SUV sales buck the trend
SUV sales buck the trend
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SHOTLIST : GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 6 March 2013 (Source: AFPTV) -Var of the motor show SOUNDBITE 1: Jean-Charles Cadon, Head of Fisker in France (in English, 14 seconds): "We had a concept car last year called Urus, we are waiting for the decision. If the decision is coming, we are very much interested to do an SUV. And if everything goes fine, then we are going to produce it in the year 2017" -Var of the motor show SOUNDBITE 2: Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover, Director of Operations (English, 13 seconds): "There is definitively a move towards SUV. People see the practicality of that, the dual purpose aspects of an SUV. What we seen is a great proliferation of products in SUV market from small to large" -Var of the motor show /// ----------------------------------------------------------- AFP TEXT: Switzerland-auto-show,lead In Geneva, carmakers see no light at end of the tunnel by Nina LARSON =(PICTURE+VIDEO)= ATTENTION - UPDATES with opening of show. ADDS quotes, background /// GENEVA, March 5, 2013 (AFP) - The European crisis hovered like a dark cloud over the Geneva International Motor Show as it opened on Tuesday, but there was no lack of new luxury cars shining on the showroom floor. The event, considered one of the most important car shows of the year, will nonetheless be marked by the continent's economic and debt crisis again after an already catastrophic year in 2012. Japanese tiremaker Bridgestone for instance used the opening day to announce that it will close a plant in Italy with 950 employees owing to plunging sales. Last year, only 12 million new cars were sold throughout the European Union -- the lowest number since 1995. And 2013 did not begin any better. In February, new car registrations in Spain slipped by an annualised 9.8 percent, in France they fell by 12.1 percent and in Italy they plunged by 17.4 percent. Even Germany, Western Europe's leading car market which withstood the crisis last year, has not been spared, as new car sales shrank by 10.5 percent. "My number-one word for this (European) market is challenging," Susan Docherty, the head of Chevrolet's European division, said Tuesday. Volkswagen head of sales Christian Klingler agreed, insisting that "the European market is still just as complicated." And Ford, which is set to close three factories in Europe, expects the slump to continue for years. "I don't see us getting to the 17 to 18 million units that we were running in 2007 probably for the next four to five years," the US carmaker's European chief, Stephen Odell, told reporters. "I think we're in for a very slow recovery curve, and probably some blips," he added. Renault's chief executive Carlos Ghosn meanwhile described the two first months of this year as "very disappointing," telling AFP that sales had fallen around nine percent. The French company is bracing for sales to fall between three and five percent for the full year. Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche also lamented the effects of the crisis. "We have seen a very slow start in January. It seems that February continues at the same level," he told AFP, stressing however that the German company expected to see improvements in the second half of the year. PSA Peugeot Citroen, which has issued forecasts as bleak as compatriot Renault, meanwhile said it expected competition to remain cut-throat in Europe's crisis-hit car market. "There is no reason to think that the price war will subside," said its head of brands Frederic Saint-Geours. General brands like Peugeot, Renault, Ford, Fiat and Opel are all turning to the up-and-coming small-scale SUV segment in the hope it will steer them out of the crisis terrain. While this is still a niche market, "it will continue to grow and offer interesting margins," Saint-Geours said. Other car companies, especially German ones, can count on their strong presence in the high-end segments to help weather the storm. BMW chief Norbert Reithofer for instance expressed "cautious optimism", saying that the company's European sales would likely only slip two percent this year. Daimler's Zetsche was also bordering on upbeat. "We are still growing in a declining market," he said. The top luxury segment, the Geneva show's main speciality, appeared oblivious to the crisis meanwhile. McLaren, Ferrari and Lamborghini all unveiled so-called supercars to be sold for between one to three million euros ($1.3 - $3.9 million). The auto show's 83rd edition will be reserved for the media on the first two days, but on Thursday the floodgates will open to the public until the event closes on March 17. esp-laf-nl/pjt/wai
Creamfields is the world's leading dance music festival. Born in 1998, the original dance festival set out to provide the clubbing world with a bespoke large scale outdoor event and has gone on to become the most popular and renowned open air electronic music festival in the world. It's famous for many things not least its heritage but its consistent delivery of a world class line-up and unbeatable atmosphere. Building on their winning formula of genre breaking pioneers from across the DJ and live music spectrum, in 2015 Creamfields have delivered the biggest electronic line up you’ll see this year with an array of exclusive performances to boot, 4 Friday headliners, 2 colossal outdoor stages, a 14,000 capacity mega arena never before seen at Creamfields, 22 arenas across the weekend including Cream, Size, All Gone Pete Tong, Mistajam Presents Speakerbox, Pryda, Revealed, Goodgreef and Tidy as well as introducing 7 new arena hosts including Rebel Sound, Paradise, MK Area 10, Fatboy Slim Presents Smile High Club, Armada, ANTS, Nation and Pepsi Max. The 3 day event which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend is located in the heart of the Cheshire countryside in Daresbury and attracts visitors from around the world. Over the last 6 years Creamfields has attracted record breaking numbers with last year’s event selling out to a record breaking 70,000 people and 2015 on course for another sell out. Since its inception, Creamfields has scooped many awards along the way, including Best Dance Event several years running in the UK Festival Awards and winning the prestigious Music Week Award for ‘Festival Of The Year’ beating off festival titans Glastonbury, V and Reading. The success of Creamfields has attracted worldwide attention which has led to the festival being staged on every continent since 1999, and has gone on to become the only festival that has successfully established itself in the global market. To date Creamfields has been staged in 17 countries with new territories planned for next year.
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