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Sunday, 16 July, 2000, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK
Success for Welsh car show
Volkswagen
Volkswagen were one of the exhibitors at the show
Organisers of the first Welsh Motor Show at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, said it proved so popular it is likely to become an annual event.

More than 10,000 visitors had walked through the turnstiles by lunchtime on Saturday - more than exceeding the organisers' predictions and ensuring than it is an event with a viable future.


We have not had the opportunity to exhibit as a manufacturer in Wales before

Fiat spokesman
Mark Furnival, of show organisers Whitbread Walker, said: "The response to the Welsh Motor Show has exceeded our expectations."

The show received a major boost with leading car manufacturers backing the three day event.

Fiat, CitroŽn and Volkswagen joined with major sponsor Renault in signing up for the show and, following its success, many others plan to be at next year's.

The latest offerings from most of the world's major manufacturers were on display as the Millenium Stadium was transformed into a giant showroom.

Legislation

All tastes and budgets were catered for - from the humble hatchback to the exotic supercar.

A £31,000 pound Subaru Impreza Prodrive was snapped up within minutes of the gates opening.

A senior figure in the automotive industry in Wales said the Welsh Motor Show was certain to stimulate the car market across the region.

Professor Garel Rhys, director of Cardiff Business School's centre of automotive industry, spoke at the show about the possibility of tough new legislation that could force down the cost of new cars in Britain to the dealer and, ultimately, the consumer.

New products

Volkswagen presented the new V6 Bora 4Motion, while Proton revealed the supercharged Satria GTi, and Vauxhall gave car fans the first view of its new Astra Coupe.

Luxury car-makers TVR were also at the show to present their raucous Tuscan model.

Renault used the show as a platform for its first ever 4x4 multi-activity car - the Scenic RX4.

With spending levels of £32m a week on motoring, Wales has a higher rate of car ownership by household than the average for Great Britain.

A spokesman for Fiat UK said: "We have not had the opportunity to exhibit as a manufacturer in Wales before and we are keen to introduce our new products."

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