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2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.

2008 Geneva Motor Show. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.


2008 Geneva Motor Show

It's no exaggeration to state that the Geneva Show could be the most significant of the year.

2008 Geneva Motor Show

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  Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider (7)
Aston Martin DBS (2)
Audi A4 Avant (18)
Audi A4 DTM (3)
Audi Q7 Coastline concept (7)
Audi Q7 V12 TDI (4)
Audi R8 V12 TDI concept (19)
Audi TT (13)
Bentley GTZ Zagato (17)
BMW 1 Series Coupé with BMW Performance (2)
BMW M3 Convertible (40)
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept (10)
Brabus Bullit (4)
Bugatti Veyron by Hermes (6)
Chevrolet Aveo 3-door (1)
Citroen C-Cactus concept (4)
Citroen C5 Tourer (2)
Dacia Sandero (18)
Ferrari Geneva stand (18)
Fiat 500 Abarth (5)
Fiat 500 Aria (3)
Fiat Panda Aria (6)
Ford Fiesta (25)
Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet (4)
Ford Focus Econetic (2)
Ford Kuga (9)
Ford Mondeo Econetic (2)
Geneva Motor Show (26)
Giugiaro Quaranta concept (2)
Honda Accord (6)
Honda Accord Tourer (8)
Hyundai HED-5 concept (12)
Hyundai i10 (2)
Infiniti EX (15)
Infiniti FX (1)
Infiniti FX50 (7)
Infiniti G37 (5)
Infiniti G37 Coupé (7)
Jaguar XKR-S (12)
Kia eco_cee'd (1)
Kia Soul Burner concept (3)
Kia Soul concepts (23)
Koenigsegg CCX-R Edition (4)
KTM X-Bow (3)
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 (18)
Lancia Delta (3)
Land Rover LRX concept (4)
Lexus LF-A Roadster (7)
Lotus 2-Eleven (22)
Lotus Europa SE (10)
Lotus Exige 270E (12)
Lotus Project Eagle (1)
Mansory Geneva show stand (9)
Maybach 62 S Landaulet (6)
Mazda2 3-door (14)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class BlueEfficiency (8)
Mercedes-Benz CLC (32)
Mercedes-Benz GLK Bluetec Hybrid (7)
Mercedes-Benz SL (21)
Mercedes-Benz SL AMG (12)
MINI Clubman Cooper S John Cooper Works (5)
MINI Cooper S John Cooper Works (8)
Mitsubishi Lancer Prototype-S (33)
Morgan Aero (9)
Morgan Aeromax (8)
Morgan LifeCar (15)
Nissan GT-R (28)
Nissan Murano (9)
Pagani Zonda F Roadster (8)
Peugeot 308 GT (7)
Peugeot 308 SW (41)
Peugeot Le Mans challenger (1)
Pininfarina Sintesi concept (9)
Porsche Cayenne Hybrid (5)
Renault Koleos (24)
Renault Laguna GT (10)
Renault Laguna Sport Tourer GT (7)
Renault Megane Coupe concept (23)
Renault Twingo Renaultsport 133 (12)
Rinspeed sQuba concept (9)
Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé (57)
Rolls-Royce Phantom with Edag roof (2)
Saab 9-1x concept (1)
Saab 9-4X Biopower concept (7)
Saab 9-X BioHybrid concept (26)
SEAT Bocanegra concept (27)
Skoda Superb (15)
Skoda Superb Greenline (3)
Subaru Forester (1)
Subaru Legacy Outback (1)
Tata Nano (10)
Toyota 1/X concept (1)
Toyota iQ (18)
Toyota Urban Cruiser (19)
Vauxhall Meriva concept (11)
Volvo XC60 (14)
VW Coupe preview (8)
VW Golf TDI Hybrid concept (10)
VW Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel (2)
VW Scirocco (32)
VW Sharan BlueMotion (1)
Webasto Light concept (3)
2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.

2008 Audi R8 V12 TDI concept. Image by United Pictures.

2008 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept. Image by United Pictures.

2008 Fiat Panda Aria. Image by United Pictures.

2008 Ford Fiesta. Image by United Pictures.

2008 Infiniti EX. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.

2008 Kia Soul concepts. Image by United Pictures.

2008 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. Image by United Pictures.

