The 2018 Geneva motor show has been bombarding our newsfeeds this week – so it’s a good time to step back, reflect and make our picks of the show.
Read on for CAR magazine’s best of show highlights – and jump down to our full A-Z below, where we list every important new car unveiled this week in Switzerland. Do you agree with our selection? Be sure to sound off in the comments below. And don’t miss the wise words of Gavin Green, our veteran motor show correspondent, in his Geneva motor show review here.
1) Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept hints at next year’s road car
Star of the show? That’s what our editors said. Previewing the new 2019 production sports car, this race-spec Supra is our first official glimpse of the new coupe, dressed up in wide-arched track-day garb. It’ll be underpinned by the same platform as the next BMW Z4, offering rear-wheel drive, Germanic precision married with Japanese engineering and reliability. There will no hybrid power for the production car – instead preferring a BMW-sourced straight six, and there’s no manual transmission expected. This is shaping up to be one of the big stories of 2019. Consider our appetite whetted…
2) Jaguar i-Pace: it’s Jag’s first electric car and it’s on sale now
A signficant car, the i-Pace. It launches Jaguar into the electric car scene and marks a step change in the design department too. If the future is EVs, then Jaguar is at the vanguard of the plug-in scene, launching ahead of its German rivals, reflecting a newfound spring in the step of Jaguar Land Rover. Editor-in-chief Phil McNamara stole a brief first drive of the production i-Pace at Geneva and came back gushing.
3) Lagonda Vision Concept brings back old name
A concept car in the traditional sense: full of guile and outrageous styling and future-gazing tech, the new Lagonda underlines Aston Martin’s desire to revive its old nameplate by 2021 as an all-electric, boutique super-brand. What struck our critics at the Geneva motor show was its sheer sense of modern luxury – with silk, cashmere and ceramic tiling peppering the futuristic interior. It was also a well kept secret in advance, providing showgoers with a decent splash on press day. Aston Martin on the front foot? You betcha…
4) Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo: yes, they’re doing an EV crossover too
Take the soft-roader Mission E very seriously indeed. We’ve already seen all-electric prototypes of the Porsche crossover testing at venues around Europe – signalling that the Mission E family will expand very rapidly from the familiar four-door saloon launch vehicle. The stumpy looks of the Cross Turismo may challenge some; this is a surprisingly large SUV, and makes the Jag i-Pace look remarkably svelte by comparison. But it underlines how even Porsche is embracing the all-electric future of the sports car.
5) BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept – a sneak peek at the new 8-series
A blast from the past: the 8-series nameplate is coming back to a BMW showroom near you, and this M8 concept is our best look yet at what that means. The growth spurt in numbers is a reminder that Munich is attempting to reposition its 6-series model a couple of notches upmarket. And in M8 guise, it’s going 911 chasing…
6) Ferrari 488 Pista: it’s maximum V8, following the Speciale
What’s not to like about a new Ferrari V8 special? Following in the well-trodden, slithering tyre tracks of Stradales, Speciales and Scuderias, the Pista manages to score 710bhp from the familiar turbocharged V8 for a scarcely believable 2.9sec 0-62mph time. It’s quick then… But the chassis is given a makeover too, promising that the Pista will deliver thrills in the curves as well as thrust on the straights. Stay tuned to Carmagazine.co.uk for our Ferrari 488 Pista review coming up this summer.
7) Mercedes A-class ups the ante in the posh Golf sector
The new A-class feels like a step change in two-decade small Mercedes history. Where the first-generation car went all radical, with a few elky bumps along the way, the outgoing A went a bit too sensible for our liking. Now the 2018 Mercedes A-class is here after its world debut at the Geneva motor show, and we like what we see. The interior is very special, ushering in the new MBUX infotainment system, and it promises to be a small hatchback that your gran would like as much as young families. Should be good to drive too… a potential game-changer in the mainstream hatchback sector? Possibly.
8) The new Volvo V60 brings more Swedish sassiness to the estate market
Volvo’s ongoing renaissance continues, as the 60-series range of medium-sized cars expands with this, the V60 estate. It’s a familiar aesthetic, like a mini shrunken V90 – and we’re not complaining. There’s a cool, calm, Swedish sense of understated style at play here and it obviously packs as much safety and connectivity tech as you could shake a family backpack at. This could make an appealing alternative to a German compact wagon, we’d say.
