Things to Expect in Geneva Motor Show 2018
With the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show quickly dawning on us, car enthusiasts are getting even more excited. Big car brands and manufacturers from around the globe are suiting up to showcase their latest concepts and products, all to the audience’s delight.
With the industry trends, we can expect that autonomous technology and electric vehicles will be the focal point of the event. Of course, performance cars are rarely left out of the picture, as this gathering will be a great platform to publicize whatever they are making.
Some of the big unveilings that we expect to see during the show include the Audi A6, Kia Ceed, Mercedes A-Class, Toyota Supra, as well as the Volkswagen Touareg. As always, we are waiting for surprising spectacles, so prepare for something big and explosive.
The event begins with two press days which are on March 6 and 7, and then it opens its doors to the public from the 8th to the 18th. You may begin purchasing tickets on their official website. Keep your eyes peeled for the previews as well on March 3 if you wish to see sneak peeks before the main event.
Big Brands and What to Watch Out For
You can expect to see the Audi A6 saloon and Avant estate during the upcoming show in Geneva. This BMW 5 series rival have been seen testing its mettle against winter climates while it boasts front end and LED taillights that are A8-inspired. It’s possible that the A8-like exterior could further continue on to its interior, and that’s something to watch out for.
There’s a rumor going around that a plug-in hybrid Bentayga may be making its way to the big event this March. This is in relation to the announced V8 petrol Bentayga SUV that will also be debuting on the said date. It is said that it may feature the same hybrid technology found in the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
Hyundai has already unveiled a fourth-generation Santa Fe crossover via pics, but it will make its very first appearance in Geneva. It is said to be a powerhouse that will replace the mid-sized model, and will most likely be a hybrid.
Furthermore, the electric-powered Kona is highly anticipated during the show, and it will be making its debut prior its sale during the summer. It is said that the Korean brand is targeting a range of 300 miles for this model.
After showing its concept for an all-electric car during the 2016 LA Motor Show, the actual product is now making its way to Geneva and is called the I-Pace. It will be boasting a 90kWh battery and two electric motors that create 395bhp and 700Nm of torque.
A lot of hype has been made for the new and upcoming Kia Ceed after a sketch was made public prior its debut in Geneva. This third-generation hatchback is going to be offered in a five-door model and will be accompanied by a shooting brake-style estate and a jacked-up crossover.
Aside from the Ceed, the Rio, which acquired a GT-Line trim, is also coming to the event.
Land Rover is about to introduce a two-door Ranger Rover named the SV Coupe, and is expected to be a tough competition with the Rolls Royce Cullinan. Predictions about its price are arriving at the amount of £250,000 or approximately $350,000.
McLaren is paying homage to the late Formula 1 star who had three world titles under his belt with the Senna. This 789bhp track-focused hypercar features a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that instantly brings it from zero to 62mph in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 211mph. Each of the 500 examples have already been sold for £750,000 (over $1M).
The Mercedes A-Class is about to make itself known to the public at the Geneva Motor Show this March. It features a new platform, a sportier look, and more space that could rival that of Audi, BMW, and Volkswagen. But it’s the cutting-edge interior that everyone has been clamoring about.
Meanwhile, the four-door Mercedes-AMG GT Concept will also be appearing during the event, and it’s a force to be reckoned with that’s set to shake things up with the Porsche Panamera.
The race-bred Aero GT is going to mark the finale for the Aero 8’s production line. Aside from that, Morgan will be revealing a 50th anniversary model of its Plus 8, so there’s that to look forward to as well.
After the all-electric 1,073bhp Concept One, the Croatian hypercar brand will be unveiling the successor Concept Two. Not much is known, but speculations point to it having 1,500bhp which will allow it to go head to head with the Tesla 2020 Roadster and the Bugatti Chiron.
SEAT is about to launch a standalone brand with the Cupra, and the Ateca Cupra will be its very first model that will appear in Geneva. This four-wheel drive is expected to pack a 300bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine under its hood.
People who attend the Geneva Motor Show this year will be in for a treat as they’ll be the first to see the Skoda Fabia. While we are aware of the subtle changes in the design of its exterior, the features within are still kept under the wraps. What’s noteworthy, however, is that diesel has been dropped from the engine line-up as a range of 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol motors is being offered in lieu of it.
The Vision X is also expected to make its appearance during the event. This small crossover will feature a preview to a future production model that will be below Kodiaq and Karoq when it comes in 2019’s second half.
SsangYong will be revealing the Musso, which carries a resemblance with the Rexton SUV. It will also have a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine but will be featuring a new suspension setup.
A lot of speculations have sprawled around regarding the Supra line, and finally Toyota is putting all those rumors to rest as they unveil a model with that name in the upcoming motor show. It is expected to be put under the Gazoo Racing badge when it becomes available for purchase by 2019.
Volkswagen will be sharing the Touareg to the public, which shares some underpinnings with competitor Audi Q7. Also, V8 diesel engines and plug-in hybrid powertrain will be in its engine line-up.
The second-generation Volvo V60 will be coming with a range of powertrain options, including a plug-in hybrid together with traditional four-cylinder petrol and diesel options. A three-cylinder unit is also expected to appear during the said event.
What is the Geneva Motor Show?
The Geneva Motor Show is a yearly exposition of various car models held at the Geneva Palexpo in Switzerland. It’s prestige on the global stage is only rivaled by the Frankfurt Motor Show and Paris Motor Show - both of which are held every other year. That being said, this event in Geneva is a great stage for car reveals as it draws in a large number of audiences annually.
Location, Dates, and Ticket Prices
If you are planning to attend the show, here are pieces of information you need to know.
The actual event starts with two press days on March 6 and 7. However, a preview event will also occur on March 5, featuring some key cars that will certainly catch attention. After the press days, the exhibit is made open to the public from March 8 until March 18.
The Geneva Motor Show opens its halls to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during weekends.
The show has always had the Palexpo exhibition centre as its grand venue. Its proximity to the Geneva airport makes it hard to miss. That also means there are good transportation options towards the venue, although expect heavy traffic during those above mentioned dates.
You can purchase tickets to the show via their official website. It is 16 Swiss Francs for adults, and 9 Swiss Francs for pensioners, disabled people, and children from 6 to 16. Moreover, there’s a 50% discount for tickets purchased after 4 p.m. on the day of entry.
Geneva has a myriad of hotels within the area, although you can expect them to be quickly booked during the event. There is, however, an official package that can secure a hotel room, free use of public transport, and ticket to the event for 64 Swiss Francs per person.