Over the past few years, the Geneva Motor Show has seen some established names fall off the exhibitor list, for one reasons or another, to be replaced by startups or other vehicle manufacturers who think they have what it takes to crack the market. This year’s show was no exception, with notable absentees including Ford, Volvo, and Jaguar Land Rover, replaced by relatively new OEMs who were appearing at the show for the first time.
One of the most interesting stories from the 2019 show was that of Aiways, a Shanghai-based company founded by Gary Gu and Samuel Fu. The two men have years of experience within the autonomic sector, one of whom (Gu) being former CFO of SAIC. Aiways was only established in early 2017, but has enjoyed a meteoric rise and growth to now boast a global headquarters, R&D and manufacturing centers, and more than 1000 staff on the books.