84th Geneva International Motor Show

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With a focus on youth, passion and the future!

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Following the enormous worldwide media attention created by the election of the « Car of the Year 2014 », which was won by the Peugeot 308, and the departure of the 11,000 plus media representatives from all over the world, the Geneva International Motor Show opened to the general public last Thursday in the presence of the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Didier Burkhalter, who invited 30 automotive apprentices to join him for this occasion. In spite of the wonderful spring weather last weekend more than 130,000 visitors came to Palexpo to learn about the latest offerings from the major automobile manufacturers and to delight in the cars of their dreams being presented by the top automobile designers and preparation specialists in the industry. There are 7 days remaining to see all of these wonders, test drive electric vehicles, and to pay homage to the history of the mythical Le Mans 24 Hour race.

Last Thursday, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Didier Burkhalter, opened the Geneva International Motor Show where he declared that he hoped everyone “would cherish this day, a day for the young and the automobile, a day for the passion of youth for working in the world of automobiles, a day truly dedicated to the future”.  In his opening remarks, he reaffirmed that the Geneva International Motor Show was one of the greatest of all international events to take place in Geneva and that the Motor Show serves as an exceptional platform for the assemblage of automotive manufacturer and specialists from all over the world.  The President stated his pleasure in noting “that the large number of visitors each year shows the strong interest of the public in this domain.  The automobile fascinates both the young and not-so-young, and its evolution is of interest to everyone, so the automobile must keep its ability to stay on the road when it faces the challenging curves of modernity”. For his official visit, the President was accompanied by his wife Friedrun, who expressed a great interest in the new automobiles being exhibited and was also joined by 30 apprentices from different disciplines in the automotive industry.


Over the last four days masses of visitors, both male and female, have arrived to see the cars of their dreams and to possibly choose their future automobile from the more than 900 vehicles on display.  In spite of the beautiful spring-like weather outside more than 130,000 visitors preferred to wander through the 7 exhibition halls at Palexpo during last weekend.


There are 7 more days in which to experience this exceptional event. There is also the unique opportunity to test drive 7 different electric vehicles made available by BMW, Citroen, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault and Smart at the “Electric Show Drive Centre” situated in the centre of Hall 1.  Further, you can learn more about the history and challenge of the mythical Le Mans 24 Hour race and see an exceptional display of a selection of race cars that have won the event between 1923 and 2013. This special exposition in Hall 3 is sponsored by Rolex, the official timekeeper of the race.


There is a reduction of 50% on all tickets purchased at the entrance from 4:00 PM each day for entry on that day (an offer not included with other special offers).  The Motor Show will remain open daily until next Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm.


All information is available on the official website www.salon-auto.ch which is continuously updated.



Geneva, March 9, 2014 (env. 3'240 signes, espaces compris)