Geneva's dramatic show of power

The biggest car event in Europe, the 84th Geneva International Auto Show, starts next week in Switzerland. While Driven's editor, Matt Greenop, and assistant editor, Liz Dobson, will be attending the event, here's a preview of what will be on show.

Volvo Concept Estate will be debuted at Geneva.
Volvo Concept Estate will be debuted at Geneva.

Audi TT

The new S1 Sportbrake and S3 Cabriolet will feature at the Audi stand this year, but the big news is the unveiling of the new Audi TT. While only sketches and rendered images have emerged so far, it is clear the new TT will borrow design cues from the Sport Quattro Concept, particularly the wide mouth-like grill and headlights.

Audi have retained the shape which has made the TT such a strong seller. Despite a lack of technical information, we do know the interior - revealed at the Consumer Electrics Show in Las Vegas in January - will feature a virtual cockpit and digital screen displaying all information relative to the driver, disregarding the need for conventional dials and infotainment screen.

Ferrari California T

Ferrari's latest California T will received the Geneva Motor Show treatment next week.
Ferrari's latest California T will received the Geneva Motor Show treatment next week.


Geneva will be the venue for Ferrari to debut their first turbocharged production car since the legendary F40 of 1987. Called the California T, it is the latest variant of the brand's entry-level California and yes, the T means turbo.

Powered by a 3.9-litre V8 with two twin-scroll turbochargers, 412kW is sent to the rear wheels. Upgraded interior and exterior mimic the 458 Italia and F12 Berlinetta. First New Zealand deliveries are expected in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Hyundai Intrado

Along with the PassoCorto design concept, Hyundai will use Geneva to reveal its Intrado Concept. The Intrado will showcase Hyundai's belief of what the punters will want in future Hyundai models.

Taking its name from the underside of an aircraft's wing, the Intrado takes Hyundai's fluidic design sculpture to another level. Powered by the next generation hydrogen fuel cell, the Intrado is claimed to have a range of 600km/h.

Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

A Sportbrake variant of the Jaguar XFR-S has been revealed ahead of its Geneva debut
A Sportbrake variant of the Jaguar XFR-S has been revealed ahead of its Geneva debut


A wagon version of Jaguar's mental XFR-S Saloon will be prowling the Geneva show floor. The XFR-S Sportbrake will receive the same range-topping supercharged 5.0-litre V8 from the XFR-S Saloon.

Power is rated at 405kW/680Nm - and a host of engineering upgrades will feature over the standard car. More sculptured sills, intakes, diffuser and 20-inch alloys complete the ensemble.

Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4

Lamborghini's new baby bull, the Huracan is expected to wow the crowds at Geneva.
Lamborghini's new baby bull, the Huracan is expected to wow the crowds at Geneva.


Lamborghini's replacement for the mega successful Gallardo will be unveiled at Geneva. In terms of power, 449kW will be sent to all four wheels via a new 5.2-litre V10 and the latest generation E-Gear seven-speed transmission. Lamborghini claim a zero to 100km/h time of 3.2s and a top speed on the far side of 320km/h. Carbon ceramic brakes should ensure a rapid stop from 100km/h. No word yet on New Zealand release date.

Mercedes S-Class Coupe

The long awaited Mercedes S-Class coupe in production form for Geneva debut
The long awaited Mercedes S-Class coupe in production form for Geneva debut


Taking centre stage at the Mercedes stand will be the all new production ready S-Class Coupe. Having already seen the concept car at Frankfurt and Tokyo motor shows last year, we know the production car looks almost identical to the concept.

Designed to draw punters away from the likes of Rolls-Royce's Wraith, the S-Class Coupe joins the S-Class Saloon as the brand's two flagship models and features the same "Magic Body Control" ride system as the saloon. A 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 will be offered at first, while AMG V8 and V12 units are expected to follow later.

Mini Clubman Concept

Mini Clubman Concept
Mini Clubman Concept

The Mini keeps getting bigger with a confirmed Geneva reveal of the Mini Clubman Concept. Shown as a four-door and five-seater, the Clubman concept is 260mm longer and 170mm wider than the present production Clubman.

Drawing inspiration from the third generation Mini Cooper, the Clubman Concept sports large alloy wheels and a redesigned rear with Paceman-like tail lights. Inside, red and white accents dominate the front fascia and the dials and infotainment system so real clarity.

Peugeot 108

Peugeot 108
Peugeot 108


Peugeot's latest entry into the supermini segment is the 108, set for an official Geneva debut. A joint project between Toyota (Aygo) and Citroen (C1), the 108 will be Peugeot's answer to the new Renault Twingo and Volkswagen up.

Weighing 840kg and powered by either a 1- or 1.2-litre petrol engine, the 108 will be available as a three- or five-door hatch with a convertible and customer personalisation programme on offer.

Volvo Concept Estate

Volvo Concept Estate will be debuted at Geneva.
Volvo Concept Estate will be debuted at Geneva.


The low-slung wagon follows Volvo's simplistic design language alongside the Volvo Concept Coupe unveiled at last year's Frankfurt show and the Concept XC Coupe shown at Detroit in January. That said, there is clear hints of the original P1800 ES estate from the seventies. Steeply raked rear window, angular boomerang tail lights and large alloys add to its presence.

- NZ Herald

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