The 2018 Geneva Motor show’s floor was full of new cars, announcement, updates and more – but what were the highlights?
We’ve taken the opportunity to discuss what the biggest motor show of the year is all about, and what was debuted.
What is the Geneva Motor Show?
Well the International Geneva Motor show, otherwise known as Salon international de l’automobile in French, started in 1905 and is located at the Palexpo convention centre directly next to the Geneva Cointrin International Airport – Which makes it a conveniently short hop from the UK!
It is the premier car show of the year and is viewed by most manufactures as “the place” to display new models and concepts. The show has a history of being the first place to see the best the industry has to offer, from super cars to super minis, and performance beasts to eco friendly EV’s, it has it all.
Ferrari – What better way to start than with an exciting Italian supercar, the 711 BHP Ferrari 488 Pista. This is Ferrari’s most powerful ever V8 and with tech and aero direct from it’s race cars expect eye watering performance. That’s 0-62 MPH in 2.8 seconds quick!
Jaguar – The much anticipated Jaguar I-Pace enters the electric SUV space to compete directly with the Tesla model X. The Jag delivers 395 BHP of all electric power from two engines, pushing you to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds. With a range around the 300 mile mark on a full charge, and AI that helps to intelligently factor in weather and driving conditions to update your remaining charge it looks set to be a real E-SUV competitor.
Lexus – The Lexus UX is aimed squarely at the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Jaguar E-pace in the luxury small SUV segment. It will be an aggressively styled hybrid priced in the £30000 region, with luxurious interior and inevitably large spec option list.
Maserati – Maserati showed their Nerissimo versions of the Ghibli and Quadroporte. Nerissimo meaning very black in Italian, for those wanting the super stealthy look presumably. A new roofless spyder version of the record breaking, Nürburgring destroying Lamborghini Huracan Perfomate is on display. With a 202 MPH top speed from the 5.2 litre V10 this droptop maintains much of the crazy performance of its roofed sibling. We can expect to pay £240000 for the privilege of having the wind in our hair.
Volvo – Volvo had already won a top award with its stylishly styled XC40 picking up European car of the year just before the opening of the show. This critically acclaimed small SUV will be 4 wheel drive in the UK and in automatic only. There are diesel and petrol options all loaded with tech and a huge variety of specs.
Mustang – The Ford Mustang Bullitt is a special edition built to commemorate 50 years since the legendary Steve McQueen film of the same name. The car is suitably cool in shadow black or highland green, with racier styling and a six speed manual paired with its 5 litre V8.
Mercedes – A brand new and exciting model from Mercedes that was not expected is the AMG GT four door. This supercar in its S version will be pumping out 630 BHP from a 4 litre twin turbo. The interior will have Mercedes industry leading dual 12.3 inch infotainment displays as well as the option to have everything about as luxurious as can be imagined. No price yet… So let’s hope it’s cheap..
We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled throughout the year as these amazing machines start to come to market!