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Best of Geneva: The 10 Top Intros to Check Out

A Swiss fondue full of intriguing new concept and production models.

by on Mar.10, 2017

The Aston Martin Valkyrie takes the British brand into a new realm of performance and is among the top 10 "must see" vehicles in Geneva.

The 2017 Geneva Motor Show media days are over and it’s time for the motor buying public to start streaming into the big PALExpo convention center. But what should they be looking at?

With a doubled-up news conference schedule, more than 75 new and updated cars and crossovers made their debut in the City by the Lake. (Notice we left out trucks, as they have no measurable presence in Europe.)

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Trying to decide which are our favorites is no easy feat considering the raw numbers and the wide range of product segments they represent. But after a fair bit of debate, here are the 10 (well, actually, 11) that really moved the needle for us during our visit to Geneva. (more…)

Live from the Geneva Motor Show

A complete round-up from this week's big event.

by on Mar.01, 2016

The 86th Geneva Motor Show has now opened its doors to the public so they can finally get to see and touch the exotic sports cars and luxury marques the world’s automotive press has been writing about for the past few days. Can’t make it to Switzerland? No problem. Just check out’s complete coverage.

Here’s the latest from the show:  (more…)

The 10 Best Debuts at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Out of dozens of debuts, these are the real standouts.

by on Mar.05, 2015

Automakers from around the world, like China's Qoros, flock to the Geneva Motor Show.

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show is over. Well, the press days are, with the doors of Geneva’s PALExpo convention center now open to the public.

The annual event is widely considered one of the world’s most important auto shows, and for good reason considering the vast number of brands on display. Add the huge number of European and global debuts – by one count more than 100 if you include those from the more obscure participants like Switzerland’s own Rinnspeed, and suppliers like Magna.

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There were plenty of odd new cars and concepts, even a couple downright awful ones. But, on the whole, the 2015 Geneva Motor Show brought out some that were striking, intriguing and likely to be influential over the long-run. Here’s our list of the 10 Best Debuts at this year’s show: (more…)

Ferrari Set to Bring California to Geneva

Next generation supercar could bring major engine change.

by on Feb.05, 2014

The 149M Project is believed to be Ferrari code for the updated California convertible.

If you can go to Las Vegas to see Paris or Venice, well, maybe that explains the idea of going to Geneva to check out California. The next-generation Ferrari California, that is.

The Modena-based supercar maker has announced plans to unveil what it has dubbed the 149M Project next week, with the new model itself set to get a Geneva Motor Show preview barely a month later.

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It’s believed the “M” signifies “Modificado,” or “modified,” a term Ferrari appears to be using for the redesign of the California convertible. (more…)

Honda Unveils 3R-C at Geneva

Three-wheeled “urban transport” concept.

by on Mar.02, 2010

Not quite car, not quite motorcycle, Honda brings the unusual 3R-C urban transport concept to the Geneva Motor Show.

The emphasis is on small and clean at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.  But it would be difficult to downsize much more than Honda’s 3R-C concept.  The automaker calls it an “urban transport” vehicle for one, but it looks something like what you might find in a manga, one of Japan’s ever-popular comic books.

The basic design suggests the folks at Honda motorcycles might have gotten involved in the development of this three-wheeler.  A clear canopy serves as a sort of enveloping windshield when the 3R-C is in motion, but when the concept is parked, that glass lowers to completely seal off the vehicle.

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The driver sits low within the Honda 3R-C, surrounded by the high sides of what Honda dubs the “safety shell.”  It both reduces the dangers of a collision and provides additional protection from the elements.


Preview: 2010 Geneva Motor Show

Smaller, greener…and a bit meaner.

by on Mar.01, 2010

The recent launch of the new 5-Series will be complemented by the debut of the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 at the Geneva Motor Show.

There’s been a lot of talk about the future of the auto show, in recent months.  Last October’s event in Tokyo was nearly canceled when most foreign makers pulled out, and the shows in Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago were downsized versions of their former selves.  But, if anything, this week’s Geneva Motor Show could be bigger than ever.

There are more than 50 manufacturers on the first day’s schedule at the Swiss City’s PALExpo convention center, so many, in fact, that for the first time makers will have to double up, Lotus and Kia, for example, holding simultaneous shows at opposite ends of the hall.

In keeping with recent industry trends, there’ll be an emphasis on green at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, and some of the most significant debuts of environmentally-friendly products will come from surprising quarters.  That includes Porsche and Ferrari, both of which will introduce their first-ever hybrid-electric sports cars

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Ferrari’s 599 will use lithium-ion technology, according to sources, to drive an electric motor that could cut fuel consumption by an estimated 35%, while still maintaining the performance of the sports car’s V12 powerplant.


First Look: 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Topline 911 to make return in Geneva.

by on Feb.08, 2010

It's been five years since Porsche last offered a 911 Turbo S.

Porsche has a new king-of-the-hill coming, and it’s set to make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.  Or, more accurately, its return, for it’s the first time the German automaker will offer the 911 Turbo S model in five years.

Though it may seem like an oxymoron, expect the automaker to put a bit of a green halo around the 2011 Turbo S, which it says will deliver not only 530 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, but an impressive 24 mpg on the highway.

The 2011 Porsche Turbo S will be offered in both Coupe and Cabriolet form, and the maker promises it will come with a “remarkable list” of standard features including the virtually indestructible PCCB brakes, Sport Chrono Package and more.

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There’s plenty that Porsche is saving for Geneva, though if our sources are correct, the new Turbo S will feature a modified version of the 3.8-liter flat-six that’s currently driving the “base” 911 Turbo model.  Expect a 7-speed PDK, Porsche’s dual-clutch electronically-shifted manual gearbox, to come standard.