Geneva motor show 2019: live updates and pictures

Welcome to Autocar’s extended coverage of the Geneva motor show, one of Europe’s premier motoring events and the stage for a long list of new car debuts.

Geneva is an institution, having been held annually for more than 100 years. It has always been held up alongside Frankfurt as a priority show for manufacturers looking to unveil their latest concepts and production models for the first time.

Unlike the exodus of last year’s Paris motor show, there are only a few big names that won’t be appearing with new models in Switzerland this year, with Ford and Jaguar Land Rover being the most prominent no-shows.

That still leaves plenty of manufacturers primed to reveal new metal, and we’re here to bring you every single one. Matt Prior, Jim Holder, Mark Tisshaw, Rachel Burgess and Lawrence Allan are on the ground in Switzerland, while James Attwood, Tom Morgan and Felix Page are supporting from the UK.

Read on for the news, pictures and live updates, as they happen from Geneva.

Geneva motor show 2019: Live blog

09:00 Tuesday 5th March

Here’s our very own Steve Cropley talking to Mate Rimac, the man behind Rimac, the impressive Croatian super car maker and supplier. Last year, Porsche took a stake in it which shows quite how serious this set-up is.

Mercedes revealed the CLA Shooting Brake this morning, borrowing its sharply styled front end from the CLA compact saloon and a sloping tailgate that Merc hopes will appeal to younger buyers. Apparently the last-gen model was a big hit with an age bracket that didn’t traditionally buy estate cars. It will go on sale in the UK in September, three months after the standard CLA.

Want one of the new range of electric cars? Don’t count on it this year, says Jim Holder, for every electric car sold by car makers in 2019 will actually count against them from 2020 when crunch time for this round of CO2 reduction targets. Car makers will not be handed ‘super credits’ to stop financial penalties for cars sold over CO2 limits this year, but will do for next. Audi’s E-Tron is one you’ll struggle to get hold of, for example, why the Hyundai Kona Electric is now effectively off sale until 2020.

08:30 Tuesday 5th March

Rachel Burgess has unintentionally become trapped in the Porsche interview area having just done an interview – which at least means we get this cool view of the Porsche press conference unfolding. Here’s boss Oliver Blume addressing the crowd.

Bugatti has claimed the ‘most expensive car at Geneva’ title with its La Voiture Noire – a €11 million one-off based on the Chiron and inspired by the brand’s Type 57 SC Atlantic. Don’t go rushing to the bank, though: the one of a kind car has already been sold.

Meanwhile, Lawrence Allan has dropped by the Polestar stand to get a closer look at the Polestar 2. “It’s an extremely convincing Tesla Model 3 rival – perhaps the most exciting EV yet at the £50k and below price point. Exterior design is well-resolved, interior feels as well-assembled as a high-end Volvo. Expect big things from this car.”

08:00 Tuesday 5th March

Audi held the first big press conference of the morning, with the focus firmly on electrified cars. The highlight was the Q4 E-tron concept, a preview of a more mainstream EV SUV due to arrive next year. With looks inspired by the larger, more premium E-tron and a promised range of 280 miles, it looks to be Audi’s biggest play for electric car buyers yet.

Funny how things change. Just a year ago, Land Rover was unveiling its most expensive and exclusive vehicle yet, the near quarter of a million pounds Range Rover SV Coupe. A year on, the car has been cancelled and Land Rover isn’t at the Geneva show. With no-one else taking over JLR’s show floorspace, the organisers have just bunged in a coffee shop…

07:15 Tuesday 5th March

Fiat’s city car concept is a few hours away from reveal, but even under cover we can see it’s a clear hint at the next Panda. Do those vertical grille slats remind you of anything?

“The boss of e.Go, Gunther Schuh, is certainly a character and a great talker, with the kind of infectious personality, charm and conviction in what he says to make you want him to succeed,” says Mark Tisshaw. “Don’t take my word for it, take Hans Stuck, who interrupted Schuh and my chat last night. Impressed, Hans? “People like that [Schuh] we need. They stand for an idea, they are people who move things.”

