BOLOGNA - Bologna may have some work to do before it is seen as a major event in the auto industry calendar.
Just two world debuts were on display at the Bologna motor show which opened last week.
The revamped Audi A8 and the Renault Twingo Sport research prototype were shown for the first time.
European firsts included the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda HR-V compact sport-utility, Hyundai Santamo compact minivan and Kia Sportage two-door. Rover's new 75 made its continental debut following its appearance in Birmingham.
Speakers at the show included Fiat SpA chief executive Paolo Cantarella and Martin Bangemann, EU commissioner for industrial, technological and telecommunication affairs.
The Bologna motor show is open to the public from 5 to 13 December.