Design in the driving seat at Brussels car show

14th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

14 January 2004, BRUSSELS – Belgium's 82nd annual motor show opened in Brussels on Wednesday with a promise to highlight the best in car design from around the world.

14 January 2004

BRUSSELS – Belgium's 82nd annual motor show opened in Brussels on Wednesday with a promise to highlight the best in car design from around the world.

The event is taking place at the Heysel exhibition complex and includes a major exhibition called ‘Driven by Design’ that traces the history of car design from its early years until the present day.

The car fair will also host a “European Automotive Design Contest” and give a lifetime achievement award to the auto designer the judges feel has made the most important contribution to the shape of the modern car.

But the trade-show is opening against a background of decidedly gloomy news for the car industry in both Belgium and Europe. The Ford company, for example, recently announced that it would be closing its factory in Genk, with the loss of 3,000 jobs.

During his speech at the car show’s opening ceremony Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt pledged to do all he could to support his country’s car industry.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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