06:45 Tuesday 5th March

Geneva officially opens its doors today. We are at the venue bright and early to see the stands before they get busy – and to spy any surprise reveals. Among the biggest will be Alfa Romeo’s unannounced SUV, which is expected to be called ‘Tonale’, but the three covered cars on Aston Martin’s stand look equally exciting…

Morgan was among the first brands to announce new metal this morning, revealing the Plus Six – the marque’s first all-new car in 19 years. It uses a brand new aluminium platform, and eschews V8 power for a BMW-sourced turbo inline six, but promises to be the fastest Morgan ever built. And of course, it retains the signature 1930s-inspired styling, albeit with some modern additions like a digital display on the instrument panel and an automatic gearbox.

21:00 Monday 4th March

“While Volkswagen Group preview nights on the eve of motor shows used to be horn-tooting affairs showing off the strength of the group and its brands, they now take a more humble tone,” says editor Mark Tisshaw. “This year, the new Buggy concept (looks great, huh?) was driven on stage, and then Group boss Herbert Diess spoke with Gunther Schuh, CEO of EV start-up e.Go in front of it as it was announced e.Go was the first to licence the use of the MEB electric platform. And then it was done, three walls of the room lifting at once to reveal seven more cars from seven other VW Group brands without any introduction, explanation or fanfare. From one extreme to the other, but good on VW for dropping the boastful tone.”

There are multiple reasons why VW wants other firms to make their own electric buggies – and it’s not just to find another way to make money on the MEB electric platform. James Attwood digs a little deeper to see what other benefits Volkswagen sees in recruiting partners for its skateboard chassis.

20:00 Monday 4th March

Bentley celebrated its 100th anniversary tonight with the Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner, a mouthful of a special edition Conti with a design meant to echo the 4 1/2 litre blower that raced at Le Mans in 1930. Only 100 will be made, and each one will contain a piece of wood taken from the race car driven by Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin. If you’re looking for exclusive, this certainly ticks all the boxes.

The VW Group hasn’t had the evening to itself, mind. Pininfarina showed off its Battista EV hypercar for the first time, declaring it the “fastest road-legal car ever built in Italy”. With an electric powertrain shared with the Rimac C_Two, that’s capable of delivering up to 1900 horsepower, we’re not in a position to disagree.

19:45 Monday 4th March

There’s no Skoda car at the Volkswagen Group night tonight – and you couldn’t make up why. Czech sources say two separate trucks bringing the firm’s new Vision iV concept to the show from Skoda HQ broke down, the second one having gone to rescue the stricken concept from the first, before a third then got pulled by the Swiss authorities. By which point, it was too late to make it to the show preview evening. It’ll be there tomorrow. Definitely. Probably.

VW’s stunning ID Buggy did make an appearance, though – with the chairman of new MEB platform partner E.Go in the passenger seat. Günther Schuh, who has been described as a “mix between Elon Musk and Juergen Klopp”, said “it’s not that complicated to build an electric car but it is difficult to build an affordable electric car. But an electric car must be emotion, not just rational. It’s not rational to have a buggy, but you want one and can’t live without one when you’ve had one.”

19:30 Monday 4th March

The Volkswagen group night kicked off with some words by VW boss Herbert Diess, who confirmed the ID Buzz has been signed off for production. The decision was made a “few nights ago”, said Diess. It’s the fourth member of the ID family signed off after a hatchback, SUV and saloon.

A rush of last-minute teasers have got Autocar’s Twitter followers salivating over the prospect of a new Fiat Panda being revealed tomorrow, albeit in concept form, and the still-yet-to-be-confirmed Alfa Romeo SUV. Spy pics of Alfa’s stand suggest it will be called Tonale, but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out.

Meanwhile, Renault has released more details on the fifth-generation Clio, which is also getting an official reveal tomorrow morning. It’s the most advanced Clio yet, with a more upmarket interior and new Renaultsport-inspired R.S. line trim option.

18:00 Monday 4th March

As is tradition, Geneva kicked off with Volkswagen’s group night, a pre-show party with unveils from all of VW’s brands. Leading the charge was the 759bhp Aventador SVJ Roadster, an open-top version of Lamborghini’s track-focused supercar. The limited-run model uses the same V12 naturally aspirated engine as its coupé sibling, and a removable carbonfibre roof that can be stowed under the bonnet when the mood takes you.

Skoda wasn’t far behind, announcing the very yellow Vision iV concept. The Kodiaq-sized coupé-crossover promises a 310 mile electric range, all-wheel drive and a minimal yet tech-filled interior. According to Skoda, it’s much closer to a production model than previous concepts, too.

