Blog: Dave LeggettAutomotive News Europe Congress

Dave Leggett | 18 March 2004

I usually go along to the annual Automotive News Europe (ANE) Congress - it's basically a conference but it's a pretty good one with big name speakers from the vehicle companies and Tier 1s. There's also a good crowd attending (usually 300-400 strong) and I always produce a write-up of the thing on just-auto. In short, it is a good event for me to go along to and I've had an e-mail from ANE's managing editor, Jesse Snyder, confirming that I am most welcome to attend this year on the usual complimentary press ticket basis.

This year it's in Montreux, Switzerland. I'm feeling quite pleased with myself because I've got my travel act together nice and early for once: a little advance planning means cheap flights in Europe. The flight from London Gatwick to Geneva and back will, courtesy of easyjet, cost me just £40 return (including all taxes).

ANE's congress has been held in Montreux before - it was held there in 2000. And yes, Montreux is a very pleasant place to spend a few days. Superb setting. The beautifully clear Lac Leman stretches as far as the eye can see to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps.

But the famously efficient  Swiss railways let me down badly when I was coming home. There were big delays and I missed my flight back. I had to book another one on British Airways, but it went to London Heathrow rather than Luton, where my car was parked! The long journey by public transport at the other end to retrieve the car was not at all fun, I recall.

Below is a link to last year's ANE congress feature (it was held in Paris last year).


ANE Congress 2003


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