Girls From Geneva Motor Show Free Screensaver Photos slideshow. Salon International de l'Auto (or Geneva Motor Show) is an annual auto show held in March in the Swiss city of Geneva. The show started in 1905 and is now the only annual automobile show in Europe. The show is held at Palexpo, a giant convention center located next to the International Airport. The Salon is scheduled by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, which considers it a major international auto show. The event, which is expected to attract more than 700, 000 visitors, features over 80 world and European vehicle premieres, including models from Russia and for the first time China. Rolf Studer, the motor show's general manager, told swissinfo that the development of new technologies was a major concern for car manufacturers in the face of global warming and tougher emission limits. Last month the European Commission unveiled plans to force vehicle manufacturers to slash greenhouse gas emissions from new cars by almost a fifth within five years. Hybrid cars are a big theme this year, as they were last year. We have over 40 cars with alternative energy or alternative engines, Studer said. The big manufacturers are positively falling over themselves to show off their green credentials at this year's motor show. Saab is presenting its BioPower 100 concept car that runs on pure bioethanol, Honda is unveiling a hybrid sports car, while Volkswagen is bringing its Passat BlueMotion. Toyota's futuristic Hybrid X concept car will give visitors an idea of the shape of things to come.