International Geneva Motor Show is an annual auto show held in March in the Swiss city of Geneva. The show is hosted at the Geneva Palexpo, a convention centre located next to the Geneva Cointrin International Airport.
The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest events in the global automotive calander. Packed with major new production and concept car unveils, it gets the undivided attention of the world’s car fans for a fortnight every March.
Each and every year, it throws up its fair share of amusing and interesting concept cars. Some see the light of the day and make it into production, some don’t.
Let’s look at some of the cars which were on display this year-
The 2-series Active Tourer is BMW’s first front-wheel-drive car. Power comes from three motors- a 1.5 liter. 3-cylinder, turbo petrol; a 2 liter, 4-cylinder, turbo petrol and a 2 liter, 4-cylinder, turbo diesel. Has BMW cheated on us with going forward with a front- wheel drive ?
Barchetta Sport roadster
This concept car uses a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from Renault-the Renault F4RT RS. The car manufacturer, Ermini, is a sportscar maker out of Florence, Italy.
Ferrari is back with its new turbocharged engine with the all new California T housing it. Ferrari claims that this new 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 suffers no turbo-lag issues and produces 552 bhp and 77 kgm of torque. The retractable hardtop retracts 14 seconds. Ferrari promises it’ll have the most ‘exhilarating’ soundtrack any turbo has ever yielded
A car which is clearly for the Indian market. Powered by VW’s ubiquitous 2-litre TFS four cylinder engine, making roughly 220bhp. With a six-speed manual, it shoots to 100kmph in less than six seconds.
Rolls Royce Ghost
The Ghost series II gets new headlights, redesigned bumpers and a slightly changed bonnet. Addition of a new infotainment system and onboard wifi along with a satellite-aided transmission are the other minor changes.
Spawned by an energy company called nanoFLOWCELL AG, the Quant e-Sportlimousine was one of the concept vehicles. The Quant apparently promises to a very advanced battery pack to power the electric drivetrain. Claimed performance from the concept is pretty impressive with 100kmph arriving at a blistering 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 380kmph!
Mercedes Benz has announced that the S500 will be locally assembled at its facility in Chakan, Pune. A benchmark in automotive luxury and refinement, the S-Class is going to be assembled locally within two months of its launch. Good news- it’s going to cost Rs 21lakh less, thanks to the local assembly
Other cars which made way to the show-
Skoda VisionC concept
Volvo Concept Estate
Alfa 4C Spyder