Blog: Live from the Geneva motor show: part 1
Glenn Brooks | 5 March 2012
It's European Car of the Year time, with the results just announced at a ceremony timed to coincide with the Geneva motor show (press day is tomorrow). And the winner is... the Opel and Vauxhall Ampera.
Which will of course thrill General Motors but the timing is odd, with the news of a production hiatus for the car's twin, the Chevrolet Volt. For now, it's unclear what that means for Ampera production, which is on the same line at Detroit-Hamtramck.
As luck would have it, I am scheduled to have dinner tonight with Vauxhall's Duncan Aldred here in Geneva. But with so much anxiety about over possible manufacturing cuts at GM's UK plants, the champagne corks might not be popping. Dave Leggett interviewed the Vauxhall MD as recently as December so do take a look at that if you missed it the first time around.
Will be staying away from the boozy stuff and hitting the hay early as I have an 05:30 alarm call so as to (hopefully) beat the traffic to the Palais des Expositions - I'm staying in France but in theory the PalExpo is a mere 30 minutes' drive away. We shall see.
The plan is to do an early sweep of most of the world premieres, blog a little or a lot, catch up with Dave Leggett, try to stay hydrated and then be ready for an afternoon of interviews with various industry executives. Wish me bon chance?