9) McLaren Senna GTR: outrageous swagger is back in fashion in Woking
No strangers to outrageous supercars, the Senna just turned the wick up to 12. The P15 arrived at the Geneva motor show, and then the GTR concept showed just how far this hypercar can be stretched.
The Geneva auto show is open to the public from 8-18 March 2018 and – being a short stroll from the city’s main airport – it’s an easy day trip from the UK, or indeed a handy excursion on your way to or from a mountain ski holiday in the Alps.
Every new car revealed at the 2018 Geneva motor show: an A-Z review guide
Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia NRING editions Special Nurburgring editions are here
A110 Pure (above) and Legende New lightweight and luxo GT spec A110 coupes land in Geneva
Valkyrie AMR Pro Extreme track-focused version of the already unshy hypercar
Vantage Motor show debut for new V8 entry-level sports car: it’s gorgeous…
WEC Vantage GTE Also see the new GT racer on Aston’s new stand in hall 2
DB11 Coupe and Volante First time the DB11 duo have been seen together in public
Lagonda Vision Concept New concept car showcases Lagonda design direction
A6 (below) It’s official: the new 2018 Audi A6 is more of a baby A8 than ever before
E-Tron All-electric SUV wasn’t at show – but was testing publicly on roads outside
Bentayga V8 Downsized SUV arrived at the Geneva motor show
Bentayga Hybrid New PHEV plug-in revealed in Geneva for Crewe’s crossover
2-series Active Tourer Modest mid-life facelift for the gawky Two MPV range
X4 We’ve seen the new X3; now it’s the turn of the slammed, coupe-a-like SUV
M8 Gran Coupe concept Wild M division of next 8-series debuted at Swiss show
Chiron Sport A sportier take on the Bugatti hypercar. Special editions so soon?
C4 Cactus Newly refreshed, duller, Airbumpless Cactus is here and now
Berlingo Multispace Van-derived MPV made its world debut at Palexpo
Brand launch New standalone sporting brand splinters away from Seat mothership
Cupra Ateca (above) 296bhp sports SUV bows in at Geneva – spearheading Cupra launch
Cupra Ibiza Plus a red-hot 197bhp pocket rocket concept due on sale by 2019; didn’t make it to Geneva
Cupra e-Racer touring car This is the future of touring cars, according to Seat’s new race division
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Speedback Silverstone Edition Special performance-enhanced Speedback shown in Switzerland
488 Pista Go-faster Speciale/GTO-apeing version of the 488 revealed in the metal at Geneva
Tipo Sport A warmed-up version of the cheap ‘n’ cheerful family car is here. Few noticed
Edge All-round facelift and mid-life pep-me-up, plus ST Line spec arrives (but no full-fat ST)
Ka+ Active (below) 2018 model year refresh for Ford’s smallest – plus an Active crossover-look model
Mustang Bullitt Confirmed for UK launch, at last! Anniversary special is coming to Europe
2018/2019 car New car was revealed in the flesh – led by the new Nissan Formula E racer
Electric saloon concept Italian-designed EV uses ‘Internet of Things’ tech
CR-V The Qashqai rival from Honda arrived in Euro-spec. A quiet debut
Urban EV Another chance to see cutesy EV – and it goes on sale in 2019
Sport EV Plus a sportier iteration in compact electric coupe bodystyle
Le Fil Rouge concept New show car spells out a classier design direction
Kona Electric A midi-crossover EV spreads the SUV’s appeal further
Santa Fe Next-gen SUV has ‘Smart Sense’ suite of assistance tech
Zerouno Golden anniversary present to itself – the dramatic Zerouno convertible
i-Pace (above) No longer a concept – Switzerland ushered in world debut of production e-SUV
i-Pace early review We stole a quick round-the-block go in the new electric Jag in Geneva
F-type SVR Graphic Pack A new lairy colour option for your SVR coupe and roadster
Wrangler European debut for the Wrangler SUV at Geneva motor show. Still raw!
