Geneva 2014 motor show
2014 Geneva Motor Show, Switzerland
Geneva 2014 is gearing up to be huge with loads of design-focussed concepts
28 February 2014
GENEVA’S annual motor show just would not be Geneva if style wasn’t at the
forefront, and this year’s event looks set to be no exception.
Only a short hop from France, the show will feature all three of the main
French car-makers who are set to show off their newest, unmistakably
French-styled light-car offerings, with the C1 from Citroen, Peugeot’s 108 and
rear-engined Twingo from Renault.
Volvo will unveil another slick concept in an attempt to bolster its claim that
“the vanilla days are over”, this time with a three-door Concept Estate
sporting an interior that might not be far from a production-ready version.
South Korean maker Hyundai will wheel-out a mean-looking supercar named the
PassoCorto, which will look just at home among the other hot offerings at
Geneva, despite being designed by a team of Italian student designers.
The Vision C from Skoda is just a sketch at the moment, so all eyes will be
poised to check-out the Czech when the muscular four-door’s covers are torn off.
But style is nothing without substance and some of the world’s best known
supercar makers will exhibiting new metal, that delivers substance in
It hasn’t bolted a hair-dryer to an engine in more than 20 years, but Ferrari
is returning to turbo-charging with its blown California, which will take pride
of place on the Italian maker’s stand.
Compared with the P1 it revealed at Geneva in 2013, McLaren’s 650S is almost
agricultural in its technology, but it will no-doubt attract the crowds in
droves who will to pore over the bulbous bodywork and 478kW twin-turbo V8
The Brits will be well represented with a brace of special Aston Martins – a
bespoke DB9 and a performance-boosted V8 Vantage – while Jaguar will show off a
wagon version of the XFR-S that can crack 300km/h.
For those hunting speed on a budget, Opel will reveal an Astra named the OPC
Extreme with more than 220kW. while Audi will continue its performance-assault
with an S1, S3 cabriolet and TT all on show.
It’s not all about sex and power, though, and more practical offerings will
also be on display in Switzerland, with a facelift of both Ford’s popular Focus
and Nissan’s Juke expected, while Suzuki will roll-out its Alto-superseding
Celerio and Mazda will do the same with a concept that is anticipated to be the
Keep and eye on GoAuto.com.au as we bring you up-to-the minute coverage
of the Geneva motor show.
By TIM NICHOLSON
Widely regarded as the most stylish motor show on the planet, Geneva typically
plays host to premieres of design-focussed concepts, but there is usually more
than enough substance to go with the style.
With the European economic situation slowly improving, 2014 could be a bumper
year for Euro car-makers hoping to boost their fortunes after a number of
challenging years in the region.
Highlights from the 2013 Geneva show included the Rolls-Royce Wraith
super-coupe, McLaren P1 hybrid hyper-car, the Toyota 86 convertible, Opel
Cascada as well as fledgling Chinese brand Qoros' first ever car, the
unimaginatively named 3.
Fashion forward: The Geneva motor show previews the latest styles, and the new Renault Twingo is no exception.
Cars at the show: