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Round-Up: Geneva Motor Show cancelled, Inchcape rebranded, Extra road repair funding

Geneva Motor Show cancelled

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The Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The show was due to open next Tuesday, with press days on 3 and 4 March with public 5 to 15 March, but the Swiss Government has banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people in order to try and contain the virus.

“We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors’ top priority. This is a case of force majeure and a tremendous loss for the manufacturers who have invested massively in their presence in Geneva. However, we are convinced that they will understand this decision,” said Maurice Turrettini, chairman of the foundation board.

Inchcape Fleet Solutions rebranded

Kinto logo

Fleet management company Inchcape Fleet Solutions is to be rebranded as Kinto.

The name change follows the company being acquired by Toyota Fleet Mobility last December and the firm said the rebrand will be completed in the first six months of this year.

Tom Fux, CEO of Toyota Fleet Mobility Europe, said: “The acquisition of IFS was an important milestone for TFM in the European market. As Toyota transitions from being a car manufacturer to a mobility company, rebranding IFS as Kinto not only ensures that the IFS business remains neutral, it also supports our strategy to grow our total European business by adding new mobility services to our traditional business models.”

Extra road repair funding

Ford Focus pothole

The Department for Transport has announced that 32 local authorities will receive a share of a new £93 million fund to perform “essential” road repairs and to cut congestion.

This includes £4 million for repairs to the New Elvet Bridge in Durham along with £3.7 million to help refurbish several steel bridges around Northumberland, as well as funding to help develop a new AI-powered app to detect potholes in real-time, using mobile phone sensors to measure when cyclists ride over or swerve to avoid them.

Roads Minister, Baroness Vere, said: “There is nothing more frustrating than a journey delayed by poor road conditions, and this multi-million pound boost will help improve connectivity across the country. This investment will not only help local areas to target current pinch points on their roads, but will also harness our world-leading research and innovation capabilities to future proof the next generation of journeys.”