Car shows have always been an important institution for the automotive community. Not only do they serve as a showcase for both car manufacturers and owners, but it also serves as an opportunity for enthusiasts to see the past, the present, and the future of the automotive industry. However, some shows carry more weight than others. Due to a combination of history, participants, and patrons, some car shows are more than just car shows. One of the shows that can be lumped in that rarefied territory is Autosalon Genf. What is this show all about and what can you expect to come in its 2014 iteration?
Autosalon Genf is considered as one of the most important car shows in the world. In fact, some analysts believe that this is the world’s most significant car show. Better known as the Geneva Motor Show, this event is held annually at Geneva, Switzerland. With its 84th iteration scheduled this year, this show will certainly house the who’s who of the automotive world under one roof. Before going further, one must answer this question: why is Autosalon Genf such a significant event in the automobile calendar? Here are just some of the answers.
- It has massive history- The Geneva Motor Show housed just about every significant car that passed the annals of automotive history. The evolution of the internal combustion engine-driven machine was virtually documented by each holding of this show, but it also housed cars using alternative powertrains, ranging from today’s hybrid engines to the steam engines coming from a century ago. This show has seen the debut of legendary car models, and it has also seen the introduction of automotive technologies being used up to this day.
- It congregates all the best car brands- Autosalon Genf is highly reputed for it brings just about every car brand, major or minor, from around the world, together under 1 roof. This has something to do with the show’s history, but it also has something to do with geography. Shows such as the Tokyo Auto Show and the Detroit Auto Show tend to showcase their nation’s own cars more extensively (Japan and USA, respectively). However, it can be said that the playing field is even at Geneva. This can perhaps be owed to the fact that Switzerland can’t really claim to have its own automotive industry. Because of these circumstances, you’re likely to see more variety in this show.
- It shows the present and the future of the automobile- Autosalon Genf is considered to be a showcase for everything related to the automobile. This show is known to be a showcase of cars you’re about to see on roads around the world. Various automobiles, ranging from legendary models entering their next cycle of production to supercars that defy what’s possible for a production automobile, regularly make their debut in Geneva. Also, prototypes that showcase technologies you’ll see on the road in the future or showcase potential plans for car manufacturers are also present, capturing the imagination of both fans and analysts alike.
- It showcases more than just automobiles- Autosalon Genf is more than just about cars. It is also a celebration of the automotive industry as a whole. One of the major attractions in this show is the introduction of significant partnerships, technical breakthroughs, and technological updates. It also allows people to get up close and even have discussions with the bigwigs and policy makers responsible for shaping the world’s automotive industry. These side events give people a better view of the big picture of what’s going on in the world of cars.
Those are just some of the reasons why Autosalon Genf is unlike any other car show in the world. Every year, something interesting happens that add to the legend of this car show. The 2014 version of the Geneva Motor Show promises to bring all the thrills enjoyed by its fans for more than a century already. While much of the details about the upcoming show is still shrouded in mystery (after all, even big car companies are known to love surprises), there are some information being linked about potential participants. And if these “sneak previews” are to be followed, it’s realistic to expect that Autosalon Genf will once again be filled with highlights.
The following are some of the cars expected to grace Geneva Palexpo, the home of the Geneva Motor Show. This is just a partial list of some of the cars confirmed to appear in the 2014 Autosalon Genf. More cars and prototypes are expected to be announced between now and March 6, the official start of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and more are expected to be unveiled by surprise. Regardless, here are some of the cars that are confirmed (or at least rumored) to make an appearance in Geneva.
- Audi TT- The third-generation Audi TT is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2014 Autosalon Genf. This popular sports car, available in coupe and convertible variants, has been wildly successful around the world. This fully-new model, expected to be unveiled as a 2015 model, is armed with all kinds of changes both inside and out. While other details are still under wraps, it is easy to expect that this car will be one of the biggest attractions come show time.
- Audi A1 and S1- The A1, Audi’s entry in the subcompact market, is scheduled for a minor facelift. This update will be shown to the world at the 2014 Autosalon Genf. Updates are not just skin-deep, as revisions in both the interior and chassis are scheduled to be made as well. Equally anticipated is the release of the S1, the tuned version of the A1. Designed to give hot hatches all over the world a run for their money, it’s reported to be armed with Audi’s Quattro 4-wheel drive system and the 230 horsepower engine used in the S3.
- BMW 2-Series Active Tourer- The new 2-Series is about to have a new station wagon variant. The body frame may remind some people of the X-Series crossover SUVs due to its design, but this car is merely an expansion of the 2-Series portfolio which currently includes sedan and coupe variants. The Active Tourer is expected to be powered by any of the following engines: a 1.5 liter turbo, a 2-liter turbo seen in the Mini Cooper S, or even a 2.5 liter engine. This car is to be released later this year.
- Citroen C4 Cactus- At first, people dismissed the Cactus as a mere test mule. But as spy photos and a future appearance in the 2014 Autosalon Genf will show, this car seems very much destined to become a production car sooner rather than later. Designed significantly different from the current-generation C4, this car is expected to be the middle product between the C4 and the more upscale DS3. More importantly, the Cactus is scheduled to be the first car to use PSA’s much-hyped Hybrid Air engine.
- Honda Civic Type R- The legendary pocket rocket is about to get an update this 2014. This car is expected to be not too different from the prototypes and test mules seen recently. One of the biggest headlines for this car is the installation of a turbocharged 2.0 liter VTEC engine with direct injection. This powerplant will channel its maximum output of 276 horsepower directly to the front wheels. The performance potential of the 2014 Civic Type R is unquestionable, as Honda is reported to be targeting the Nurburgring lap record for front-wheel drive cars with the help of this car.
