Many US cities have auto shows (Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Cleveland, Columbus, Portland, Minnesota’s Minneapolis/Twin Cities, Orange County (OC), New York, Miami, South Florida, St. Louis, Richmond, Los Angeles (LA), Seattle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Silicon Valley). Click here for a 2012 auto show schedule and here for a list of Motor Trend shows. He has even been to the Detroit show several times. I’ve never been, so I was excited to see what it was all about. The Geneva Motor Show is held at Palexpo every March.
Last Friday, we had date night. I picked him up after work, but didn’t tell him where we were headed. Tickets to the Geneva Auto Show (officially known as the 82nd International Motor Show and Accessories) are half price after 4:00 p.m., so it was cheaper to go to the car show than to go to a movie! Although we know people who spent days there, a few hours was enough time for us to hit the highlights. He was pretty excited when he realized where we were headed and we had a really good time.
The show isn’t just cars, there is also a hall full of accessories booths. From rims, to tools to garage doors, to car washes, it has just about everything auto-related you can imagine. Walking through that hall, he said it reminded him of a trade show.
Since this is Geneva, there were luxury cars galore.
Car enthusiasts were jazzed about the new concept cars (also known as prototypes), cars made to showcase new styling or technology . Many of them were electric. While these are not yet on the market, they provide a glimpse into what what we’ll see in the future.
The American Car companies were there and they offered great value for the money, running much less than comparable European models.
Chinese automakers were also there. I’ve seen several SsangYong‘s around Geneva.
Some booths offered entertainment like foosball or a simulated driving game.
He was expecting to see more models, but apparently they only hire models in evening gowns and cocktail dresses for the press days and special events. The cars were the real eye candy. The sports cars were some of the biggest attractions; they just looked sweet.
Many of the exhibitors restored or modified cars. I have never seen as many flip-up doors. It was like a giant episode of Pimp My Ride.
You can buy cars at the auto show. Each of us decided on the three we wanted. His top three: Aston Martin (any of them), the Jeep Cherokee and the Tesla Sedan.
Being small, I love a small car. I wanted a Mini and any Lotus. Although I am sure this phrase has never been written, for my third, the Maybach edged out the Smart Car. The champagne in the back helped sell me.