Some debuts from Geneva, World Car of the Year contenders, and a change in car buying
March 8, 2017
We’re seeing more on day two of press days at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. Mercedes-Benz revealed the AMG GT Concept show car. The four-door performance coupe has hints of hybrid power.
That’s just one of the new offerings MotorWeek is watching. Organizers say the show will feature 148 world and European premiers. Some big ones so far:
Honda Civic Type R:
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo:
Hyundai i30 Wagon (possible Elantra Wagon for US???):
Plenty more to report, so stay tuned to MotorWeek. The 87th Geneva International Motor Show opens to the public tomorrow and runs through March 19, 2017.
The finalists have been announced for the World Car Awards. The top three contenders for 2017 World Car of the Year are Audi Q5, Jaguar F‐PACE, and Volkswagen Tiguan. Awards are handed out in six categories. The winners will be announced April 13, 2017 leading up to the New York International Auto Show. Here’s a link to see the entire list: http://www.wcoty.com/files/2017_THE_ROAD_TO_WORLD_CAR_Top3.pdf
If you’re thinking about buying a car, the process may have changed since the last time around. UberMedia has just released a Cross-Shopping Report. They found 41% of new car buyers visit one dealership. Researchers say 10 years ago buyers visited an average of ﬁve dealerships. The report found when car buyers get serious about the purchase, they add an average of 2.2 new brands to their shortlist. The report also points out digital research plays a key part in the process.