Roving correspondent Robertas Parazitas, continues his reporting from the 86th Geneva International Motor Show.
Tuesday 01 March 2016
Heavy round of press conferences – Seat and BMW were at 7:45AM. Brutal.
An over-run on the Fiat block has pushed the timetable back a good half hour. Sergio was ebullient. Hair a bit tidier, but the pullover didn’t look as if it had been washed since his last shift on the refuse collection.
The 124 Spider looks better than expected, especially in red, but I still immediately thought “Mitsuoka”. There was a pale primrose example of the real thing on the Fiat stand to show up the imported imposter.
JLR presentation beckons. More later.
Highpoints so far today:
Discovering that the new Renault Scenic has 20″ wheels as standard. When will this madness end?
The Scenic was described by Laurens van den Acker as “the car for parents who are still in love with each other”.
Pass several sick bags…
New Aston Martin DB11. Laid bare as a rolling monocoque it seems strangely ordinary. Floating roof – just like the Astra.
New electric Morgan three wheeler. Same price and performance as the petrol version, to be sold by Selfridges, and has a 150+ mile range. The last bit I take with a shovelful of salt.
Citroen’s bids to become the world’s wackiest carmaker.
I’m a bit fatigued by the booms, bangs, corporate bluster and Orwellian duckspeak. Could there be a competition among CEOs and PR people to use the word “iconic” the highest number of times?