On 24–26 September Ķīpsala will become the stage for the Auto 2021 international motor show, with three thematic exhibitions covering what the industry has to offer today: New Cars, with the latest cars and utility vehicles; Auto Mechanics, with service tools and machinery, spare parts, care products and accessories, and the loudest and most striking part of the show, the Auto Exotica exhibition dedicated to tuning.
Right now, active work is being done on preparing the exhibits Auto 2021 for the fair. And despite the challenges caused by the deficit of semiconductors in the automotive industry, affecting the manufacture and delivery of vehicles in the world as a whole and Latvia in particular, a number of car distributors have brought the latest models for their first presentation at the fair in Ķīpsala.
A few prominent vehicle introductions
Auto 2021 will see the unveiling of a compact crossover vehicle by Jeep: namely, its updated Compass model, which is the first Jeep model imported to Europe under the new Stellantis group. There will also be another important new Jeep vehicle at the fair: its first electrified Wrangler 4xe. Thus, one of Jeep’s most robust models will now have a chargeable hybrid version that can drive in fully electric mode.
Among other new cars to come to Latvia for Auto 2021 will be the updated small Arona crossover and Ibiza hatchback by SEAT. These vehicles have not only enjoyed improvements in their exterior design and hardware, but also significantly modernised interiors. Meanwhile, Autobrava will bring something special for sports car lovers, with an impressively gilded 510-horsepower Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio crossover.
Opel will bring its new model, Mokka, Europe’s hottest and most in-demand vehicle, to Auto 2021. This compact crossover saw much success as early as its first generation; the second generation brought an elegant design to the table, making the car extremely popular all over Europe. This is one of the most popular vehicle market segments in Latvia, and we can expect good results for Opel Mokka here as well. For those who like larger SUVs, Opel will offer its Crossland and Grandland models, while Opel’s biggest vehicle at the fair will be its classic minivan Zafira Life.
The premium segment at the Ķīpsala fair will be broadly represented by the Audi brand, the hottest of its new vehicles being the sporty, fully-electric Audi e-tron GT. In its most powerful version, this Audi electric car gets to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds, and has a range of more than 400 km at full charge. At Auto 2021, there will also be an Audi e-tron SUV, and Moller Auto is hoping to bring the Q4 e-tron model by the time the fair begins. Audi vehicles with internal combustion engines will be represented in Ķīpsala by the Audi Q5 Sportback SUV.
Volkswagen will also be well-represented at the fair, with both the new vehicles in its electric line, the ID.3 hatchback and the ID.4 crossover. The exhibition will also include a sporty Arteon Shooting Brake station wagon, Tiguan, T-Roc, T-Cross crossovers, as well as the popular Passat and Golf Variant.
The exhibition of WhatCar.lv, a guide for car buyers in Latvia, will present the winners of different categories of the What Car? Car of the Year 2021 competition, including the Volvo XC40 family SUV, the large Kia Sorento crossover, the sporty Porsche Taycan, the practical Citroen C5 Aircross crossover, premium BMW vehicles and others.
Light commercial vehicles will be represented at Auto 2021 by the Fiat Ducato, which recently came to the Latvian market, as well as the Volkswagen Caddy and Crafter.
Motorhomes, quad bikes, motorcycles, and even scooters
The comfortable and travel-ready motorhomes made by the Estonian company Motorhome.ee, with its current Frankia, McLouis, and Roller Team models will be available throughout the duration of the fair. In addition, Weekamper will offer roof tents and bicycle racks, and CF Moto will bring quads. Those attending Auto 2021 will also get a chance to look at electric scooters, small electric cars and electric motorcycles of various brands.
The vehicle restoration and rebuilding company Lucky Thirteen will take care of some of the special luxury vehicles; its exhibition will include a Mercedes AMG G63 rebuilt using carbon fibre elements, and a sporty BMW M2 hatchback. Lucky Thirteen will also present a rebuilt motorcycle and restored Mercedes-Benz CL600 AMG and S600L.
From tyres to professional workshop equipment
The Auto Mechanics section will offer the latest that this field has to offer, with decal services, tyres, wheels, care product, devices and machinery for professionals, car shops, car washes and workshops, anti-rust products and other things that every car user needs. New products will be presented at the fair by well-known companies such as 3M Latvija, HCT Automotive, Krown, Signeda, Baltyre, Baltic Anti Rust Association, Baltic Diagnostic, Mecdiesel, Profiks, Vējstikls Sekurit Glass, ADS Security, and others.
Also, at the Neste Latvija exhibition, one will get to check out the Neste Easy Deli self-service shop, and the Neste mobile app for private individuals and businesses.
Finally, at the Auto Exotica tuning show, one will see tuned, rebuilt and retro vehicles, unique hot rods and lowriders. This will be another year when CC Nation, the local car enthusiast community with a big social media following, will be represented at the exhibition. The Latvian Retro Car Club (AAK) promises to show some of its new items; tuners will also come to Ķīpsala from abroad, to present some of their, yet unseen, vehicles.
Auto 2021 will take place in green and family mode!
Please note that on 24 September, green mode will be active at the fair. In the context of epidemiological safety, a green environment only contains people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months. On the first day of the event, neither the participants, nor the visitors will have to use face masks.
The weekend of 25 and 26 September will feature Family Days, when children under 12 that do not have a vaccination certificate will be able to accompany their vaccinated or recovered parents at Auto 2021. Meanwhile, children aged 12 to 18 who do not have a valid certificate will be allowed to come to the fair with a negative COVID-19 testing certificate. On these days, everyone will be required to wear face masks, except for children under 7.
When entering the Exhibition Centre, you will be required to produce an EU-valid digital COVID-19 certificate and a personal identification document.
Auto is organised by the BT 1 international exhibition company.
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24–25 September, 10:00–19:00
26 September 10:00–17:00
Adults, € 5
Children under 7, free of charge!
Children aged 7 to 18, € 3
University students, seniors, people with disabilities, € 4
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children under 18), € 12
€ 1.50 for every additional child