The 2016 Geneva Motor Show was a true feast for the eyes for lovers of high speed and contemporary, austere designs – the world’s most famous automobile brands all unveiled a new model or concept cars and neither filed to impress. The show was an amazing combination of luxurious new cars and big announcements for forthcoming technology developments.
It would be difficult to pinpoint only a few of the unveiled models as being the highpoint of the show, but if there were vehicles that stood out for quality, innovation and luxury – we simply have to mention Vauxhall’s GT concept, the Skoda VisionS concept, and the outstanding Bugatti Chiron supercar. Other memorable mentions go to the Aston Martin DB11, Audi’s Q2, the Maserati Levante, the new Renault Scenic and Volvo’s V90 estate. That being said, this is but a fraction of all the road gems that got to see the light of day at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Although still in early development, the Vauxhall GT concept generated a lot of buzz for its “forward thinking” design, sleek exterior and powerful engine. The out-of-this-world ‘Human Machine Interface’, or HMI is a revolutionary buttonless system that operates through a central touchpad and voice commands. It will adapt to a driver’s habits and adjust to their needs as time goes.
Maserati finely unveiled their long-anticipated first SUV – the Levante, which will hit stores later this year at a base price of £55,000. It is a majestic and powerful 4×4, right along the lines of competitors Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.
Bugatti definitely made headlines with its newest addition to the Chiron family – a state-of-the-art, futuristic supercar, which will be capable of a top speed of 261mph thanks to a powerful redeveloped 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine. This new toy will have the steep price tag of £1.9 million and will be manufactured in a limited series of 360 cars.
Aston Martin introduced the replacement for its famous DB9 and the newer version is every bit as elegant and contemporary as its predecessor. The new DB11 is more powerful, with improved aerodynamics, with stiffer structure and enhanced 600bhp twin-turbo V12 engine. Its announced price is £155,000 and marks a new era for slightly differentiated models for the recognized brand with new cars that are lower, have a sleeker, better-defined shape and state-of-the-art bodywork.