The Geneva Motor Show is the world’s most important auto show in the first half of every year. It may be that only Frankfurt outshines Geneva, in September, and then only in the odd years – 2017-2019-2021 – when it’s held. This year, Geneva played on three common themes: outrageous cars for the ultra-affluent, mainstream cars aimed at Europe and the global market, and increasingly, EVs and plug-in hybrids.
If you had your heart set on a car that costs more than $10 million, Geneva and Bugatti provide an $18.5-million solution. For the mainstream, there were Peugeots and Renaults, among others. For energy-efficient cars, Audi, Honda, Peugeot, VW, and others stepped up, along with the occasional EV supercar capable of 250 mph. First, here’s our look at the 10 most important new combustion-engine vehicles.
Friday, we’ll cover the top 10 EVs, PHEVs, and hybrids. There are too many good cars this year for a single list. And should you find yourself in Switzerland, the Geneva International Motor Show runs public days from Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 17, at Palexpo, a convention center of seven buildings with 106,000 square meters of exhibition space, or 1.1 million square feet. This year the Geneva Show was avoided by Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Hyundai, Volvo, PSA’s Opel, Infiniti, Mini, and Tesla. (Tesla no-shows at lots of shows, but it was at Geneva last year.)