For me this year’s Geneva Motor Show was full of optimism for the motor industry. No, we still don’t know what impact the slow down in growth in China, Trump’s thoughts on tariffs on imported cars into the USA or even Brexit will have in the next coming days or months…. but there was a good vibe around the show.
Just before the show, the news broke that the BMW Group and Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz) are to join forces with automated driving technologies for the future. If you had asked me that question 5 years ago?….This is something that I would’ve thought would never happen.
There seems to be a feeling within the industry of “we all must work together”….. be it sharing platforms, technologies or automated driving. The motoring industry landscape is changing and its seems that the manufactures are changing too.
Morgan Motor Company announced that their future has been secured for many years to come, with the news that the Italian venture capital group – Investindustrial will invest substantially in the 110 year old company.
The motor show didn’t disappoint with its concept cars. Check out the photos below of Aston Martin which had a stand full of concept cars, showing us its vision of the not to far future.
There were lots of manufacturers launching new cars – from Ferrari to Renault. Also, there were the European debuts of the Porsche 911 and the Toyota Supra.
Battery power was high on this year’s motor show agenda with almost every manufacturer having some sort of fully electric or hybrid vehicle on display.
The development of EV batteries continues and we are now seeing their ranges getting longer and the charge times decreasing….hopefully the same thing can be said of the costs.
You know things are looking up when you see the Bugatti La Voiture Noire – the “worlds most expensive car”.
Like I said earlier in this short blog, we don’t know what is going to happen in the coming days or months…. but it seems that all the motor manufacturers have their eyes firmly set on selling their vehicles around the world. This can only be a good thing for the industry and us – the consumer. Lets hope the governments make it easy for them to export and import new vehicles into other countries.
The Geneva International Motor Show is on from the 7th – 17th March 2019.
More blogs to come on individual new cars.