Cars overpowering and conquering urban 4×4, the Geneva Motor Show opened on Tuesday with a firework of new products, while Volkswagen was low profile in the wake of the fixing scandal engines.
L optimism is still required for the European automobile. The market rebounded after the 2008-2013 crisis, becoming in 2015, thanks to the slowdown in China, the engine of global growth in the sector.
In 2016, the BMW German manufacturer of high-end expects growth in sales on the Old continent between 5 and 10% this year, and its rival Mercedes-Benz (Daimler) foresees a “net growth potential” in Europe for him, according to his boss Dieter Zetsche.
Paul Willcox, president of Nissan Europe, predicted his side a continued recovery of the European market this year. “2 or 3% perhaps,” he tread carefully.
After an increase in sales of 9.3% to 13.7 million units last year, the European market expected to exceed 14 million in 2016, according to the consensus of experts.
“consumption is supported by low interest rates, rising real income and employment as well as a good fuel market, “said Monday the president of the Association of German VDA automobile, Matthias Wissmann, saying tackle the Geneva show with” trust “
-The SUV honored -.
the 86th Geneva motor Show promises “more than 120 world and European premieres” and welcomes the extravagant Bugatti Chiron, the successor to the Veyron to the rank of one of the most powerful series of cars, faster and the most expensive in the world (two million euros).
another sign of “supercars” Volkswagen group, Lamborghini, shows her Centenario, which Aston Martin replica with DB 11 and tapered Jaguar a more muscular version of its F-type coupe.
and if the French Renault finally decided not to come to Geneva a prototype foreshadowing the revival of Alpine, DS (PSA) there shows a futuristic concept coupe, electric E-tense.
Closer to the series, urban 4×4 (crossover or SUV) are once again came in numbers on the show. This segment has gained more than 22% of the European market in 10 years of existence.
Hundreds of journalists and industry professionals came to attend Tuesday’s presentation of his Volkswagen T-Cross concept Breeze, a small convertible supposed to announce a “broad offensive in the SUV.”
the new Kia Niro, Toyota C-HR, Seat Ateca, Audi Q2 and Skoda visions in focus sales celebrities the Renault Captur and Nissan Qashqai. As for Maserati (Fiat-Chrysler), it is the Porsche Cayenne with its first SUV, the Levante.
Renault, which already developing a range of “crossovers”, goes against the current trend this year by presenting the fourth generation of its compact van Scénic and Mégane break. New breaks also enthroned on the Volvo stand (V90) and Kia (Optima)
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Volkswagen advantage for his part of the show for his mea culpa and try to win the hearts of European customers.
on Monday night, his boss Matthias Müller called “learn from past mistakes” and promised that “in 2016 (will be) the year during which we intend to solve the problem of our diesel engines to our customers. ” Herbert Diess, head of the VW brand, hit hard Tuesday. “Volkswagen exchange” and “takes its responsibilities around the world,” he assured
The German giant with twelve brands that dominates nearly 25% of the European market, wipes a global storm since it acknowledged in September knowingly faked diesel engines to make them pass US standards.
He faces stiff penalties and the case has been spreading on the entire sector, attracting the attention of the authorities on diesel vehicle emissions.
standards are tightening course after a green light from parliament European last month. Clean-up costs will increase, which is expected to reduce the share of diesel market, currently over 50% on the Old Continent.
For BMW, with three quarters of cars sold in Europe are powered by diesel, the new standards are “very demanding and will cost a lot of money to the company.”
After two press days, the Geneva Motor Show opens Thursday and until March 13, the public at Palexpo center where gathered 200 exhibitors from 30 countries. The organizers expect about 650,000 to 700,000 visitors.
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01/03/2016 1:25:03 p.m. – Geneva, 1 March 2016 ( AFP) – AFP © 2016