Automobile Barcelona, or fully referred to as the Salón del Automobile de Barcelona, is one of the most anticipated events for all of Europe’s car enthusiasts. The biannual event joins all the main players in the car industry in one place showcasing their newest models, most advanced technological innovations, and futuristic prototypes.
The next edition will take place from May 13 until May 21, 2023, but press and professionals will be allowed to enter the venue on the two days before the event officially starts. Today’s article by ShBarcelona will tell you a bit more on this show and how to enjoy the city while visiting Automobile Barcelona.
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42nd edition Automobile Show Barcelona
As already briefly mentioned, below we will give you the most relevant information on the 42nd edition of the Salón del Automobile de Barcelona.
• Date (for press and professionals): May 11 and 12, 2023
• Date (for visitors): May 13 – 21, 2023
• Opening hours: from 10:00 to 20:00
• Location: Fira Barcelona – Recinto Montjuïc
• Price: 7€ (on weekdays) and 8€ (on weekends)
• More than 25 participating car brands
Car show with the best brands
Some of the most important car brands of today will show their novelties during Automobile Barcelona, and there are some interesting car models that will go on sale somewhere in the next few months. But it’s not just new vehicles during the show, because there will also be restyling options and different concepts of cars already shown to the public.
Car brands that have already confirmed their presence for Automobile Barcelona, are: BMW, Cupra, Dacia, DFSK, DR, Evo, Ford, Hispano Suiza, Honda, Hyundai, KN, Lexus, Lotus, Mercedes, Mini, Nissan, Renault, SEAT, Smart, Suzuki and Volvo.
Another one of those most awaited moments for Automobile Barcelona is the presentation of futuristic prototypes. These are not real models, but they do give us a glimpse of which car industry trends will be coming our way in the next few years.
The hall of the Salón del Automóvil de Barcelona that shows technological innovations, is called Connected Street. There will be many new ideas presented here, and they will be especially related to road safety, new car engines (and their evolution), and vehicle performance in general.
If there is one thing you would want to keep your eye on this year, it’s possible solutions for sustainable mobility and self-driving vehicles.
Test drives and sales
As is usual during events like these, some car brands offer its visitors the possibility to test drive some of their vehicles. Of course, this comes with special show offers being promoted by their sales representatives. They would, of course, like to close the deal with you before you have left the car show.
How to get to the Salón del Automóvil de Barcelona
The Salón del Automóvil de Barcelona will be held at the Fira de Barcelona (location Monjuïc). You can get there easily with your own car, or you can grab a taxi. You can also make use of Barcelona’s excellent public transport by taking:
The bus: Lines 13, 23, 27, 37, 46, 50, 55, 65, 79, 91, 109, 150, 165, D20, H12, H16 and V7.
History of the Salón del Automóvil de Barcelona
To end this article, we would like to tell you more on the fair’s origin. It all started in 1919, and the fair and car show took place every other year, alternating between the locations of Barcelona and Madrid. (Although it didn’t take place between 1935 and 1966.)
The event is of so much importance, that the Congreso de los Diputados declared it an ‘Event of Exceptional Public Interest‘ in 2009. It is also the only Spanish event recognized by the OICA (Organización Internacional de Constructores de Automóviles, or International Organization of Car Manufacturers).
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To summarize, the Salón del Automóvil de Barcelona is a must for those who love cars and want to know everything there is to know on newest trends in the car industry. With the next edition taking place shortly, don’t miss the opportunity to feel the excitement and learn about innovations in the car industry. Just be there and experience it yourself.