Geneva Motor show: the hunt for CO2 is on
This year, while exploring the stands at the Geneva Motor Show, it was difficult to miss the green. The 2010 edition of the show was deliberately positioned under the theme of the environment with a single goal – to show off the lowest CO2 emission rates.
A "green" label
Not one brand was missing from the list of "eco-manufacturers". The clean car was definitely the guest of honour at the 80th edition of the international Geneva Motor Show. Whether it be the Econetic, Greenline, Bluemotion or Airdream, all models have succumbed to the green wave that would appear to be a constant for all car manufacturers on the planet. Just a fashion until recently, this trend has transformed into an economic necessity for manufacturers who, over the next ten years, are forecasting a resulting increase in sales of hybrid or electric cars.
Green in all segments
All technologies are represented; the Stop&Start system initiated by Valeo and PSA (the engine automatically switches to standby when the vehicle is stopped). The KERS braking energy recovery process is attracting more and more manufacturers. During braking, a considerable amount of energy is lost and this system recovers this energy to power an electric engine, such as in the new Ferrari 599 HY-KERS Concept). Also to mention are solar panels, 8-gear gearboxes and green tyres.
From the dream to the reality
This "green" phenomenon is relative however, as of the sixty or so models on offer, only twelve will actually be on sale during the coming year. Not all these concept-cars or prototypes will necessarily become the cars of tomorrow. The Geneva Motor Show is demonstrating good intentions and interesting "clean" concepts. Let us hope that this will not just be a marketing gimmick and that this desire will rapidly translate into a more generous offer on the clean car market.
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