ABOUT 1,100 companies from 40 countries plan to exhibit their latest models and product innovations to trade participants and consumers at INTERMOT 2008, the international motorcycle show to be held Oct. 8-12 in Cologne, Germany.
This year, INTERMOT covers a gross indoor exhibition space of over 1,291,669 sq. ft. Outdoors, 807,293 sq. ft. will be used for product test rides and various shows. Products on display include accessories, clothing, replacement parts, customizing, travel and workshop equipment.
After Germany, the country with the largest number of exhibitors is traditionally Italy, followed by Taiwan, China, the USA, the UK, Pakistan, the Netherlands and France.
Honda is enlarging its stand from the 2006 event to a total of about 26,909 sq. ft.; Suzuki and Yamaha, both with stands of well over 20,451 sq. ft., will be putting on a similar-sized show as in 2006; as will BMW, with over 16,145 sq. ft. (together with Husqvarna, over 21,527 sq. ft.), and Kawasaki with over 12,916 sq. ft.
All of the major Italian brands also plan to be at the fair, with the Piaggio Group represented by the Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Derbi brands as well as MV Agusta, Husqvarna and Malaguti all making first-time appearances in Cologne. Benelli and Ducati will also be at the event once again, with Ducati reserving a larger stand this year.
INTERMOT is staged by Koelnmesse GmbH and the German Motorcycle Industry Association (IVM).