A to Z: best of the Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show kicked off on March 4 on a more upbeat note than in previous years as the European car market continues to recover.

The general consensus is that the worst is over and we can now start concentrating on the enticing new products on the way.

There's no shortage of excitement at either end of the Geneva scale this year, from Renault's quirky rear-engined Twingo right through to Koenigsegg's insane 1000kW 1:One, which aims to be the quickest car in the world.

In between all of that there's Ford's updated Focus, BMW's first front-wheel drive car (2 Series Active Tourer), Audi's new TT and Merc's gorgeous new S Class Coupé among a glut of show highlights.

IOL Motoring will be following the show throughout Tuesday and Wednesday and adding to the list below as product announcements take place.

Follow the links below for the pics and stories on each launch featured.


Styling changes are elegant, under-the-skin upgrades less so.

Previews a new compact SUV that will be a core strategic model.

TT sport concept shows how far Audi can push its 2.0T engine.

Attempts to combine eco-friendliness and AWD driving performance.

Design changes are subtle but Nissan has thrown in some new engines.

The 650S Spider is just as rigid as its hard-top sibling.

Inspired by Japan’s hip youth culture, new Aygo’s sure to cause a stir.

Jeep entering small SUV world with capable and tough-looking 4x4.

Near-production preview of open-top 4C that’s set for 2015 release.

This design study says a lot about the design DNA of future Maseratis

Striking concept is a window into the next Mazda2’s soul.

It's evolutionary but with more attitude, and the TTS has 228kW on command.

Honda calls it a race car for the road rather than a fast version of a road car.

Combines off-road ability of an AWD SUV with the airiness of a convertible.

 Adam's just a fashion accessory? Not if GM's 1.4 turbopetrol engine can help it.


Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV

Revised Quadrifoglio Verde gets latest version of 1750cc turbopetrol.

Audi S1 hatchback

Smallest member of the 'S' family packs potent 2-litre TFSI and quattro.

Audi S3 Cabriolet

Punchy 221kW engine + folding soft top = latest hairstyle destroyer.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

It was inevitable and the logic is irrefutable but it's still the end of an era.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Aims to blend sporty character of 4 Series 2dr with 5dr practicality.

BMW X3 facelift

Midlife makeover brings fresh look new-generation diesel engines.

Citroën C1

New baby to stand apart with radical style and high-end features.

Citroen Cactus

Citroen back to old quirky self with anything-but-spiky Cactus.

Ford Focus facelift

Comprehensive mid-life refresh headed to SA with new turbo engines.

Ferrari California T

California turbo is everything a Ferrari grand tourer should be and more.

Honda Civic Type R Concept

Hyundai Intrado Concept

Showcases future SUV style and radical lightweight architecture.

Koenigsegg Agera One:1

New megacar looks set to become the fastest production car on earth.

Lamborghini Huracan

Lambo's long awaited Gallardo replacement is finally here.

This design study says a lot about the design DNA of future Maseratis.

McLaren 650S

More powerful than 12C upon which it's based, 650S is a true sprinter.

Mercedes S-Class Coupé

Merc has revealed the showroom version of its S-Class Coupé.

Mercedes V-Class

Practical and gadget-packed V-Class aims to redefine its segment.

Mini Clubman Concept

New Golf-sized Clubman to gain extra door and roomy cabin.

Opel Astra OPC Extreme

Extreme is the fastest Astra ever and it looks like Opel will build a few.

Adam's just a fashion accessory? Not if GM's 1.4 turbopetrol engine can help it.

Peugeot 108

108 takes over from 107 while taking a step upmarket and adding flair.

Range Rover Evoque (210kW)

Flagship Evoque gains beefed-up engine, suspension and styling.

Renault Twingo

Renault's new rear-engined baby takes a grin-inducing stab city crowd.

VW T-Roc Concept

VW Polo facelift

It's more inside than on top, with economy gains of up to 21 percent.

VW Golf GTE hybrid

VW's new Golf GTE can get to 100 in 7.6s and drive 50km without petrol.

VW Scirocco facelift

Looks similar, but VW did some good tinkering beneath the bonnet.

Volvo Concept Estate

Shows how the cabins of future Volvos will look and function.