Show worker injured
A WORKER who was constructing part of Opel's stand broke both legs when he fell eight meters from the Palexpo roof yesterday morning. He was taken to the University of Geneva Hospital. The police are investigating the accident.
GM to show coupe video
FOR 20 SECONDS or so, General Motors will show pictures of a new Astra coupe under development. A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Room A of the Palexpo, more or less in back of the Michelin Press Center under Halls 1 and 2. GM plans to sell the coupe and a convertible Astra starting in 2000. Three-door, five-door and wagon versions will go on sale beginning later this month in most European countries. Opel says it holds 50,000 Astra orders in Germany.
Wim Oude Weernink
Turin show could move
THE TURIN auto show could move from its traditional date in April (this year 2-23 April) to either the end of June or the beginning of July in 2000.
Promoter Srl, which organizes both the Turin and Bologna shows, believes Turin is overshadowed by Geneva by being too close in time. Promoter has requested the change from OICA, the world carmakers' organization.
Geneva will stay an annual show
DISTRIBUTORS in Scandinavia have been talking about Geneva having a car show only every second year, like Paris and Frankfurt. Sounds like a rumor spread by a city without a slot.
'We haven't even heard this rumor,' says Rene Lambelet, chief communications officer of Palexpo. Such a change is virtually impossible as long as the Palexpo's Rudi Huser is also chairman of the OICA committee that schedules all official international auto shows.