The heroes and zeroes of Geneva 2014

March 4, 2014 | By | In Buying Guides
The heroes and zeroes of Geneva 2014

The sun has set on another Geneva motor show, with today's throng of press giving way to the public days that make up the rest of the show's duration. has been in the thick of it – keep an eye out from tomorrow for video coverage of all the best cars – and while we've largely been impressed by the vast array of new metal on display, there are also a few rogues that deserve mention, either for their irrelevance, sheer pointlessness, or the fact they reek of a poor effort from a manufacturer that should be trying harder.

Here is our rundown of the heroes and zeroes of the Geneva motor show 2014.

Audi TT

At first glance the third generation Audi TT doesn’t appear to be much different to the model it replaces. However, this all-new car features new design, more powerful engines and Audi's new 'virtual cockpit'. The high resolution display sits where the dials usually are, and allows drivers to switch from the usual speedo and rev-counter to a high-resolution sat nav display at the flick of a switch. It arrives in UK showrooms later this year. The vine above shows the tantalising Quattro sport concept version, with 420bhp!

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Volkswagen Golf GTE

Performance motoring without the guilt (or oily diesel hands at the filling station). The GTE is a plug-in hybrid, with a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor, for ultra low CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. It'll also drive on batteries alone for up to 31 miles. Don't think all this eco-worthiness makes it slow. Combined power is 201bhp, and with a 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds, the GTE is just powerful enough to hold its head high amongst its performance hatchback peers.

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Lamborghini Huracan

There was a great weight of expectation on the Huracan, being the replacement for the ageing Gallardo – the most successful car in Lamborghini's history – and it hasn't disappointed. Underneath the utterly gorgeous body is a new blend of carbon-fibre and aluminium construction, meaning the Huracan is as light as possible. The lack of bulk also means performance from the 602bhp 5.2-litre V10 engine is maximised, and the car will hit 62mph from a standstill in just 3.2 seconds. Still want that Ferrari?

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Honda Civic Type R Concept

While officially only a concept car for now, this lairy looking beast is how the production version of the new Civic Type R is expected to look. It's a refreshingly in-your-face design, and makes the sober stylings of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus ST looks positively boring. Rumoured to develop around 300bhp, the Civic Type R will be fitted with a heavily turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine. Whether it will drive as well as its rivals remains to be seen, but on looks alone, it deserves to be a success.

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Renault Twingo

In a break from the city-car norm, the new stubby looking Twingo will feature a rear engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, similar to a Porsche 911. This means that the supermini could be amongst the best and most affordable drivers' cars of this year. The new drivetrain layout is likely to impinge on rear load space and passenger room somewhat, but who cares? Didn't you hear us say it's going to be a baby French 911!

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Vauxhall Adam Rocks

In what could be the most cynical marketing exercise ever devised, Vauxhall took the opportunity to unveil its new Adam Rocks model. Taking the idea of a crossover to the extreme, the Rocks is essentially a normal Adam, with a slightly loftier ride height and body cladding to protect from sharp stones and other off-road obstacles. Only you won't be going off-road, as the Rocks has the same piddly supermini engines as the rest of the Adam range, and no four-wheel-drive. What you will do is look like an idiot, particularly when someone in a real 4×4 (or even a full-sized hatchback) pulls up next to you at the lights.

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Should BMW be making this car? Once the purveyors of the 'ultimate driving machine', the brand is now deviating from its core values. Not only is this tall, dumpy looking car the marque's first MPV, it is its first offering to come in front-wheel-drive guise. That said, as much as this will annoy BMW fans worldwide, it's likely to be a credible addition to the people carrier market. And with that badge on the nose, it'll walk out of showrooms.

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Mercedes S-Class Coupe

We may be alone in thinking this is one of the less exciting cars to be shown at Geneva, given how svelte and classy it looks. However, while Mercedes has gone to great lengths to talk up the S-Class Coupe's luxury appointments – including its Swarovski crystal encrusted headlights – there is simply nothing new here to get the world at large in a lather. Yes, it may be available with some Autobahn storming engines (particularly when tuning-arm AMG gets its hands on it), but unless you're second name is Cowell or Giggs, then it is unlikely to be more than a passing interest. This is shame from a company so heavily involved in autonomous cars and advanced vehicle technology. Come on Mercedes, you can do better.

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Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Editions

Tarting up your ageing DB9 with bits of carbon fibre is not the way to impress at an international motor show, Aston Martin. The beloved British marque was in danger of being completely outshone in the Geneva show halls, but thankfully it also brought along its racy-looking Vantage N430. Its fettled 4.7-litre V8 engine, racing body addenda and enhanced styling inside and out are just enough to make amends.

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Citroen C4 Cactus Concept

On the face of, there is nothing wrong with this radical concept from the French manufacturer. In fact, we'd wish most carmakers were this bold and forward thinking with their design studies. However, the Cactus slips up in one small area: its 'Airbumps'. Enthusia

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