Top brands came out in force with their latest offering at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, first major European car show of the year. From Aston Martin to McLaren, from Ferrari to Koenigsegg, from Lamborghini to Porsche, the next generation of exotics debuted at the show. In addition, there were a bevy of production ready models from mass-market luxury brands, such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus, and BMW.
Some 130 new models and concept cars were presented to more than 700,000 visitors in the exhibition halls of Palexpo. This year about 900 vehicles were on exhibit, nearly a hundred of which already conform to the strict European Union emission norms that will come into effect in 2021.
The watchmaker TAG Heuer paid homage to more than a hundred years of motor sports in a special interactive exhibition. Around 130 world or European premieres were announced during the event.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars brought Serenity to this show, unveiling the new standard in authentic, bespoke luxury motoring to the world’s media. Serenity introduces a completely new level of individualised luxury applied to a Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Bentley Motors showcased the future direction of luxury and performance with the EXP 10 Speed 6. The concept is a British interpretation of a high performance two seater sportscar using modern automotive design, highly skilled handcrafting, the finest materials and advanced performance technology.
With Vulcan Aston Martin promised truly extreme performance. Born out of extensive motorsport experience and engineering ingenuity it has the 800-plus bhp. Uniquely for Aston Martin, the new supercar – limited to just 24 examples worldwide – will allow owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.
Qoros, a Chinese manufacturer exhibiting for the third consecutive year showcased a large number of preparation specialists and top automotive designers including Radical Sportscars, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, ED Design, Phiaro, and Segula.
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT WINS COTY
Volkswagen Passat wins “Car of the Year” 2015 award at the Geneva International Motor Show.
The coveted award is traditionally the first announcement made at show. The deciding vote was counted live in the presence of the international press representatives at the venue. 58 car journalists from 22 European countries submitted their votes and selected Volkswagen Passat as the winner.
VW Passat beat six competitors in intense test drives and convinced the judging panel in the final selection for the world’s most renowned and sought after automotive award. The candidates that made it into the final selection included BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Citroën C4 Cactus, Ford Mondeo, Mercedes-Benz C Class, Nissan Qashqai, Renault Twingo and Volkswagen Passat.