This week Diesel News is looking at an exhibition of Moscow motors. While the Americans have MATS in Louisville, the Brits have the CV Show in Birmingham, and the West Europeans have IAA in Hanover, for the Eastern Europeans, there’s only one show – Comtrans in Moscow. Diesel’s European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley, has the story.
The Comtrans truck show, held every other year in Moscow’s Crocus Expo Centre, is something out of the ordinary. With the economic opening up of Eastern Europe and Russia the world’s transport equipment producers have seen a massive sales opportunity. And for good reason too. The size of the market is enormous. With the end of the old Soviet Union, the previously state-run truck makers have also enjoyed a renaissance, not least by striking-up commercial partnerships with Western European truck makers.
With more than 20,500 visitors and 217 exhibitors from 17 countries, Comtrans remains the leading truck show for Eastern Europe, clearly supporting the organiser’s claims that it’s now the second most important international road transport show after the IAA in Hanover. After a marked slump in the sector in 2015, the Russian transport market has since come roaring back – with Comtrans being the perfect venue for local truck and bus manufacturers to unveil new products.
Here are some of the the highlights from the show: