Geneva Motor Show 2018: news round-up and all the cars
Our complete round-up of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show with details on all the big new cars and major news stories
The Geneva Motor Show is arguably the world’s most influential car show but even by those standards the 2018 installment dumped a particularly thrilling cargo of new cars and new car news upon us.
As ever, the Auto Express team was on hand to bring you the best images and video, while deciphering the flood of information that gushed from the Palexpo show halls. Below, you’ll find our Geneva Motor Show 2018 coverage in full.
On this page we identify the key car launches at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show and give you a full manufacturer a-to-z of every model launch and news story that matters. You’ll find our verdict on the best cars at 2018 Geneva Motor Show as well as the best concept cars and our light-hearted look at the best cars that you might have missed. Our live picture gallery contains the best images and videos from Geneva and you can relive the action as it happened with our Twitter feed.
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Geneva Motor Show 2018: the key cars
• Audi A6 - Audi's all-new A6 executive saloon takes design cues from the larger A8.• BMW X4 - Based on the X3, the new X4 offers similar styling in a sleek coupe package.• Cupra Ateca - Cupra's first standalone model is a hot version of the SEAT Ateca SUV.• Hyundai Santa Fe - The new Santa Fe is bigger than its predecessor and also comes with hybrid power.• Kia Ceed - The apostrophe is gone, but its hatchback charm remains as the new Ceed takes aim at the VW Golf.• Mercedes A-Class - More space and a sportier look for the new A-Class, plus a high-tech interior.• Peugeot 508 - Peugeot's new family saloon is inspired by its Instinct concept with a bold new look.• Skoda Fabia - Diesel dropped from the range, as the facelifted Fabia reveals subtle design changes.• Toyota Gazoo Racing Supra - The Supra name will finally be reborn, but it could be badged as Gazoo Racing.• Volvo V60 - New V60 estate has range of petrol and diesel options, with T6 and T8 plug-in hybrids to follow.
Geneva Motor Show 2018: news headlines
• All-electric Skoda Citigo E due in 2019• End of the road for diesel Subarus• Ferrari's hybrid V8 engine to launch in 2019• Fiat likely to restrict European range to 500 and Panda models• Honda Urban EV to go on sale early next year• New BMW i4 confirmed for production• New Goodyear smart tyre monitors its own pressure and wear status• Polestar 1 production could double due to demand• Subaru could drop manual gearboxes in bid to build the world’s safest cars• World Car of the Year 2018 finalists announced
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Geneva Motor Show 2018: manufacturers A to Z
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Abarth showed its hand for Geneva, taking a special edition of the 124 spider and 695 called the ‘GT’ and ‘Rivale’ respectively. Neither car has any mechanical upgrades, but the 124 GT comes with a removable carbon fibre roof, which is claimed to improve its overall torsional rigidity.
Alfa Romeo took a range of special editions to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Designed to celebrate their respective titles as the fastest production SUV and four-door saloon to ever lap the Nurburgring, the Stelvio and Giulia NRING editions took centre stage for the Italian marque. Both cars are based on the performance Quadrifoglio versions which Auto Express has already tested, and come with a host of performance parts including, carbon-shelled Sparco seats and carbon ceramic brakes.
Alpina’s interpretation of the new BMW X3 - the XD3 - made its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, boasting a deeper front bumper, 22-inch multi-spoke alloys and a quad-exhaust setup. Most notably though, the XD3 comes with more power in left-hand drive than it does in right-hand drive, thanks to the former harbouring an additional two turbos for an output of 384bhp. Meanwhile, the lesser-powered 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine makes do with 330bhp.
Alpine is set to offer its A110 sports car in two new editions in an attempt to widen its appeal, and both models have been shown off at Genea. They use the same aluminium chassis and feature the same power outputs, however the lightweight Pure edition has been designed to be driver focused, while the Legende edition majors on refinement for comfortable cruising.
Aston Martin took its new Vantage to the Geneva Motor Show, of which we have already had the chance to sample in prototype form and we were suitably impressed. The Vantage comes with the 503bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that is usually found in Mercedes-AMG cars. The top speed is expected to be around 195mph, with a 0-62mph time in the region of 3.5 seconds.
