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Are manufacturers embarrassed by motorsport?

Major car manufacturers pour billions into motorsport programmes, but their racing efforts were barely visible at the Geneva Motor Show. DIETER RENCKEN is concerned by the implications of this

Motor shows are generally superb barometers of the motor industry's health, and the Geneva International Motor Show - hosted annually in March, and therefore Europe's first major car expo each year - is no different.

Switzerland has no domestic motor industry save for specialist builders, and therefore visitors are spared the overt patriotism of the Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo or Detroit shows while gaining glimpses of motoring's future.

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