Geneva Motor Show 2018: preview

The 2018 Geneva International Motor Show is just a few short weeks away, with major car manufacturers from around the globe ready to gather in the Swiss city to display their latest production and concept cars.

Trends in the industry suggest that the focus of the show will likely be on electric vehicles and autonomous technology, although Geneva’s reputation for welcoming performance cars should ensure that more exotic brands will present their latest speed machines as well.

• Best new cars for 2018

The new Audi A6, Kia’s next-generation Ceed, the all-new Mercedes A-Class and Toyota’s Supra are expected to generate the biggest headlines, but no doubt there’ll also be a surprise or two among the plethora of new production cars and concepts debuting on the floors of the Geneva Palexpo.

The dates for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show are as follows: proceedings kick off with a pair of press days on 6 and 7 March, before doors open to the public between 8 and 18 March. Tickets for which are now available from the show’s official website. The preview events - in which manufacturers treat members of the press to a sneak peek at their show stars - will begin on 3 March, and you can depend on the Auto Express team to bring you the latest news as it happens.

For more information on tickets and how to get to Geneva click here.

Geneva Motor Show 2018: the key cars

• Audi A6 - Audi"s all-new A6 to take design cues from the larger A8.
• BMW X4 - Based on the X3, the new X4 offers similar styling in a sleek coupe package.
 Cupra Ateca - Cupra"s first standalone model is a hot version of the SEAT Ateca SUV.
• Hyundai Santa Fe - The new Santa Fe is bigger than its predecessor and also comes with hybrid power.
• Kia Ceed - The apostrophe is gone, but its hatchback charm remains as the new Ceed takes aim at the VW Golf.
• Mercedes A-Class - More space and a sportier look for the new A-Class, plus a high-tech interior.
• Peugeot 508 - Peugeot"s new family saloon is inspired by its Instinct concept with a bold new look.
• Skoda Fabia - Diesel dropped from the range, as the facelifted Fabia reveals subtle design changes.
• Toyota Gazoo Racing Supra - The Supra name will finally be reborn, but it could be badged as Gazoo Racing.
• Volvo V60 - New V60 estate has range of petrol and diesel options, with T6 and T8 plug-in hybrids to follow.

Geneva Motor Show 2018: manufacturers A to Z

Below is a list of all the latest Geneva Motor Show news by manufacturer…

Audi A6 render exclusive image

Audi A6
• Audi A6 Avant

Audi will debut its all-new fifth-generation A6 saloon and Avant estate at Geneva. Test mules of the BMW 5 Series rival have been spotted recently conducting winter development testing, sporting an A8-inspired front end and LED taillights. The A8 appearance will likely continue to the interior, which will feature kit lifted from the flagship saloon.

Bentley Bentayga V8 petrol announced - front

Bentley Bentayga V8 
Bentley Bentayga PHEV

Having recently announced a V8 petrol Bentayga SUV, a rumoured plug-in hybrid Bentayga could be on its way to Geneva this March. A Bentayga PHEV had previously been spied by our photographers, which will likely feature hybrid technology from the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. 

BMW X4 - front


Following the arrival of the new BMW X3 at the end of last year, the new second-generation X4 has now been revealed ahead of its public Geneva debut. It combines much of the X3"s styling but in a coupe package and, while it"s hard to tell the difference between the two cars from the front, the rear reveals clear differences. The X4 has also been engineered to provide a sharper drive. 

New Citroen Berlingo - front

• Citroen Berlingo

Citroen has revealed its all-new Berlingo, and the van-based MPV will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Boasting a new platform and new engines, the Berlingo also benefits from a raft of advanced tech features and a reworked exterior featuring styling cues from the C3 Aircross SUV. The interior has been overhauled as well, with Citroen claiming a "generational leap" having introduced elements seen on other models.


Corbellati Missile

Is this the fastest car in the world? Little known Italian manufacturers Corbellati will be at Geneva with the Missile, which the brand claims is capable of 310mph. Yes, 310mph! Powered by a 9.0-litre twin-turbo V8, it apparently boasts 1,800bhp and 2,350Nm of torque.

SEAT Ateca Cupra on road

• Cupra Ateca

Cupra will be launched as a stand-alone brand and the Ateca Cupra will be the first model to appear. It will be powered by a 300bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and feature four-wheel drive.  

