The 2015 Geneva Motor Show is now in full swing, this week entering the final days of its 10-day run.
As one of the biggest dates on the international motoring calendar, the Geneva show rarely disappoints - and this year has been no exception.
From new passenger cars to top-end hypercars and halo flagship models, quirky concepts and even some new rubber, there was plenty to be seen.
We’ve singled out five favourites below, in no particular order, along with a few honourable mentions.
Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6
Here’s an interesting, if not surprising, move for Bentley - and what a move it is.
Tired of offering hugely enhanced versions of its big Continental GT, the British luxury marque has unveiled a smaller coupe aimed at the likes of Aston Martin and Ferrari.
Developed as a sleek new two-seater, the EXP 10 Speed 6 is smaller and lighter than the Continental GT, and likely a good deal more nimble.
The EXP 10 also represents a new evolution of Bentley’s iconic styling language, and there’s a new interior design to go along with it.
Bentley has yet to confirm a production future for the EXP 10, but we suspect its well-heeled buyers will be kicking down doors to have their say.
If this new Kia Sportspace concept is the future of wagons, we’re in. And, if it’s a hint at the next evolution of the brand’s styling, it might just turn those ailing sales around.
The Sportspace is already expected to preview the face of the new Optima sedan that will debut later this year, and a wagon version of the stylish midsizer has also been rumoured.
But, with midsized wagon sales surrendering more market share to the popular SUV segment, it remains to be seen if an Optima wagon would make its way to Australia.
Infiniti QX30 Concept
2015 might just go down as the year that saw Infiniti find its feet as a true player in the luxury market.
The brand has struggled on the global stage, battling along with a small and ageing line-up, and even the new Q50 sedan has failed to set hearts on fire (a new ‘Eau Rouge’ model could turn that around).
Likewise, the debut late last year of the large Q80 flagship concept signalled a bold step for Japanese luxury brand as it works to tackle Lexus and the European establishment.
Watch for the QX30 to hit the market in the coming year, and the Q60 Coupe to follow. As for the Q80, we’ll have to wait and see.
Suzuki iM-4 Concept
Its styling likely isn’t what fans were expecting, but if Suzuki hopes to get the same 17-year run out of its next Jimny that it’s enjoyed with the current model, the iM-4’s looks might age nicely.
For now, Suzuki has confirmed only that it sees the iM-4 as a “vision for a new compact 4x4”. That’s quite a hint.
The quirkiest of the quirky concepts at this year’s Geneva Motor Show: the Lexus LF-SA.
It’s odd, it’s ‘out there’, it’s seemingly hewn from a single piece of granite without the aid of a protractor or even eyesight.
TMR’s commenter camp has drawn comparisons with the Smart ForTwo and BMW’s i3, describing the LF-SA as a futuristic version of either.
If nothing else, the LF-SA’s origami lines preview the look that young buyers will be swooning over in 20 years - because it’s the next generation of buyers, your kids, that will be all over this pile of polygons.
In the meantime, expect to see the carmaker roll out a new compact hatch in the near future, but don’t expect it to look too much like this.
Ford’s heroic new Focus RS also made its official premiere in Geneva, although we got a good look at that when it was revealed online a month earlier.
That’s our list, then. What floated your boat in Geneva?
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