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Foto FIAA 2017 to be inaugurated by Iñigo de la Serna, the Spanish Development Minister

The opening ceremony will take place at 11:00 on Tuesday 23 May in hall 7 of Feria de Madrid. It will also be attended by Joaquín del Moral, the Director-General for Road Transport of the Ministry of Development.

FIAA, organised by IFEMA, will hold one of its most comprehensive editions with 128 companies taking part from 13 different countries

On Tuesday 23 May at 11:00, the Minister of Development, Iñigo de la Serna, will inaugurate FIAA 2017, the International Bus and Coach Fair. It will also be attended by Joaquín del Moral, the Director-General for Road Transport of the Ministry of Development. The ceremony will take place at 11:00 on Tuesday 23 May in hall 7 of Feria de Madrid.

Until 26 May, FIAA, organised by IFEMA, will be one of the most comprehensive showcases for innovations in road passenger transport from leading bodywork and chassis production companies, as well as internationally renowned vehicle manufacturing companies, among others.

This time, the event will bring together 128 companies, 23% more than the last edition. It will also see greater international presence (25% this year), with companies from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom taking part.

FIAA will take place in halls 7 and 9 at Feria de Madrid, occupying 21,556 m2 —20% more than last year.–What's more, there will be a particular focus on technological advances, solutions orientated towards encouraging sustainable transport, developments in road safety and passenger protection, and improvements in the design, appearance and operation of vehicles and their performance and comfort for passengers

An innovative showing which reflects the good performance of the bus and coach sector, as revealed by ASCABUS data. In 2016, the bodywork sector again saw an increase in manufacturing output and turnover thanks to demand from the national market, which accounted for more than 50% of the units sold. A total of 3,657 vehicles were manufactured (an increase of 23%) and turnover reached 520.5 million euros.

This is reinforced by the social importance of the bus in Spain, with a capillary network that absorbs 50% of public transport passengers in the country.

As a complement to the commercial exhibition, FIAA 2017 will feature a Test Circuit where professionals will be able to acquaint themselves with the features of some of the vehicles on show at the Fair before they buy. Visitors to FIAA 2017 will also be able to enjoy other activities, such as the Historic City and Intercity Bus Exhibition, which will give an interesting look back at buses and how they have evolved over the years.

The opening day of FIAA will conclude with the Minibus of the Year award ceremony, where the winning vehicle will be announced. For the first time, the award is promoted by the prestigious jury of the international Bus of the Year and Coach of the Year awards. What's more, the magazine Autobuses y Autocares has taken a very active role in the competition.

The ceremony, which will take place around 18:15, will be attended by elite national and international specialist press. The media have been invited by IFEMA through the FIAA Media Partners Programme which has invited more than 35 of the main specialist publications from around the world to the event

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