Geneva – the best of the rest

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Geneva – the best of the rest

As we come to the close of our coverage of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, we look at some of the other unveilings not yet featured from this busiest of European motor events.

1603_Hyundai_IoniqHyundai’s much-trailled Ioniq range was unveiled at the show. The car is an important step forward for the Korean brand – it will be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric versions with the hybrid going on sale very shortly.

1603_Genesis_G90Also making its European debut at Geneva is the G90 of Hyundai’s fledgling luxury brand, Genesis. Despite the car’s presence, however, there are no clues yet as to its European sales and it is unlikely to be seen in UK showrooms.

1603_Chevrolet_Corvette_Grand_SportLost from the UK market over the past year has been the Chevrolet brand. So buyers wanting to buy something as tempting as this, the new track-targeted Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, will have to look to Europe. While not as potent as the Corvette Z06, the Grand Sport benefits from chassis upgrades and a refined aerodynamics package to get the most from its 408bhp V8 engine.

1603_Renault_ScenicAlmost forgotten among more recent releases from Renault is the Scenic, but the French brand intends to change all that with the all-new model which it has dubbed its “last chance for MPVs” – Renault stopped selling the larger Espace in the UK some time ago. The new Scenic is said by its creators to sit between the traditional compact MPV market and the mushrooming crossover segment, which Renault believes will make the car a winner when it goes on UK sale later in 2016.

1603_Peugeot_2008Peugeot’s 2008 crossover is a core model for the brand – more than half a million have been sold since it launched in 2013. So the recipe on the facelift version unveiled at Geneva is clearly “don’t fix what’s not broken”. The car gains minor styling tweaks, more bootspace and a new GT Line trim level.

1603_Mitsubishi_EXMitsubishi is looking to take a bigger slice of the crossover market and the eX concept, making its European debut in Geneva after being unveiled at the Tokyo show in November 2015, gives a strong hint to what a future small model might look like. The all-electric vehicle also showcases technology set to feature on future Mitsubishi production models.

1603_Volkswagen_Budd-eFirst seen at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Volkswagen’s Budd-E concept previews a new all-wheel-drive all-electric MPV that is set to go on sale in 2018. The production model will be the centrepiece of an ambitious new electric car initiative that VW hopes will consign the diesel emissions scandal that has blighted the company to history.

1603_Vauxhall_Mokka_XVauxhall debuts the facelifted Mokka SUV at Geneva and adds an X to its name. On sale at the end of 2016, the Mokka X will be the first of a new range of SUVs and crossover using the X branding. Changes include new engine options, revised styling and greater connectivity with Vauxhall’s OnStar system.

1603_Tesla_Model-XFor the ultimate in SUVs, few would argue against Tesla’s all-electric Model X, making its European debut at Geneva and promising up to 752bhp, a 3.2-second 0-62mph time, a range of up to 257 miles – and some impressive dual-folding ‘falcon wing’ doors. First cars are expected on UK roads before the end of 2016.

1603_Porsche_911RNew cars come and go but the Porsche 911 seems to go on forever. This two-seat lightweight version is called the 911 R and dubbed “a 911 for purists”. It’s a stripped out version with a 493bhp engine but is designed for driving pleasure before pure speed.

1603_Lexus_LC500hPower and efficiency combine in a new hybrid version of the Lexus LC 500 first seen at the Detroit show in January. The LC 500h model offers a total of 354bhp from its 3.5-litre V6 engine and electric motor and a sub five-second 0-62mph time. It’s expected on sale in 2017 and is likely to cost £60,000-plus.

1603_Spyker_C8_PleliatorSpyker, the sports-car maker with a recent very troubled history, makes a comeback at the Geneva show with the C8 Predator, a successor to the C8 Aileron last seen in 2009. The car is now powered by a 518bhp 4.2-litre V8 sourced from Audi, as Spyker seeks to restore its reputation following its merger with  electric aircraft maker Volta Volaré.

1603_Rolls-Royce_Black_BadgeAnd finally – even that epitome of luxury Rolls-Royce is not immune to special edition models. The ‘Black Badge’ models, extending across both the Ghost and Wraith ranges, are designed to appeal to a younger customer base. While engine and chassis upgrades feature, the stand-out feature of the cars is the use of black – on carbonfibre trim panels, styling – even the Spirit of Ecstacy figurine on the bonnet is finished in gloss black. Buyers will also be able to very much personalise what are being dubbed “truly bespoke” Rolls-Royces.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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