David Brown Automotive
David Brown Automotive Speedback Silverstone Edition - teaser 1

David Brown Automotive Speedback Silverstone Edition

British coachbuilder David Brown Automotive is sending a car to Geneva, but details are still thin on the ground. What we do know is that it will be a performance based version of the Speedster GT, will boast over 600bhp, be limited to just 10 units and will be called the Silverstone Edition.

New Ferrari 488 Pista - front

Ferrari 488 Pista

The Ferrari 488 Pista is the most powerful V8 car in the Italian marque"s illustrious history. There, that got your attention didn"t it? Based on the 488 GTB, the Pista is a track-focused version, pumping out 710bhp and weighing just 1,280kg. 

New Hyundai Santa Fe - front

Hyundai Kona Electric 
Hyundai Santa Fe 

Hyundai has already revealed its fourth-generation Santa Fe crossover in a selection of official images released by the Korean brand, however it will make its public debut at Geneva. The Mk4 Santa Fe is moving up in the ranks as a large crossover, replacing the current mid-size model, and it will likely come with a hybrid powertrain.

An all-electric version of the Kona will also be present at the show, before going on sale in the summer. The car is expected to come with a choice of two powertrains, while a range of around 300 miles is being targeted.

Italdesign Zerouno convertible - front

• Italdesign Zerouno convertible

Italdesign will return to the Geneva Motor Show this year with a convertible version of the Zerouno it revealed at 2017’s show. Official images of the supercar have already been revealed, but other details are still scarce. Nevertheless, the drop top reworking of the Zerouno coupe is expected to cost over £1m and will be available in very limited numbers. With lightweight all carbon-fibre construction, the new convertible also shouldn’t deviate too far from the 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and 205mph top speed achieved by the coupe.

Best new cars of 2017: our road tests of the year - Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace 

Jaguar will be launching the showroom model of its all-electric I-Pace at Geneva, having previously been showcased a concept at the 2016 LA Motor Show. Auto Express rode shotgun a pre-production I-Pace in Los Angeles in January, which featured a 90kWh battery and two electric motors that produced 395bhp and 700Nm of torque. The production model is expected to start at around £55,000.

Kia Ceed - front

Kia Ceed
Kia Rio GT-Line

The new Kia Ceed has been revealed in full ahead of its official Geneva debut, with sights firmly set on its VW Golf and Ford Focus rivals. The third-generation hatchback will go on sale later this year, and will be longer and wider than the outgoing car. The Korean manufacturer has also confirmed that the new car will no longer carry an apostrophe in its name, evolving from cee"d to Ceed.

Below the Ceed in Kia"s model range is the Rio, which has gained a sporty GT-Line trim ahead of its on-sale date later this year.

Land Rover
Range Rover Coupe spy shot front quarter

 Range Rover SV Coupe

Land Rover, along with its Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) unit, is developing a new two-door Range Rover. Called the SV Coupe, it"s set to rival the Rolls Royce Cullinan and is expected to be unveiled with a price tag of around £250,000 when introduced to the public in March.

McLaren Senna - grey front

McLaren Senna

Named after the late Formula 1 star, who won three world titles in a McLaren, the Senna is a 789bhp track-focused hypercar. It boasts a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that propels it from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 211mph. All 500 examples have already been sold at a price of £750,000.  

New Mercedes A-Class - front action

Mercedes A-Class 
Mercedes C-Class 
Mercedes-AMG GT four-door 
Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 

We’ve already seen the all-new A-Class in the metal, but it"s set to make its full public debut at Geneva. The Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Volkswagen Golf rival boasts a new platform, more space and a sportier look, but it"s the high-tech interior that has been stealing most of the headlines.

It"s not just the A-Class that will be present on Mercedes" stand as the facelifted version of the C-Class will also be on display. The exterior styling is subtle as opposed to revolutionary, but updates include new infotainment and connectivity options as well as a new engine range.

The production version of the four-door Mercedes-AMG GT Concept will also make its bow at the show, as will the updated version of the luxury Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The popular Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be updated for 2019, and the revised model is set to be shown off at Geneva. Headline changes include a new petrol engine, a more powerful electric motor and a 15 per cent increase in battery capacity.

