GENEVA, 3 March. /Corr. Konstantin Pribytkov/. Guests from around the globe will take in Geneva from 3 to 13 March, the 86th international motor show.
The Palexpo exhibition centre on the area of 77 thousand square meters presented their products to about 200 companies from 30 countries – all key global automakers.
Crossovers in trend
The greatest attention will certainly attract more than 120 world and European premieres. Connoisseurs of beautiful and comfortable car waiting for a parade of new products. Held 1 and 2 March at Palexpo “press days”, which gathered about 10 thousand journalists and experts of automotive industry from all over the world, gave grounds for experts to make the unanimous conclusion that the main “stars” of the salon this year – the car of class SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle, or sports utility vehicles). With the allure of SUVs, they often have only two wheels and are not in the full sense of the word off-road vehicles.
“We present here the concept of the new SUV, which want to present in the autumn in Paris as a world premiere, said in an interview with TASS the head of the Russian division of Skoda Auto company Lubomir Naiman, speaking of prototype VisionS, which will soon be transformed into a big crossover coupe and may be named Kodiak. Is a new story for us, a new future”. Nyman expressed the hope that the new SUV driven by a 225-strong hybrid setup, with a fuel consumption of no more than two liters per hundred kilometers, like the Russians. Although sales in Russia last year, Skoda has dropped, market share rose by 3.7%. “It’s very important for us, because it creates a base for the future,” he said.
What cars like the Russians
Have your SUV and Toyota. It Toyota CH-R is the first subcompact crossover with a hybrid power plant. It looks like a sports car (sloping roof with spoiler, narrow headlights) that will appeal to young people. Sales should begin in the second half of this year.
“I think that Russians love our lineup, they like the reliability,” said the correspondent of TASS General Manager Toyota, Jean-Yves Jol. He recalled that in the second half of the year the factory in St. Petersburg now produces the Camry, will start producing the RAV4 crossover, which “is best sold in Russia”.
However, competition in the SUV segment is high. That work to improve this type of machinery is not in place, evidenced by the unexpected announcement, made in Geneva, the Japanese company Nissan is that next year the Qashqai crossover it will equip the system Piloted Drive 1.0, and thus the driver will not have to exert effort while driving. So far, however, it is not clear to what extent the machine is offline (the company claims about the ability of the car to move “with the set parameters even by a busy highway”). Anyway, the work in this direction Nissan is going to continue to “give” by 2020 Autonomous system, adapted for movement under different conditions.
To restore confidence
Audi brought to Geneva the SUV Q2. This is the smallest crossover of the German company – it is 195 mm shorter than the Audi Q3.
Yellow SUV-the Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze drew special attention to the Swiss journalists, what is not surprising, considering that a German company controls more than 40% of the automobile market in the Alpine Republic. Executive Director of Volkswagen Herbert Diss said in Geneva that the company wants to make a breakthrough, thanks to SUV’s. “2016 marks the beginning of a new era for VW, he said, – and we believe that it is possible to quickly restore the confidence of our customers”. Thus, as is evident from the words of the Director, SUVs should help the automaker recover from the international scandal with the rigging of the exhaust gas.
However, in Geneva gamma interesting cars is not limited to crossovers. Attention was drawn, in particular, the supercar Lamborghini Centenario anniversary of the founding of the brand Ferruccio Lamborghini.
It’s time to invest in a car
Lovers of expensive luxury cars, for sure, will not remain indifferent to presents in Geneva the British company Rolls-Royce models Rolls-Royce Ghost and Rolls-Royce Wraith in version Black Badge. “We believe that many of our buyers feel that now is the right time to invest in something that is a long time,” said the correspondent of TASS head of corporate communications Rolls-Royce for Eastern Europe Frank Thiemann.
“In past years, we have seen that many of our customers in Russia in conditions of economic uncertainty, reasoned, “Let us invest in something that will have a value of three, five, ten and even twenty years.” I think that this, in addition to our strong model portfolio has ensured our success in Russia,” said Thiemann, noting that last year sales of Rolls-Royce in Russia has increased, despite the difficult situation in the economy. “Last year we had a second record year in a row. We sold over 100 cars,” concluded the source.
In anticipation of the opening of the salon “car of the year” in Geneva was announced Opel/Vauxhall Astra. This decision was made by a jury of 58 journalists representing the media of 22 countries. Just the competition was attended by 29 car.
Under forecasts of organizers of the salon, for 11 days (until March 13) will be visited by about 700 thousand people, and he will confirm its status as the largest exhibition in Switzerland. As stated by its President Maurice Turrettini, the fact that the exhibition from year to year are the largest manufacturers, confirms its “place among the five most important automobile exhibitions in the world.”