Ceed New, third-gen Ceed hatchback family is the big news on the Koreans’ stand
Ceed SW Estate version of the above: remarkably polished…
Lagonda Vision Concept (below) Yes, the Lagonda badge is getting closer to production reality
Huracan Performante Spyder A soft-top sibling to the gnarly supercar coupe is here
Range Rover SV Coupe 70th anniversary two-door Rangie shocks at 2018 Geneva motor show
UX baby SUV A smaller Lexus crossover is here – and looks like a sales hit
Auto Venere New Chinese EV start-up showed its wares in Switzerland
Stratos The legend reborn! Check out the new limited-edition Stratos re-run being shown in Geneva
6 range Updates to the 6 family due in Switzerland: world debut for the 6 estate, Euro debut for saloon
Vision Coupe Another chance to see glorious slinky coupe, hinting at new design direction for brand
Kai Concept Could this turn into the next Mazda 3? Plus it showcases new platform, Skyactiv-X engine tech
P15 Senna (above) Extreme Ultimate Series McLaren blasts back – and it’s named after an F1 great
Senna GTR Wings splitters and performance: this car has too much of all three
A-class The new A-class hatchback family made its world debut at Geneva motor show
C-class facelift First look at the scrubbed-up C-class compact exec range, including C43
G63 AMG You saw the new G-wagen in Detroit – here comes the red-hot sporty one
AMG GT Coupe World debut of AMG’s standalone sports car with a hint of CLS about it
X-class V6 An even posher pick-up joins the fray at Geneva. Trucks just got a bit more luxe…
Hatchback and Convertible Nip and tuck for 2018 Mini range – with Union Flag taillamps, too!
Outlander Model year refresh for evergreen Outlander and its PHEV plug-in version
Aero GT and Plus 8 50th Anniversary The Aero 8 bows out in style, plus new golden Plus 8
508 (above) French slicker turns into five-door fastback, à l’Arteon and others
Rifter Another van-derived van arrives in Geneva – following Berlingo Multispace
HK GT Concept Pininfarina’s partnership with Hong Kong tech firm bears more fruit
H2 Speed production car Previously a hydrogen-powered concept, now it’s entering production
1 electric coupe First European show debut for Volvo’s electrified launch coupe
911 GT3 RS (below) The purists’ choice is back at Geneva with the even more hardcore GT3
Mission E Cross Turismo Electric Porsches veer off-road at this year’s Geneva show
EZ-GO New ride-sharing autonomous future pod ‘robocab’ concept car from La Regie
Zoe R110 More punch, model year upgrades for cheap ‘n’ cheerful Zoe EV
Concept Two A second electric car from Rimac wowed the crowds in Switzerland
Snap More leftfield thinking from the wonderfully madcap Rinspeed
Ateca Cupra Revved-up performance crossover confirmed for Geneva – now as a standalone brand
Cupra brand Spanish car maker spins off Cupra as standalone brand to rival Abarth, DS
Fabia facelift Skoda’s perennial hatch goes under the knife for Geneva show with light nip/tuck
Vision X concept (below) New baby SUV from Skoda previewed in lime green concept form
Fortwo EQ The electric Smart is back, with a planned world debut in Geneva
e-SIV concept A taster of its new Qashqai rival coming in 2019
Musso pick-up New SsangYong truck shown at Geneva too
Viziv Tourer concept Next chapter in the Viziv story is due at the Swiss show
GrandGT Supreme (below) This is what happens when Techart takes on Porsche’s Panamera Sport Turismo…
Ren RS Wild Chinese hypercar turns into electric racer. Stonking figures!
Auris (above) First look at the next UK-built Toyota Auris hatchback – with hybrid power
Aygo Model year tidy-up for Toyota’s evergreen city car – now with colour-coded X mask
GT Supra Racing Concept New racing concept is here – shows blueprint for the road car!
Combo Tour The Anglo-Germanic take on the new PSA van-derived twins
ID Vizzion concept Latest in a long line of ID electric concepts – this one previews a top-end electric model
V60 (below) First look at the new mid-sized Volvo estate at the Geneva auto show 2018
XC40 wins COTY Baby Swedish crossovers scoops Europe’s top Car of the Year gong
New hypercar Zenvo’s back with a road car featuring a clever rear wing
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