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2009 Aston Martin One-77. Image by Kyle Fortune.

2009 Geneva Motor Show. Image by Kyle Fortune.


2009 Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Show is in rude health, despite the economic situation. Here's the run down.


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 Aston Martin



  Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA concept (12)
Alpina B7 (9)
Aston Martin DBS Volante (8)
Aston Martin One-77 (9)
Aston Martin V12 Vantage (13)
Audi A4 allroad quattro (65)
Audi TT RS (45)
Bentley Continental Supersports (24)
BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo (24)
Brabus G V12 S Biturbo (31)
Brilliance BS2 (2)
Brilliance BS4 Estate (1)
Bugatti Veyron Bleu Centenaire (10)
Chevrolet Cruze (1)
Chevrolet Spark (7)
Citroen DS Inside concept (12)
Dacia Duster concept (38)
DR dr1 (1)
DR dr2 (5)
DR dr5 (1)
EDAG Light Car - Open Source (4)
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Handling GT Evoluzione (8)
Ferrari 599XX (17)
Fiat 500C (5)
Fisker Karma (2)
Fisker Karma S Sunset concept (2)
Ford iosisMAX concept (15)
Giugiaro Frazer Nash concept (13)
Gumpert Apollo Speed (7)
Honda Accord (2)
Hyundai i20 three-door (4)
Hyundai ix-onic concept (10)
Infiniti Essence concept (44)
Infiniti G37 Convertible (3)
Kia No. 3 concept (6)
Koenigsegg Quant concept (13)
Lagonda Concept (10)
Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce (18)
Lexus RX 450h (2)
Lotus Evora (8)
Maserati GranTurismo S (3)
Maybach Zeppelin (14)
Mazda CX-7 (4)
Mazda3 five-door hatchback (5)
Mazda3 MPS (39)
MDI Airpod (1)
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (7)
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé (33)
Mercedes-Benz E-Class with AMG sports package (7)
MINI Convertible John Cooper Works (12)
MINI One Clubman (10)
Mitsubishi i MiEV prototype (10)
Mitsubishi i MiEV Sport Air concept (10)
Nissan 370Z (2)
Nissan GT-R specV (3)
Nissan Qazana concept (19)
Opel Ampera concept (11)
Pagani Zonda R (8)
Peugeot 3008 (26)
Porsche 911 GT3 (15)
Protoscar Lampo (8)
Renault Clio (3)
Renault Clio GT (7)
Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 (9)
Renault Clio Sport Tourer (3)
Renault Grand Scenic (6)
Renault Mégane Renaultsport (1)
Renault Mégane Renaultsport 250 (7)
Renault Mégane Sport Tourer (6)
Renault Scenic (8)
Rinspeed E2 concept (8)
Rinspeed iChange concept (57)
Rolls-Royce 200EX concept (16)
Rolls-Royce Phantom (12)
Saab 9-3X (24)
SEAT Altea XL (3)
SEAT Exeo ST (13)
SEAT Leon (4)
SEAT Leon Ecomotive (4)
Skoda Fabia concept (8)
Skoda Fabia Scout (6)
Skoda Yeti (18)
Spyker C8 Aileron (15)
Tata Nano Europa (1)
Tata Prima (1)
Toyota iQ (2)
Toyota Prius (8)
Toyota Verso (15)
Volvo S80 (4)
VW Polo (30)
VW Polo BlueMotion (8)
2009 Aston Martin One-77. Image by Kyle Fortune.

2009 Audi A4 allroad quattro. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.

2009 Bentley Continental Supersports. Image by Kyle Fortune.

2009 Ferrari 599XX. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.

2009 Ford iosisMAX concept. Image by Ford.

2009 Hyundai ix-onic concept. Image by Hyundai.

2009 Infiniti Essence concept. Image by Newspress.

2009 Kia No. 3 concept. Image by Newspress.

2009 Lagonda Concept. Image by Newspress.

2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé. Image by United Pictures.

2009 MINI Convertible John Cooper Works. Image by United Pictures.

2009 Renault Mégane Renaultsport 250. Image by Newspress.

2009 Rolls-Royce  200EX concept. Image by Newspress.

2009 Skoda Yeti. Image by Newspress.

2009 Opel Ampera concept. Image by United Pictures.

2009 VW Polo. Image by United Pictures.


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2009 Geneva Motor Show - Shane O' Donoghue / Kyle Fortune / Mark Nichol / John Lambert

It's all over bar the shouting and if you happen to meet any of the Car Enthusiast team and ask us what was the star of the show you could be met with a bewildered look of fear, as the Geneva Show halls were crammed full of new metal, ranging from really impressive frugal new showroom models (such as the VW Polo BlueMotion) to fanciful electric supercars (take a bow Koenigsegg), several hypercars (thank you Lamborghini, Bugatti, Ferrari, Pagani, Bentley, etc) and handfuls of concepts, some of which are thinly disguised production cars, others simply for our delectation.

Below you'll find a stand-by-stand rundown, with individual articles and our extensive picture gallery from the show linked to from the left-hand side. It'll be updated constantly during the course of the week.

