88Th Geneva International Motor Show is one of the largest car exhibitions in the world. it plays an important role for displaying novelties and looking to the future of the AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY.
The exhibition is not only one of the most prestigious, but also one of the oldest car shows in the world. Its history goes back to 1905, and since then the fair has been developing, showing stability and strength in the face of difficult times. For that reason, it has the biggest number of exhibitors and world premieres, unveiled annually by the leading car companies. This year, around 180 participants, over 110 premieres and nearly 900 car models are displaying within the exhibition.
Obviously, the motor show is an important and exciting event for all car enthusiasts. If you are one of them, then you have ten days to discover amazing cars and check latest developments.
GOOD TO KNOW:
- Dates: 8 – 18 March 2018.
- Location: Palexpo, Route François-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland.
- Getting there: Palexpo is located next to the International Geneva Airport. One of the most comfortable ways to get to the Motor Show is flying. However, coming by train is also very convenient. The Geneva airport railway station is just 3 minutes away from the Hall #7 of Palexpo. Furthermore, with the SBB RailAway offer you will benefit from a discount on the train journey as well as reduced-price admission (30% off adult rate). More details you may find on www.sbb.ch/en/gims
Adults – 16 CHF;
Children 6 – 16 years old, pensioners, people with disabilities – 9 CHF;
There is a 50% discount on the tickets after 16:00 for the entrance at the same day;
- Working Hours:
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 20:00
Saturday – Sunday 9:00 – 19:00
- There is a cloakroom.
- You may also find multilingual guide magazines at each information desk.
- Furthermore, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and snack bars around the halls.
- The show attracts a lot of visitors. The most crowded days are Saturday and Sunday. If you have a chance, try to come during the weekdays.
Car of the year
Car of the Year is an international award, given to the stunning new car. At first, the jury is selecting finalists, and then voting for the winner.
THE NOMINEES 2018:
- Alfa Romeo Stelvio
- Audi A8
- BMW 5er Series
- Citroën C3 Aircross
- Kia Stinger
- Seat Ibiza
- Volvo XC40
The jury, that consists 60 members, representing 23 European countries, has voted and the winner is…
Car of the year 2018 – Volvo XC40
Congratulations to the team! This Volvo is the first ever compact SUV and looks really impressive. It is smaller than other cars in the same series, powerful, sharp and modern. This elegant car with a great performance and highest safety standards will defiantly attract young people.
Geneva Motor Show sets the TRENDS and demonstrates latest innovations in the automobile industry.
One of the most noticeable trends is growing amount of energy-efficient cars, that can now be found at almost all brands at the Motor Show. Personally, I’m very happy about it. I have had a chance to see this essential trend expanding during my visits to the fair for the last three years. Once a dream, now a reality! :)
futuristic Self-driving cars
This is another booming trend. I have never seen so many concept cars. This thrilling evolution of the driving culture is going to be a game changer. For instance, Volkswagen plans to release first self-driving cars by 2020, with further pushing the boundaries by using VR oculars instead of steering wheel for controlling the car. I was very excited to discover these new prospects and looking forward to trying them out.
The World’s First Flying Car
In the near future, we can car-fly non-stop from Amsterdam to Paris. The PAL-V Liberty can fly with the speed from 50 km/h to 180 km/h, at the hight up to 2000 m and requires only 90m – 200 m space for landing or taking off. The concept of gyroplane has been chosen for building the car for the safety reasons, as gyroplane is a stable mechanical system. However, you should consider that for operating this incredible vehicle, you will need a flying license. This can be obtained through one of the many flight schools around the world. It takes around 30 – 40 hours of training to get the license. So maybe one day we will see a lot of cars not only around but also above us.
1000 MIGLIA & chopard
The 1000 Miglia 2018 is the thirty-sixth recreation of the speed race, held on between 1927 and 1957.
Within the Geneva Motor Show, one of the world’s most beautiful car races and its partners presented the program for the upcoming drive as well as a new limited edition of the Chopard watches.
From May 16th to May 19th, 2018, 450 vintage cars from 72 different car companies will cross 7 beautiful regions in Italy (from Brescia to Rome and return).
The most represented car company is Alfa Romeo with 47 cars, followed by Fiat with 42, Jaguar with 34 and Mercedes-Benz with 33.
You may find more details about the race on the 1000 Miglia official website.
Tag Heuer special exhibition
The Swiss Watchmaker takes the opportunity to announce new collaborations and demonstrate legendary cars at the special stand.
Throughout the show, the stand is featuring racing simulators, a bar open to the public, two VIP lounges and a box with the new “Samsung Gear VR”. There is also a pop-up store where you can enjoy the TAG Heuer boutique experience. You may find the new TAG Heuer watch collection available for purchase, including the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 and the brand new 41, as well as the recent re-issue of the legendary Monaco with its famous square blue dial featuring a left-hand crown. The original was worn by Steve McQueen during the filming of Le Mans in 1971.
Renault automobile history
One more entertaining experience is waiting for you at the Renault historical ride, through 120 years of brand’s heritage. Moreover, with a special simulator, the brand invites all the guests to check how the racing atmosphere feels like.
This year, Geneva Motor Show demonstrates some outstanding developments, state-of-the-art technologies and opens the door to the provocative, yet intriguing future of the automobile industry.
You are welcome to share in the comments below your favourite car models and novelties.
You may also be interested in checking the cars from last year -> 87TH GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW.
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