UPDATED: The Geneva Motor Show

An OSV View of the Geneva Motor Show 2019

7 March 2019

Today at Geneva we’ve seen cars from Piech, Mercedes, Lamborghini, Tesla and a few others.

6 March 2019

There is a great deal to see at Geneva, in the gallery below we preview a few more of the stands you can look at, including Bugatti, Italian manufacterer DR, Renault, Toyota and Koenigsegg.

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) are using the Geneva Motor Show as their opportunity to display a unique car which showcases the finesse they are capable of as part of their bespoke design service.

This 720S Spider has unique colour (a tri-tone blend of paint) which frames the model perfectly, showing it at its best.

McLaren 720S Spider - bespoke design

VW are having a busy year at Geneva, as well as previewing their previously announced eight-generation Passat, T-Roc R, electric Buggy and Touareg V8 TDi, they also announced that they will be sharing their Near-Series Design Study for their flexible quick charging station – a powerbank for electric vehicles.

VW Flexible Quick Charging station concept sketch

Having shown us their electric intentions on Tuesday (5 March) SEAT are back with a glimpse at the SEAT CUPRA Ateca Special Edition.

This new model features higher levels of performance and added sophistication. It also has improved aerodynamics thanks to a rear spoiler made of carbon fibre.

The Special Edition will be marketed towards the end of 2019, with a limited number being released for sale.

SEAT CUPRA Ateca

5 March 2019

Lamborghini unveiled new open-topped models on their stand at Geneva this year.

The cars on show at the Lamborghini stand are:

  • Huracán EVO Spyder
  • Aventador SVJ Roadster
 

The brand new Ginetta supercar made its debut at Geneva. Named for the nuclear-powered attack submarine, Akula is also Russian for ‘shark’ and boy does this car deserve the name.

The car is aerodynamically-designed, weighs in at 940kg, has a V8 engine and has 575bhp.

Ownership of this car will offer you an authentic race car experience.

When it goes on sale in 2020, there will be just 20 units available (be quick, 60% sold before the car was unveiled) and in the UK it will cost £340,000 on the road.

Ginetta Akula

Morgan Motor Company made a massive announcement about their future on the first day of the Geneva Motor Show.

Investindustrial has acquired a majority stake in the British sports car manufacturer.

The Morgan family will continue to act as representatives of the brand, as well as retaining a minority stake in the business. The current management team and company employees will become shareholders in the business.

The deal is expected to be finalised in April 2019, however, very little information is being released about the investment.

SEAT is showing everyone where their ambitions lie this year at Geneva, with a move towards electrical mobility.

They have premiered their first 100% EV, the el-Born, and a PHEV CUPRA Formentor which they are marketing as a Cross Utility Vehicle or CUV.

Earlier in the day, the Spanish car manufacturer also previewed their Minimo, a 2-seater quadricycle, which has a range of 60 miles between charges. It will be marketed as a competitor to Renault’s own quadricycle, the Twizy.

At the beginning of February, Mazda announced they would be showing several cars at the Geneva Motor Show. Today they premiered the new core model in their line-up, the Mazda CX-30.

This car is the second model in Mazda’s new generation line-up, a compact crossover SUV which will be introduced to the UK market later this year.

Mazda CX-30

BMW announced they will be releasing new PHEV models and developing some high-voltage batteries.

They are also giving a world premiere of new cars in their portfolio starting with:

  • BMW X3 (PHEV)
  • BMW X3 xDrive30e
  • BMW 330e
  • BMW X5 xDrive45e
  • BMW 7 Series electric models

There will also be an extended electrical range for the BMW 530e and BMW 225xe Active Tourer due to the production of new batteries that will be used in their manufacture.

Jeep have previewed their electrical evolution at Geneva this week with reveals of Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) versions of the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass.

Both of these vehicles will contain a battery that can be recharged by the internal combustion engine or by a plug-in charging cable (as with other PHEVs).

Jeep Compass and Renegade PHEV
Jeep Compass (left) and Renegade (right)

As well as giving us a preview of their future PHEVs, Jeep also gave us a chance to look at their new Wrangler Rubicon 1941. With a design from Mopar, the 4×4 is road and off-road legal, with a bespoke design that will definitely make it stand out.

The intention for this car is to take ‘adventure to the max’.

Mopar Wrangler 1941

Honda has announced that they aim to make 100% of their sales in Europe electrified by 2025.

