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Weekly News Review | 13 March 2017 | Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain

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The Geneva Motor Show: a quick round-up

Surprise, surprise: technology and innovation flooded the Geneva Motor Show again this year. In short, the Volkswagen Group’s first concept car - Sedric - took the limelight in Geneva, illustrating the future of mobility; and the inevitable end of out-of-fashion automotive processes. Although we will not see something of this calibre on our roads anytime soon, the innovations within it will spread out across the Group’s brands in the near future, which is an exciting prospect. Along with others, the VW Group reminded us all that there will soon be a sizable shift into the world of autonomous cars; and there is no way back.

The lack of diesel-powered cars was also unsurprising, with only a handful on display, such as the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - further showing the end of the road for the already-tarnished engines. This extreme change, credit to Dieselgate, has forced global automakers to push into EV production, a silver lining in a time of uncertainty. Without this happening, we may not have seen the creation of Bentley’s EXP 12 Speed 6e concept or even Jaguar’s I-PACE concept, which both set the mark for future EV models at the show, especially that of the in-form premium SUV segment. Speaking of the popular luxury SUV segment, Jaguar Land Rover’s new Range Rover Velar locked horns with Volvo’s XC60 to take the top spot from Audi, which also showed of its Q8 Sport concept with a new innovative petrol-electric hybrid system.

Of course, the recent deal between PSA and GM lingered around each stand and numerous press conferences, with many journalists pointing their pens towards none other than Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne, who had to bat away speculation of a deal with the VW Group in order to compete with PSA’s latest move in Europe. VW’s CEO Matthias Mueller was also quick to shut down rumours… but who knows?

However, despite all of this, the star cars of the Geneva Motor Show were in fact performance cars, such as the Ferrari 812 Superfast, the McLaren 720s, the Aston Martin Valkyrie and even the return of Alpine with its highly anticipated A11. And that is what Geneva does so well - it is the podium for fast, fun and exciting cars great to drive, even if autonomous and connected vehicles are taking the headlines. The show has illustrated the period of time we are in at present, where the industry is fragmented between autonomy and driving pleasure. Yes, we are in time of change and, yes we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for the ‘traditional’ car model. However, iconic brands that we have become so fond of in the industry like McLaren and Porsche are standing firm, making a statement that ‘driving pleasure’ will not die anytime soon.

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