21.02.2017 - News The 87th Geneva International Motor Show: Only 15 days to the opening!
The 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show will open its doors to the public from March 9-19, 2017. It will kick off with two Press Days before the official inauguration presided over by Mr. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, a member of the Swiss National Council, opening the exhibition of 900 models including 148 world and European premiers. 180 exhibitors will share this limelight. They include all of the large manufacturers, smaller exclusive constructors, high performance preparation specialists, resolutely timeless automotive designers, plus suppliers of parts, accessories, and equipment to the automotive sector. These diverse groups will offer visitors a unique experience and insight into the world of the automobile.
For over a week now, the webcam of the site www.gims.swiss has been following all the activities of the construction of the display stands in the exhibition halls at Palexpo. The development of the most spectacular display structures in the automobile world can be followed live.
“Technology and Design are the two key words that best characterise the Geneva Show, and that provide the happiness for the more than 700,000 visitors who are expected. A tour of the Show is like plunging into a universe of bodyworks with fluid or marked lines, colours that are scintillating or deep matt and reflect high performance, plus the scents emanating from high resistance leather" explained Mr. Maurice Turrettini, President of the Geneva International Motor Show, and echoed by Mr. Andre Hefti, General Manager of the Motor Show who said “It is also a unique opportunity to discover the latest technologies of “infotainement” that have been launched to assist in driving and other areas to ensure our motoring is more efficient, reliable and comfortable”.
The starting flag will go down on Monday, March 6, 2017 with the election of the Car of the Year. It is the 6th consecutive year that the winner will be chosen from the 7 finalists at the Motor Show. While the attendance at the presentation of this award will be limited to journalists, the general public can follow the proceedings by live streaming at www.gims.swiss or www.caroftheyear.org.
Following this event will be the two Press Days which each year attracts more than 10,000 media representatives from all over the world. 62 of the 180 exhibitors will be presenting one or more premiers as part of the 148 announced. Among these it will be possible to discover some gold nuggets such as: the first high performance car from the Indian constructor Tata, a dream car for the F1 Champion Emerson Fittipaldi created by Pininfarina, or the sportive elegance typical of the British constructor David Brown Automotive. Efficiency too, is far from forgotten: the Swiss designer Sbarro will present a small three-wheeled vehicle that is extremely manoeuvrable, the exhibitors Dendrobium and Catecar will promote their cars that are both high performance and environment friendly, and Segula Technologies from France will present their concept car, a bunch of new technologies including Virtual Reality.
After the President’s Cocktail on Tuesday night March 7, which will bring together all of the exhibitors plus 350 guests from the regional business and economic world, a first overview for this 87th edition, the Motor Show will open its doors to the general public on Thursday morning March 9, 2017. This inauguration will be presided over by the Swiss National Councillor and head of the Department of the Economy, Mr. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and the President of the State of Geneva, Mr. Francois Longchamp.
Not to be missed this year:
- The special TAG Heuer exhibition in Hall 3. This Swiss watchmaker has a reputation for exceptional precision in its watches and performance technologies for motor sports. The exhibition will include race cars and race simulators.
- The downloading of the App « Salon Car Collector » developed by the Swiss Federal Energy Office, the presenting sponsor for the Motor Show with its campaign « co2auplancher ». The App will guide the visitors to all of the vehicles at the Show in the Energy Category A, which emit a maximum of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
The Motor Show will remain open for eleven days, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the weekends. To better spread out the number of visitors during the day, and to improve their comfort, a 50% discount on the entry ticket price will be available from 4:00 p.m. every day.
The Geneva International Motor Show is one of the « Top 5 » in the world and is the only motor show in Europe that occurs each year and is recognised by the OICA (International Organisation of Automobile Constructors).