Phil Curry took a trip to Switzerland to profile some of the upcoming models and find out how the industry is reacting to enforced change... The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) is opening its doors for the 89thtime this year. This event is very different to the first running, and indeed, different to more recent runnings, taking place in a changing automotive landscape. The automotive market, which has been growing steadily since the global recession of 2009, has come to a halt. Sales are fluctuating, caused by turbulent markets, unpredictable political situations and a campaign against diesel technology that has caused sale to drop drastically since 2015, the same time that Dieselgate broke and the eyes of the world focused on nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. ...
It may sound odd, making a 300-mile round trip to play a game of pool, but this is not a simple trip to a bar or snooker club. Instead, I’m playing at ELTA Automotive, and learning about the business at the same time. To be honest, it’s more about that than the pool, although the idea is a clever one. A chance to network with company bosses and other members of the press. I haven’t played in years, so when I’m drawn first, it adds pressure. But you’re not reading about the match, so I’ll move to that later. ELTA Automotive Ltd, originally named ELTA Lighting, is an independent, family-owned business, which was formed in 1993 by Chairman, Martin Bates. It consisted of just five people, one of which is Ian Hallam, who began by working ‘on the shop floor’ but has risen to become the
It’s a wet March morning and in a corner of the Donington race circuit, 32 racing drivers are sitting by a stage, waiting to be introduced to the members of the media who have braved the conditions to make it to the BTCC launch day. This is a popular annual event. While teams will have already tested cars at circuits in sunnier and warmer locations – at least in previous years – this is the first chance for British journalists to see the new machines in the flesh, hear the NGTC engines roar down straights and listen to the Dunlop tyres squeal as those drivers push them to their limits, and sometimes beyond, in the corners. The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) is also celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018. Today’s cars are very different from the Lotus Cortinas and RS500
View our Autosport International gallery here Autosport International took place at the Birmingham NEC between January 11-14. This year’s show was once again packed with a mix of classic and modern race cars from all corners of the motorsport world. Every year, racing fans flock to the hallowed halls of the National Exhibition Centre to see up close the cars that have been, and will be taking part in competitions on tracks around the world. From Formula 1 to WRC, Endurance to Karts, everything the motorsport addict can want is displayed across seven halls and in a Live Action Arena. This year, Auto Repair Focus was on hand to see just what the show had to offer. Mixed Motorsport The show was more diverse in 2018. Rather than using Formula 1 as the main attraction