The best of the Geneva motor show 2017

Generally regarded as the best motor show in the world, this year's event lived up to the reputation

- Advertisement -

Industry news and gossip

There was one major industry story in Geneva that dominated all others – the announcement just before the show that GM is selling its European operations to PSA Groupe. Vauxhall/Opel and Peugeot PR teams found that no-one in the press was remotely interested in their new cars, only wanting to know more about the implications of the buyout.

Vauxhall had the new Insignia hatch and estate and new Crossland X SUV to show off, but inevitably all the questions being asked by the media related to the future of the brand and its UK operations.

There has been suggestion in the press that the sell-off of GM’s European operations is a precursor to an even bigger move – a merger between GM and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which would create one of the biggest industry shake-ups in automotive history. But no-one from either party wanted to discuss that…

Over on the Volkswagen stand, no-one wanted to talk about diesels and instead focussed on the brand’s reinvention as a champion of electric mobility. Volkswagen continues to dodge calls to pay compensation to UK and European customers screwed over by the company’s dieselgate scandal, unlike in America where billions of dollars in compensation will be paid to affected owners. Basically it boils down to legal obligations, and Volkswagen continues to believe that it has no legal liability to its UK customers.

Most brands were talking up electrification of the car industry, with support for both battery and fuel cell options. Honda expects that two-thirds of its European sales will be electric by 2025, and other brands are in a similar position. Dieselgate may be accelerating the death of diesel, but it is likely to take petrol with it. Performance cars are likely to still offer petrol options, but commuter and family vehicle look like they will be electrified sooner rather than later.

I know it seems like we have mentioned every car on display in Geneva, but I can promise you that we got barely a quarter of the way in. We haven’t even mentioned the superb little Alpine A110 sports car, or the new Porsche 911 GT3 or Panamera Sport Turismo. Or the Honda Civic Type R, or the Infiniti Q60 Project Black S. As I said at the start, there were a lot of new machines on display…

What were your highlights from the Geneva motor show? Let us know in the comments section below!

- Advertisement -
Stuart Masson
Stuart Massonhttps://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

Latest Expert Advice

Driving test change to boost accessibility

Video clips are to replace written scenarios in UK driving tests to make them more accessible.

Personal Contract Purchase: the PCP explained

The PCP (personal contract purchase) is the most popular type of car finance. This guide tells you everything you need to know about PCP car finance.

Latest Expert Ratings

Skoda Superb

The Skoda Superb has received many outstanding media reviews and awards for its practicality, design and value for money.

Range Rover Velar

The Range Rover Velar has received many good reviews, with praise for its design and comfort. However, it is considered expensive compared to rivals.

Updates to Volvo S90 and V90 models

Volvo has revised its range-topping S90 saloon and V90 estate models, with the model sporting a lightly tweaked look and upgraded equipment.

All-new Hyundai i20 breaks cover

Hyundai has pulled back the covers on the new i20, with the supermini the first car to sport the firm’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ approach to design.

Three in ten car buyers don’t know whether to go petrol, diesel or electric with next car

Almost a third of UK car drivers have no idea whether petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric is the right choice for them...

Car finance lender forced to pay customers £30 million in compensation

Car finance lender Moneybarn has also been fined almost £3 million by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) after failing to help vulnerable customers.

More from The Car Expert

Expert Advice

Award-winning, independent and impartial advice on buying, financing, owning and running a car

Expert Ratings

We analyse and aggregate dozens of media reviews for each new car into an overall Expert Rating

Expert News

All the most important new car launches, model updates, car reviews and industry news

Expert Partners

Our new space for commercial partners to bring you special offers on their products and services

What are your thoughts? Let us know below.