I have worked in the luxury and performance car industry for over 25 years and during this time have seen many changes, but few on the scale of the past few months. The market is remarkably different today to what it was just six months ago and is set for big changes in the future too.
It hardly seems like yesterday that I was here in Geneva checking out the latest models and talking to colleagues, gathering the buzz. Last year most manufacturers were displaying their latest models in white, the "new colour of success". Wow, how things have changed in a year!
New consumer credit act changes. Escalating fuel charges. Congestion and emission charges. The general economic downturn. Is there any respite for the motorist?
For many years the motor industry has been largely dominated by men and is portrayed as a stereotypically chauvinistic business…this is now starting to change.
Calling all petrolheads. Clive Sutton visits the Geneva Motor Show and brings back the hottest gossip, news and insider info on this season’s must-have motors
While most people are out buying presents for friends and family they often don’t realise that December is the perfect time to bag themselves a great deal on a new car. With most manufacturers introducing New Year models in the last quarter, industry insiders estimate that there is are a staggering 400,000 unsold existing model new cars on forecourts across the UK. And they need to be sold, believe me!
I am fed up with the green protesters’ misguided ranting against 4×4 motors. Recently, I caught a middle-aged woman red-handed. She was applying anti-4×4 leaflets to the windscreens of a Range Rover and a Hummer H2 on our forecourt.