme of this year’s event will be the centennial anniversary, and the organizers have duly prepared a variety of events designed to celebrate its 100-year legacy, including an immersive audiovisual spectacle that lets visitors experience the history and the future of the automobile. The event will also commemorate, in a special exhibition, the most emblematic models to have graced the event throughout the years. And, as always, the show coincides perfectly with the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix, the Formula 1 race to be held on May 12th at the Montmelo Circuit, offering a special opportunity to see some of the most exciting cars on the paddock.
The smart car is sure to be the star of this year’s show, highlighting self-driving capabilities, built-in WiFi, and other features that are changing the face of the industry, and reimagining our relationships with our vehicles. To really embrace this theme and all its various components, the organizers have also developed Connected Street, in which attendees will be able to witness self-driving simulations or even experience first-hand what it’s like to ride in a car without a driver.