The editions of 2009 and 2012 were the shortest events in its history, whereas the editions of 2013 and 2015 were not held due to unfavourable economic conditions initially, and a lack of planning by new organizers and diminished interest by exhibitors, respectively. The edition of 2018 was also cancelled as well.
As its name in Italian suggests, the Bologna Motor Show also plays the role of an annual Motorbike Exhibition, incorporating bicycle exhibitors for the first time in 1994.
Another highlight is its various motorsport competitions, which see the participation of leading drivers and motorbike riders. From 1988 to 1996, the main event was a Formula 1 single elimination competition, with competitors like Rubens Barrichello, Johnny Herbert, Gabriele Tarquini and Giancarlo Fisichella. From 1997 to 2007, it featured the Euro Formula 3000, with drivers like Thomas Biagi, André Lotterer and Marco Bonanomi.
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Alfa Romeo GT at the 2003 Bologna Motor Show.
|Previous event||2 December 2017 – 10 December 2017|
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The 43rd Bologna International Motor Show of 2018 did not take place due to financial and logistical reasons.
The 42nd Bologna International Motor Show took place from December 2 to December 10, 2017.
The 41st Bologna International Motor Show took place from December 3 to December 11, 2016.
On 6 November 2015, it was announced that the 40th Bologna International Motor Show would not be held. Previously run by GL Events, the new organizer Bologna Fiere has arranged for the event to be part of the 2016 international calendar of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA).
The 39th Bologna International Motor Show took place from December 6 to December 14, 2014.
On October 8, 2013, it was announced that the 38th Bologna International Motor Show had been cancelled, due to a lack of exhibitors caused by the general economic crisis in Europe.
The 37th Bologna International Motor Show took place from December 5 to December 9, 2012. This edition was akin to that held in 2009, affected by prevailing poor economic conditions.
The 36th Bologna International Motor Show took place in BolognaFiere, Bologna, Italy from December 3 to December 11, 2011.
The 35th Bologna International Motor Show took place from December 2 to December 4, 2010.
The 34th Bologna International Motor Show was shortened to five days due to the overall crisis affecting the automotive industry at the time, and took place from December 4 to December 8, 2009.
The 33rd Bologna International Motor Show took place from December 5 to December 14, 2008.
The 32nd Bologna International Motor Show took place from December 7 to December 16, 2007. This edition of the show was the largest ever, featuring the highest number of exhibitors.
The 31st Bologna International Motor Show took place from December 5 to December 17, 2006.
The 30th Bologna International Motor Show took place from November to December 10, 2005.
The 29th Bologna International Motor Show took place from December 6 to December 14, 2004.
The 28th Bologna International Motor Show took place from December 4 to December 14, 2003.
The 27th Bologna International Motor Show took place from December 8 to December 9, 2002.
The 26th Bologna International Motor Show took place from November to December 10, 2001.
This edition of the Motor Show saw the motorbike manufacturers exhibiting their products for the first time. Ducati thus took the opportunity to present their 916 Senna superbike, which Ayrton Senna himself had endorsed months prior to his fatal crash in May 1994. In addition, this edition also saw the inclusion of bicycle manufacturers and a kermesse competition with the participation of leading Italian professionals Gianni Bugno and Claudio Chiappucci.
The 1988 Formula One Indoor Trophy took place on December 7–8 at the Bologna Motor Show. The winner was Luis Pérez-Sala in a Minardi-Ford.1989 Formula One Indoor Trophy
The 1989 Formula One Indoor Trophy took place on December 2–3 at the Bologna Motor Show. The winner was Luis Pérez-Sala in a Minardi-Ford.1990 Formula One Indoor Trophy
The 1990 Formula One Indoor Trophy took place on December 8–9 at the Bologna Motor Show. The winner was Gianni Morbidelli in a Minardi-Ford.1991 Formula One Indoor Trophy
The 1991 Formula One Indoor Trophy took place on December 7–8 at the Bologna Motor Show. The winner was Gabriele Tarquini in a Fondmetal-Ford.1992 Formula One Indoor Trophy
The 1992 Formula One Indoor Trophy took place on December 7–8 at the Bologna Motor Show. The winner was Johnny Herbert in a Lotus-Judd.1993 Formula One Indoor Trophy
The 1993 Formula One Indoor Trophy took place on December 4–5 at the Bologna Motor Show. The winner was Rubens Barrichello in a Jordan-Hart.1995 Formula One Indoor Trophy
The 1995 Formula One Indoor Trophy took place on December 7–8 at the Bologna Motor Show. The winner was Luca Badoer in a Minardi-Ford.1996 Formula One Indoor Trophy
The 1996 Formula One Indoor Trophy took place on December 7–8 at the Bologna Motor Show. The winner was Giancarlo Fisichella in a Benetton-Renault.2016 Trofeo Angelo Caffi
The 2016 Trofeo Angelo Caffi was the first edition of the Trofeo Angelo Caffi run at the 2016 Bologna Motor Show. The event featured cars and teams from the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series duelling at a temporary racetrack. The event was won by Alberto Cola who had no previous experience in the car.2017 Trofeo Angelo Caffi
The 2017 Trofeo Angelo Caffi was the second edition of the Trofeo Angelo Caffi run at the 2017 Bologna Motor Show. The event featured cars and teams from the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series duelling at a temporary racetrack. The event was won by Lorenzo Marcucci.Aprilia RS Cube
The RS Cube (often wrongly and redundantly referred as RS3 or RS3 Cube, due to the original lettering RS3) is a prototype race motorcycle that was developed by Aprilia to compete in the 2002 until 2004 MotoGP seasons. It was unveiled at the Bologna Motor Show in December 2001 by Aprilia's president, Ivano Beggio, and their race boss, Jan Witteveen. The Cube is powered by a 990 cc inline-3 four-stroke engine (to conform to MotoGP rules of that time). The engine was developed with large F1-derived input from Cosworth, bringing many features not previously seen in motorcycle development - this includes pneumatic valves, traction control and ride-by-wire.
