The Show in 2009
The Geneva Motor Show is the first trade fair to provide a space particularly aimed at small and large companies specialising in developing new technologies using renewable fuels and striving to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions. This 'Green Pavilion' is a recurring feature of the show until 2013. The automotive industry, like other sectors, is hit by the global economic crisis. Despite tough times, all the manufacturers continue to take part in Geneva's premier automotive event. However, visitor numbers do dip below 700,000 in 2009 and 2010.
There was a double world premier for Mercedes at the 2009 Show. In addition to its new E-Class Sedan, this prestigious German manufacturer also presented a new coupe version of this series. The two models share the same quad –headlamp front design and rear wing treatment. However, in spite of sharing a name and some design similarities, the E-Coupe stands out on its own. This model was derived from the C-Class as can be seen in its front end treatment, the dashboard display, and particularly the wheelbase, which is identical to the C-Class. The E-Coupe measures 2.76 meters versus the 2.87 meters of the E-Class Sedan. The E-Coupe replaces the CLK.
Previously presented as a concept car at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2005, the final production version of the Skoda Yeti was revealed in 2009. This compact SUV is based on the VW Golf platform and offers a large range of both petrol and diesel engines. If its interesting design aspects appear a bit whimsical, the Yeti possesses serious dynamic performance qualities. Its effective space utilisation and off-road capabilities make for a very useful vehicle, especially for rural and mountainous regions.