The Valkyrie AMR Pro was also fully revealed at the show, with the limited hypercar uncovered by Red Bull's Christian Horner and Adrian Newey. Deliveries aren't expected until 2020, but it'll be powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-litre Cosworth-built V12 engine and will develop “in excess of 1100bhp”.
Finally, Aston's Lagonda sub brand wowed the crowds with its bold Vision Concept, which has been designed to give an insight into the brand's electric and autonomous future.
• Audi A6
The all-new fifth-generation Audi A6 was one of the star attractions at Geneva. The BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class rival has an A8-inspired front end and LED taillights, while the cabin also takes many design elements from its bigger brother. The high-tech executive saloon will also launch with a 201bhp 2.0-litre diesel, two 3.0-litre V6 diesels (producing 228bhp and 286bhp) and a 335bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol, while mild-hybrid tech will feature on every model in the range. Prices are yet to be announced, but it's expected to go on sale in the UK in June.
Bentley revealed its first ever electrified vehicle, a plug-in hybrid Bentayga, at the Geneva Motor Show. It features an electric motor and a new turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol unit, and is good for 31 miles of pure-electric range. The PHEV is the fourth model in the Bentayga range, joining the W12, V8 and V8 diesel.
Following the arrival of the new BMW X3 at the end of last year, the new second-generation X4 has now been revealed at the 2018 Geneva show. It combines much of the X3's styling but in a coupe package and, while it's hard to tell the difference between the two cars from the front, the rear reveals clear differences. The X4 has also been engineered to provide a sharper drive.
A hot version of the forthcoming 8 Series has also been previewed by a new concept. The BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept gives plenty of clues to how the production version will look when it arrives in 2019.
Completing BMW's line-up is the special edition of the M2. Designed to celebrate what was the firm's best-selling M car of 2017, the BMW M2 Edition Black Shadow comes in Sapphire Black, with new 19-inch matt black alloy wheels, carbon-finish door mirrors and gloss black kidney grille surrounds and side panels.
There was a new version of the Bugatti Chiron at Geneva. Called the Chiron Sport, it features the same mighty 1,479bhp W16 powertrain from the standard Chiron, however 18kg has been shaved from its kerbweight to give it a more athletic feel. It comes with a pricetag of £2.36m plus local taxes, an increase on the £2.1m for the standard car.
Citroen has revealed its all-new Berlingo, the van-based MPV, at the Geneva Motor Show. Boasting a new platform and new engines, the Berlingo also benefits from a raft of advanced tech features and a reworked exterior featuring styling cues from the C3 Aircross SUV. The interior has been overhauled as well, with Citroen claiming a "generational leap" having introduced elements seen on other models.
Is this the fastest car in the world? Little known Italian manufacturers Corbellati was at Geneva with the Missile, which the brand claims is capable of 310mph. Yes, 310mph! Powered by a 9.0-litre twin-turbo V8, it apparently boasts 1,800bhp and 2,350Nm of torque.
Cupra is now its own standalone brand and its first model is a hot version of the SEAT Ateca. The SUV is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 296bhp and will catapult the SUV from 0-62mph in just 5.4 seconds. It's made its public at Geneva, before arriving in the UK towards the end of the year.
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British coachbuilder David Brown Automotive sent its new Speedback Silverstone Edition to Geneva, which produces 593bhp from its Jaguar-sourced 5.0-litre supercharged V8. Based on the Speedster GT, it's limited to just 10 units and costs a cool £620,000 before tax.
The Ferrari 488 Pista is the most powerful V8 car in the Italian marque's illustrious history. There, that got your attention didn't it? Based on the 488 GTB, the Pista is a track-focused version, pumping out 710bhp and weighing just 1,280kg.
In other Ferrari news, we learned from boss Sergio Marchionne that Ferrari's first series production car with a hybrid engine will launch next year. And that could mean Ferrari's forthcoming SUV, also due in 2019, is the car in the frame.
