What you could have seen at the cancelled 2020 Geneva Motor Show

27 February 2020 - 15:49 By AFP Relaxnews
Attendees walk through the exhibition space on day two of the 89th Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland in March 2019.
Attendees walk through the exhibition space on day two of the 89th Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland in March 2019.
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Notwithstanding the absence of several high-profile manufacturers, the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, which was due to open its doors on March 5 but is now cancelled due to fears of the coronavirus, would have been a bumper show for new car reveals.

As is usually the case at international shows, German automakers in particular would have been busy. A case in point is Volkswagen, which was expected to show the GTD and GTI versions of the new generation Golf, as well as a plug-in hybrid version of the Touareg.

Upscale brand Audi would have been presenting its new A3 and the e-tron Sportback S. Mercedes was to exhibit a restyled E Class and three new models from its sports subsidiary, AMG, while BMW planned to unveil a new electric concept, the i4.

The new eighth-generation VW Golf GTI was due to be a star of the show before the cancellation.
The new eighth-generation VW Golf GTI was due to be a star of the show before the cancellation.
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Fans of luxury would have been keen to visit the Aston Martin stand to see the new Vantage Roadster, a convertible version of its legendary Grand Tourisme, as well as a souped-up version of its luxury SUV, the DBX. Let's not forget that Bentley had also promised to present a mysterious two-seater, the Mulliner Bacalar. That's not happening any more.

The show would also have been an opportunity to discover the electric Fiat 500 and the new generation Kia Sorento. At its stand, Hyundai could be exhibiting its new city car, the i20, a restyled i30 and a Prophecy sports prototype. SEAT would be presenting its new-generation Leon, which is now available in a plug-in hybrid version.

At the same time Cupra, the Spanish manufacturer's former sports division, which has now become a brand in its own right, wanted to unveil its much-anticipated Formentor, a version of the concept car of the same name. Also eagerly awaited was Toyota's new Yaris accompanied by a new, small, urban SUV.

The new Aston Martin Vantage Roadster.
The new Aston Martin Vantage Roadster.
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With regard to French automakers, Renault planned to make a splash with the official presentation of the Twingo Z.E., the first all-electric version of its city car, as well as the first plug-in hybrid Mégane, the restyled Talisman and the Morphoz, an all-new concept car. For its part, DS, the only manufacturer from the PSA group to be present this year, was expected to exhibit its new sedan, the DS 9 and a new concept car.

Finally, Chinese automaker Aiways which was planning to make a splash with the presentation of the European version of its all-electric SUV, the U5.

So there could have been plenty to see in Geneva, in spite of the absence of a host of major names, including Peugeot, Citroën, Opel, Ford, Jaguar-Land Rover, Lamborghini, Mini, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Tesla and Volvo.


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