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Geneva Motor Show 2018: The best new concepts, hybrid and electric cars
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show lived up to its reputation as a breathtaking future showcase of automotive concepts and road-ready vehicles. Besides helping us choose our next car, it offered a tantalizing glimpse into the cars of the future. Here’s the Car of the Year and our picks from the show.
The Geneva Motor Show is the first and arguably the largest of European motor shows. A look at the manufacturers showing off their latest wheels reads like a “who’s who” of the automotive world, with Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes, Porsche, Volvo, VW taking all in Switzerland this week.
The star of the show so far has been, at least officially, the Volvo XC40 SUV (pictured above), which won the prestigious ‘Car of the Year’ award in Geneva, selected by a panel of 60 journalists cars from more than 20 European countries. countries.
The compact SUV is the successor to the Volvo XC90 and XC60, and is set to rival the Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque. It’s a pretty enough specimen, especially inside, with the only noticeable downside (to this admittedly untrained eye) being that at present only petrol and diesel models are available. A hybrid XC40 should be available by the end of the year, however, with an electric version coming in 2019 or 2020.
Check it out and see what you think, noting that the following photos are manufacturer concept/promotional images of various stages in the car’s evolution – this was officially announced last year.
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Geneva Motor Show 2018: Best new cars and concepts
Porsche Mission E Cross Touring
Porsche surprised many in Geneva with the reveal of its Mission E Cross Turismo concept. Considered a direct rival to the Tesla Model X, the sleek electric crossover promises two motors totaling 600 horsepower. It can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. Porsche is studying whether to put the SUV into production.
Part taxi and part public transit, Renault’s self-driving carpool concept can only travel 30 miles per hour. However, it will allow you to enjoy the cityscape through those panoramic windows. It has Level 4 self-driving capabilities, which means it can change lanes and turn at intersections. The U-shaped seats mean everyone will face each other, much like a limo. Renault wants people to be able to report it or book it from a mobile app and it will be cheaper than an Uber.
Aston Martin LagondaVision
“Ah, Miss Bond, we’ve been expecting you and it’s a beautiful self-driving electric car.”
Arguably the most breathtaking concept vehicle on display at Geneva is Aston Martin’s roomy, spacious and downright sumptuous Lagonda Vision. With meters of legroom and a roof opening if you prefer to stand.
It has a steering wheel, but has Level 4 self-driving capabilities if that’s how you choose to get around. Aston Martin promises room for a next-generation battery range of 400 miles.
McLaren Senna GTR
If there are two words in motorsport more closely associated than “McLaren” and “Senna”, we haven’t heard them yet. The most recent million dollar supercar to bear the Brazilian icon’s name is the McLaren Senna GTR. The track-only affair will produce Formula 1-like lap times thanks to the 2,000 pounds of downforce and the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which offers 813 horsepower. McLaren only makes 75 of these cars and production will begin next year.
Volkswagen ID Vizzion
Defying everything you think you know about VWs, the all-electric, fully self-driving ID Vizzion promises 413 miles on a single charge thanks to the 111kWh battery. It has a top speed of 112 mph and produces 313 horsepower. It follows the ID Crozz and ID Buzz microbus EV crossover concepts, but is VW’s first fully autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel. There’s also a digital concierge, facial recognition technology and a heads-up display showcasing all your favorite media. It will be there by 2022.
BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe
If you’re wondering what the M stands for, it’s “more,” according to BMW, “more of everything.” The stunning elongated design offers four doors and “a new facet of luxury: extremely sporty, extravagant and polarizing”, according to the German car giant. It will arrive (presumably with a few door handles) in 2019.
Jaguar I Pace
Jaguar has been drip-feeding us the I-Pace for a while now, so it was great to see it up close and personal in Geneva. Like the Porsche Mission E, it’s another Tesla Model X rival. It has a 90kWh lithium-ion battery with a range of up to 298 miles. It is also compatible with 100 kW DC fast chargers, which will allow you to recharge from 0 to 80% in 40 minutes. The Alexa-enabled SUV also lets you go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
Nissan IMx Kuro
Nissan is touting new brain-to-vehicle technology, which reads your brainwaves in order to communicate with self-driving/driver-assist systems. It can help slow down and steer in a way the driver won’t notice. Even when the car is in fully autonomous mode, it can recognize fatigue and modify driving style to ensure a more comfortable ride. This does, however, imply that you wear a Doc Brown style helmet. The angular electric crossover is pretty nifty too. It promises 415 horsepower 516 lb-ft of torque and a range of 373 miles.
“It looks useful and indestructible – which we think is an interesting position for this concept and the application of the technologies presented by the vehicle,” says the company.
Ferrari 488 Pista
You can always count on The Prancing Horse to deliver the goods in Geneva and this year’s show was no different. Unveiled in February, the track-ready 488 Pista promises 711 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque from the most powerful 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine in Ferrari history.
The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission gets you up and down in just 30 milliseconds. Ferrari hopes this will convince Porsche 911 GT2 RS enthusiasts that their money is better spent elsewhere.
Volvo’s forward-looking subsidiary Polestar caused a stir in Geneva with the 1 GT hybrid-electric car. The stunning sedan offers a total of 600 horsepower from the drivetrain and 150 km of range from the EV part. The firm brought the gorgeous matte gray finish to the show to announce that it is set to take pre-orders from the 6,000 interested parties. The company only earns $500 a year, so you better pay the $3,000 deposit at the earliest opportunity.
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