Geneva 2015: Saying that this Motor Show was just plain crazy might be a risk of using the same cliché that has been used over and over again, after each time a major motor show kicks the press out of the door for the past two decades. “It was the best so far”.
But how are we supposed to react when we have so many brand new sports-cars thrown in our faces at the same time? I mean just look at the premieres here: Audi R8, Ferrari 488GTB, Aston Martin Vulcan and Vantage GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Cayman GT4, McLaren P1 GTR and McLaren 675LT, Lamborghini Aventador SV and so on. It is as if this Motor Show happened to lure the privileged only.
This year’s Geneva featured several concepts that signified big changes for the brand they represented. Bentley brought the EXP 10 Speed 6, a two-seat study to sit beneath or next to the Continental GT, which breathes much needed fresh air to the company’s future. Bentley deserves more than a tired-looking line-up and its future expansion needs an extra member to play its traditional strengths and look forward at the same time, and of course to draw attention away from its inevitable upcoming SUV.
Aston Martin’s DBX Concept left everybody in shock, and not only because it was such a well-kept secret until the reveal. Aston has examined its options carefully for the future and apparently decided that a sports crossover is the best way forward. Expect it to reach production as a four-door though.
What is no secret are Lexus’ intentions to produce a premium compact model, but this LF-SA Concept looks like a very angry robot with its mouth open, ready to feast on pedestrians. Infiniti on the other hand had a really good-looking SUV Concept that looked ready to jump into production and offer a promising alternative to the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1.
Nissan wants the next Micra to be more fun and the Sway is definitely a good omen, while Seat seems finally mature enough to get its own SUV within the Group VW, showing us the Vision 20V20.