Monday 18 December 2017

Revealed: New car models that impressed at the Geneva Motor Show 2017

Skoda Octavia RS 245 car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Skoda Octavia RS 245 car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

They are taking the wraps off new cars like you’d remove paper from sweets here in Geneva.

There are fiery Ferraris, stunning Mercedes concepts, outrageously fast McLarens, electric Jaguars and Alfa Romeo SUVs.

But there are fault-lines of concern. All the talk is of electric and hybrids. I don’t think I heard the word ‘diesel’ proclaimed at any of the unveilings I managed to get to. And there is good reason for that. Diesel is a marked man. The legislators are hunting it down. They claim it is contributing to health and environmental problems.

As well as that they are imposing ever more restrictive emissions limits on manufacturers. Which is why there is concern; because diesel has been our staple diet for so long that the wrench, to whatever the fuel of the future will be, is going to hurt a bit.

Renault Trezor Concept car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Renault Trezor Concept car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Lamborghini Huracan Performante car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
The new Audi RS 5 Coupe is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
The New Ford Fiesta ST is presented during the press day at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The Motor Show will open its gates to the public from March 9 to 19. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP)
A picture taken in Geneva, on March 7, 2017 during the first press day of the 87th Geneva International Motor Show shows the Lamborghini Huracan. Europe's biggest annual car show kicks off in Geneva with luxury and crossover vehicles under the limelight, but with the emissions scandal still hanging over the industry. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN GROSCLAUDEALAIN GROSCLAUDE/AFP/Getty Images
A worker cleans a new Opel Insignia car during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
The new Porsche 911 GT3 is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Opel Crossland X car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Skoda Octavia RS 245 car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
The new Volvo XC60 car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Audi SQ5 car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
The New Ford Fiesta ST is presented during the press day at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The Motor Show will open its gates to the public from March 9 to 19. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP)
Opel Crossland X car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
The new Volvo XC60 car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Italdesign Zerouno car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
The new Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
A Maserati Levante SUV car is seen at the exhibition stand of Maserati ahead of the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
New Volkswagen Arteon R line car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Bentley Bentayga car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Bugatti Chiron car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Right now, everyone’s betting on electric. Only electric doesn’t go as far - right now. But it will, it will. At least they say it will. And everyone is on board. I mean we’re looking at a Jaguar I-Pace concept electric SUV for heaven’s sake.

Hybrids – electric sparing petrol (which is suddenly viewed as an alternative to diesel again) – are growing in numbers too.

You know, this show feels like we’re at the apex of a long bend. We just need to drive out of it and not lose the nerve.

Here’s to an electric future. Meanwhile the cars of today and ‘early’ tomorrow are emerging into the limelight and most will wend their way to your dealership this year or next.

Here’s a quick guide to them:

Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio SUV is expected in Ireland from September.

Renault’s Alpine A120 mid-engined model sports car looks fabulous. Not coming to Ireland.

Audi shows its 400bhp RS3 Sportback. And RS5 Coupe. And Q8 Sport Concept with 600bhp-plus.

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The new Audi RS 5 Coupe is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Audi RS 5 Coupe

BMW’s new 5-series Touring is here too.

Citroen’s C-Aircross Concept will replace the C3 Picasso.

Dacia’s Logan MCV Stepway off-road styled estate awaits Irish drivers in the summer.

There is the DS 7 Crossback to rival the Audi Q5.

Ferrari’s replacement for the F12 Berlinetta, the 812 Superfast (789bhp V12 2dr) is the most powerful series production the famous company has made. Wow factor high.

Ford are all excited about their new Fiesta ST hot hatch. They’re excited with the basic new Fiesta too. July/August arrival.

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The New Ford Fiesta ST is presented during the press day at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The Motor Show will open its gates to the public from March 9 to 19. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP)

The New Ford Fiesta ST

Honda’s Civic Type R hot hatch arrives early 2018.

Hyundai unveiled their i30 estate. Their plug-in hybrid IONIQ is planned for October.

Jaguar’s electric I-Pace concept is expected in 2018.

The new Jeep Compass is expected from November.

I like KIA’s new Picanto city car but the big news is the performance 5dr hatch, the Stinger. Look forward to driving that.

Lamborghini’s lightweight Huracán Performante has obliterated the Nürburgring lap record. It looks stunning.

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Lamborghini Huracan Performante car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

There’s massive interest in the new Range Rover Velar SUV which slots between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport. It’s expected in Irish showrooms around August.

If there is a more dramatic front/grille than that on the new Lexus LS on any other car at the show I haven’t seen it. December arrival.

I like the front of the new Mazda crossover CX-5.

Mercedes have a lot of cars but the pick of the bunch is the AMG GT Concept 4dr and 4-seater. Stunning. It is due in 2019.

McLaren’s 720S – the striking 650S successor - gets a new look and 710bhp.

The Eclipse Cross SUV from Mitsubishi arrives in January.

Nissan’s new Micra will be in Ireland next month. Changes to the Qashqai too.

Opel – taken over by PSA yesterday – will have its new Insignia by summer with the Sports Tourer estate due around then too. The new Crossland X small SUV is also planned for the summer.

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Opel Crossland X car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

The new Crossland X from Opel

Peugeot’s 3008 SUV was voted European Car of the Year. It’s just gone on sale in Ireland.

The Porsche 911 GT3 gets a facelift.

Renault’s revised Captur is a late summer arrival.

SEAT’s fifth generation Ibiza is coming in June.

Skoda are taking the wraps off the most potent Octavia yet, the RS 245.

 

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Skoda Octavia RS 245 car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Skoda Octavia RS 245

SsangYong are showing the new XAVL concept. Another dramatic front. Is this becoming a trend?

Subaru debuts their new XV on a new platform.

And Suzuki’s new Swift will go on sale in Ireland in June.

The latest Toyota Yaris arrives in May.

Volkswagen’s Tiguan LWB All-Space has the option of 7 seats. Due in October. High hopes for the new 4dr fastback Arteon (CC successor).

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New Volkswagen Arteon R line car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Volkswagen Arteon R line car

And Volvo are showing us the new XC60 – it will be in Ireland for 172-reg.

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The new Volvo XC60 car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Volvo XC60

Yes, there’s a good-time feel around alright though it is tempered with a realism that automakers and buyers are facing some difficult choices/challenges on the road ahead.

But in the meantime, there is the prospect of getting into some fine cars in the not too distant future.

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