Ford's headline act for Geneva is a facelifted version of the Edge SUV. In a move that goes against current trends, the American brand is ditching petrol from its Edge range in the UK. However, there will be a new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder twin-turbodiesel motor, which will be badged EcoBlue and will produce 235bhp. There will also be a new performance ST version with 335bhp, however it will not be offered to British buyers.
Joining the Edge on Ford's stand is the Ka+, which has been facelifted for 2018. Updates include new styling, as well as an upgraded infotainment system and a new engine line-up, while there is now also the addition of an Active crossover.
Legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro has founded a new company called GFG Style, and its first offering is the Sibylla. The all-electric luxury concept was on show at Geneva, featuring a 75kWh motor.
We've already seen the new Honda CR-V, but Geneva saw the public debut of the European-spec version of the popular SUV. Hybrid tech features, as does the option for seven seats, while most of the interior design has been carried over from the Civic hatchback.
Hyundai has already revealed its fourth-generation Santa Fe crossover in a selection of official images released by the Korean brand, however it made its public debut at Geneva. The Mk4 Santa Fe is moving up in the ranks as a large crossover, replacing the current mid-size model, and it also comes with a hybrid powertrain.
An all-electric version of the Kona is also at the show, before going on sale in the summer. The car is offered with a choice of two powertrains, a short-range edition that is capable of 186 miles on a single charge, or a long-range model that can achieve 292 miles. The latter is capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds.
Completing the line-up on Hyundai's stand is the bold-looking Le Fil Rouge concept. It previews the future design of Hyundais, which the manufacturer is calling “sensuous sportiness”.
Italian design house Icona has produced a number of concepts in the past, but its latest - the Nucleus - is its most technologically advanced to date. It's a fully autonomous MPV with space for six people, and it comes without a steering wheel, pedals or any other vehicle controls for occupants.
Italdesign returned to the Geneva Motor Show this year with a convertible version of the Zerouno. Called the Zerouno Duerta, the drop top is a reworking of the Zerouno coupe and is expected to cost over £1m. With lightweight all carbon-fibre construction, the new convertible shouldn’t deviate too far from the 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and 205mph top speed achieved by the coupe.
Jaguar's first ever pure-electric model is the all-new I-Pace, which has made its long-awaited public debut in Switzerland. Starting at just under £59k for an entry-level S model, the SUV features a 90kWh battery pack and two electric motors (one on each axle), which means it produces 395bhp and can sprint from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds. The I-Pace also has a range of around 300 miles, and is compatible with fast charging at up to 100kW.
The Jaguar F-Type SVR also got a makeover at Geneva in the form of the Graphic Pack. It adds a host of unique colour combinations and carbon fibre accents, including a contrasting grille surround, mirror caps and aero winglets.
The new Kia Ceed was revealed in full at Geneva, with its sights firmly set on its VW Golf and Ford Focus rivals. The third-generation hatchback and Sportswagon estate will go on sale later this year, and will be longer and wider than the outgoing car. The Korean manufacturer has also confirmed that the new car will no longer carry an apostrophe in its name, evolving from cee'd to Ceed.
Below the Ceed in Kia's model range is the Rio, which has gained a sporty GT-Line trim ahead of its on-sale date later this year. It'll be joined on stage by the facelifted Optima, which gains interior and exterior tweaks plus new engine options.
The Huracan Performante stole headlines last year when breaking the Nurburgring lap record with an astonishing time of 6:52.01, and now a convertible version is on the way. It has been officially revealed at Geneva, with Lamborghini claiming performance figures of 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds and a 201mph top speed. It uses the same 631bhp 5.2-litre V10 engine as the coupe.
Land Rover, along with its Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) unit, has developed a new two-door Range Rover. Called the SV Coupe, it rivals the Rolls-Royce Cullinan with a price tag of £240,000, while under the bonnet it features a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine that has been tweaked to produce 558bhp and 700Nm of torque.
The Lexus UX concept was first revealed back at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, but the production version of the small SUV will finally make its first public appearance at Geneva. Sitting below the bigger NX in the brand's line-up, the UX is less radical than the concept car, but the styling is still typically Lexus with a gaping hexagonal grille and slim LED lights.