16:30 Monday 4th March

Geneva has been the home of European Car of the Year awards since 2012, with the overall winner revealed the day before press day. This year was no exception, with an unprecedented two-way tie for first place. Jaguar’s I-Pace and the Alpine A110 both earned the same number of points from the panel of judges, but it was the I-Pace that took the overall crown based on how many judges had given it a first-place vote. Autocar’s own Matt Prior was on the judging panel, and explains his voting rationale here.

Elsewhere, electric car fans are eagerly awaiting Honda’s e, the former Urban EV concept car, which is expected to be on display at Geneva.  But it has also got Jim Holder wondering: are cars getting better – or is technology dulling their verve?

16:00 Monday 4th March

The doors don’t officially open until tomorrow, but we’ve had early access to the show floor for a first look at some of the stands. Not everything is under cover, either: the Polestar 2 had a premium location on Polestar’s stand. The Tesla Model 3 rival is expected to deliver a 0-62mph time of “less than five seconds” from its 402bhp electric motors when it arrives in early 2020.

Peugeot Sport Engineering made its presence felt too, with the 310bhp, 508-based concept lurking beneath a giant statue of the brand’s signature lion mascot. The petrol electric hybrid uses four-wheel drive to achieve 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds, and can manage 31 miles of EV-only driving.

Geneva motor show: What’s on display

Aston Martin

We’re anticipating a few surprises from Aston Martin at Geneva this year, but the first to be announced comes from its newly revived luxury sister brand, Lagonda.

The second model in the range to be revealed will be the All-Terrain concept, previewing a production SUV to rival the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Only the car’s front end design has been seen so far, but we know that it will be electric and closely related to the Vision saloon of last year. 

Aston Martin previews Lagonda All-Terrain concept

Aston Martin ‘Son of Valkyrie’ hypercar

Rumours suggest that Aston Martin will also show off its upcoming mid-engined ‘Project 003’ hypercar at Geneva, the brand’s third after the limited-run, 100bhp Valkyrie and track-prepped Valkyrie AMR Pro.

Developed in conjunction with Red Bull Advanced technologies, the so-called ‘Son of Valkyrie’ will be powered by a turbocharged petrol-electric hybrid powertrain of undisclosed size and power output, in an effort to eclipse the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1. 

Aston Martin previews ‘son of Valkyrie’ hypercar for Geneva reveal

Audi E-tron SUV concept

The expansion of Audi’s E-tron range of electric vehicles continues, as the brand is set to reveal a compact SUV concept. 

It remains unclear as to whether this concept will act as a direct preview of the upcoming Q4, which has been spotted in testing already. Details revealed in a recent design sketch show off the model’s coupé-like styling and trademark Audi grille, while a drawing of the interior highlight elements taken from the existing Q3 compact SUV.

Audi previews Q4 e-tron concept ahead of Geneva unveiling

Audi plug-in hybrid line-up

Alongside its electric SUV concept, Audi will present a range of four new plug-in hybrid models.

The Q5, A6, A7 and A8 models receive the new TFSI e powertrain. All are capable of 25 miles electric-only range and producing 295bhp in entry-level 50 TFSI e ‘comfort’ form, except the A8 which puts out 443bhp with the aid of a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. 

New Audi Q5, A6, A7 and A8 plug-in hybrids revealed

Bentley Continental GT Number 9 Edition

Bentley announced a historic racing-inspired special edition Continental GT at the pre-show VW group night. The Number 9 Edition by Mulliner harks back to the 1930s ‘Blower’ Bentley that raced at Le Mans with a bespoke colour scheme, number 9 imprinted on the front grille, and a wooden interior trim centrepiece made from the actual car raced by Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin. Only 100 will be made.

Bentley marks 100th anniversary with Continental GT Number 9 Edition

Bentley Bentayga Speed

A top speed of 190mph and 0-62mph time of 3.9sec are performance figures that only the most hardcore supercars would achieve twenty years ago. Now, the near-200mph mark is the stomping ground of Bentley’s aptly-named Bentayga Speed SUV. 

Weighing in at around 2.5 tonnes, the 626bhp Bentayga Speed uses a tuned version of the standard model’s 6.0-litre W12 engine to surpass the top speed of the Lamborghini Urus by 0.5mph, making it the fastest SUV in the world. 

Bentley Bentayga Speed is world’s fastest SUV

BMW 7 Series facelift

The BMW 7 Series has been brought into line with the brand’s new flagship SUV, the X7, through a facelift.

