Cars at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, highlights

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

Jaguar i-Pace: history in the making with first electric Jag

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. Read his thoughts

3) Lagonda Vision Concept brings back old name

The Lagonda concept at the 2018 Geneva motor show

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

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

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

BMW M8 concept at Geneva motor show

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

Ferrari at the 2018 Geneva motor show: the 488 Pista

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 for our Ferrari 488 Pista review coming up this summer.

7) Mercedes A-class ups the ante in the posh Golf sector

The new Mercedes-Benz A-class at the 2018 Geneva motor show

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

The new Volvo V60

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

McLaren Senna GTR concept: would sir like a big wing with that?

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.

For our exhaustive guide, read on for the full A-Z below. 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. Read on for our full A-Z guide of what starred at this year’s exhibition. And for further information about Geneva motor show tickets, dates and location, check out our handy guide below.

The Alpine A110 Pure at the Geneva motor show 2018

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
All-electric SUV wasn’t at show – but was testing publicly on roads outside

The new Audi A6: another world debut in Switzerland at the GIMS 2018

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
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

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

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

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 

Jaguar i-Pace electric car at the Geneva motor show 2018

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!

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

Lagonda at Geneva motor show

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

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

McLaren P15 Senna: another Geneva debutant in 2018

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

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!

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

Peugeot 508 at the Geneva motor show 2018

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

Porsche 911 GT3 RS: maximum Porsche at Geneva

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

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

Skoda Vision X: VW knock-off group baby crossover in Czech garb

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! 

Toyota Auris: the new 2018 model will be interesting!

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 CTY  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

The new 2018 Volvo V60: another Geneva motor show world debut

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