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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Polestar currently operates four showrooms in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Polestar

Polestar, an electric performance car brand, will be opening 15 new sales locations in the U.S. by the end of 2021. Called Polestar Spaces, the showrooms are more in line with what Tesla offers and less like a traditional auto dealership.

Each Polestar Space features minimalist Scandinavian-like design, pulling together the heritage of the company with a modern sales environment. Each location is staffed by non-commissioned Polestar Specialists. Test drives can be coordinated on-site or at home.

In the next few months, locations in Austin, Texas; Boston; Denver, Seattle; South Florida; and Washington D.C. will open. Those new showrooms will be established in connection with established retailer groups in the area. Additional information regarding the D.C. and Florida locations is expected soon.

2021 Polestar 2 The fastback Polestar 2 is a head-turner. Photo courtesy of Polestar

The second-half of 2021 will welcome the opening of additional showrooms in Atlanta; Central and South New Jersey; Connecticut; Dallas; Detroit; Minneapolis; Phoenix; and Orange County, California.

Specific showroom details are available at Polestar.com/Spaces.

"In 2019 we stated our goal of servicing 85% of the addressable EV market within a year of the Polestar 2 launch," said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar in North America. "With these 2021 appointments, we will accomplish that and more- especially with our free pickup and delivery servicing within 150 miles of a brick-and-mortar Polestar location."

Polestar Spaces are already open in Los Angeles (Santa Monica) and Manhattan, plus two locations in the San Francisco Bay Area (Corte Madera and Santa Clara).

The automaker currently offers the Polestar 2 for sale in the U.S. AutomotiveMap recently had the opportunity to test drive the car for review.

It was recently confirmed that the Polestar Precept concept is headed to production. The concept version of the car is noted for its sustainable materials and minimalist design.

Additionally, Polestar and Koenigsegg are working on a project.

Further markets for expansion will be announced later in 2021.

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A diamond mesh grille fronts the 2022 Kia K8.

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Goodbye, Cadenza. Hello, K8. The Kia Cadenza is one of those cars that is easy forgotten about (if you ever knew about it in the first place) and frequently passed over in favor of the Toyota Avalon or the like. Still, most every automotive journalist who has driven it likes it.

So, Kia's taking the lessons learned from the Cadenza and some from the K5 and Stinger, and rolling them into a new large sedan, the 2022 Kia K8. This week the company unveiled the first official images of the car ahead of its debut. This is the first vehicle named the K8 in Kia history.

2022 Kia K8 The K8's headlights have integrated turn signals.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

2022 Kia K8

"Following our recent company rebrand, we keep moving toward our new brand values with a new model – the K8. This modern sedan has been designed with innovation and elegance at its very core," said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center. "While paying homage to the K7, the K8 looks to the future. Its progressive exterior takes on character and emotion, and combines those qualities with an expressive looking front and a dynamic swooping rear, giving the K8 a high-quality, premium presence that takes direct inspiration from some of the world's most technically advanced yachts."

As seen in the photos, the car wears Kia's new logo on its badging, and has design lines reminiscent of the vehicles it has taken lessons from. There's a frameless tire nose grille with diamond lattice, turn signals integrated into the headlights, an elongated side profile, chrome finish along the bottom of the doors, and a roofline that trails off into the trunk. It's all very much from the Kia sedan lineup.

Kia promises that the car will have a "first class" interior that establishes "new benchmarks in premium quality". The sedan will deliver a high-performance driving experience yet be comfortable to ride in, according to Kia messaging.

The rear of the Kia K8 features elongated taillights.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Kia K8 is expected to arrive in showrooms later this year but the U.S. might not get it until after it's arrived in Korea and Europe.

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