For car lovers, March is a fundamental month, because it marks the arrival of GIMS, the Geneva International Motor Show, which is the most important automotive event of all. The show, held just a few kilometres from Lake Geveva, is a key event in the sector’s communications, presenting the best of the industry and all the most interesting new products. This year, in the halls of Palexpo in Geneva, there will be about 150 premieres. Over 180 brands will be exhibiting from 7 to 17 March 2019, amongst which many debuts from Asia. The Show is very much in step with the times, as can be judged from the statistics of the previous edition, with over 660,000 visitors. More than 900 vehicles will be on show, and a highlight will be the final ceremony awarding the “Car of the Year” Prize. In this 2019 edition, there are seven finalists – Alpine A110, Citroën C5 Aircross, Ford Focus, Jaguar I-Pace, Kia Ceed, Mercedes Class A and Peugeot 508 – which will be competing for Europe’s most coveted automotive award.
Departures and arrivals at the Show
But the Geneva Auto Show isn’t just about the biggest industrial concerns. It also provides room for a significant number of small producers, design studios, prototypes and makers of sophisticated limited editions. The 2019 show will be held on the same floor area as last year, with just one more major absence in addition to the brands who did not show last year (Opel, Infiniti, DS), namely Ford. Volvo has decided to do without its own stand, but Polestar – a brand owned by the Swedish company – will have a larger stand. On the positive side, there are 26 new brands making their debut at the Show, including Chinese manufacturer Changan.
Focus on green technology
Just as in 2018, this year there will be many vehicles with alternative power systems, a feature that will be highlighted by the “co2auplancher” or “Lower co²” campaign. It was created in collaboration with the Federal Energy Office, promoting vehicles that emit no more than 95 grams/km of carbon dioxide. In addition, the Geneva Auto Show, together with the IFA show in Berlin – a trade fair dedicated to the latest digital and web solutions for information technology, telecommunications, electronic entertainment and household domestic appliances – is organizing Shift Automotive, a six-monthly event comprising a series of project on future mobility discussing how new technology applied to cars could change our way of driving, way of thinking, even our lifestyle. In fact on 6 March in Geneva, there will be a conference entirely dedicated to the theme, the Shift Automotive Forum.
The Geneva International Motor Show is open from 7 to 17 March 2019, Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-7pm. Adults 16 Swiss francs, reductions 9 Swiss francs. After 4pm, 50% discount.
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