Questions with ... Maurice Turettini.

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The Geneva Motor Show has come a long way from the first exhibition at R the Palais du Conseil General in 1905 hosting 59 exhibitors and 13,000 visitors, to the 11-day event that nowadays brings 890 manufacturers and some 700,000 visitors to the Palexpo in Geneva. Ahead of the 83rd exhibition held from 7 to 17 March 2013, we speak to the President of the show and attorney-at-law, 52-year-old Maurice Turrettini.

  1. How did you get involved with the Geneva Motor Show?

    I was asked by the previous President, Luc Argand, whether I would be interested in joining the Board of the International Geneva Motor Show as the new President. Argand said I could be his potential successor, but that I needed to convince a panel of Board members of my candidacy. The Board was keen to find a person representing Geneva, who had a good reputation and was used to chairing Boards and General Assemblies. I was immediately excited by the challenge and was elected President by the Organising Committee in September 2010.

  2. What has been the greatest milestone since the show's foundation in 1905?

    I think the greatest milestone was the relocation of the show to the new Geneva Exhibition and Conference Center (Palexpo) in 1982, which has easy access to Geneva airport and the motorway.

  3. What does the planning for the show involve?

    We have a team that works full time on organising the shows. Every year when the show is over, they compile all the information that the Board and the General Assembly need to approve the annual results. Following these formal meetings, the team starts preparing for the next show, building on feedback from exhibitors and trying to improve the show wherever possible. When choosing the manufacturers for the next show, priority is given to those who have previously exhibited.

  4. What has been the most memorable moment during your first year as President?

    My most memorable experience so far was my inauguration with the President of the Swiss Confederation.

  5. What was your first car and what do you currently drive? Did you choose it based on a model you saw at the motor show?

    My first car was a Mini Morris, which I bought in 1979. I now drive an Audi A3, which-of course-I chose based on a model I saw at the show.

  6. What is the best day to attend the show? Which day has the highest attendance?

    I recommend attending the show on weekdays. The busiest times are certainly the weekends. One must-see this year is the announcement of the Car of the Year on 4...

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