On the bike's first outing in 2002 it showed promise and claimed the top speed in the early races. The highly innovative engine and control system was poorly matched with the chassis which was too stiff and unforgiving. Through the 2002 season a handful of updates were made and in 2003 a 3-2-1 exhaust system was added to effectively de-tune the engine. This was coupled with a change to a 6 injector fuel system and a host of calibration changes which transformed the feel of the bike. At this point Aprilia took over the engine development programme themselves and did not take any further development updates from Cosworth.
Despite early promise the bike was not a success; the innovation shown in the 2002 season with traction control and drive by wire is only now being perfected. The engine design and development was carried out by a small team at Cosworth Racing in Northampton and went from CAD to track in 8 months.
The engine was considered the most powerful at that time, producing about 225 bhp (168 kW). A testbed that never was raced produced 235 bhp (175 kW) at one point, before Aprilia bowed out of MotoGP in 2004.Carrozzeria Viotti
The Carrozzeria Viotti was an Italian coachbuilding company active between 1921 and 1964. The company was founded in Turin, Italy by Vittorio Viotti. Designers like Frua and Mario Revelli worked for the company. It was the first coachbuilding companies in Italy to set up a proper production line.In 2012 the Chinese automobile manufacturer Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co., Ltd. (former Jonway) acquired the trademark of the Carrozzeria Viotti and relaunch the company founded a new headquarters in Rivoli, Turin. The new business found in hybrid vehicles, design and engineering of sportcars. Emanuele Bomboi was the head of the design. In 2014 Carrozzeria Viotti acquired the original American trademark Willys, and together the Italian Fabbrica Italiana Maggiora introduce at the Bologna Motor Show the 'Willys AW380 Berlinetta', a concept car inspired by the original Willys Interlagos, assembled by Willys in Brazil under license of the Alpine A108.Citroën C-Airplay
The Citroën C-Airplay is a concept car designed and presented by Citroën in December 2005 at the Bologna Motor Show. It is related to the Fiat 500 and the Citroën C1.Emanuele Nicosia
Emanuele Nicosia (11 January 1953 – 23 March 2016) was an automobile designer from Italy. He worked at Pininfarina for many years, designing the Jaguar XJS spyder in 1979 and working on the Ferrari 288 GTO and Testarossa. Later, he worked on the interior design of the Lamborghini Diablo and Bugatti EB110.
Nicosia also works on motorbike projects, and has collaborated with Oralengineering of Mr.Forghieri designing racing motorbikes.
In 2000 he developed a concept for a SUB (Sport Utility Bike) based on a Moto Guzzi 750 engine which was introduced at 2000 Bologna Motor Show.
He was head of Automotive Program at DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies, started running his Beestudio design branch office in Pune, India. He went to RCA, London for specializing in design.Fiat Sedici
The Fiat Sedici is a mini crossover SUV (J), that was co developed by Fiat and Suzuki, mainly for the market in Europe.Fiat Stilo
The Fiat Stilo (Type 192) is a small family car available as a three door and a five door hatchback, as well as an estate (Fiat Stilo MultiWagon), produced by the Italian automaker Fiat. The Stilo three door and five door were launched in November 2001, at the Bologna Motor Show, to replace the Fiat Bravo/Brava, with the Stilo MultiWagon following in January 2003.
The Fiat Bravo was the successor of the Stilo in most markets, however, the five door Stilo continued to be manufactured in Brazil until December 2010, when it was replaced by the Bravo. The Stilo came in third place in the European Car of the Year awards for 2002, behind the Peugeot 307 and Renault Laguna.Formula One Indoor Trophy
The Formula One Indoor Trophy or Trofeo Indoor Formula One was a non-championship Formula One sprint held at the Bologna Motor Show between 1988 and 1996. Despite having Indoor in the name of the race, the race was staged outside. The first race was won by Luis Pérez-Sala. The last running of the event was the last non-championship Formula One competition and was won by Giancarlo Fisichella in a Benetton-Renault.Lamborghini Marco Polo
The Lamborghini Marco Polo, or Italdesign Marco Polo, was a styling exercise by Italdesign Giugiaro. Introduced in 1982 at the Bologna Motor Show, the Marco Polo was inspired by the Lancia Medusa concept car designed by Italdesign two years prior. The design was originally intended for an upcoming DeLorean DMC-24 sedan, but DMC ran out of money before the concept was finished. Italdesign then recycled the design into a concept for Lamborghini. The wheels on the Marco Polo are standard DeLorean alloys covered by hubcaps. The Marco Polo is not a running prototype, rather the design is only a painted plastic model for aerodynamic research. The Lamborghini badge on the nose of the car was not to imply any design program undertaken with the factory but was a compliment paid by Giugiaro to the famous manufacturer that became noteworthy for pushing the limits of automotive design. Although Lamborghini has a more exciting image to its products, Giugiaro decided to give this study a less aggressive line, preferring instead to focus on aerodynamic efficiency in order to provide a quieter passenger compartment and higher speed while maintaining fuel consumption. As such, the Marco Polo features a Cx of 0.24, compared to the Medusa's 0.26.
The Marco Polo, while a four-seater, has only two doors of the gullwing style, like the ones used on the Marzal, which can be opened from either the front or back seats.Tazzari Zero
The Tazzari Zero is a battery electric microcar produced by the Tazzari Group, in Imola, Italy, and debuted in the 2009 Bologna Motor Show. The Tazzari Zero uses a lithium-ion battery pack that delivers an all-electric range of 140 km (87 mi).
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