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world press attends cologne show launch

The Cologne show opened to the world’s press this morning, kick-starting a stream of new-for-2017 motorcycle and scooter launches.

The show opened with an address by Norbert Barthle, parliamentary secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, before BMW headlined its home show by unveiling its latest machinery. Next up was Kawasaki, then Suzuki, Indian and Victory, Yamaha, Triumph, KTM, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Horex, Piaggio, Kymco and Ducati.

Piaggio announced early on that it was to release six new models – four Aprilias (Tuono 125, RS125, RSV4, and Tuono V41100), a Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon and Vespa GTS125 and 150.

As well as numerous world premieres from manufacturers of motorcycles, scooters, E-scooters and E-bikes, 1127 exhibiting companies – up more than 17% on the last show in 2014 –will be showcasing their offerings at the trade show and organisers say the vendors include all the industry’s top players. Number-crunchers will be interested to hear that there are 1200 brands on display courtesy of exhibitors from 41 countries. The strongest contingents are from Italy, Pakistan, the Netherlands, the USA, China, Taiwan and, of course, the United Kingdom.

The BDN-organised UK Pavilion in Hall 8 has 15 exhibitors and anyone visiting the show is most welcome to drop by to say hello and view the wide range of products on display.

Intermot takes place between 5 – 9 October and will occupy halls 5-10 of the Cologne fair grounds, Koelnmesse, with a total gross floor area of 129,000sq.metres.

Daytona, Held, Rev’it, iXS and Rukka will be among those presenting their latest clothing products. Innovations in the parts/accessories segment will be presented by Paaschburg & Wunderlich, Johannes J. Matthies, Parts Europe, Touratech and SW-Motech. Well-known return or new exhibitors of Intermot include the renowned companies Detlev Louis and Alpinestars.

Joined by representatives of the Kolnmesse exhibition hall and the IVM, the German motorcycle trade body, Barthle spoke of the importance of motorcycles to the economy and the importance of Intermot in bringing biking companies from around the world together.

He explained the importance of the motorcycle industry to the german economy, with exports increasing and many jobs reliant on bike production and sales.

He also spoke of the Federal Government’s objective to reduce overall deaths on the roads by 40%. The number of people killed in motorcycle accidents is reducing, but safety needs to improve further and that is a challenge for the future. The opportunities to improve passive safety on bikes is limited, so appeals to rider’s behaviour are needed – a social media project to encourage riders to improve their riding, reducing speeding and increasing training has been put into action.

The federal ministry is also working on a project to improve helmets, with changes to the test criteria in the pipeline.

Gerald Bose, President of Koelnmesse, said that Intermot is the leading platform for the international motorcycle and scooter industry with 1127 companies exhibiting from 41 different countries, an increase of 17%. He extolled the virtues of the different areas of Intermot, incuding the various test areas to encourage new riders and the custom areas bringing new designs and excitement to the motorcycle industry.



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