89th Geneva International Motor Show is taking place on March 7 – 17 at the Palexpo in Geneva.
With over 150 World and European Premiers, nearly 900 cars displayed and more than 660 000 visitors visiting, GIMS is truly one of the largest, oldest and the most prestigious car exhibitions in the world.
Certainly, all car lovers are waiting for this event to discover new supercars, concepts and the latest developments in the automobile industry. The exhibition is open for public, hence you can find practical infos about it in this article. However, if you are not visiting GIMS – don’t worry, below you can also find highlights of this year’s show.
GOOD TO KNOW:
- Dates: 7 – 17 March 2019.
- 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).
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 and snack bars around the halls.
- Obviously, the event attracts a lot of visitors. The most crowded days are Saturday and Sunday. So if you have a choice, come during the weekdays.
CAR OF THE YEAR
It is the most respectful trophy of its kind in Europe. This year’s finalists are: Alpine A110, Citroën C5 Aircross, Ford Focus, Jaguar I-Pace, Kia Ceed, Mercedes-Benz A-class, Peugeot 508. And so, 60 members of jury, representing 23 European countries, has voted and the winner is…
Car of the Year 2019 – Jaguar I-Pace
Congratulations to the Jaguar team! For the first time ever, this prestigious trophy has been given to the electric car! :)
Premiers at GIMS 2019
ARCFOX – ECF Concept
ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA – Lagonda All-Terrain Concept
The luxury all-electric SUV is pushing the boundaries with its sharp design and technological features.
AUDI – Q4 e-tron Concept
Q4 e-tron is Audi’s fifth electric car, and it will go into production in 2020. It has 304 hp and can do 0-100 km/h in 6.3 s.
AUTOMOBILI PININFARINA – Battista
Battista is a luxurious hypercar, which is carefully hand-crafted and only 150 will be produced. Its outstanding 1 900 hp electric drive takes it from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2 s.
BENTLEY MOTORS – Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner
As Bentley celebrates 100 marvellous years, the company displays the history and evolution together, presenting the special limited edition of 100 Continental GT Number 9.
BENTLEY MOTORS – Bentayga
This luxurious crossover delivers 635 hp, has a top speed of 306 km/h and dashes from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 s.
The brand loved by millions, presenting a lot of upgraded models as well as new series, with some exciting features. Among novelties: BMW – 330e, BMW – M760Li xDrive, BMW – 745e, BMW – X5 xDrive45e, BMW ALPINA – B4 S Bi-Turbo Edition 99, BMW ALPINA – B7 Bi-Turbo.
BUGATTI – La Voiture Noire
The car from the category expensive and very expensive. This one-of-a-kind auto in celebration of Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, was bought by a collector for €11 million.
CITROËN – Concept car Ami One
Citroën also celebrates 100 years of confident mobility with a special exhibition and premiers. The brand is presenting all-electric two-seater, designed for busy lifestyle in the city.
FERRARI – F8 Tributo
Lighter, faster and as beautiful as always. The 3.9-litre V8 delivers 720 hp, and flashes 0-100 km/h in 2.9 s, achieving a top speed of 340 km/h.
LAMBORGHINI – Aventador SVJ Roadster
Lamborghini’s most powerful convertible production model. Its 6.5-litre V12 engine packs 770 hp. With the top speed more than 305 km/h, it slips 0-200km/h in 8,8 s.
Another brand that people all over the world love for its high performance and elegant design. Within the exhibition, it is also revealing many new models.
PIËCH – Piëch Mark Zero
The new Piëch Mark Zero takes a sports car into the electric age. Comes with 4-wheel drive and generates 610 hp.
PORSCHE – 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
The iconic 911 is premiering as a convertible at the motor show. It delivers 450 hp and features all-wheel drive.
SKODA – Vision iV
A vision of Skoda’s first electric vehicle.
TRENDS AND INNOVATIONS AT GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
Above all, one of the strongest trends is growing amount of energy-efficient cars. Electric cars are finally our reality, as a result, most of the brands are presenting new electric series of models. In addition, new brands which are dedicated to E-cars are emerge strongly on the market. Even more, the car of the year 2019 is the electric Jaguar I-Pace. And I’m so happy about it. I have had a chance to see this concept expanding during my visits to the fair, and that’s the future I’m excited to drive in.
Technologies constantly change the way we live and drive. Thus, the driving culture is noticeably evolving towards self-driving cars and AR technologies. Some important topics, like cybersecurity of connected and autonomous vehicles as well as traffic controls and latest technological developments will be discussed within the Motor Show.
Monochromatic minimalism in colours
Even though it is not officially declared, there is always a dominant pallet of colours during the show. This year, I think the most trending colours are white and granite grey. Brands are bravely incorporate them not only for the exteriors, but also for the interiors. While it looks neat and luxurious, I do hope that the white interiors come with a special cleaning feature. :) However, some brands stood up with more bold colour choices, like orange, red and blue.
TAG HEUER SPECIAL EXHIBITION
The guests of the Motor Show could also enjoy the special exhibition of TAGHeuer. This Swiss watchmaker takes the opportunity to announce new collaborations and demonstrate legendary cars. Throughout the show, the brand celebrates 50 years of the legendary TAG HEUER MONACO.
That was a short sneak peek to the novelties, HIGHLIGHTS and trends of this year’s Motor Show in Geneva. You are welcome to share your FAVOURITES in the comments below.
You may also be interested in last year’s Motor Show -> 88TH GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
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