- Hyundai Genesis- The Genesis is scheduled for a full makeover for the 2015 model year. This update is forecasted to make an appearance at the 2014 Autosalon Genf, after it stole the show in the 2014 Detroit Motor Show just weeks ago. The Genesis that will show up in Geneva is not expected to be all that different from the one that showed up in Detroit, meaning it would garner more than its fair share of attention. Engine options include a 3.8 liter V6 engine with 311 horsepower and a 5.0 liter V8 engine with 420 horsepower.
- Hyundai Intrado- Hydrogen fuel cell technology has been branded as one of the future technologies for the automobile. Hyundai is about to make a stab on this technology with their latest prototype, the Intrado. This car, created by highly reputed car designer Peter Schreyer, is a small SUV that seems to take aim at cars such as the Nissan Juke, the Volkswagen Tiguan, and the Porsche Macan. The presence of the Intrado is an affirmation of Hyundai’s intention to build and sell fuel cell cars by 2015. Even this early, experts say that the Intrado is one of the must-see cars at Geneva.
- Lamborghini Huracan- This car, scheduled to make its debut at the 2014 Autosalon Genf, has some massive shoes to fill. It is set to be released as a 2015 model as a replacement for the Gallardo, which is one of the most popular Lamborghinis ever created. If there’s any indication from various spy photos and leaks, it is that the Huracan is more than up for the challenge of filling in the Gallardo’s shoes. Utilizing some of the styling cues found in the Aventador, the Huracan has a 5.2 liter V10 engine with a maximum output of 610 horsepower.
- Lexus LF-NX- This car made its first appearance in the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and is about to make its European debut at the 2014 Autosalon Genf. A high-performance compact crossover, this car seems ready to take aim at present sport crossovers such as the BMW X1 and future sport crossovers such as the Porsche Macan. An all-new turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine with an estimated output of 240 horsepower will be installed in the LF-NX. Its unique design is not just aesthetically shocking, but it is also very much functional.
- Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe- The CL-Class coupe has long been the standard bearer for full-size, 4-seater coupes. However, due to the cancellation of the CL line, a coupe version of the S-Class is being prepared to replace it. A prototype version of this coupe was first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but it is reported that the prototype that will show up at Geneva would be the one closest to the upcoming production model. The standard engine to be used in this car is the 4.7 liter V8 engine found in the S-Class. An AMG version of the coupe is expected to be introduced later in the year as well.
- Mercedes Benz C-Class Estate- The C-Class has long been Mercedes Benz’s bet in the highly-competitive luxury midsize car market. A wagon version of this car, nicknamed the C-Class Estate, is to be formally introduced at the 2014 Autosalon Genf. Designed to compete against contemporaries such as the BMW 3 Series Touring and the Audi A4 Avant, this new wagon is based on the new MRA modular platform that reduces weight and improves driving dynamics. A number of engines are set to be introduced in the C-Class estate, ranging from a 1.6 liter diesel to a 4.0 liter, AMG-tuned V8.
- Mini John Cooper Works- This prototype was first seen in the recently-concluded 2014 Detroit Motor Show. While Mini announced that this car is still a prototype, there are strong indications that the Works is soon to find itself in production very soon. A firmer suspension setup, an aerodynamic body kit, bigger brakes, and an upgraded 2.0 liter turbo engine make the JCW a sportier ride compared to its siblings. As Mini would say themselves, this car is “hardcore driving fun”. This car should garner a lot of interest in its Autosalon Genf appearance.
- Peugeot 308 SW- The estate version of the successful compact car Peugeot 308 is scheduled to be unveiled in the Geneva Motor Show. Setting its sights on compact wagon counterparts such as the Volkswagen Golf and the SEAT Leon, boot space is estimated to be at a class-leading 610 liters. The main engine for this car is the 1.6 liter BlueHDI diesel, which boasts an impressive 85g/km carbon dioxide emission figure.
- Qoros 3 Hatchback- This is the second car (after the 3 Sedan) to be released by upstart Chinese car manufacturer Qoros. The hatchback is based on the same platform as the sedan, but the hatchback is markedly more stylish. Among the modifications done in this car include a new roof, C-pillars, rear side panels, and boot. It is constructed with the same standard as the sedan, which was named by the Euro NCAP as 2013’s safest car. Scheduled to make its debut in the 2014 Autosalon Genf, other details about this car is still under wraps.
- Rinspeed XchangE- This prototype by Swiss car company Rinspeed plays with the idea of creating an autonomously driven car. Said to be modeled after the Tesla Model S, this electric car is slated to be one of the most compelling prototypes to hit the Geneva Motor Show this year. Other than being autonomously driven, the XchangE is also notable for having an interior that rivals those found in the business class of the best trains and airliners.
- Volkswagen Polo- This subcompact car is slated for a facelift just like its stablemate, the Audi A1. The biggest changes would be the addition of adaptive cruise control and adjustable dampers. Engine choices are rumored to be similar to the current engines offered to the Polo, but the inclusion of the 1.0 liter, 3-cylinder engine found in the up! might become an option too. A sporty variant inspired by the Polo’s recent WRC success, the Polo R, might be introduced. A 4-wheel drive system combined with a 2.0 liter TSI engine will make the Polo R a true hot hatch.
Those are just some of the cars expected to make an appearance on the showroom floor of the 2014 Autosalon Genf. More information about participants are expected to be uncovered in the coming weeks, but if this current list serves as any indication, the 84th Geneva Motor Show is guaranteed to be an epic one. The show is scheduled to start at March 6, 2014 and will run until March 16. Don’t miss out on the best the automotive world has to offer. The 2014 Autosalon Genf, just like its previous versions, is shaping up to be epic!