Palexpo has unveiled the latest Geneva International Motor Show poster ahead of the 2015 exhibition. According to the organisers the poster for the 85th edition of the show (which runs from 5-15 March 2015) was designed in a competition by visual communication students from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), under the direction of Jonas Voegeli. The winners, Monika Regina Nef and Nico Bucci, drew inspiration from various car components. Their striking illustration of a headlight symbolises a future-oriented attitude.
The 85th Geneva International Motor Show will run between 5 and 15 March 2015 at Palexpo, the exhibition’s organisers have announced. In parallel, the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich University of the Arts) has been mandated for the creation of the official poster/graphic for the 2015 edition of the show.
For Pirelli, Russia is “still a developing market”, and as we found out a week or so after Tyres & Accessories interviewed global marketing vice-president Matteo Battaini at the recent Geneva Motor Show, Rosneft’s purchase of 13 per cent of Pirelli’s shares means Russia is also still a developing part of Pirelli’s ongoing business strategy.
Top-ranking Goodyear executive Darren Wells was parachuted into the leadership of Goodyear Dunlop Europe Middle East and Africa EMEA in October 2013. Having come from the position of Goodyear global CFO, the move was pitched as something of a reshuffle of the company’s global leadership. Set against the backdrop of the recent Geneva motorshow, Tyres & Accessories talked profitability, strategy and efficiency with the newly installed president.
This week Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe is offering the industry a glimpse at the future of tyre technology, exhibiting its “chip-in-tyre” sensor technology at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. As you would expect the technology is designed to enhance the cornering, braking and stability performance of the car. What’s new is the extent to which the Dunlop chip-in-tyre offers direct link between its microchip, the car’s on-board computer and even the increasingly common infotainment screen.
At the opening of a new mixer at its factory in Enschede, The Netherlands last week, Apollo Tyres chairman Onkar Kanwar stated that marketing will be the driver of the company’s planned growth in Europe and he spoke of the “big challenges” awaiting Apollo Vredestein director of marketing Jaap van Wessum and his team. A week later, van Wessum further expounded upon Apollo Vredestein’s strategy for Europe at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. has used its presence at the Geneva Motor Show as the launchpad for three new production tyres (one summer and two winter) as well as the showcasing of its Aero Y electric vehicle and associated BluEarth EV concept tyre. At the centre of the launch was a new edition to its fuel-efficient “BluEarth” tyre brand for passenger cars in Europe and Asia, which will be introduced from this spring. Most “BluEarth-A” sizes have been awarded the European C grade for rolling resistance and A for wet performance when it comes to labelling.
Apollo Tyres has selected the Geneva Motor Show as the backdrop for launching its latest on-road SUV high performance summer tyre. The Apterra H/P was developed at the company’s consumer tyre research and development centre in Enschede, The Netherlands and will be available in numerous international markets. The new addition to the tyre maker’s portfolio is being showcased at the Apollo pavilion in Hall 1, stand 1230.
The printing technology Bridgestone previewed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is now a commercial reality. The Japanese manufacturer has released the first tyre featuring its sidewall printing process – now known as ‘Colorside’ – in the domestic market.
In the future we may return to the past, at least when it comes to tyre dimensions – tomorrow’s tyres may take their cues from the large diameter, thin tyres of the 1920s and 1930s. By giving tyres a larger vertical diameter and increasing their internal air pressure, it is possible to limit changes in the shape of the contact patch, the section of the tyre that comes in contact with the road. Furthermore, by optimising the structure of tyres created using this technology and using appropriate materials, a significantly lower rolling resistance coefficient can be achieved. And when these tyres are narrower than those typically used today, air resistance is also decreased.
The Ferrari FF was officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and is now on sale for £227,077, plus optional extras. The Italian manufacturer’s latest offering is available in various rim and tyre sizes, and Bridgestone reports its Potenza S001 has been chosen as one of the original equipment fitments for the four-seat, four wheel drive Ferrari.
Renault’s new electric car, the ZOE, is scheduled to be launched this year; the car, which is closely based upon the ZOE Preview concept car displayed in 2010, debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale in the UK with a starting on-road price tag of £13,650 (after Plug-in Car Grant deduction). All ZOE models equipped with 15 and 16-inch rims will be fitted with Michelin’s new Energy E-V tyre as standard equipment.
No less than three new passenger car tyre ranges are scheduled to be launched at Continental’s Geneva Motor Show stand. The German manufacturer hasn’t named the models it intends to unveil next month in Geneva, however it says the three lines are a new summer tyre for subcompacts, compacts and mid-size cars, a new winter tyre for the same vehicle categories, and a new winter tyre for electric cars.
For the first time, run-flat fitments have been added to Bridgestone’s replacement market portfolio in Japan. The first run-flat made available to aftermarket consumers in the tyre maker’s home market is the Potenza S001 RFT, introduced in four sizes on July 1. Run-flat variants of the Potenza S001 had their public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March; according to Bridgestone, European replacement market customers will be able to purchase the Potenza S001 RFT as of August, with global market availability to follow.
Just over a year ago Michelin raised a few eyebrows when it claimed that its Primacy HP tyre lasted 25 per cent longer than any competitor. This year the French manufacturer has gone even further claiming that its latest 4×4/SUV orientated tyre lasts an average 35 per cent longer than any of its direct competitors in the premium range. Michelin also recently launched the latest Porsche Cayenne reference tyre, the Latitude Sport. The official launch of the tyres follows previews of both at the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March.