We had already seen the facelifted Mazda 6 saloon, which was revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show at the end of last year, and now we've seen the Mazda 6 Tourer as well. Updates to the estate version are similar to those found on the saloon, which include a slightly refreshed exterior design, with a new mesh grille and chrome detailing around the car’s fresh LED headlights.
Named after the late Formula 1 star, who won three world titles in a McLaren, the Senna is a 789bhp track-focused hypercar. It boasts a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that propels it from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 211mph. All 500 examples have already been sold at a price of £750,000.
The limited run, track-only Senna GTR was also revealed at Geneva. Just 75 examples will be built, and it will have “at least” 814bhp, as well as a race-style transmission, revised double wishbone suspension and Pirelli slicks.
We’ve already seen the all-new A-Class in the metal, but it's set to make its full public debut at Geneva. The Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Volkswagen Golf rival boasts a new platform, more space and a sportier look, but it's the high-tech interior that has been stealing most of the headlines.
It's not just the A-Class that will be present on Mercedes' stand as the facelifted version of the C-Class will also be on display. The exterior styling is subtle as opposed to revolutionary, but updates include new infotainment and connectivity options as well as a new engine range.
The popular Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been updated for 2019, and the revised model was shown off at Geneva. Headline changes include a new petrol engine, a more powerful electric motor and a 15 per cent increase in battery capacity.
A race-bred Aero GT will mark the end of the Aero 8’s 17-year production line. Alongside it, Morgan revealed a special 50th Anniversary Edition of its Plus 8; both models are fitted with BMW’s 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine.
After being leaked several times, the all-new Peugeot 508 has now been fully revealed at Geneva. The new flagship saloon, which rivals the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Volkswagen Arteon, is strongly influenced by the Instinct concept with a rakish, smooth profile and dramatic front and rear lights.
Peugeot's new van-based MPV, the Rifter, was also at Geneva. Along with its sister models, the Citroen Berlingo Multispace and Vauxhall Combo Life, the Rifter is a replacement for the Partner Tepee and is based on a modified version of PSA’s EMP2 platform.
The well-renowned design house, Pininfarina, took the striking HK GT concept to Geneva. This four-seater grand tourer runs on an electric powertrain and features two massive roof-hinged gullwing doors, which allow access to the front and rear seats at the same time. While Pininfarina has helped create the curvaceous body, the HK GT has been developed in collaboration with te Hong Kong-based Hybrid Kinetic Group.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS made its full public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Exterior updates are only minor, but changes under the skin are significant with an extra 20bhp and 10Nm of torque being squeezed out of the 4.0-litre flat six, taking it to 513bhp and 470Nm. All of this means the revised GT3 RS can cover 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds and go on to hit 194mph.
There was also a surprise from the brand, as it revealed a new concept car called the Mission E Cross Turismo. Seemingly inspired by sister-brand Audi’s range of Allroad models, the jacked-up estate previews a new car that could join the forthcoming Mission E saloon in Porsche’s electric car range.
Renault’s presence at the Geneva Motor Show was led by its new EZ-GO concept vehicle, which made its public debut at the show. It showcases Renault’s vision for ‘shared urban mobility’, using the marque’s latest autonomous and electrification technology to give us a glimpse at how the French manufacturer thinks ride-sharing vehicles will look and work by 2030.
Croatian hypercar firm Rimac has launched its second model as a successor to the all-electric 1,073bhp Concept One. The C_Two has big boots to fill, with 1,88bhp served up, rivalling the Bugatti Chiron and Tesla's 2020 second-generation Roadster.
Rolls-Royce rolled out three bespoke Phantom models for Geneva. The Gentleman’s Tourer is a short wheelbase car inspired by the Phantom II from the 1930s, the Whispered Muse has been created by designer Helen Amy Murray and uses special colours, silks and veneers and A Moment in Time is a customer-commissioned EWB car.
