Blog: Dave LeggettGeneva surprises

Dave Leggett | 6 March 2012

Opel RAKe concept e-bike one-seater was first seen in Frankfurt late last year

Opel RAKe concept e-bike one-seater was first seen in Frankfurt late last year

An early morning drive to Gatwick, a gallon of coffee, some slight turbulence over the Alps, a stroll in the sunshine at the other end and I'm finally at the Geneva show. Besides the snow-capped peaks, which are never boring, a few other things have impressed after a quick blast around the halls. Kimi Raikkonen on the Lotus stand seemed very relaxed after the three-hour drive from Zurich. Three hours? And you kept to the speed limit then Kimi, asked the MC. "Yes, of course, this is Switzerland," came the straight reply.

There was a cargo version of the VW up! which I thought looked rather good for urban light delivery work. With several varieties of up! on show (winter up!, x up!, swiss up! etc) it looked kind of unloved. But the classic 'car-derived van' is perhaps not dead after all.

And on the GM stand there was the RAKe, which we have seen before, but I got a close look at it. Genuinely innovative, I hope it makes it into production. I want a go and I like the way it rethinks the urban mobility problem but also looks like it might actually be, whisper it, fun. 

No time for lunch as I have an interview to get to... and that will set the tone for the afternoon as the schedule is crammed with them.


Geneva 2012

Geneva 2012


Colossal China powers on

I'm starting to get a small idea of the scale of things here in China, but really, I'm only scratching the surface of this vast country....

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