Sunday 8 December 2019

Top three in World Car awards; €30 for a burger; tyre with a brain; tempers frayed

Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

The show is a melting pot of the brilliant and the bizarre. I love the buzz, even if I felt this year was a bit flat.

Anyway here are a few random bits of news, observations and comments you might find of some interest.

The Top Three in the World finalists in the six award categories are as follows:

2017 World Car of the Year:

- Audi Q5

- Jaguar F-PACE

- Volkswagen Tiguan

World Luxury Car:

- BMW 5 Series

- Mercedes-Benz E-Class

- Volvo S90 / V90

World Performance Car:

- Audi R8 Spyder

- McLaren 570s

- Porsche Boxster Cayman

World Green Car:

- Chevrolet Bolt

- Tesla Model X

- Toyota Prius Prime

World Urban Car

- BMW i3 (94 Ah)

- Citroen C3

- Suzuki Ignis

World Car Design of the Year:

- Jaguar F-PACE

- Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

- Toyota C-HR

* Funny how the stand with the fewest new/revised cars, Fiat, had by far the most females adorning the metal.

* I found the Goodyear 'tyre with a brain' technology fascinating. They had it last year with the ECO 360, this year is the Urban version.

Basically the wheel is shaped like a large football, and has technology embedded that tells the car everything about road conditions, speed etc.

If it rains, it has little hexagonal sections that contract to better expel the water and avoid aquaplaning.

The tyres are 'connected' to the car via 'magnetic levitation'.

It beggars belief.

I can imagine a garage telling someone: "Your magnetic levitation is faulty."

Anyway it is for the era of autonomous driving but provides a fascinating glimpse.

* Geneva is an expensive town.

We were charged the equivalent of €30 for a burger and chips - and I didn't eat the bun part because I'm trying to avoid bread. It's the place to lose weight, I can tell you, because you couldn't afford to eat.

* I love the look of Audi's Q8 concept. Don't do any more to it folks. Just leave it.

* If I had the money, I'd buy the Mercedes AMG GT concept now. Love it.

* For all the glamour, and with a few exceptions, was there an absolutely show-stopper of a car? Not so sure there was.

* It's nearly impossible to walk around a car here without infringing on someone's camera line.

I had one or two fairly cross words I can tell you. Nearly started a row with one fella. Funny how upset people get over nothing.

*Butler for hire. We were told the new infotainment system on Range Rover's Velar is like having your own bespoke 'butler'. Home Jeeves and don't spare the horsepower.

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