In the automotive world, few events are as important as the Geneva Motor Show.
The Swiss expo is one of the must-have events for most major manufacturers, with very few firms not in attendance.
Major themes included electric models and crossovers, but there was also a surprising influx of new supercars — with big announcements from Aston Martin, McLaren and also Pininfarina.
Here’s all the highlights from this year’s Geneva Motor Show from every manufacturer.
Following on from the success of the Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon and the Stelvio —its first SUV — the firm unveiled the show-stopping Tonale concept car. Looking nearly production ready, the plug-in hybrid SUV could be key to improving the Italian firm’s sales.
There was a lot going on at the Aston Martin stand at this year’s show. The big announcement came in the form of a new mid-engined supercar, which is set to revive the Vanquish name and use a new V6 engine. It gives the firm access into previously un-tapped territory.
The name of a third mid-engined hypercar was also confirmed as AM-RB 003, which follows on from the Valkyrie and continues Aston Martin’s partnership with Red Bull.
A further glimpse at the firm’s electric future was also divulged with the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept, which Aston Martin calls the future of the luxury SUV.
With only electrified models on display, the Audi stand saw the unveil of the Q4 e-tron Concept, which will spawn a production model by the end of 2020. The manufacturer also showed off a range of new plug-in hybrids, which are set to be badged ‘TFSI e’. These will be offered on the A6, A7, A8 and Q5.
Bentley is marking its centenary in 2019, and has unveiled a special Continental GT, known as the ‘Number 9 Edition’. It pays homage to the racing driver who helped to inspire the Bentley ‘Blower’. Just 100 of the hand built Mulliner versions will be made.
Bentley also publicly unveiled a ‘Speed’ version of its Bentayga, which becomes the fastest SUV ever.
Commissioned for an unnamed ‘Bugatti enthusiast’, the La Voiture Noire (translating as ‘the black car’) becomes one of the most expensive new cars ever made.
Compared to recent shows, BMW’s Geneva was a bit quieter, although the carmaker used the show to announce new plug-in hybrid version of its X3, alongside the already-announced 330e, X5 xDrive45e and 7 Series. The range of the electrified 530e and 225xe Active Tourer has also been increased.
Pictures of the Ami One Concept have already been seen, but it was the first time Citroen had publicly unveiled the model. Classed as a quadricycle, it means 16-year-olds can get behind the wheel without a licence. It’s another way Citroen is celebrating its centenary this year, with further concepts planned throughout 2019.
While we showed you the new F8 Tributo last week ahead of the show, Ferrari’s replacement for the 488 has now been unveiled in full. With a hugely powerful engine, improved aerodynamics and an aggressive new look, there’s very little not to be excited about.
Marking its 120th anniversary this year, Fiat unveiled its first new concept and model in several years with the Concept Centoventi — the latter term meaning ‘120’ in Italian.
The electric concept aims to be an affordable “blank canvas” that the owner can customise to their tastes, and previews a long overdue replacement for the Fiat Panda.
Honda unveiled its quirky ‘e Prototype’ at Geneva, which looks ahead to a near production-ready EV that’s primarily aimed at the city. The manufacturer also announced its intention for 100 per cent of its European sales to be electrified by 2025.
Jeep has so far kept quiet about its plans with electric models, but that’s just changed with the American 4×4 maker previewing plug-in hybrid versions of its Renegade and Compass crossovers. Spirited performance is also promised, thanks to a power output of 237bhp.
It was all plugged in on the Kia stand, too, with Geneva being the first time the Soul EV was seen in Europe, alongside an updated version of the popular Niro. But importantly there was the debut of the all-electric ‘Imagine by Kia’ concept, which aims to combine a saloon with a crossover, alongside an electric powertrain.
Sweden might not be the place you expect some of the wildest hypercars to originate from, but Koenigsegg knows how to make some of the fastest models around. The firm’s new Jesko — named after the firm’s founder — unveiled at the Geneva show, offers another level of brutal performance, and the boss claims it’s capable of 300mph, which will be a new record for road cars.
