- First chance to see the New Zafira, plus two more world debuts
- Low cost flights and cheap entry tickets make it practical to get to Swiss show
With bargain-priced flights and the airport next door to the exhibition hall, it makes real sense for British car fans to hop on a low-cost airline and pop into the Geneva Motor Show for a day trip between 3-13 March. And with new versions of British favourites such as the Zafira making their debut, it’s the perfect opportunity to try the new version of Britain’s most popular MPV out for size, pick up some brochures and see all the glamour of the Swiss show.
Car fans will find that getting to the exhibition in Geneva can actually be less traumatic - and costly - than some family days out in Britain. A quick trawl on the internet can find flights from the low cost carriers over the show period at around £120 return, and the airport is connected by a walkway to the exhibition. For those with a little more time on their hands, an overnight stay can halve the flight costs, leaving you enough cash for a hotel and maybe even some chocolate! Entrance tickets to the halls cost 12 Swiss Francs, which is only around £5.60.
Once inside there will be plenty of tasty machinery to keep enthusiasts entertained, including the most talked-about hot-hatch of the year: the Astra VXR - albeit wearing the badges of sister company Opel. Fans of the VXR brand will also find a special surprise on the stand - perfect for anyone who wants to prove that they’re the daddy….
Expect a crowd waiting to try the Astra Sport Hatch models with the Panorama windscreen too. With a huge expanse of glass stretching uninterrupted back to the B pillar, the stylish innovation offers a new sense of space and visibility. For those who want a vision of the future, there’s the first chance for Europeans to see the Astra Diesel Hybrid concept, with the world’s first two-mode diesel-electric power.
And once you’ve left the show, remember to leave enough time for a walk around the airport shops. As it’s not part of the EU, Switzerland can still sell duty free!Published 28 February 2005