The 2019 Geneva Motor Show recently showcased some of the best vehicles and concepts the world has ever seen. It was like a beauty contest with models from all parts of the world, à la Miss Universe. We can’t think of a better event in recent times. From the 1800 bhp Pininfarina Battista hypercar, a Bugatti one-off that happens to be the most expensive new car, three Aston Martin models to the first electric Honda. The Switzerland-based show closed its doors on 17 March; it boasted of hosting 151 European and world debuts.
According to the organizers, this year’s attendance dropped by 9%, attracting 602,000 visitors. This might mean that the appeal of motor shows is slowly dwindling, or maybe not. Impressively, more than 345,000 people used the #gimsswiss hashtag when talking about this year’s event.
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Aston Martin has made a statement with this concept that looks like one of the cars in The Transformers movie series. It is a drop-dead beauty that must have used a time-travel machine to travel back from the year 3041. The V6-powered mid-engine sports car has an aluminum body that makes it uniquely British. With this concept, Aston is ready to swim in an ocean that is normally dominated by Italian sharks like McLaren, Huracan and the Ferrari 488. We feel that it is only a matter of time before they start production.
Aston Martin dominated this year’s show with many vehicles, but perhaps this is the best one. This hyper EV comes with a Rimac-produced electric powertrain. It only needs around two seconds to dash from 0-62 mph, while still offering 1874 bhp, 1696 lb-ft of torque. The Battista is an all-electric car that has a Li-ion battery pack which is good for 120 KWh; it has a range of 280 miles and a top speed of more than 217 mph. This model is named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, the founder of Pininfarina.
Built around Porsche Taycan’s J1 platform, this all-electric four-door car offers a 249-mile range. The Audi e-tron's two electric motors offer 575 bhp, and it only needs 3.5seconds to hit 0-62 mph. This slick-looking all-electric SUV will fit perfectly into the European market. From the outside, you will notice that it comes with an “expansive” grille that sits on top of an illuminated e-tron logo. You will have a choice of three battery packs: 80kWh, 60kWh and 48kWh. It has a spacious interior thanks to its cab-forward design that reduces the length of the bonnet. It will be available in the market in late 2020, going for around £40,000.
The new Peugeot e-208 GT is based on the eCMP platform; it is the brand’s first all-electric model. It’s much smaller and lighter than the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense although they both share a similar powertrain; this means that e-208 will offer quicker acceleration and more range. Under WLTP test cycle, the vehicle has 211 miles of range from its 50 kWh battery. It only needs 8.1 seconds to do 62 mph. We love that it comes with a heat pump that helps it save a lot of range during the winter season. It boasts of having three driving modes: Sport, for maximum performance, Normal, optimizing comfort and Eco, to optimize range. Peugeot e-208 GT comes in Red Elixir, Grey Artense, Faro Yellow, PearlBlack, Grey Artense, and Blue Vertigo.
The first thing that we noticed on this vehicle was that the Alfa snake badge had been redrawn beautifully. The new Tonale uses a fresh plug-in hybrid powertrain that introduces Alfa Romeo into the electrification age. The interior is different from that of Stelvio and the Giulia. The Tonale comes with different multi-colored upholstery, fully digital instrument display and a wider infotainment screen; however, it still maintains its thick metal shift paddles.
The manufacturers of this British supercar managed to make the McLaren Grand Tourer the talk of the town with some good old-fashioned British charm and humor. This new Grand Tourer will break all rules, meaning that it will be faster than rivals in the GT car segment. If it were an animal, then it would be a camel because it has been made to cover long distances. It will offer an attractive, lightweight body, a lot of space, continent-crossing capability, comfort and high levels of performance. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available at the show.
Kia is on a path towards electrification. Apart from the Kia Imagine, they have also launched electric cars like Soul EV and the e-Niro. Imagine is a concept that has the appearance of a burly, American muscle-car. This look is thanks to its wide wheel arches, the jutting front splitter and a bulging bonnet that obviously lacks a V8 under it. Kia was one of the stand-out performers in Geneva so much so that we didn’t notice that its sister brand Hyundai was a no show.
The new Bugatti stays true to what OTT sports cars are known for, pushing even more boundaries than ever before. ‘The Black Car’ is based on a Chiron’s running gear, going for €11 million before taxes. If you don’t own a yacht and few oil rigs like Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich then you better take your broke ass home because this vehicle is not for you. Unsurprisingly, the French hypercar model has been made for one of Bugatti’s highly-valued customers. Bugatti wants to satisfy imaginative car collectors and the world’s most powerful with this kind of personalized manufacturing.
This mid-engined hybrid hypercar can be described as a highly specialized machine that has been launched to dominate the supercar establishment. The Project 003 offers easy access thanks to its LMP1-style doors that eat a piece of the roof. On the other hand, it uses active systems for its suspension to facilitate usage on track or road. It will be driven by an in-house-developed V6. According to Aston Martin, this vehicle will be on sale in late 2021.
This has to be the most modern Morgan we have ever seen. The ‘Six’ name is derived from the fact that it gets its power from BMW’s B58 straight-six turbo – which is also used by the Toyota Supra, Z4 M40i, and the G20 M340i. When used with its ZF eight-speed auto, it will deliver 369lb ft and 335bhp. This means that the Plus Six’s top speed is 165mph, needing only 4.2 seconds to hit a 0-62mph sprint.
This SUV comes with a V8 diesel engine with a capacity of 4.0 liters. It boasts of being the company’s most powerful diesel SUV, producing 900 Nm of torque and 410 bhp. The brawny engine is complimented by an all-wheel-drive system and an automatic gearbox. The manufacturer claims that it can reach 155mph when at top speed, only needing 4.9 seconds to do a 0–62 mph time.
The Mitsubishi L200 stands out for its new drive and powerful, captivating design. It is driven by a turbodiesel engine with a capacity of 2.2 liters; this engine works with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. With all these good things, we are not surprised that it is a leader in the auto culture industry; it delivers a quieter performance as well as a powerful and smooth acceleration. You will also get better off-road performance thanks to the optimized 4WD system.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie hybrid is already sold out despite only arriving in early 2019. It is driven by a 6.5-liter V12 naturally aspirated engine from Cosworth. This well-balanced engine has a weight of 206 kgs. The AMR Pro version and Valkyrie are the first babies to be born from the marriage of Red Bull and Aston, we are hoping for more beautiful kids.
This vehicle now comes with a new face in order to provoke impulse and cause an impact. For us, it provokes humor because it makes us happy. The updated ASX will offer a four-cylinder 2.0-liter petrol engine in Europe; the engine will work with a CVT automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. It will come with four or two-wheel drive. Just like Kia’s sportier models, the 2019 Mitsubishi ASX will come with square day-running lights and LED lights.
If you’re an auto culture enthusiast, then you’ll know that the Honda e Prototype was previously known as Honda Urban EV concept. Honda is known for manufacturing fun, high-revving combustion engines but this time it is looking towards a more electrified future with its Honda e Prototype. This vehicle will have a production version that will reach the UK at the beginning of next year. It will be quite expensive, going for around £30-35k. You shouldn’t expect to see it in every street because its supply will be limited. Apart from Japan, it will be available in several European markets like Germany, Italy, the UK and France.