The SEAT Leon Cupra R was revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and all 24 UK examples quickly sold out, however now the ST estate version has broken cover. It comes with a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine, producing 296bhp, and features SEAT's 4Drive all-wheel drive system. Although Cupra has now gone it alone, the Leon will still be badged as a SEAT until the next generation of the popular hatchback arrives.
A fresh-faced Skoda Fabia will make its first public outing at Geneva. We've already seen the exterior of the updated supermini, which features subtle design changes and new, slimmer headlights, but the interior is being kept under wraps for now. The big news is that diesel has been dropped from the engine line-up, though, with just a range of 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol motors being offered instead.
Skoda has also revealed new concept, called the Vision X. The small crossover will preview a future production model, which will sit below the Karoq and Kodiaq in the brand's SUV line-up when it arrives in the second half of 2019.
The first cars to carry Mercedes' new EQ badging are the Smart ForTwo, ForTwo Cabrio and ForFour. The all-electric trio were displayed at Geneva with an optional fast 22kW on-board charger, which will be available from May. This will enable their batteries to be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in under 40 minutes.
The fresh-faced Musso bares a strong resemblance to the Rexton SUV it shares a platform with. A new suspension setup is included, as part of the revisions, but the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine will remain under the bonnet.
Alongside the new Musso is an all-electric concept called the e-SIV. It previews the brand's next C-segment SUV that will replace the Korando, and features a 140kW motor, autonomous tech and a 280-mile range.
Startech is the arm of famous Mercedes tuner Brabus that deals with non-Mercedes models and it revealed a tuned Aston Martin DB11 at Geneva 2018. Because the Aston now uses a Mercedes-Benz V8, the firm is able to offer a power boost to the DB11 by revising the engine's injection, ignition and turbo boost pressure. The grand tourer now has 602bhp, up 99bhp over standard, while torque has been boosted from 675Nm to a meaty 800Nm.
Subaru made its presence felt at Geneva with its Viziv Tourer concept, an an estate version of the Viziv Performance STI concept. Should it ever make it to production, it will be the first WRX estate offered since the 2007 Impreza.
Want a car with 7,722Nm of torque? Yes? Then you'll want the new Techrules Ren RS, which has been revealed at Geneva. The RS can be specified with six electric motors, two turbines and a 28.4kWh battery pack. This means it produces 1,287bhp and can complete the 0-62mph sprint in just 3.0 seconds.
Italian coachbuilders Touring Superleggera sent its new four-door Sciadipersia coupe to Geneva. Heavily based on the Maserati Gran Turismo, the Sciadipersia is similar in size to a Mercedes S-Class Coupe and is limited to just 10 examples.
For a number of years, speculation has been rife as to whether we’ll ever see the ‘Supra’ name reborn again. Now Toyota has finally put the speculation to bed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show by unveiling the hugely anticipated Supra. The Japanese marque looks set to sell its new model under its hot Gazoo Racing badge when it goes on sale in 2019 and the concept car presented at the show is a GR Racing version in full race trim.
Although the Supra is sure to steal all the headlines for Toyota, a facelifted version of its Aygo city car is also at the show. Little has changed inside, but externally the updated model now features new LED headlights, taillights, alloy wheel options and extra paint colour choices.
And on top of that, Toyota has also revealed the third generation of the Auris hatchback for the first time in Geneva. The VW Golf rival welcomes a new 2.0-litre hybrid engine and styling updates, sitting on the same TNGA platform shared by the Prius and C-HR.
Volkswagen showed-off the latest edition to its growing I.D. family at Geneva. The I.D. Vizzion concept is a four-door coupe similar in size to large luxury limousines such as the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8, but it's completely autonomous with driving left to a new system the brand calls ‘digital chauffeur’.
The second generation Volvo V60 has made its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It's based on the Swedish brand's Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), which it shares with the XC60 SUV and larger V90 estate, and will likely cost around £32,000 when it arrives in UK showrooms this September. A range of petrol and diesel options will be available at launch, while two plug-in hybrid powertrains will follow, badged T6 and T8.
Danish supercar maker Zenvo is at Geneva with the TSR-S. The new model sits between the TS1 road car and TSR track machine in the range, adding active aerodynamics to boost the car's performance even further.
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