According to the preliminary show report released by the organising committee of the Hunan Auto Show, which took place in the city of Changsha in central China last week, over 62,000 visitors attended the six-day show.
The exhibition, held under strict new health screening conditions, was the first major tradeshow to take place post-Covid-19 in China and attracted 100 auto brands, nearly 600 vehicles and 60,000sqm of stand booths.
The show is traditional a May Day holiday opportunity for large car sales and organisers report 23,910 vehicle orders were made at the show, sales that were calculated to be worth 5.2 billion (US$730m) yuan.
China’s carmaker Geely’s Regional Director, Yang Ping, said this year’s Hunan Auto Show was not only lively at the booth, but also full of potential customers According to Ping’s statistics, on average one in three visitors placed a new car orders, with an overall transaction rate of 38%, the company’s highest ever.
The local authorities had also backed the organisers in helping the show to run in strict conditions of health and safety, with pre-show identity and health checks made online before registration.
The local government offered attractive credit lines and loans and incentives to boost purchases to be made on the show floor. In all, there were 30 million yuan worth of incentives for buyers to apply for.
Zheng Jianxin, Deputy Secretary of Changsha municipal party committee, and Acting Mayor of Hunan Xiangjiang new district party committee, had officially opened the show on 30 April.
Changsha city authorities reported they had held a series of meetings to work out the show guidelines for health security, and had convened a special health commission to oversee the process which was CDC-guided.