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Sparkling Display of Innovations at the Essen Motor Show:
Manufacturers, Tuners and Motorsport Sector Will Present

World and German Premieres
It will be possible to see a sparkling display of innovations at the 45th Essen Motor Show: There will be world premieres and German premieres not only from the automobile manufacturers and the tuners but also with regard to the vehicles designed for motorsport. A total of 17 world premieres have been announced up to one week before the start of the Essen Motor Show, mainly from the tuning and motorsport sectors. These will be supplemented by several German premieres.

Automobile Manufacturers
At BMW, attention will focus on the world premiere of the BMW M Performance accessories for the new BMW 3-series touring car (available as from April 2013). The exhibits on display will also include: the new BMW 125i, the BMW 535i saloon and a BMW M3 coupé – all of them equipped with the maximum scope of BMW M Performance products.
Ford will have several innovations on display – e.g. the latest sporty advertising sign, the 250 bhp Focus ST as a five-door vehicle in series trim and in two tuning variants. Other newcomers: the new compact SUV Ford Kuga which will make its market debut at the start of 2013, the new Ford Transit Custom, the freshly modified Ford Fiesta and the recently updated Ford Ranger Wildtrak with a four-door double cabin.

Amongst other exhibits, Mini will show accessory products from John Cooper Works. For example, it will be possible to see a Mini Cooper S which is comprehensively geared to racing-oriented performance in the exterior, in the interior as well as in the drive and chassis areas. A Mini John Cooper Works GP with 218 bhp will provide an appropriate greeting to the fans on the outdoor site.

The exhibits presented by Opel will include a German premiere with the Adam model (small car, available as from the start of 2013). Other innovations will be: Mokka (small SUV) and Zafira Tourer (seven-seater compact van).

At Renault, the spotlight with regard to the series cars will be on the new Clio of the fourth generation. The small car has been available since November. As far as motorsport is concerned, there will be two premieres: firstly, the Renault 1.6 NEC Junior (a one-seater racing car with 140 bhp) and, secondly, the Twingo R1 for rally rookies for a new constructors trophy.

With the Rapid, Skoda will show the new middle-of-the-range car which has been available since October and, at the Czech automobile manufacturer, is located between the Fabia and the Octavia. Moreover, the exhibits will include two studies on the basis of the small Citigo car which came on to the market in 2012.

Subaru, the world’s largest manufacturer of all-wheel-drive cars, will present eight individualised sporty exhibits. For the first time in Germany, it will be possible to see the WRX STI S206 model variant in the “Nürburg Challenge Edition” of which merely 100 vehicles were built and which has only been available in Japan until now.

Toyota Motorsport (TMG) will have two new cars for motorsport on display, i.e. the GT86 CS-V3 (a cost-favourable racing version of the Toyota GT86 which is intended for private drivers and was launched on to the German market in September) and the TMG Yaris R1A (a novice’s car which complies with FIA-R1A regulations and is intended for rally drivers).

The tuning sector will show a lot of premieres in 2012 too. However, it will probably be the case this year as well that really all the innovations will only be revealed when the Essen Motor Show has opened. The premieres announced in advance include the following:
Abt Sportsline will show a refined VW Beetle and the AS3 on the basis of the new Audi A3.
AC Schnitzer will come with the new BMW 3-series touring car and the Raptor on a Mini basis.
Brabus will introduce its programme for the new A Class and the CLS Shooting Brake.
Elia will have no fewer than three world innovations – with the Renault Twizy (a tuned electric car), the new Clio IV and the Dacia Dokker.
Heico will show its programme for the new Volvo V40.
SpeedArt will present its refined new Porsche Boxster.
TechArt will also show a refined Porsche Boxster.
Wimmer will present a Porsche 911 GT2 RS with more than 1,000 bhp.
Wolf will show a tuned Ford Focus ST.
As always, it will also be possible to see the newest trends as far as exhausts, chassis or wheel rims are concerned.

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The Fair for Automobile Passion Will Expect More Than 340,000 Visitors
Experience Motorsport at Close Quarters – New Motorsport Congress and the World Sports Car Championship Will Be Top Subjects

All automobile enthusiasts have made of note of the dates in their diaries: The 45th Essen Motor Show will go to the starting line on December 1 – 9, 2012 (Preview and Press Day: November 30). It has long since become a cult and will again entice the motorsport fans into the Ruhr region. 340,000 guests will be expected and will give free rein to their automobile passion at Germany’s automobile fair with the highest number of visitors in 2012. Attention will focus on the newest, sportiest, most beautiful, quickest, most eccentric, craziest and oldest vehicle creations. Garnished with live motorsport and thrilling show acts, the fair will once more become the globally unique motodrome.

The range offered by the exhibitors and the attractive special events will again make the pulses of a large number of horsepower fans reach dizzy heights. In this respect, the Essen Motor Show will bring together five emotional subject sectors: Tuning, Motorsport, Sporty Series Automobiles, Classic Cars and Motor Bikes.

Even Now, the Organisers are Already Revealing the First Highlights -
The Manufacturers’ Interest is Rising Even Further
The car manufacturers’ interest in the Essen Motor Show is growing, continuously as already in the previous year: BMW, Ford, Mini, Opel, Renault Motorsport, Skoda, Subaru and Toyota Motorsport are amongst the trailblazers on the part of the industry. They already secured exhibition areas for themselves at an early stage.

Motorsport Congress Will Emphasise Orientation Towards Automobile Sportiness
With the new motorsport congress (the “Motorsport Summit”), the Essen Motor Show will emphasise its orientation towards more sportiness. The international forum will be staged together with “Sponsors”, the leading organiser of congresses in the sports/economic environment. The “Motorsport Summit” will be geared to decision takers in the motorsport sector. Even today, Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director, has already promised to participate.
The Latest Tuning Trends at the Largest Tuning Show Anywhere in the World.

In Essen, the top international tuning companies will provide proof of their creativity, engineering and handicraft: It will already be possible to see tuned versions of new car models which have only just been launched. The refinement specialists will show the whole spectrum at the moment: from accessories and vehicle components right up to lavishly styled complete vehicles.

With the motto of “Show Your Car in the Best Light”, passionate mechanics will compete for the most coveted tuning award in Germany, the annual Hella Show & Shine Award. Lina van de Mars, a star on the scene, will sit on the jury and will make an expert assessment of the refined one-off vehicles. At the same time, the qualified motor vehicle mechanic with a racing licence is the face of the campaign called “Germany’s Mechanics”. Two vehicles modified according to the wishes of the fans before the fair will be presented in this show. Moreover, selected highlights of the European show and rat cars scenes will be displayed under the title of “tuningXperience 100″.

Motorsport Arena Will Become the Drift Stage
Put Rubber on the Road Until the Tyres Emit Black Smoke
In the Motorsport Arena, curve artists will go on to the track and will show all their ability. They will put rubber on the road until the tyres emit black smoke. Participants: the European drift elite. For the first time, the final of the IDS Gymkhana Drift Cup which became the official European Championship in 2012 will be staged at the fair. Not only associations and motorsport organisers but also racetracks and racing series will introduce themselves at the fair. DTM will be involved once more with its own presentation.

Special Subject: World Sports Car Championship
The World Sports Car Championship which will take place once again in 2012 after a 20-year break will be the occasion for a large special subject. A selection of victorious vehicles from 1953 to 1992 will be presented. In Essen, it will be possible to see chrome-plated racers of the Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes and Porsche makes – to name just a few.

Additional highlights of the Essen Motor Show have already been planned: Design studies will permit a look into the car future. Popular Ford Hot Rods from 1932 will celebrate their 80th anniversary. An exhibition with victorious vehicles in the Wroclaw Rally will impart impressions of the hardest rally for private drivers.
For visitors, it will definitely be worth being quick: Until the end of September, tickets will still be available at a special price in the online shop of the Essen Motor Show.
Further information: www.essen-motorshow.de

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Premiere in the Autumn: The 1st SPONSORs Motorsport Summit
Will Take Place in Essen on November 30
Congress for Decision Takers in the Motorsport Sector /
Cooperation Measures with Messe Essen and Axel Springer Auto Verlag
Start your engines! On November 30, 2012, the SPONSORs Motorsport Summit will take place for the first time. In the CCE Congress Center Essen, the who’s who in the motorsport business sector will meet up for know-how exchange and networking on the Press and Trade Visitor Day of the Essen Motor Show. Discussions and forums with high-class casts of national and international speakers will examine the motorsport world from different perspectives. In this respect, all the important racing series from Formula 1 via DTM right up to MotoGP will be in the spotlight.

For this event, the SPONSORs trade magazine, the leading organiser of congresses in the sports/economic environment, and Messe Essen, the organiser of the premier fair for automobile sportiness and motorsport in Germany, have entered into a particular partnership: In the run-up to the 45th Essen Motor Show (December 1 – 9), a congress for the decision takers in the motorsport sector will be offered for the first time with the Motorsport Summit.

Another important cooperation measure was concluded with Axel Springer Auto Verlag. This will allow the participants in the SPONSORs Motorsport Summit access (amongst other events) to the “Race Night” to which Auto Bild Motorsport and Auto Bild Sportcars have invited people within the framework of the Essen Motor Show for many years. The best motorsportsmen and motorsportswomen and the best sports cars of the year will be honoured during the high-class event.

Further information, themes and participants under:
Accreditation for the SPONSORs Motorsport Summit
Journalists can obtain accreditation for the 1st SPONSORs Motorsport Summit via
the following e-mail address: kluener@sponsors.de.

Contacts for the Press:

Sabine Klüner
PR and Communication
Tel.: +49 (40) 41 33 00 857
e-mail: kluener@sponsors.de

Christiane Alenfeld
Tel.: +49 (89) 99 24 96 26
e-mail: ca@hsksports.com

Organiser: SPONSORS Verlags GmbH
Since 1996, SPONSORS Verlags GmbH has published the leading German-language
sports/economic magazine with the SPONSORS trade magazine. SPONSORS offers
information, backgrounds, facts, data and services via the print title, special reports,
the www.sponsors.de website and a daily newsletter. Furthermore, SPONSORS is
the organiser of various leading specialist congresses. In addition to Europe’s largest
sports/economic summit (SpoBiS in Düsseldorf), these include, amongst others,
the Sports Media Summit (Düsseldorf), the Sports Venue Summit (Munich) and
the Clubmanager Summit (Cologne).

The ESSEN MOTOR SHOW is Germany’s premier fair for sporty automobiles and
one of the leading European special-interest platforms for the subject of
automobile sportiness. Founded in 1968 under the name of the “International
Sports and Racing Car Exhibition Essen” (later on: the Jochen Rindt Show), the
ESSEN MOTOR SHOW has been the conclusion of the annual motorsport season
since time immemorial. Regularly with over 330,000 visitors, the ESSEN MOTOR
SHOW is the largest German automobile fair after IAA.

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