What’s new in Geneva?


At Mercedes-Benz, the E-Class Cabriolet and the AMG GT Concept show car are basking in the flurry of camera flashes. But what is there to discover at the suppliers at the Motor Show?

Long hood, taut soft top and a muscular rear end. You can’t buy the new E-Class Cabriolet until September. But it is already an attraction at the Geneva Motor Show (March 9 – 19, 2017). And on the stand of Mercedes-Benz, the auto show visitors are able to look even further into the future: The company is presenting the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept show car.

The Geneva Motor Show is the year’s first auto show in Europe. Clear that it is bombarded with world premieres like the carnival parade in Cologne is bombarded with candy. However, mentally and workwise the development engineers and also the buyers are a few years ahead of the new product presentations. Klaus Zehender, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality, illustrates: “We are building a comprehensive ecosystem of electric mobility with our “EQ” electric brand. In the process, we are shaping the mobility of tomorrow through the combination of the subjects connectivity, autonomous driving, sharing, and electric mobility, or “CASE” for short. To this end, we must be constantly on the lookout for innovations, including at trade shows such as in Geneva.“ The stands of the suppliers at the auto show also provide an indication of where the journey on four wheels will lead.


Tires without air


More and more suppliers decide to hoist their colors in Geneva. For the first time there: tire manufacturer Falken. And right away, it is deflated. Its tires, that is. “Gyroblade” technology is supposed to eliminate the need for tires to be inflated to a certain pressure. No more filling the tires with air – and no more checking the tire pressure. Magna touts an abbreviation with no less than six letters: FCREEV. It stands for “Fuel Cell Range Extended Electric Vehicle.” The fuel cell range extender concept combines the advantages of emission-free electric driving with fast hydrogen fueling. The goal is to drive very long distances, without emissions. Development services provider EDAG shows off its “proruptive” side with an engineering approach for enhanced sustainability and economic efficiency. And: Customer requests can now also be incorporated faster and at shorter notice. What still took three years in 2001, is now shortened in the development process to three months.

Touch, swipe, feel. Instead of twist, push and press. Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe presents the next generation of its controls in Geneva. Please touch! Even though Dr. Schneider was honored with the Daimler Supplier Award in the category “Innovation“ only recently, the company is not resting on its laurels. Brake manufacturer Brembo introduces the new ECS brake caliper. It is made entirely from aluminum instead of cast iron. That means less weight. In addition, the ECS brake caliper combines the functions of a service brake with those of a parking brake. Swiss auto visionary Frank M. Rinderknecht shows off his “Rinspeed Oasis“ concept car. Only a European premiere, because the urban runabout was already presented at the CES in Las Vegas in January. The involved suppliers present themselves all around the concept vehicle. A small “supplier park” so to speak, where they exhibit their particular contributions to the concept car in a small space. Like ZF, which presents its “Intelligent Rolling Chassis,” a platform concept for urban vehicles with an electric powertrain integrated into the axle. And Harman, which exhibits its “Life-enhancing Intelligent Vehicle Solutions“ (LIVS). Besides classic navigation, drivers are provided with an assistant that supports them with personalized messages.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class:
Fuel consumption combined: 9,1 – 2,1 l/100 km, electric energy consumption: from 11,5 kWh/100km; CO2 emissions combined: 206 – 49 g/km

Mar 15, 2017
Rasmus Muttscheller