They also unveiled their e-prototype, marking the rollout of their new technology. They are also moving into developing an energy management business for Europe.

As well as previews of their prototype (which we previewed here on 23 January) they also announced partnerships with Moixa (a resource aggregator) and Ubitricity (a charging specialist).

Mitsubishi previewed the Engelberg Tourer this week at Geneva, this new generation crossover SUV embodies the car manufacturer’s global tagline of “Drive your ambition” with advanced electrification and all-wheel control technologies.

Mitsubishi Engelberg

Today (Tuesday 5 March) Fiat is revealing their Fiat Concept Centoventi as a car to mark it’s 120th anniversary.

The Centoventi comes in just one colour and is being promoted as a ‘blank canvas’ that customers are able to paint and make their own using the fiat ‘4U’ program.

Fiat Centoventi

Maserati’s stand is busy, with 6 cars on show, including the limited edition Levante Trofeo Launch Edition, the Quattroporte S Q4 GranLusso, Ghibli S Q4 GranSport, GranTurismo MC Grigio Lava Matte and Levante One of One Allegra Antinori…

Maserati Stand at Geneva

Ssangyong has found their place this year on stand 4131 at the Geneva Motor Show where they have put the next-gen Korando on display.

This new C-segment (medium-sized) SUV has been given a makeover, with brand new interior and exterior. It has also been equipped with the latest safety aids (all high-tech and electronic), and a new 1.5l turbo petrol or 1.6l diesel engine.

This is the fourth-generation Korando to be released, and will be on sale in Europe mid-2019.

Ssangyong Korando

This event has definitely been a special one for Aston Martin Lagonda, but then that follows on from what has been a fantastic year for the (mostly) British-based car manufacturer. As well as being the first car maker to list on the London Stock Exchange in over 30 years, profits also rose by 25%.

At the Geneva Motor Show they announced that they have been testing their new DBX at a new testing location in St Athan, Wales, the car will be unveiled later this year (2019), they are also going to be creating 700 jobs at the new plant, which will also be the home of Lagonda and its zero-emissions technology.

Today, they revealed 3 new rear mid-engine cars:

  • the Valkyrie
  • the AM-RB 003 which will start production in 2021 with only 500 coupes being built (these will include a brand new UK-built V6 engine)
  • the Vanquish Vision – this will be the first mass-producced rear mid-engine luxury sports car produced by Aston Martin

As well as revealing these three stunning hypercars, Dr Andy Palmer, the President & Group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda, also unveiled the new Lagonda All-Terrain SUV, a fully-electric luxury vehicle scheduled for production from 2022.

Vanquish, Valkyrie, AM-RB 003, Lagonda All-Terrain

Alfa Romeo showed their first mid-size plug-in hybrid (PHEV) SUV at Geneva, and they’re calling it the Tonale.

The design of the car is compact and reflects the style of the Italian car maker, showing the future of the brand, with an ergonomic interior and elements that hark back to the 1960s, in cars like the 33 Stradale, Duetto and Disco Volante Spider.

Alfa Romeo Tornale concept

At the unveiling of their IMQ concept crossover at Geneva today, Nissan announced that they are planning to introduce E-power models across Europe.

The IMQ Concept is a striking car and is Nissan’s next generation of e-POWER, a 100% electric motor drive system that delivers instant, linear acceleration. The concept is fitted with a prototype of the Japanese car manufacturer’s advanced ProPILOT driving assistance system as well as the Invisibile-to-Visible technology which connects the car and driver to the virtual and physical universes, this tech was revealed at CES in January 2019.

Nissan IMQ Concept

Another car making its global debut at Geneva was ‘Imagine by Kia’.This new concept car from the South Korean manufacturer is all-electric and has been designed with the intention of reaching the driver on an emotional level.

Imagine by Kia

At the Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz is giving visitors a glimpse of the future of the MPV as they see it – and it’s electric!

The new EQV will have a battery capacity of 100kWh, which will give the vehicle an incredible range for a large vehicle, of almost 250 miles (or 400km).

The new EQV has been designed with functionality and usability in mind, with increased interior space due to the battery being placed underneath the vehicle.

Mercedes EQV - electric MPV

The new Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is being made available for sale from September 2019. The first-gen CLA was launched in 2015, a 5-door vehicle that had coupe styling with a spacious interior that’s ideal if you need plenty of room.

