With just over a month to go until the opening ceremony of the ‘first edition of the Geneva International Motor Show Qatar’ on 5 October, the organisers say the Doha event is sold out ‘with over 30 exhibitors unveiling a dozen world premieres’.

“We’re extremely pleased with the welcome exhibitors have had for this new kind of auto event. Their loyalty to our brand and the trust from our Qatari partners have allowed the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) to set new standards for this kind of event,” said Alexandre de Senarclens, Chairman of the Comité Permanent du Salon International de l’Automobile.

GIMS has launched the Tour d’Excellence to create a symbolic link between its two host cities, Geneva and Doha. GIMS CEO Sandro Mesquita said: “Excellence, innovation and pioneering spirit are the key elements of the GIMS DNA. The idea of the Tour d’Excellence is to manifest this spirit, all while highlighting the industry’s recent progress in electromobility.”

 Two crews aboard two Volkswagen ID Buzz cars bearing the GIMS colours have set off from Geneva. Without any assistance, they will drive by road to Doha in Qatar by 30 September. The journey will cover almost 6,500 km, crossing 12 countries and 2 seas, demonstrating the technological capacity of electric vehicles.

The media and the public can find out all about the Tour d’Excellence as well as follow the crews’ progress at regular intervals on the GIMS website: https://genevamotorshow.com/tour-dexcellence

Preparing for GIMS 2024 in Geneva

This autumn also marks the start of concrete preparations for the next edition of GIMS in Geneva, scheduled from 26 February to 3 March 2024.

The GIMS organisers say the Doha and Geneva events go hand in hand, with GIMS Qatar focusing on immersive experiences and GIMS Geneva dedicated to innovation and the future of the automobile industry.

The complete list of GIMS Qatar exhibitors is available online: https://genevamotorshow.com/exhibitors-gims-qatar-2023/