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The Geneva Motor Show Will Return in 2023 After a 3-Year Absence

The Geneva Motor Show Will Return in 2023 After a 3-Year Absence

The Geneva International Motor Show is finally coming back.

One of the automotive industry’s biggest events will return in 2023, following a three-year absence. Comité Permanent du Salon International de l’Automobile, which runs the Swiss event, made the announcement in a very straightforward “Save the Date” message posted to the show’s website on Monday morning. “We are very happy to confirm you that the Geneva International Motor Show will be on from February 14th to February 19th 2023 in Palexpo, Geneva,” it reads in its entirety. The event was last held in 2019.

Back in February 2020, the Geneva Motor Show was canceled days before it was scheduled to begin after the Swiss government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people because of the then nascent coronavirus outbreak. In the years since, organizers have chosen to be cautious. The 2021 event was canceled in June of 2020. Then, in November of 2021 the plug was pulled on the 2022 edition.

Of course, plans to move forward with the auto show could still be subject to change amid a coronavirus that has produced multiple variants and  case surges. Indeed, Monday’s statement came just hours after it was announced that another major car event, the Beijing Motor Show, was being postponed indefinitely, according to Motor1.com. Organizers of the biennial event, which was set to run from April 21 through the end of the month, said that the event was being delayed because of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in China, which is currently experiencing its biggest jump in cases since the start of the pandemic. It is unknown whether the show will be held later this year, which is what happened after the 2020 edition was postponed.
The  return of the Geneva Motor Show will certainly be welcome among auto industry insiders. The nearly week-long event is one of the crown jewels of the automotive calendar, with brands from all over the world lining up to show off their most outlandish vehicles. In 2019, this included the McLaren Speedtail, Ferrari F8 Tributo and, what was at one point the world’s most expensive new car, the one-off Bugatti “La Voiture Noire.” Amazingly, all those cars went into production. We’re still waiting on the all-electric Pininfarina Battista, though.

Piëch’s New 603 HP GT Brings Classic Sports Car Looks to the Electric Age

Piëch’s New 603 HP GT Brings Classic Sports Car Looks to the Electric Age

How do you stand out among an ever-expanding crowd of electric vehicles? Build a luxurious battery-powered grand tourer, of course.

At least that’s what Piëch, a budding Swiss marque founded in 2017, has done with its newest car, a GT that’s quite unlike anything currently up for grabs.
The sleek four-wheeler, known simply as the Piëch GT, has a timeless design that stands in opposition to disruptive EVs like, say, the Cybertruck. The automaker’s designers spoke to car enthusiasts about what was missing on the market and designed a “modern classic” free of any fleeting fashion trends. Indeed, the two-door has everything you might expect from a traditional GT—flowing lines, a stately faux grille and a spacious interior—but releases zero emissions.

“The new Piëch GT should convincingly transport the DNA of a classic sports car into the electric age,” Rea Stark Rajcic, co-founder and CDO of Piëch Automotive, said in a statement.

The new GT has a timeless design with flowing lines. 

Beyond looks, this 3,968-pound beauty can run. It’s equipped with three electric motors—one drives the front wheels, while the other two drive the rear wheels—that collectively produce 603 hp (460 kW). Piëch says that’s enough grunt to send the GT from zero to 62 mph in less than three seconds or up to 124 mph in nine seconds.
The 75 kWh battery, meanwhile, allows the tourer to travel up to 310 miles (500 km) on a single charge, according to Piëch. It supports fast charging, too, which means the GT can be topped up to 80 percent in eight minutes. And, if you use a special charger created by TGOOD, you can juice up in just five minutes.
Piëch plans to carry out testing and fine-tuning over the next two years and launch the final production model of the GT in mid-2024.

Primed for cross-country drives, the GT has a range of 310 miles. 

“Piëch is exactly following the tried-and-tested testing cycles of German premium manufacturers here, with trials in heat and dust, in sub-zero temperatures with ice and snow, and on demanding roads and racetracks such as the Nürburgring Nordschleife, to be able to meet our target of starting series production in 2024,” adds Piëch’s chief developer Klaus Schmidt.
Piëch already has a rival in this category, though. German giant Audi has also unveiled an electric grand tourer, the $99,000 e-tron GT, that can reportedly churn out 469 horses and cover 252 miles.

Hey, who doesn’t like a little competition?
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