TURIN - The 2002 Turin auto show will return to its traditional date in late April as this year's move to June failed to attract more exhibitors and visitors.
Giada Michetti, managing director of show organizers, Promotor International, said the decision was due to 'a lack of coherence from some exhibitors.
'In 1998 they asked us to move the show to June, so we did as they requested this year,' said Michetti. 'But they still didn't come.'
The 1998 Turin show attracted 590,000 people. Although this year's official attendance figures have not been announced, Promotor estimates they were down 15 percent.
One reason for moving the date was to distance it from the Geneva auto show, which takes place in early March.
But this year many major carmakers were missing from Turin. They included BMW, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Rover and
Toyota, plus niche players such as Lamborghini and Porsche.
At the 1998 Turin show, which took place just 45 days after Geneva, only three major carmakers were absent - Honda, Nissan and Volvo.