2013 Geneva Motor Show, Switzerland

Published Monday, March 11th 2013
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The 83rd International Geneva Motor Show and Accessories opened its doors on Thursday, 7th of March in the presence of Mr. Ueli Maurer, the President of Switzerland along with the President of the State Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, Mr. Charles Beer, and the President of the Motor Show, Mr. Maurice Turrettini, in the presence of a host of politicians and figures from the business community and the automotive industry in particular.

As you’ve been used to since now (we hope), we will be focusing on the car tuning part of this motor show which usually kicks of at Geneva and continues to grow in the number of exposed vehicles until SEMA in Las Vegas, U.S.A. where it reaches the absolute maximum.

This year there were a a large number of world premieres like the BMW Alpina B3 bi-turbo based on the BMW 3 series, 8-speed automatic switch-tronic gearbox , 6 cylinder in line engine with Bi-Turbo supercharging; the Rinnspeed microMax which tends to merge personal and public transportation in a particularly clever fashion with its unique upright seats is the perfect ‘thing’ for swift short-distance transfers - the car to the app; the Brabus 800 cabriolet roadster based on SL 65 AMG with 588 kW/800 hp, 1.420 Nm and a top speed of 350 km/h; or the Techart aerodynamic kit for the 911 Carrera 4S coupe.

All in all, this year’s show was a great event for car tuning enthusiasts and we hope that this will not change for the future Geneva Motor Shows that will continue this wonderful tradition started 83 editions ago in 1905.

Here’s the press release:

“As is the case each year, a large and impatient crowd of visitors awaited the official opening of the Geneva International Motor Show. Upon the arrival of the President of the Swiss Confederation and the President of the Council of the State of Geneva, the halls were already crawling with visitors. In his speech, Mr. Ueli Maurer emphasized the key role and influence of the automobile on both the economy and on society in general. Following that, Mr. Charles Beer, President of the Council of the State of Geneva underlined the importance of the automobile industry, especially in the creation of employment. Mr. Maurice Turrettini, President of the Geneva Motor Show vigorously supported the initiative of the Association of Swiss Car Importers “auto-schweiz” that requires political authorities to devote the tax revenues generated by their industry to the development of road and highway infrastructures. During his visit to the stands the President of the Swiss Confederation shook many hands and displayed remarkable enthusiasm and energy.

As of Sunday night, 4 days after the opening, the Motor Show had already registered more than 300,000 entries. There is still one week remaining to discover the latest new models and developments presented by the exhibiting manufacturers.

The Geneva Future Mobility Forum is a series of conferences on the political, technological, business/economic, and motorsport aspects of the automobile world. These conferences are presented every day at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Palexpo Congress Centre, Room K. They are free for all visitors to the Motor Show and no inscription is necessary. The presentations are tailored to the general public and they enable participants to better understand the importance and impact of this industry. The speakers, who are all specialists in their fields, will present topics that are interesting and easy to understand for everyone. The detailed programme is available on the official website www.salon-auto.ch and in the official Motor Show guide.

Visitors who arrive from 4 p.m. on will benefit from a half-price reduction on their entry ticket.”


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