Geneva Motor Show 2021

2021 Geneva International Motor Show cancelled, event to be sold

Exhibitors have to dismantle their displays after cancellation of the Geneva International Motor Show on February 28, 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland. Swiss authorities announced today that all upcoming events with more than 1,000 attendees will be cancelled in an attempt to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

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After polling their members, the organizing body of the Geneva International Motor Show has decided to not move forward with the 2021 event.

This is a direct result of the financial constraints put upon the group following the cancellation of the 2020 show after Switzerland's government announced a ban on gatherings of 1,000 people or more as the coronavirus ramped up a week before the show was to begin. The cancellation of the 2020 event is estimated to have cost 11 million Swiss francs.

Geneva International Motor show As a result of the closure of the Geneva International Motor Show, the organization that runs the show suffered an enormous financial loss. Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty Images

Though the Foundation that puts one the show was approved for a loan of 16.8 million Swiss francs to help offset the impact, the organization did not feel that it would be responsible to use the loan due to the uncertainty that the loan would guarantee long-term stability for the event.

Conditions of the loan included repayment of 1 million Swiss francs before the event could possibly have made any money as well as the requirement that a show be put on in 2021.

When the Committee and Foundation Board polled exhibitors, they asked them about participating in a 2021 event. Most said that they would probably not participate in a 2021 edition, but were likely to do so in 2022.

In addition to the economic toll of the event, the orgainzing committee was wary of planning for an event that normally attracts 600,000 visitors and 10,000 journalists with the status of the ongoing world health crisis still uncertain, including related travel bans.

The future of the show remains relatively uncertain though the Federal Council approved a plan to sell the rights to put on the show and all assets to Palexpo SA. Palexpo is the convention center where the event is typically held.

GIMS is the largest public event in Switzerland. Its economic impact on the canton of Geneva is estimated at some CHF 200 million per year.

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The Lordstown Endurance all-electric pickup truck is moving closer to production.

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The Lordstown Endurance isn’t under production yet, but the company is already receiving orders for the all-electric pickup truck - 40,000 of them. The model is targeted at commercial fleet vehicle buyers like city governments and large corporate entities that require the capability of a full-size truck.

Each pre-order is a non-binding agreement to purchase the truck, the same as the reservations received by Ford for the Mustang Mach-E and Tesla for the Cybertruck. The purchases equal $2 billion in revenue for the company, which is based in Lordstown, Ohio.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The design of the interior of the Endurance is crisp and modern.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Lordstrown has kicked up the cadence of its news releases as the company moves closer to production. In June, the company debuted the truck and announced its $52,000 price point.

July marked the release of the first renderings of the interior of the Endurance and the debut of the first commercial starring the truck. Then, in August, Lordstown announced that they had entered into an agreement with DiamondPeak Holdings to become a publicly traded company.

Lordstown Motors is operating out of the former General Motors Lordstown Assembly site. The new company has its plant next to the battery facility that General Motors is developing to assist with the products coming to market in the future, like the Cadillac Lyriq.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The large screen combines most vital functions of the car’s command center into one place.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Now, the company as revealed its first pictures of the interior of the truck. Notably, the Endurance has its large screen spanning the width of the driver and center console, housing most all vital functional controls of the vehicle.

Reservations for the truck continue to be taken via the company’s website.

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The Lotus Evija is the most powerful series production road car ever built.

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The Lotus Evija is Britain's first all-electric hypercar. Its powertrain delivers a minimum of 986 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, with its upper limits reaching near 1,973 horsepower, making it the most powerful series production road car ever built.

The British automaker is showing off the prowess of the Evija for the first time on the track. A new video (vailable below) showcases the model at the 2.2-mile track at Hethel, Lotus's headquarters.

Piloting the Evija is Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus. In the video, he provides extensive new commentary on key elements of the Evija project as on-board cameras reveal the capabilities of the car.

Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus, pilots the car in the video.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

In the film, Kershaw takes the audience through the development journey of the Evija from the earliest discussions amongst Lotus staff to today.

The model features five drive modes, each designed to enhance a different part of the Evija driving experience. Range mode is limited to 986 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, switching the Evija from four-wheel drive to all-wheel drive, in an effort to save power.

The City driving mode adds power Control, compared to the Range mode, by increasing regenerative braking ability, which is optimal for urban environments.

In Tour mode, the drive system is switchable to four- or rear-wheel drive. This drive mode delivers 1,381 horsepower and activates torque vectoring technology.

The car's Sport and Track mode deliver the most power and performance. Sport mode ups the power to 1,677 horsepower and 1,254 pound-feet of torque, and increases traction levels. Using Track mode, power is boosted to 1,973 horsepower. The car's Drag Reduction System is available on request to deliver the highest level of torque vectoring technology available. In this mode, the chassis setting is automatically switched to Track.

Lotus has given the Evija a top track speed of 200 mph.

Lotus Evija development prototype on test at Hethel www.youtube.com

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