Morgan Aero GT teaser - side

Morgan Aero GT 
Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary 

A race-bred Aero GT will mark the end of the Aero 8’s 17-year production line. Alongside it, Morgan will also unveil a special 50th Anniversary Edition of its Plus 8; both models will be fitted with BMW’s 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. 

New Peugeot 508 - front

Peugeot 508
• Peugeot Rifter

After being leaked several times, the all-new Peugeot 508 has now been fully revealed ahead of its public debut at Geneva. The new flagship saloon, which will rival the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Volkswagen Arteon, is strongly influenced by the Instinct concept with a rakish, smooth profile and dramatic front and rear lights. 

Peugeot"s new van-based MPV, the Rifter, will also be at Geneva. Along with its sister models, the Citroen Berlingo Multispace and Vauxhall Combo Life, the Rifter is a replacement for the Partner Tepee and is based on a modified version of PSA’s EMP2 platform.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS - front

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS will make its full public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Exterior updates are only minor, but changes under the skin are significant with an extra 20bhp and 10Nm of torque being squeezed out of the 4.0-litre flat six, taking it to 513bhp and 470Nm. All of this means the revised GT3 RS can cover 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds and go on to hit 194mph.


Rimac Concept Two

Croatian hypercar firm will launch its second model as a successor to the all-electric 1,073bhp Concept One. The Concept Two has big boots to fill, with 1,500bhp likely served up, rivalling the Bugatti Chiron and Tesla"s 2020 second-generation Roadster.

Skoda Fabia - front

• Skoda Fabia
• Skoda Vision X

A fresh-faced Skoda Fabia will make its first public outing at Geneva. We"ve already seen the exterior of the updated supermini, which features subtle design changes and new, slimmer headlights, but the interior is being kept under wraps for now. The big news is that diesel has been dropped from the engine line-up, though, with just a range of 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol motors being offered instead.

Skoda is also set to reveal a new concept, called the Vision X. The small crossover will preview a future production model, which will sit below the Karoq and Kodiaq in the brand"s SUV line-up when it arrives in the second half of 2019.

SsangYong Musso 2018

SsangYong e-SIV 
SsangYong Musso 

The fresh-faced Musso will bare a strong resemblance to the Rexton SUV it shares a platform with. A new suspension setup will be included, as part of the revisions, but the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine will remain under the bonnet.

Alongside the new Musso will be an all-electric concept called the e-SIV. It previews the brand"s next C-segment SUV that will replace the Korando, and features a 140kW motor, autonomous tech and a 280-mile range.


• Subaru Viziv Tourer concept

Subaru is also heading to Geneva, and their presence will be lead by the recently teased Viziv Tourer concept. As an estate version of the Viziv Performance STI concept, the Viziv Tourer potentially showcases the return of the WRX estate. Should it ever make it to production, it will be the first WRX estate offered since the 2007 Impreza.

Gazoo Racing Supra - front

Toyota Gazoo Racing Supra

For a number of years, speculation has been rife as to whether we’ll ever see the ‘Supra’ name reborn again. It looks like Toyota will finally put the speculation and eagerness to bed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show by unveiling the hugely anticipated Supra. The Japanese marque could sell its new model under its hot Gazoo Racing badge when it goes on sale in 2019. 

Vauxhall Combo Life - front

Vauxhall Combo Life

Joining the Citroen Berlingo and the Peugeot Rifter at Geneva will be Vauxhall"s bid at conquering the leisure activity vehicle (LAV) segment. Called the Combo Life, the van-based MPV will be available with either five or seven seats and is set to arrive in the UK towards the end of 2018. 

Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept teaser

Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion

Volkswagen is set to show-off the latest edition to its growing I.D. family at Geneva. The I.D. Vizzion concept is a four-door coupe similar in size to large luxury limousines such as the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8, but it"s completely autonomous with driving left to a new system the brand calls ‘digital chauffeur’. 

Volvo V60 - front

• Volvo V60

The second generation Volvo V60 will make its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It"s based on the Swedish brand"s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), which it shares with the XC60 SUV and larger V90 estate, and will likely cost around £32,000 when it arrives in UK showrooms this September. A range of petrol and diesel options will be available at launch, while two plug-in hybrid powertrains will follow, badged T6 and T8. 

Click on to the second page for more information on the Geneva Motor Show and how to plan your visit...