Renault gave us a view of their brand new Clio. The car has been completely re-styled with both a new exterior and brand new interior. The Clio has been a favourite of the brand for almost 30 years, releasing for the first time in 1990.

The new Clio is the fifth generation of the iconic French car, with a more modern and athletic design to reflect the times.

Renault Clio 5th Generation

28 February 2019

Having announced, earlier in the month, that they will be debuting their new car at Geneva, Spanish car manufacturer Hispano Suiza have released an image showing a small portion of their new hypercar, the Carmen.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Rear view

Skoda has now announced the full line-up for their stand at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019. As well as the, earlier-announced, Kamiq and electric Vision iV they are also going to be showing:

  • Scala – a new compact car
  • Fabia R5 – a redevelopment of their successful rally car
  • Klement – a two-wheel electric concept that they see as an innovative solution to city mobility

There will be a few premieres in Geneva this year from Maserati including a limited edition (just 100 units) Levante Trofeo V8.

On their stand the Italian luxury manufacturer will also be giving a preview of their entire 2019 range, this includes:

  • Quattroporte S Q4 GranLusso
  • Levante S Q4 GranSport
  • Ghibli S Q4 GranLusso
  • Ghibli S Q4 GranSport
Maserati Levante Trofeo Launch Edition 2019

Peugeot is bringing a 100% electric stand to Geneva this year, showcasing their newest EV, Hybrid and PHEV offerings, including:

  • Peugeot 209 and e-208 5-door hatchback
  • Hybrid 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept (previously announced 21 February)
  • Peugeot 3008 SUV PHEV
  • Peugeot 508 PHEV
  • Peugeot 508 SW PHEV
  • Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept

Audi has started to release even more detail about the new cars you will be able to see on their stand at the Geneva Motor Show this year.

Not only will you be able to see the first sketches of the Q4 in their e-tron range, but you will also be treated to:

  • Audi e-tron GT concept
  • Audi Q2 L e-tron
  • The Audi racing car the e-tron FE05 will also be on display

In total there will be four new cars to see on the Audi stand.

On the 4 March 2019 Automobili Pininfarina will be unveiling three brand new Battista hypercars. These cars will then be on display on two stands at the Geneva Motor Show; Automobili Pininfarina and Pininfarina SpA.

The new hypercar will be revealed in three different specifications, these are:

  • A Grigio Luserna Battista – with aluminium detailing and accents in satin Blu Iconica, it will also have a dramatic two-tone interior.
  • Iconica by Automobili Pininfarina – this will be the closest to the traditional design painted in an electric blue.
  • The third will be showing the bespoke design services that Battista also provide.
Battista car detail

SEAT is set to premiere their first all-electric vehicle at the motor show this year. The vehicle is based on the VW Group MEP platform and their concept car shows that the brand maintains their core values; performance, design and technology.

SEAT’s president, Luca de Meo stated, when asked, “This concept car is a project of passion for SEAT, it shows what can be achieved through the synergy of design, technology and pushing the boundaries to meet the demands of future mobility.”

As well as premiering their brand new electric concept in Geneva this year, Kia are also going to be showing their upgraded Niro, a hyrid and plug-in hybrid version.

The Niro has sold over 270,000 units globally since 2016, with over 100,000 of those in Europe.

The newly upgraded car has a fully upgraded interior with their UVO CONNECT telematics technology and a new 10.25″ infotainment system.

27 February 2019

Leeds-based racing and sports car manufacturer Ginetta has announced they are going to be launching a supercar at the Geneva Motor Show. The big shock of their revelation is that this new 200mph car that will be priced ‘like a Ferrari’ will be fully finished and 100% ready to drive when it’s unveiled.

Jeep has just released an announcement detailing that at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show they will be showing a number of special edition models which are part of their “S” range, these include:

  • Jeep Renegade “S”
  • Jeep Compass “S”
  • Jeep Cherokee “S”
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee S Limited

They are also going to be showing a number of other vehicles:

  • Jeep Compass Night Eagle
  • Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Jeep releases - Geneva 2019

Earlier in February Bentley announced that they would be premiering their brand new Bentayga Speed SUV in Geneva. Now they’ve released information about the other cars that will be gracing their stand in Palexpo. The company is, this year, celebrating their centenary.

  • Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner
  • Continental GT Convertable
  • A special Limited Edition car inspired by one of their most iconic racing cars
Preview of the Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition

New images of the all new fully-electric concept car have been released by Kia. The car has a bold design and is due to be revealed fully at the Geneva Motor Show 2019.

Kia Electric Car Concept

26 February 2019

Ssangyong will be showcasing their all new Korando, a fourth-generation SUV. The concept was originally put on show at Geneva 2016. The new Korando boasts better head-room and more generous space in the back seat than other SUVs.

They will be releasing the Korando with diesel and petrol engines but an EV will follow.

SsangYong Korando SUV

Volkswagen will be premiering the brand new Touareg V8 TDI at their stand in Geneva this year. The new car, which will have a luxury leather interior as standard, is due to be released for sale at the end of May 2019.

Nissan has released a teaser image of their new IMQ concept, which is due to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year. It’s possible that this new concept car will provide hints at what the new Nissan crossovers will look like in the future. The sketch that Nissan have provided is incredibly futuristic in appearance and very dramatic, almost as though it’s been modelled on something that could have easily appeared in Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Concept sketch of the Nissan IMQ

Kia have announced that they will be revealing their all-new Soul EV at the Geneva Motor Show. This car will be joining Kia’s growing range of hybrid and electric cars and has a fully-electric driving range of up to 280 miles on a single charge. It also will be more energy efficient than the current best-selling electric car in Europe.

25 February 2019

Alfa Romeo is going to be highlighting their return to F1 in Geneva this year, with the introduction of their new driver, showing their Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio. As well as displaying these new high performance limited editions, the Italian car manufacturer will also be putting their new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti and the 2019 Giulietta on display.

21 February 2019

After announcing the news that they will be revealing a new emblem at Geneva this year, Peugeot have just released images of the new 508 Peugeot Sport concept car that will be making its debut in Geneva. According to the car manufacturer, this concept vehicle is an evolution of the 508 Hybrid and is next in a long line of high performance cars from Peugeot Sport.

508 Peugeot Sport Concept

Kia will be revealing a brand new all-electric concept car on 5 March in Geneva. The car was designed at Kia’s design center in Frankfurt and is the embodiment of the company’s desire to move forward in the world of electric vehicles.

20 February 2019

In a surprising turn from Peugeot, the French car manufacturer has announced that they will be unveiling a brand new ‘electrified’ Lion emblem at Geneva to mark the direction they are taking their business.

The entire Peugeot range is planned to be EV by 2023, with the company releasing their first fully-electric model later in 2019.

19 February 2019

Citroen has announced that they are going to be showing the Ami One, a two-seater city car that’s completely electric and is focused on being faithful to the brand’s signature Inspired by You.

The Ami One has a maximum driving speed of 28mph and has a range of 62 miles to the charge.

Citroen Ami One Concept

14 February 2019

VW will have a busy year at Geneva in 2019, with the release of their concept for the brand new T-Roc. This model will be R-specific, a sporty model with a new front and rear and is, at the time of publication, close to production.

Polestar, the arm of Volvo that develops electric performance cars, will be doing a live ‘online’ reveal next week of their brand new Polestar 2. The car will make its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, it will be in Geneva from the 7 – 17 March.

The world’s fastest production SUV will be making its global debut in Geneva in 2019. The Bentley Bentayga Speed has a top speed of 190mph and can go from 0-62 in 3.9 seconds.

Bentley Bentayga Speed

13 February 2019

Having revealed the view of the exterior of their new Urban EV Concept in January 2019, Honda have now given us a first look at the interior which they will be revealing fully at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Japanese manufacturer is looking to produce a warm and engaging interior atmosphere with their new design thanks to a full-width dashboard full of clean and intuitive user-focused technology.

Interior of the Honda Urban EV Concept

Audi have released the first design sketches of the next all-electric vehicle that will be a part of their e-tron range, the Q4. The SUV-style vehicle is due to go into mass production possibly as soon as late 2020, or in the first part of 2021.

Audi Q4 e-tron Concept sketch

12 February 2019

Earlier in the year, Mitsubishi announced that they would be showing their latest concept car, the Engelberg Tourer, at the Geneva Motorshow. Today they announced that they will also be unveiling the latest ASX compact SUV, this model will not be released until 2020.

Previous models of the ASX have sold a total of 1.32million units globally, most popular in North America, China, Australia and Europe. It is also the third most popular vehicle on the Mitsubishi list.

