Geneva, Switzerland - The 88th Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) kicked off today on a high with a total of 180 exhibitors packed into the seven massive halls here at Palexpo.
As the first massive car show of the year, the manufacturers themselves are eager to show to the world what they have been working on the past year, thus GIMS has a total of more than 110 World and European Premiers that were presented through over 70 press conferences, with 900 vehicular models being exhibited.
The organisers have also stated that the show has attracted over 10,000 media representatives accredited and a further 700,000 visitors are expected to walk through its doors. “The Geneva International Motor Show is in great shape! We continue to be vigilant regarding the evolution of the automobile industry and the changing needs of our visitors” declared Maurice Turrettini, President of the event.
The Show will open its doors to the public on the 8th of March 2018 for 11 days. As usual, Press Days fell on the 6th and 7th of March with the who’s who of the automotive world descending upon Palexpo to check out the latest and biggest premieres from the biggest brands in the car industry.
GIMS in essence becomes the largest rendezvous for CEOs of car manufacturers, suppliers, top designers, analysts, political representatives, professional race drivers and prestigious ambassadors for the different brands exhibiting there.
Following Press Days, the Swiss Federal Counsellor, Mr. Guy Parmelin, will officially open the event to the public on Thursday, the 8th of March, in the presence of the Swiss representatives of the various automotive brands on exhibition, ambassadors from the manufacturer’s countries, as well as prominent local and regional personalities who will all be touring the exhibition.
This year’s show did have a few changes in booth placement compared to previous iterations. For example, Aston Martin has moved to Hall 2 amid numerous other bespoke supercar manufacturers who are participating for the first time. In Hall 6, Citroen has joined the Peugeot stand whilst, Jaguar and Land Rover will be united on the other side of the hall, all of which have increased the size of their exhibition areas.
But enough of our ramblings, its time to relish in the biggest car unveilings on earth! Team 9tro was on site in Geneva to cover all of the action that took place, so sit back, relax and enjoy the show!