2008 Lotus 2-Eleven. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.

2008 Renault Megane Coupe concept. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.

2008 Saab 9-X BioHybrid concept. Image by Kyle Fortune.

2008 Toyota iQ. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.

2008 Vauxhall Meriva concept. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.

2008 VW Scirocco. Image by United Pictures.

2008 Volvo XC60. Image by United Pictures.


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2008 Geneva Motor Show - Shane O' Donoghue

The doors have finally opened in Geneva. You'll find details in the individual articles linked from the manufacturer pages to the left, along with extensive photo galleries, but below is an overview of the show as it happens.

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo 8C Spider.   Taking centre stage at Alfa Romeo this year (leaving the models out of the equation) is the achingly gorgeous 8C Spider, on show alongside the equally beautiful 8C Competizione coupé. The facelifted Brera and 159 won't draw a second glance next to that pair.


Audi A4 Avant.   On Audi's stand is the final production version of the monstrous Q7 V12 TDI, along with a 'concept' version called the Coastline. The A4 Avant also received its world debut, as did the DTM racing version of the A4 saloon and the new TDI-powered TT.


BMW M3 Convertible.   Geneva marks the world debut of the new M3 Convertible, 320d Convertible and 125i Coupé, along with the first European outing for the BMW X6, but all eyes will be on the BMW stand for the technology packed Vision EfficientDynamics concept. A new range of customisation options are also on hand for buyers of the 1 Series and 3 Series under the 'BMW Performance' brand.


Cadillac CTS Coupe.   Cadillac shipped over its Detroit Show stars for Geneva, including the Provoq concept, the new BMW M5-rivalling CTS-V saloon and the super-sharp CTS Coupé 'concept'.


Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.   The world premiere of the three-door Aveo was overshadowed somewhat by the European debut of the Corvette ZR1.


Fiat 500 Abarth.   The unstoppable train that is the Fiat 500 publicity machine continued to go strong in Geneva, with the appearance of the new Fiat 500 Abarth and the 500 Aria concept car, a proposal for a lower CO2 version. A Panda Aria was also on hand.


Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet.   Centre stage on the Ford stand was given over to the fantastic looking new Fiesta hatch in both three- and five-door formats, along with the showroom ready Kuga SUV and a facelifted Focus Coupé-Cabriolet.


Honda Accord.   Honda gave its new Accord and Accord Tourer their world debuts in Geneva. Some say it's just a facelift, but Honda has significantly updated the car and hopes to compete more with the premium brands.


Hyundai HED-5 concept.   Hyundai's stand was dominated by new 'green' versions of its cars, to be marketed under the i-blue brand. The HED-5 concept was interesting too, presenting a new interior concept in a six-seat MPV design.


Infiniti EX.   The Geneva show is a crucial one for Nissan's luxury arm, as it marks the company's launch in Europe. To coincide with such a momentous occasion, we saw the all-new Infiniti EX compact SUV, as well as a significantly revised FX, the latter being one of the best-looking SUVs on the planet.


Kia Soul Burner concept.   Kia's stand centres around three concept versions of its forthcoming Soul crossover/supermini. Though featuring garish add-ons, a peek inside confirms that it's almost ready for production.


KTM X-Bow. Image by Syd Wall.   Apparently the KTM X-Bow received its production ready debut in Geneva, though we thought it had that at the Autosport International Show earlier this year... Who cares? We want one.


Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4.   A sneak peek on the Lamborghini stand on the night before the show revealed the new Gallardo LP560-4 in all its brilliant white glory. Nice.


Lancia Delta.   With Fiat's fortunes buoyant, now's a good time to return the Lancia brand to Britain, and the all-new Delta making its debut in Geneva will be the first Lancia produced in right-hand drive.

Land Rover

Land Rover LRX.   Although the LRX is not new, it is still cool, so Land Rover can be forgiven for making a song and a dance about bringing a black and silver version to Geneva for us to pore over.


Lotus Exige 270E.   We were hoping that Lotus might reveal its new 'Project Eagle' sportscar in Geneva, but it's keeping it for the British Show. Instead, we were shown a bit of its chassis... The new tri-fuel capable Exige 270E is tasked with keeping the debate on future fuels alive and Lotus also revealed a substantially revised range of Europas.