As well as 40% larger kidney grilles, the updated 7 Series features sharper exterior styling, a new front bumper and slimmer rear lights. More significant are changes to the model’s range of hybrid and conventional powertrains, with improved economy and performance outputs expected at every level, from a four-cylinder diesel unit to the V12 petrol in the M760Li xDrive.

New 2019 BMW 7 Series gets X7-inspired styling and more power

Bugatti Chiron 110 Ans 

At Geneva Bugatti is displaying a special, ultra-exclusive version of the Chiron Sport as part of its 110th anniversary as a brand. Described as a “tribute to France” and the brand’s Molsheim base, the Chiron Sport ‘110 ans Bugatti’ features unique design and colour changes inside and out and is limited to just 20 examples.

Much of the 1479bhp hypercar’s bodywork revisions are themed around France’s blue, white and red tricolour flag. The most prominent use of that is on the underside of the Chiron’s movable rear wing, while stripes also feature on the door mirrors and aluminium filler caps on both sides.

Bugatti Chiron Sport ‘110 ans Bugatti’ edition revealed

Citroën Ami One

Geneva will be the venue for the unveiling of the first of two concepts that Citroën has created as part of its centenary celebrations. 

The Ami One represents the French company’s vision for the future of urban mobility. At less than 1.5m wide and with a top speed of less than 28mph, it’s built more for sharing than private use, and could be driven without a licence in some countries. 

New Citroën concept could be driven without a licence​

Cupra Formentor

Seat sister brand Cupra has revealed its first standalone model, a 242bhp plug-in hybrid coupé crossover called the Formentor. The concept machine, which will make its public debut at Geneva, is the second to be badged a Cupra following the Cupra Ateca, and the first not to be based on a model from parent firm Seat. 

Cupra says the Formentor offers “the benefits of a performance car with the qualities of an SUV”.

New Cupra Formentor coupe-crossover revealed

Ferrari F8 Tributo

Taking the automotive world by surprise in the run-up to Geneva, Ferrari has revealed the fastest mid-engined production car it has ever made. 

The F8 Tributo replaces the 488 GTB, and with 710bhp and a 211mph top speed, will go head-to-head with Mclaren’s 720S when it arrives in the next year.

New Ginetta supercar

British sports and race car maker Ginetta will unveil a a new 200mph, Ferrari-priced supercar at Geneva. The new Ginetta supercar, whose name and price will be revealed at the show is a low, aggressively styled but essentially practical front mid-engined coupé. 

It has a bespoke, all-carbonfibre tub chassis built alongside the company’s race cars and clad with carbonfibre body panels. It is shaped for an aerodynamic performance, and is powered by an extremely light and compact Ginetta-designed V8 engine of just over 6.0-litres capacity,  producing around 600bhp and 520lb ft of torque. The gearbox is a unique Ginetta-developed creation, a six-speed sequential paddle-shift in unit with the diff connected to the engine (and multi-plate clutch) by a short carbonfibre tailshaft.

Exclusive: 200mph Ginetta supercar revealed

Honda e

The Honda e, originally known as the Urban EV, is something of a rarity in that prototype production models spotted in testing bear a strong resemblance to the preceding concept. 

That’s because the design of the small electric car was so well received at that year’s Frankfurt motor show that Honda saw little reason to change it. The final product sports two more doors and one more seat than that concept but retains its low, wide proportions, short wheelbase and friendly visage. 

Take a look at the ‘e’ prototype – Honda’s urban EV chases ‘Apple-style’ X-factor

Hyundai Tucson N-Line

Hyundai is adding its performance-inspired N-Line trim to its flaghip Tucson SUV.

As with the i30 N-Line hatchback, the Tucson is unlikely to receive a notable power increase, but ‘motorsport-inspired’ details such as bigger wheels, red stitching and N-Line badges mark it out from the rest of the range.

Kia electric sports car

Kia will preview its plans to move forward into electrification with a performance-oriented concept car.

Likely to make use of a tuned variant of the 64kWh motor in the e-Niro SUV, the concept aims to answer “consumer concerns around range, performance, recharging networks and driving dynamism” with ‘goosebump’-inducing styling. 

