It should hardly come as a surprise to anyone that any car show, in this day and age, would feature environmentally conscious vehicles. But add to the timing the fact that the Geneva Auto Show is Western Europe’s largest car show and takes place in a city goes into crisis mode if a food wrapper is left on the sidewalk, and you have all the makings for a very “green” auto show.
Catering to the small-car market of Europe, all of the usual players showcased their tiny cars easily capable of maneuvering around the EU’s ancient streets. Toyota debuted its IQ, which is a very small 4-seater. Traditional European powerhouses Fiat and Renault also showed off additions to their small-car offerings. Many of these tiny fuel-efficient cars are reminiscent of the post-WW II BMW Isleta.
Not only are these automakers competing for the Western European car market, but also for emerging markets such as China. This battle in emerging markets is crucial to carmakers because they expect sales growth in established markets to be slow.
Although many Americans view these tiny European cars as worthy of a car toy museum, and not the road few Americans would turn down a chance to drive the latest Lamborghini. Among the Geneva Auto Show highlights: Lamborghini unveiled its new Gallardo LP560-4 This model is lighter and faster than earlier Gallardo’s. As a bonus, it also emits less CO2.
With a waiting list already in existence for Lamborghini Gallardo’s, your best bet for getting behind the wheel of one of these machines may be an exotic car club. Members of these clubs share a dream garage of the latest exotic cars, timeless classics, and burly muscle cars. In recent years, these sharing clubs have appeared in many cities. Online directories such as exoticcarclubs.com are a great way to find an exotic car club near you.
SUV lovers will be glad to know that these models are still popular attractions at the Geneva Car Show. Renault announced its Koleos and Ford previewed its Kuga. These Crossover SUVs remain popular with drivers all over the world. Additionally, Infinity announced the European arrival of its luxurious FX SUV.
As with all of the major car shows around the world this year, you can expect to see a little bit of everything, just expect a green tint.
“The Geneva Auto Show is always worth a look because so many of the best German and Italian car makers choose to debut there,” said Ron Sturgeon, owner of DFW Elite Car Club, a luxury car-sharing club in Dallas.
“In keeping with the green theme, we just added our third Lamborghini to our car club garage—a green Lamborghini Gallardo,” said the automotive industry executive.