Maserati GranTurismo S.   The dark, brooding GranTurismo S awaited us on Maserati's compact Geneva stand. Very nice indeed.


Mazda2 three-door.   It appears that the only new model of interest on the Mazda stand is a slightly sportier three-door version of the Mazda2 super-mini. The facelifted RX-8 was also on hand though, as was the swooping Taiki concept car.


Mercedes-Benz SL.   Alongside the new SL (including the AMG versions), facelifted CLS and new CLC, Mercedes debuted a new range of 'eco' models under the 'BlueEfficiency' tag.


MINI Clubman Cooper S with John Cooper Works kit.   MINI's big news is the in-house production of the John Cooper Works kits, which made their debut in Geneva on the Clubman, as well as on the regular Cooper S hatch.


Mitsubishi Lancer Prototype-S.   Is it just us or are Mitsubishi's cars getting cooler by the day? Next up is a five-door hatchback version of the sharp new Lancer. In Geneva we were shown the Prototype-S, which is essentially a blinged up example of the showroom model.


Morgan LifeCar.   Morgan is trying desperately to update its image and the LifeCar concept aims to prove that the archetypically British brand has a place in the modern automotive landscape. Alongside was the limited edition, production ready Aeromax and an updated Aero 8.


Nissan GT-R.   Geneva gave us another chance to drool over the formidable GT-R, it being the car's European debut. Alongside will be the Pivo II concept car and the new-look Murano. Nissan also revealed prices for the GT-R, with the entry-level model costing just £52,900.


Peugeot 308 SW.   Peugeot's Geneva stand was graced with the presence of two new versions of the 308: the GT warm hatch and the SW estate.


Porsche Cayenne Hybrid.   The only real exhibit of interest on the Porsche stand in Geneva was the see-through Cayenne Hybrid, which is still some way from production. And won't be sold as see-through of course...


Renault Megane Coupe concept.   Alongside the new Koleos SUV, Laguna GT and the feisty Renaultsport Twingo, Renault's promised concept car was unveiled at the show as the sporty Megane Coupe. Whatever about a potential new Coupé in the line-up, the concept hints at how the next Mégane will look. Its stance is very promising indeed, though the complicated doors will never make production.


Rinspeed sQuba concept.   Switzerland's native car design house, Rinspeed, wheeled out a madcap idea in Geneva as usual. This year it's the sQuba concept, an underwater sports car modelled rather closely on the Lotus Elise. The model clad in a wet suit got as much attention...


Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé.   If you grow tired of all the green concepts and technology in Geneva then take a wander over to the Rolls-Royce stand, where the luxuriant new Phantom Coupé makes its world debut. We love it.


Saab 9-X BioHybrid concept.   Saab's stand is awash with white concepts, specifically the 9-X BioHybrid and the closer-to-production 9-4X BioPower. Very cool.


Skoda Superb.   Skoda's new Superb was launched in Geneva and it promises to be so much more than just a cheaper VW Passat this time around. Initial details suggest that the Superb will be a desirable and well equipped family car. The clever Twin Door hatch works very well, though may just be to do away with developing hatch and saloon versions of the car for different markets.


Suzuki Concept A-Star.   Though Suzuki's stand featured the interesting Kizashi concepts and the SX-4 WRC car, the only debut of note is the first European outing for the Concept A-Star.


Toyota iQ concept.   Toyota gave a lesson in down-sizing in Geneva, giving its cool iQ city car its world debut alongside the equally stylish Urban Cruiser. The only potential problem with the iQ is price.


Vauxhall Meriva concept.   Big news on the Vauxhall/Opel stand was a concept version of a replacement for the Meriva mini-MPV.


Volkswagen Scirocco.   VW's new Scirocco is the German group's big news and it looks promising, despite toned down looks from the Iroc concept. Next to that, VW is showing a bevy of green cars, including the Golf TDI Hybrid, Passat TSI EcoFuel and Sharan BlueMotion. The stylish Passat CC also received its first European outing.


Volvo XC60 concept.   Volvo launched the production ready XC60 in Geneva. The new compact SUV is being touted as the safest and most 'stunning' car the company has ever made.


Bentley GTZ Zagato.   Zagato's interpretation of the Bentley Continental GT may not be to all tastes, but it certainly has presence!


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