The 2016 Geneva show was attended by 687,000 visitors (Photo: Palexpo)

The Geneva Auto Show takes place March 7 through 19 at Geneva's Palexpo exhibition hall near the Swiss city's airport. March 7 and 8 are the press days that kick off the annual automotive gathering.

The show, which hosted 687,000 visitors last year, takes place as the global car industry looks to the US to see whether incoming President Donald Trump will set in motion regulatory changes that could impact the US car market.

Trump takes office January 20. He has said he wants to impose import duties on cars sold in the US but built elsewhere, specifically in Mexico.

Globally, most carmakers expect another good year after record sales in 2016. Expectations are for continuing strong sales in Europe, China and the US.

The Swiss auto show is popular with European carmakers in part because it is on "neutral" ground. The Frankfurt show, which takes place in September, is traditionally dominated by German automakers, while last year's Paris show featured the usual large presence of national car companies PSA and Renault.

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