The most interesting motor show of any given year – the Geneva Motor Show – is almost upon us. These are the cars from the debut list maintained by Just Auto that have got my motor running. Some are genuine interest and some are passing interest, but all have something interesting about them.
Sorry Volvo, I just couldn’t get you on the list. Something new from Polestar might have been good.
Alfa Romeo 4C: carbon components, 1.7 turbo, to be built by Maserati in Modena
Alfa Romeo Gloria concept: full scale model created by I.E.D. students
Aston Martin Rapide S: Could James Bond go four-door in his next film? 5.9-litre V12. Woof.
Audi RS Q3: – I’m not sure what to say. It’s a small, hotted up SUV that’s absolutely useless in my eyes but will sell like hot cakes.
Audi S3 Sportback: same 221kW (300hp) engine as S3
BMW 3 Series GT: five-door hatchback, 200mm longer than a 3 Series Touring
Citroën C3 Hybrid Air: – Compressed air technology isn’t just Koenigsegg’s realm. It’ll be interesting to see how this stuff progresses.
Ferrari Enzo successor: – this isn’t it, just a fanboy’s admirable attempt to draw what’s billed as their fastest ever supercar. Are new Ferraris still interesting given that they’re mostly pretty much just a variation on previous one and marketed with all sorts of kitsch goods? Yes, they are.
Kia Pro_cee’d GT: powered by a 150kW 1.6-litre turbo – the car with the most annoying name in autodom is getting more interesting. KIA are hitting their straps and show no sign of slowing down. Interesting that they’ve got several ‘production’ concepts but sister Hyundai has none of any note.
McLaren P1: – it’s a McLaren. ’nuff said. This is the production-ready version of the car we’ve seen previously as a concept.
Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG: 265kW (360hp) 2.0-litre turbo and standard 4MATIC. Most hype surrounding a Merc in years. Reminds me of the BMW 135i hype a few years ago.
Peugeot 2008 HYbrid Air: compressed air tech – I guess if it’s OK for Citroen….. this is the 2008 in basic form and I’m guessing the Hybrid Air version that’ll show in Geneva won’t differ from this except from a badge (maybe)
Pininfarina Sergio concept: anything from Pininfarina is at the least, interesting to see. This is a tribute to Sergio, the boss, who passed away last year. This is all we’ve seen so far.
Qoros 3: C-segment sedan – launch vehicle for Qoros’ emergence into the automotive world with a focus on Europe.
Qoros Cross Hybrid concept: petrol-electric version of a 3-based five-door hatch
Qoros Estate concept: previews a future 3 wagon
Rolls-Royce Wraith: the coupe version of Ghost. I’ll never get one. I’ll probably never physically get close one, but it’s a new Roller and this shaded image looks AMAZING.
Spyker B6 concept: how could one not be interested in what Spyker and Victor Muller are doing now?
Toyota FT-86 Open concept: the much rumoured convertible of the 86 appears for the first time in Geneva (aside from this spy pic from a few days ago)