The 83rd Geneva Motor Show has been stacked with a huge number of new car launches, many of which have been fully described in the weeks leading up to it. But despite that, seeing the cars in the metal for the first time is still very exciting.
There was a special buzz in the supercar sector with the very British McLaren P1 facing up to the comically-named LaFerrari and Lamborghini Veneno (which looks like a bit of a car crash). But it seemed that the real action was in the B-Segment mini-crossover sector – and many, many carmakers have decided to built their own answer to the highly successful Nissan Juke.
The British manufacturers have been busy, too. Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce have all debuted new cars at Geneva, and the Japanese manufacturers with big factories here have also some interesting newcomers. The UK built Nissan Qashqai and Note, for instance, are to be joined by the facelifted electric Leaf and Infiniti Q50. And that’s important for the health of Britain’s most industrious car factory. Honda’s Civic Tourer Concept also looks quite appealing too, and should add volume to Swindon’s output.
After a busy 2012, it’s understandable that Jaguar Land Rover has a relatively quiet motor show stand this time around. But with the new Range Rover L405 and Jaguar F-Type taking centre stage, it’s still an impressive place to visit – and in the coming days, many showgoers will get their chance to see these cars for the very first time. Land Rover’s electric Defender Concept looks like a very exciting development, and from the positive response it’s received recently, we’re not the only ones hoping that it goes into production soon. As for MG Motor UK – yup, they weren’t there.
Stay tuned to this page, we’ll be adding stories…
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- Jaguar Land Rover round-up
- Aston Martin Rapide S and centenary specials
- Bentley Flying Spur
- Rolls-Royce Wraith
- Blog : Why MG appears to have a lot to learn from Qoros
- Blog : Salon sickness with Charles Morgan and Ratan Tata
- Bertone Jet 2 and Jet 2+2
- Land Rover Defender Electric
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