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Future Of Frankfurt Motor Show In Doubt After Climate Protests

Financial Times

The future of the world’s biggest motor show in Frankfurt has been thrown into doubt after a weekend of environmental protests disrupted the industry’s gala event.

Greenpeace activists standing on Volkswagen (VW) cars hold posters reading
Thousands of demonstrators brought Frankfurt to a standstill on the opening day of the show © AFP

Bernhard Mattes, the outgoing chief of the German car lobby the VDA, which organises the gathering, refused to commit to a return to the city, which has hosted the event since 1951.

Mr Mattes hinted that the current format, where brands promote their new car models, might soon become obsolete amid calls from local politicians for the show to be transformed into an event that focuses solely on eco-friendly transport.

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