Nearly every new model at Geneva embraces electrification, but Lamborghini has gone down the traditional route with its Aventador SVJ Roadster debuting with a monstrous 760bhp naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12, in what will be one of the last engines of its kind. A convertible version of the Huracan Evo also appeared on the Lamborghini stand.
We had already seen Lexus’s Geneva stars — the beautiful LC Convertible Concept and the circuit-ready RC F Track Edition — so there were not any big surprises. Lexus is best known for its sedate comfortable hybrid models, but models like these help to show the brand in a different light.
A limited-run launch edition of its new Levante Trofeo performance SUV (pictured above) was also on show. We like this a lot.
Mazda pulled the wraps off the third SUV in its line-up, which is the CX-30. Essentially a high-riding version of the firm’s popular ‘3’, the CX-30 becomes the second model in Mazda’s next-generation line-up. UK sales will start later in the year.
While McLaren didn’t unveil any new models, it did issue some important news that the firm is set to introduced a new grand tourer. A picture of the camouflaged car is all we’ve been given so far.
A revised GLC was also on show, which features a range of new engine options, as well as a much-improved interior and touchscreen system.
At the other end of the spectrum, Mercedes-AMG revealed a dramatic Roadster version of its GT R Supercar, which is limited to just 750 units.
But, of course, the firm couldn’t forget about electric models, as it premiered its Concept EQV, which is a Vito-based EV that’s set to become the first all-electric MPV on sale. Expect to see a production version later in the year.
A revised version of the ASX crossover was also unveiled on the Mitsubishi stand.
Nissan gave a strong preview of the next-generation Qashqai with the unveiling of the IMQ Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The firm also announced a new e-Power range-extender hybrid powertrain will be available in Europe from 2022, with these models already selling well in Japan.
A longer-ranged Leaf EV was also announced, following the success of a limited-edition model.
If you thought EVs weren’t exciting, Pininfarina has just proven you wrong with this 1,874bhp electric hypercar. Known as the Battista, the hyper GT promises astonishing acceleration figures — such as a 0-60mph time of under two seconds.
It was another big unveil for Peugeot, with the firm publicly revealing its new and striking 208 for the first time at Geneva. Perhaps most importantly for the brand, though, is the electric version — called the e-208 — which promises to be one of the first credible EVs in its class and offers a 211-mile electric range.
The firm also showed off a concept plug-in hybrid version of the 508, which hints at future electrified performance Peugeots.
Its second model — imaginatively named the ‘2’ — promises more than 400bhp and a range of around 300 miles. Polestar is a company many manufacturers will be monitoring closely…
The new 911 shed its roof a couple of months ago, but this is the first time the 992-generation Cabriolet has been seen in public — and it’s just as stunning as it looked in the pictures.
It was a big day for Renault, with the French firm unveiling its all-new Clio in full, which features a stunning new interior and revised exterior. This is a hugely important car for Renault, with the Clio being the top-selling supermini across Europe.
Seat kickstarted its electric offensive at the event with the world premiere of the el-Born, which is set to become the firm’s first all-electric model. Seat’s performance sub-brand, Cupra, also revealed the plug-in hybrid ‘Fermentor’ that looks at the brand’s future electrified performance models.
As with Seat, Skoda also gave the first proper glimpse of its future electric future with the Vision iV Concept. Expect an all-electric Skoda by 2021, but for now have this concept with huge 22-inch alloy wheels and automatically-opening doors.
The mid-size SUV gets an all-new look as well as a new efficient 1.5-litre petrol engine. The South Korean manufacturer also promises class-leading interior space. And, of course, an EV is set to follow.
Appearing on the Toyota stand was a GT4 Concept of the firm’s new Supra sports car, which looks at how Toyotas could compete in international GT4 racing. As for road cars, two new versions of the Corolla were unveiled – a sporty-looking GR Sport and the rugged ‘Trek’ version.
VW successfully reinvented the dune buggy at this year’s show with the electric ID. Buggy concept. While it’s unclear if a production version will follow, the firm aims to explore the spectrum of emissions-free models possible with its dedicated MEB platform, designed specifically for electric models across the Volkswagen Group brands.
March 5, 2019