There was a lot of activity in the halls of the Linz Design Center on Thursday: pallets were carried, exhibition stands were set up and drinks were arranged in refrigerators. And slowly but surely the rooms filled with numerous cars.
In the end, 199 of the latest models from Upper Austrian car dealers will be shown to visitors to the 51st Linz Auto Spring on Saturday and Sunday.
Cars at dizzy heights
The work also fascinated the employees of the Design Center on Thursday: During a short coffee break, they watched with interest as vehicles weighing around three tons were quickly transported one floor higher to the gallery with a crane. For the forklift driver Jasmin Sisic, his work is routine, as he said: Every minute, the cars that were driven in through a rear entrance were lifted into the air.
Once at the top, they were met by roped workers before being driven at walking pace to the spot designated by the car dealers. Visitors can not only look at them there at the weekend, but also try them out.
The mobility clubs ÖAMTC and ARBÖ as well as Linz AG, which provides information about electromobility, are also represented at the car show. Because the demand for e-cars is high, says trade fair president Michael Schmidt. Almost half of all 199 vehicles on display are therefore at least partially electrified.
Information about the advantages of the different models and all state subsidies will also be provided at the motor show. “Visitors have everything at a glance here, every dealer shows his latest and most popular cars,” says Schmidt.
The Auto Spring event, initiated by the OÖ Nachrichten, took place for the first time in 1971. What has not changed since then is the feeling of freedom that individual transport brings with it and the fascination for cars, says the trade fair president. After the corona-related slump, the number of registrations is currently increasing again.
If you don’t want to buy a new car, you can win one: OÖN is giving away a new Nissan Qashqai e-Power. But a visit is still worthwhile, says Schmidt, because where else can you get as close to 200,000-euro cars as at the motor show?
51st Linz Auto Spring
The 51st Linz Auto Spring invites you to the Linz Design Center on Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th. Opening times: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The admission prices remained the same as last year: Adults 10 euros (reduced 8 euros), families 20 euros (2 adults, children up to 15 years; reduced 16 euros), children 2 euros (up to 15 years), disabled people 8 euros (only with ID).
Reduced admission is available with the OÖNcard, ÖAMTC and ARBÖ vouchers and the 4youCard.