Geneva Auto Show is one of the world's largest showrooms, where the public can get acquainted with the most interesting concepts and future serials. At the beginning of March 2016, the 86th annual car show in Switzerland opened, and from the very first days, many experts noted a clear bias towards practical cars that are extremely sharpened for mass production. Nevertheless, it was not without bright conceptual developments, which were demonstrated from different angles at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. An overview of the most outstanding premieres of the auto show is presented below.
In this segment, the most interesting developments were demonstrated by two major auto giants - Bentley and BMW. As for the British brand, it has introduced a new member of the Flying Spur lineup - the V8 S sedan. According to the company, the car will take a position between the base V8 car and the flagship version of the W12. The novelty is notable for the fact that its power filling is represented by a 521 hp biturbo engine. With. volume of 4 liters. The engine is aggregated with an 8-speed automatic system ZF.
German manufacturerdemonstrated the M760Li xDrive model, which noticeably graced the Geneva Motor Show, but its main advantage is still under the hood. BMW positions the car as the top model of the 7 Series. The car received a 12-cylinder gasoline unit for 6.6 liters. The Germans used an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission as a gearbox. As a result, the total output of the engine provides about 610 hp. s.
Hatchbacks and station wagons
In this part, Volvo and Kia attracted attention to their new products. The Swedish marque has expanded its V90 station wagon family to include new engines, notably 235 and 320 hp. With. And this is not to mention the 410-horsepower hybrid modification. Updated in the Volvo lineup and hatchback V40. In the basic version, the machine has become more environmentally friendly, economical and lighter. The designers achieved this by reworking the power plant. Also in the future, the Swedes plan to expand the range of hatchback modifications through restyled versions of Cross Country and R-Design.
Delighted lovers of station wagons and novelties of Korean automakers. Kia has introduced a modification of the Sportswagon GT from the Optima family. By the way, this station wagon laid the foundation for segment D of the European market from South Korean manufacturers. But this is not all that Kia representatives visited the Geneva Motor Show with. In the same Optima line, many noted the no less interesting PHEV sedan, as well as the replenishment of the hybrid clip due to the Niro crossover.
Minibuses and compact vans
The fourth one has appeared in the Scenic familygeneration, which surprised with its functionality and original design. The luggage compartment with a cabin full of passengers is 572 liters. Added to this is another 63 liters, which includes all sorts of additional compartments and a glove box with an electric door. Of the modern features, the presence of USB ports in the rear of the cabin can be emphasized.
Demonstrated its novelty and the company Peugeot, which replaced Expert with a new universal truck Traveler. I must say that the corporate cars of the Geneva Motor Show traditionally make up a minimal share, but the French model adequately filled this gap with the help of several versions. The car is available in the Combispace family modification, in the Transfer business version, as well as in the VIP version, which received a more powerful engine.
The season turned out to be fruitful for sports cars, and in addition to the expected models, manufacturers presented several surprises to the public. Chief among them was the Chinese supercar from Techrules. The developers used the already well-known and quite successful TREV package in the creation of the model, among the highlights of which stands out a gas turbine engine with a generator for the battery pack. As a result, the total power of the machine is 1044 liters. with., and the speed limit is 350 km/h.
One of the most long-awaited premieres was the Bugatti Chiron model, which was enthusiastically accepted by the Geneva Motor Show. A photo of the model is presented above. Automobilein absentia received the status of the fastest civilian car in the world. And this is not surprising, because the speed limit of the hypercar is 420 km / h, and the power potential is 1500 hp. s.
The audience reacted no less warmly to another elegant model from Lamborghini. The Centenario supercar, unlike the Chiron, was not designed to set records and has only a “modest” 770 hp. With. However, in terms of sophistication of the exterior and filling in the cabin, it really has no equal.
Geneva Motor Show Crossovers
The fashion for crossovers has not subsided for several years in a row, which cannot but be used by participants in the largest car dealerships. In the 2016 season, the Japanese model Toyota C-HR, which is positioned as an SUV for young people, aroused the greatest interest in this part. It is also not excluded that it will be a possible competitor to the Nissan Juke. The appearance of this model is explained by the desire of the Japanese to fill the gap formed in the process of consolidation of the successful RAV4.
The Czech designers Skoda, who presented the VisionS crossover, did not bypass the Geneva Motor Show. But unlike previous models, in this case we are talking about the concept. It is expected that it will be the manufacturer's first massive crossover, but the authors of the project have not yet given a final idea of what features the serial will acquire. In any case, the very fact of the appearance of the concept in the series is beyond doubt. True, the crossover will appear on the market under the name Kodiak.
Hybrids and electric vehicles
Several modifications have already been noted withelectric motors, but the DS E-Tense electric sports car expresses the idea of an alternative means of transportation most vividly and deeply. By the way, the DS brand is a new brand that appeared as a result of separation from Citroen. What is remarkable about this electric car? Firstly, the power that not every hybrid participant of the 86th Geneva Motor Show can boast of. The electric car is provided with an engine with a return of 402 hp. with., which practically makes it a supercar. Secondly, the car picks up a “hundred” in just 4.5 seconds. However, the maximum speed remained at the average level - 250 km / h. The most surprising thing for experts was the length of the path that E-Tense can cover on a single charge - 300 km.
There are special exhibitions for two-wheelers, so this market doesn't often take part in purely automotive shows. Nevertheless, unusual concepts that attract attention with their appearance, new technologies and dynamic characteristics, deservedly enter the list of participants in the auto show. In particular, the Geneva Motor Show successfully received the Morgan 3 Wheeler. This is a tricycle, which is a recreated copy of a similar apparatus produced in 1953. Of course, the new interpretation has many of its own special features. It is enough to note the electric motor with a capacity of 63 liters. with., as well as a battery pack of 20 kWh. One charge will be enough to cover a distance of 240 km. And another original masterpiece of motorcycle technology was presented by the Frenchdesigners from Lazareth studio. They developed the LM847 megabike powered by a Maserati engine. Megabike fully justifies its name, as the power unit has a return of 470 liters. s.
The 2016 model year was a milestone in many aspects of the automotive industry. Manufacturers reaffirmed the market's interest in crossovers as an emerging segment, demonstrated new achievements in the field of electric vehicles and did not ignore the traditional niches of sedans, hatchbacks and station wagons. Also in the review of the Geneva Motor Show 2016, you can include the F-Type SVR supercar from Jaguar, the C-class convertible from Mercedes and the new modifications of the luxury Wraith and Ghost models from Rolls-Royce. However, due to the uncertainty of the future of these cars regarding the appearance on the market, these developments are discreetly disclosed to the public by manufacturers, fueling a long interest. In the meantime, the leaders of the automotive industry are preparing high-profile premieres for the coming years, interesting developments from little-known brands, both European and Chinese, come to the fore. And this applies to all segments without exception - from comfortable sedans and small crossovers to high-tech electric vehicles and functional minivans.