Automakers around the world are preparing for the 85th Geneva Motor Show, which counts itself as one of the “top six” global motor shows. The show is open to the press from 3-4 March and the public from 5-15 March at the Palexpo Arena. 10,000 journalists from 103 countries and 670,000 people are expected to attend.
Audi will showcase the new 2nd generation R8 supercar and a Prologue Avant concept showcasing future design language. Mercedes-Benz plans to reveal a nostalgic super-luxury Maybach Pullman harking back to the Mercedes limousines of the 1960s and a race version of the AMG-GT. From Porsche, we can expect the 911 GT3RS, the most extreme version of the current 911 as well as the Cayman GT4. BMW plans to show the 2-Series Gran Tourer and a “facelifted” 1-series.
It’s time to say good-bye to Land Rover’s iconic 4×4, the Defender, and the carmaker plans to show three special editions as part of the brand’s farewell to this beloved model.
People can access super-luxury brands that they might otherwise only dream of buying at the Geneva Motor Show. Some exciting debuts are McLaren with their 675LT and Ferrari with the 488GTB. Lamborghini will show an Aventador SV (Super Veloce), which is the extreme performance version of its new flagship.
Cross-overs are big this year with Hyundai revealing the Tucson and Renault debuting the Kadjar, which shares a platform with Nissan’s Qashqai. Mazda will show the CX3 crossover for the first time in Europe. Ford plans to debut the Focus RS, a high-performance model. Nissan will debut its Sway concept. Honda plans to show the production version of the Civic Type R and the NSX supercar.
Tickets are CHF 16 and can be purchased online or at the Palexpo ticket office. Opening hours are Monday-Friday 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday-Sunday 10 am to 8 pm. Parking is limited so use of public transportation is recommended.
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