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The countdown to Cologne

INTERMOT Cologne opens its doors from 1-5 October, with a claimed 900 exhibitors from 35 countries showcasing around 1200 brands and the latest models and products to the international specialised trade and the biker scene.

The INTERMOT offering ranges from motorcycles, scooters, e-bikes, internal combustion and electric propulsion, trailers and sidecars to parts and accessories for motorised two-wheelers, engines and engine parts, electrical equipment, tools, workshop and retail outlet equipment, lubricants and maintenance products as well as motorcycle-related tourism and leisure offerings.

Visitors can look forward to presentations by BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Piaggio Group and Triumph. KTM and Yamaha have increased their exhibition space for this year’s event to show off their models to even greater effect. Husqvarna and Polaris – the latter with its Victory and Indian brands – will also be there.

Daytona, Held, iXS, Nolan, Rukka, and Schuberth will be among those presenting their latest clothing products. In the parts/accessories segment, names like Alpha Technik, Matthies, Niemann + Frey, Parts Europe, Rizoma and Öhlins will be represented, among others. The list of big-name participants is complemented by prominent returnees as well as new exhibitors like Akrapovic (parts/accessories), Bridgestone (tyres), Kabuto (helmets), Locatelli/Airoh (helmets), Metzeler (tyres), Rev’lt (clothing) and Yuasa (batteries).

Of the registered exhibitors, 30 per cent are from Germany and 70 per cent from abroad, an increase of 5 per cent. The strongest contingents are from China, Taiwan, Great Britain, the Netherlands, the USA and France.

As in previous years, INTERMOT Cologne occupies Halls 5-10 of the Cologne exhibition centre with a total gross floor area of 118,000sq.m.

After its successful debut in 2012, the Business District with its central dealers’ lounge meeting point, will be continued in 2014. The Business District is supported as cooperation partners by European trade magazines Bike and Business, World of Bike (both D), British Dealer News and International Dealer News (GB), L’Officiel (F), Moto Dealer News (I) and Mototaller (ES).

The newly instituted trade visitor day on 1 October also serves to focus fully on business. For the first time this day is “reserved” for trade visitors and importers. On this day, private visitors only have access to the trade fair through a limited ticket allocation.

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