2016 Geneva Motor Show Preview

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All the key plays in the global auto industry will be gathering in the Switzerland next week for the annual Geneva Motor Show. The event is a bonanza for luxury and high-performance cars so it’s one we at Motor Authority always look forward to. This year around 200 exhibitors representing 30 countries will be present and as ever there will be exciting cars and concepts to behold. Just some of the illustrious brands presenting new wares include Aston Martin, Bugatti, Ferrari [NYSE:RACE], Lamborghini and McLaren.

Over the next few pages you’ll see our hand-picked list of some of the cars that we know are coming, as well as what we know about them so far. The shows gets underway March 1 and you can bet there will be a few surprises in store. To stay on top of it all you can access the latest information from the show via our dedicated hub and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

CONCEPT CARS

Alpine Vision concept

Alpine Vision concept

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Alpine Vision concept: French automaker Renault is reviving its bringing back to life its Alpine performance brand. The first modern Alpine will be a small, mid-engine sports car and next week in Geneva we will be treated with a concept previewing it. The concept looks almost production ready, which means the world debut can’t be far. We don’t have any of the specs but it’s thought that the concept—and the production version it will spawn—will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder mounted behind the cabin and spinning the rear wheels only.

Opel GT concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Opel GT concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Opel GT concept: Another small sports car concept debuting in Geneva will be Opel’s GT. Unfortunately this concept isn’t destined for production. Instead, it’s meant to preview new styling themes and the youthful, sporty image Opel hopes to project. Power in this concept comes from a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine used in several Opel production models. The engine is mounted in a front mid-ship position and directs power to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters. Peak output stands at 145 horsepower, which will get the concept to 60 mph in about 8.0 seconds.

Teaser for Subaru XV concept debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Teaser for Subaru XV concept debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Subaru XV concept: One of the concepts being unveiled in Geneva actually previews a car that will end up on sale here in the United States. This XV concept previews the next-generation Crosstrek, which we expect to land in showrooms next year, as a 2018 model. All we have right now is this teaser. It reveals familiar crossover cues such as a raised ride height and underbody protective elements. It also suggests that the new Crosstrek will keep the rugged look and feel of the current model.

Teaser for Volkswagen crossover concept debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Teaser for Volkswagen crossover concept debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Volkswagen T-Cross concept: German auto giant Volkswagen will also show off a crossover concept tipped to be called a T-Cross. The concept previews a new subcompact crossover VW will align with its next-generation Polo hatch and at present it isn’t clear whether we’ll see it in the U.S. From the teasers we can see that the concept will have a very rugged look. VW hasn’t mentioned many details, though the automaker states the concept will have an interior almost completely devoid of switches.

Teaser for Pininfarina concept car debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Teaser for Pininfarina concept car debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Pininfarina concept: Pininfarina was recently sold to Mahindra & Mahindra and in Geneva we’ll see the Italian firm present its first concept under the ownership of the Indian conglomerate. A teaser for the concept has been released but reveals little of the actual car. The teaser likely depicts part of the car’s nose as seen from above. Pininfarina has used the Geneva show in the past to unveil striking concepts meant to showcase the design firm’s talents to potential customers, so don’t get your hopes up for a production model from the firm.

Teaser for 10th-generation Honda Civic Hatchback prototype debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Teaser for 10th-generation Honda Civic Hatchback prototype debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Honda Civic Hatchback prototype: Honda’s 10th-generation Civic has already spawned sedan and coupe bodystyles. Soon, we’ll be able to add a hatchback bodystyle to the list. In Geneva, Honda will preview its upcoming Civic hatch with a prototype that closely resembles the production version due out sometime next year.  It’s possible the sporty design of the prototype, as indicated in the teaser, reflects the look pegged for the new generation of the Civic Type R.

Hit the next page to see the performance cars that will be on display at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and remember to follow our dedicated hub for all the latest updates.


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