2020 Model of the Mitsubishi ASX SUV

In preparation for the Geneva Motor Show 2019, Skoda has revealed the first sketches for their electric future, the Vision iV.

These sketches are the first step forward for the Czech brand, showing a four-door crossover coupe that is sporty and sleek. This year (2019) heralds Skoda’s entrance into the world of EV with the launch of their PHEV Superb and a fully-electric version of their Citigo.

Skoda Vision iV - concept sketch

6 February 2019

At the Aston Martin stand this year there will be a global first with the reveal of their zero-emission Lagonda All-Terrain Concept. This will be the vehicle that is put into production first.

Lagonda relaunched at the Geneva Show in 2018 and this year Aston Martin are following that success with the reveal of this new vehicle.

As well as displaying the new Lagonda, Aston Martin will also be showing some sports cars, which will include the DB11 AMR as well as two cars that have been personalised by Aston Martin’s bespoke service, Q by Aston Martin, the Vantage and the DBS Superleggera.

Aston Martin Lagonda - SUV Concept

The new Passat will be making its debut on the Volkswagen stand at Geneva this year, with a brand new ‘Travel Assist’ function, an increased electric range in the hybrid Passat GTE and a new Infotainment system.

With the new ‘Travel Assist’ functionality, the Passat will be the first VW that has the capability to drive partially automated at any speed.

Skoda has revealed the concept for the interior of their brand new Kamiq. This interior is more spacious thanks to a long wheelbase, warmer colours and ambient lighting and a free-standing screen on the centre console.

The Kamiq, and its stylish interior, will be on show at the Skoda stand in Geneva in March this year.

5 February 2019

Mazda will be making a few reveals in Geneva this year including:

  • Their brand new compact SUV in Geneva; the second model in their new-generation line-up.
  • The 30th anniversary MX-5 – their global bestseller 2-seater convertible. It will be the European premiere for this model, of which only 600 will be made available for sale in the UK.
  • The hatchback and saloon versions of the Mazda3 will be making an appearance. These two cars are the first to feature the brand new SPCCI (Spark Controlled Compression Ignition) technology.
  • The CX-5 will also be on show, displaying the improvements which have been made to interior quality and tech as well as driving dynamics.

As well as showing all these cars, Mazda will be holding a press conference on 5 March at the Motor Show.

4 February 2019

Spanish car manufacturer Hispano Suiza will be premiering their brand new EV, called the Carmen at the Geneva Motor Show. The Carmen will have a classically-inspired design complemented with next-gen technology, dynamics that are expertly-engineered and power so exhilarating that the car is a dream.

The car design was inspired by a model that Hispana Suiza released in the 1930s, the Dubonnet Xenia.

Hispano Suiza - Dubonnet Xenia 1938
Dubonnet Xenia 1938

31 January 2019

VW will present the world with its brand new fully-electric concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s incredibly retro, modelled as it is on the American dune buggy that was popular during the 1960s and 70s.

VW Buggy Concept

29 January 2019

Renault have announced that they will be showing their new and improved Clio at Geneva. The new model has many new features which include:

  • 100% LED headlights
  • An all-new ‘Smart Cockpit’ which includes a 9.3″ vertical multimedia screen
  • 10″ TFT digital instrument dashboard

Mitsubishi Motors will be unveiling their latest concept car, the Engelberg Tourer this year. With enhanced EV performance and SUV styling, Mitsubishi’s future offering also has a focus on next-gen technology. The manufacturer is showing they wish to remain at the forefront of design and technology when it comes to their future in the car industry.

Elngelberg Tourer Concept

23 January 2019

Honda announced the global premiere of their new EV, an urban vehicle that has a little bit of bubble appearance. This car is a demonstration of the company’s ‘Electric Vision’. The car, which has yet to be formally named will be put into mass production in 2019 for sale later in the year.

Honda Urban EV Concept

Summary

  • Geneva Motor Show previews have started, with announcements from Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Nissan and Honda as well as several others
  • Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo will not be attending this year
  • This is definitely a year for the EV, with Kia, Peugeot, SEAT, Nissan, Citroen and Honda among the manufacturers revealing new electric vehicles
  • Kia has announced their new concept car to preview at Geneva
  • Peugeot 508 sport-engineered concept will debut in Geneva
  • The world’s fastest SUV, the Bentley Bentayga Speed to show in Geneva

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