Martin Ward, manufacturer relations manager Cap HPI shares his views on the Geneva Motor Show and PAL-V drifting car.
Over to Geneva for a day, for a 88th engine show. Those who have been to this tiny and compress uncover will know only how easy it is to get there.
Fly into Geneva airfield and only a brief 15-minute wander to a muster halls.
This year, copiousness of new cars, concepts and record were on view.
Volkswagen showed not one, though 4 concepts, that may, or might not, one day be in a showrooms. Even if one creates it, it will shake adult a destiny pattern of cars.
Škoda showed a Vision X, a brew between a tiny SUV and a hatch, though we theory a finished automobile will be around 15-20% opposite to a uncover car, formed on past concepts.
Star of a uncover seemed to be a Jaguar I-Pace, a great-looking SUV that’s electric-powered with a operation of around 300 miles. Hyundai showed a new Santa Fe, BMW had a new, re-styled X4, Toyota had a all-new most softened Auris.
The all-new Kia Ceed induce and automobile pennyless cover. When it goes on sale in late summer it will have new engines and a most softened interior.
The new Audi A6 was there and, nonetheless we instinctively know it is an A6, a lines are frail and confidant and a new grille creates a automobile really distinctive.
Lexus showed us a UX. It was formidable to sign a dimensions, as we couldn’t get nearby it on a turntable, though it did demeanour good, and really modern.
But a automobile that had me wondering about a destiny was a PAL-V drifting car, yes, a full prolongation automobile that flies.
The cost is around €500,000 (£450,000), though we was told this will dump to €300,000 (£268,000) in time. You need 40 hours’ tuition, it uses customary petrol and has a operation of 800 miles on a highway and 250 miles in a air.
Could we be headed from undiluted roads to a undiluted skies? Probably not during that money. But a nice, if not scary, thought.