Kia to reveal performance EV concept in Geneva

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

A surprise last-minute unveiling saw Lamborghini reveal a drop-top version of its track-focused supercar. The Aventador SVJ Roadter uses the same naturally-aspirated V12 engine as the coupé, but swaps a hard top for a removable carbonfibre roof that can be manually lifted off and stowed under the bonnet for 200mph+ open top driving.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster revealed with 759bhp

Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder

At Geneva we’ll get our first chance to see this updated convertible supercar in the flesh. The new car follows the launch of the Huracán Evo, an updated and more powerful Huracán coupé, late last year. It features the same 631bhp 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10, resulting in a 0-62mph time in 3.1 seconds. That’s 0.2 sec slower than the hard-top model.

The 201mph top speed is identical to the coupé, however, despite the Spyder’s 120kg (264 lb) weight penalty.

New 631bhp Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder revealed

New Mazda SUV

Mazda will launch a new compact SUV, which will slot in above the CX-3 in its range, at Geneva.

The Japanese firm has released a single darkened teaser image of the new car’s rear, showing a relatively compact and sculpted design and round brake lights, in keeping with the latest version of Mazda’s ‘Kodo’ design language.

Mazda says the new machine will be a “brand-new” addition to its range, and forms the second model in its new-generation line-up, following the recently launched Mazda 3.

Mazda to reveal new SUV at Geneva show

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz has already shown off the saloon version of its new, longer CLA. At Geneva, it will unveil a successor to the popular Shooting Brake estate version, already spotted testing on the road. It will feature the new platform, technology and engines that first debuted in the A-Class hatchback last year, while an AMG 35 variant will take on the Volkswagen Golf R Estate and a range-topping 45 is set to produce well over 400bhp.

New Mercedes-Benz CLA to be sportiest compact yet in range

Mercedes-Benz GLC facelift

Mercedes-Benz’s rival to the BMW X3 has received a mid-life refresh to bring it into line with the latest C-Class, upon which it’s based. That means subtly evolved looks and a boost in interior technology and driver assist functions. Level 2 autonomy features, while mechanical upgrades include a new 2.0-litre diesel engine. 

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic EQ Boost 2019 prototype review

Mercedes-Benz V-Class and Concept EQV

Showcasing the diversity of Mercedes-Benz’s product portfolio, the German brand will show the facelifted version of its van-based V-Class MPV. 

While that in itself isn’t particularly exciting, there will also be a concept version of what will be one of the first electric large people carriers, the EQV. Based heavily on the existing V-Class, it will offer a long range and little compromise on space. 

New 2019 Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV gains more power

Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept

Mitsubishi will unveil a new SUV concept offering “enhanced EV performance”. The Engelberg Tourer Concept has been teased in a single image and is named after a Swiss ski resort, as both a nod to the country it will be revealed in and to Mitsubishi’s focus on machines with true off-road capability.

Mitsubishi to reveal electrified SUV concept at Geneva

Morgan Plus Six

The fabled British sports car maker Morgan revealed an all-new sports car at Geneva. The Plus Six is the company’s first in 19 years, and the first to use a new inline turbo six-cylinder engine from BMW. It also has an aluminium platform, but retains a design that’s a familiar adaptation of the 1930s-inspired look Morgans have carried for decades. A lighter engine make it the fastest Morgan ever built, too.

Morgan Plus six is marque’s first all-new model in 19 years

Peugeot 208

Peugeot will display its stylish new supermini at Geneva. It will offer gasoline/petrol, diesel and electric power options. Around 30kg (66 lb) lighter than the car it replaces, the 208 inside gets an update of Peugeot’s still-controversial i-Cockpit, which features a small steering wheel that tends to sit beneath or in the line of sight of the instrument pack. 

Despite Peuegot’s announced return to America, we doubt this car will be on the menu due to its size and relative unprofitability.

New Peugeot 208 revealed with petrol, diesel and EV choices

Piëch Mark Zero

Swiss company Piëch Automotive will make its motor show debut at Geneva with the reveal of its Mark Zero electric sports car. 

Sitting atop an unconventional modular platform, the two-seater Mark Zero’s batteries are mounted along the central tunnel, rather than in the floor, meaning it is likely to feature a rear-wheel-drive powertrain. No performance figures have been announced, but the brand is aiming for the lightweight performance EV to achieve a range of 500km (311 miles). 

Piech brand to launch with electric sports car at Geneva

Pininfarina Battista

The Pininfarina Battista was fully unveiled at Geneva, and is being referred to by its creator as “the most powerful Italian performance car ever” – a title it quite rightly deserves if its claimed performance figures are to be believed.

