This week marks the beginning of Germany’s biennial Internationale Automobil Austellung – or International Motor Show.
Traditionally, it is a chance for the country to parade the enduring strength of its own car industry, while welcoming the biggest brands from around the world.
But this year’s event, held in the Bavarian city of Munich, promises to be very different.
And that is not just because it is taking place as the pandemic still rages and the car industry appears to be an increasingly-tempting target for politicians keen to show off their environmental credentials.
For a start, this year’s show won’t just be about cars. Organiser, the German Automotive Industry Association, insists the focus is instead being placed on ‘climate neutral mobility’.
The city of Munich itself will open up roads and public spaces to allow visitors to try out new concepts in sustainable transport. And