With 1900bhp from a drivetrain that uses technology developed by Croatian EV manufacturer Rimac, the Battista will top out at more than 250mph and get from 0-62mph in less than 2.0sec. But the hand-built machine doesn’t just impress in the speed department, with a claimed range of at least 280 miles placing it in contention for the position of most environmentally efficient hypercar. 

1900bhp Pininfarina Battista EV can hit 217mph

Polestar 2

The Polestar 2, the second model from Volvo’s newly hived-off performance brand, promises 402bhp and a range of 311 miles.

Initially available in top-spec launch edition, later entry-level versions will be priced from under £35,000, meaning the five-door fastback can compete with Tesla’s soon-to-arrive Model 3 on European roads. 

New Polestar 2 revealed as sub-£35k Tesla Model 3 rival​

Renault Clio

Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker is confident about the fifth-generation Clio’s success, calling it “the best Clio we’ve ever done”.

In an effort to tempt buyers away from Ford and Volkswagen’s rival superminis, as well as compact SUVs such as the Volkswagen T-Roc, the new Clio sports a larger infotainment screen, more mature styling and autonomous driver assistance functions. No electric version has been confirmed, but a plug-in hybrid is set to hit the road in 2020. 

New Renault Clio heads for premium segment

Seat Minimó

Set to arrive in production form in 2021, Seat’s Minimó concept occupies less than half the footprint of the average A-segment city car.

With a central driving position and single headlight, it takes inspiration from motorcyles, while its asymmetrical doors are designed to open in tight spaces to enhance ease of use in urban environments. 

New Seat Minimo: production confirmed for 2021

Skoda Kamiq

The first of two new models on Skoda’s stand at Geneva is the new Kamiq compact SUV.

A rival to the upcoming next-generation Renault Captur and Nissan Juke, the Kamiq has styling adapted from the larger Karoq, a fresh interior design and a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.

New Skoda Kamiq crossover: Nissan Juke rival revealed 

Skoda Vision iV concept

Skoda will provide “a specific outlook of the brand’s electric future” with the Vision iV four-door crossover-coupé concept at Geneva – although transportation issues meant it missed out on VW’s Group night.

The concept looks almost identical to 2017’s Vision E concept, but is said by the brand to be more production ready than that model. Set to go on sale in 2021, the iV will be sold in coupé and SUV form, although it is not clear which will arrive first.

New Skoda Vision iV electric SUV: interior image released

Smart Forease+

Smart’s Forease+ concept is an evolution of the EQ Fortwo-based Forease concept shown at Paris last year. 

The Forease+ sports a roof, flared wheel arches, a redesigned rear bumper and a lower, wider stance. The company says the evolved two-seater is “as reduced and dynamic as its predecessor” but more practical in the real world. 

Smart Forease+ concept previewed ahead of Geneva reveal

Ssangyong Korando

Korean manufacturer Ssangyong’s new Korando SUV is inspired by the e-SIV concept shown at last year’s Geneva show. 

Initially powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines, the cut-price Nissan Qashqai rival will later receive Ssangyong’s first electric powertrain. The firm is also reported to be exploring diesel-electric technology, as opposed to more conventional petrol-fuelled systems, as a basis for a hybrid variant.

New Ssangyong Korando SUV revealed ahead of Geneva​

Subaru e-Boxer models

Subaru is being coy about what shape its two Geneva debuts will be, but we now know they will be concept versions the firm’s first electrified European production models.

The brand has released a darkened preview image of one – the Viziv Adrenaline concept – and an e-Boxer logo, showing that the car will use a hybridised version of Subaru’s famous flat-four engine. The two models are likely to be based on existing platforms. 

Volkswagen ID Buggy

After 80 years of production, Volkswagen’s – and indeed the world’s – longest-produced model, the Beetle, was axed in 2018.

As one icon dies, however, another emerges in its place, and Volkswagen has previewed an electrified beach buggy concept inspired by the Meyers Manx of the 1960s. Where Bruce Meyer’s coastal cruiser used the Beetle’s floorpan, suspension and air-cooled engine, its descendant is set for inclusion in Volkswagen’s upcoming range of ID electric vehicles. 

The ID Buggy emulates the basic silhouette of the original, in much the same way as the ID Buzz Cargo van takes heavy inspiration from the classic Type 2.

Volkswagen electric dune buggy revealed in new images

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