Alfa Romeo

2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA concept.   Undisputed star of the Alfa stand was the MiTo GTA concept. For some reason, the pre-show press pictures made Alfa's new hot hatch look more outlandish than it really is. Sure, it's wild, but it also looks realistic, so you can ignore the 'concept' tag.


2008 Alpina B6 GT3.   Alpina, the factory-approved BMW tuners, brought its lurid green M6-based B6 GT3 racer to Geneva, alongside its first version of the new 7 Series, the new Alpina B7.

Aston Martin

2009 Aston Martin One-77.   The small British company punched way about its weight in Geneva, giving the V12 Vantage, DBS Volante and the outrageous One-77 their world debuts. Not to mention the resurrection of the Lagonda brand with an aggressive new concept car based on a Mercedes SUV platform.


2009 Audi TT RS.   Two new cars from Audi in Geneva: the A4 allroad quattro and the rip-snorting TT RS. The latter should once and for all banish the TT's reputation as a car more about style than driving excitement.


2009 Bentley Continental Supersports.   Bentley revealed full details of the Continental Supersports ahead of the show. The new bio-fuel powered supercar is obviously based on the Continental GT coupé and Bentley claims that it will be the most powerful and fastest Bentley yet. Peak power is 621bhp from a bio-ethanol fuelled twin-turbo W12.


2009 BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo.   Surprisingly, the only big news on BMW's stand in Geneva was the public debut of the Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo, heralding a new BMW-invented niche in the car market. It'll hit production too, as will the X6 and 7 Series ActiveHybrid models - later this year in fact.


2009 Chevrolet Spark.   Chevrolet's new global mini-car, the Spark, made its world debut in Geneva, though the company took the unusual step of revealing an image of the car in January at the Detroit Show. The entire four-door Cruze range was also on hand.


2009 Citroen DS Inside concept.   Most of Citroen's stand seemed to be dedicated to the new C3 Picasso, despite the reinvention of the company spearheaded by the new DS range of models. In Geneva, the DS Inside concept made its first public outing, previewing the 'DS3', a premium hatchback due in a Citroen showroom near you soon-ish.


2009 EDAG Light Car - Open Source.   EDAG isn't a name we often discuss, but the car component manufacturer has a few ideas up its sleeves and the unusually titled Light Car - Open Source is a demonstration of the company's future technology.


2009 Fiat 500C.   Star of the Fiat stand was the new open-topped version of the 500, to be named the 500C. It's not a traditional cabriolet, but instead has an electrically retracting canvas centre section.


2009 Honda S2000.   Honda's stand features the final run-out edition of the S2000 and a new 178bhp turbodiesel version of the Accord Type S. It'll also be the first European outing for Honda's Insight hybrid.


2009 Hyundai ix-onic concept MPV.   Hyundai launched a three-door version of the i20 in Geneva, along with the i30 blue, featuring stop-start technology. However, most show visitors will find the HED-6 concept (officially tagged the ix-onic) of more visual interest, and it hints at how the replacement for the Tucson SUV could look.


2009 Infiniti Essence concept.   The promising G37 Convertible received its first European outing in Geneva, though next to the drop-dead gorgeous Essence concept hybrid supercar it won't get a look in from most show goers.


2009 Kia No. 3 concept.   Kia's design revolution continued in Geneva with a new mini-MPV concept called the No. 3. It closely resembles a near-future production model and Kia openly called its potential rivals 'bland'.


2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.   The night before the show, Lamborghini's extreme Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce was unveiled in all its boisterous glory. For good measure it was the only car that required a brace of busty models to accompany the short presentation...


2009 Maybach Zeppelin.   The super-luxury arm of Mercedes-Benz reveals its even more luxurious Maybach Zeppelin in Geneva. Are people still buying these cars?


2009 Mazda CX-7.   Mazda unveiled the new 3 MPS and stop-start system (called i-stop) in Geneva. On top of that, a facelifted CX-7 made its world debut, fitted with a diesel engine for the first time.


2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.   Officially the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class made its world debut in Geneva. We were among 'just' 650 guests in Detroit that got a sneak preview of Merc's new executive saloon, but this is the first public outing for the car. Visually of more interest is the tasty new E-Class Coupé.


2009 MINI Convertible John Cooper Works.   MINI is holding back its new Crossman crossover thingy until the Frankfurt Show, though it did have the launch of a Clubman version of the MINI One and the John Cooper Works Convertible in Geneva to keep us on our toes.


2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV Sport Air concept.   The only new metal of interest in Geneva from the Japanese company is the i MiEV Sport Air concept - a fun electric two-seat coupé concept with a roof that opens. An updated version of the regular i MiEV was also on display in prototype format, previewing a new EU model.


Sneak preview of new 2010 Nissan small car.   Nissan's stand is full of new metal this year. World debuts include the interesting Qazana compact crossover concept and a seven-seat version of the company's new NV200 commercial vehicle. Geneva is also European buyers' first chance to see the new 370Z and Cube in the metal.


2009 Peugeot 3008.   Peugeot's only new car on show in Geneva was the 3008 'crossover'. It's a neat design and will spawn a four-wheel drive hybrid version in time.


2009 Porsche 911 GT3.   Lots will come from the Porsche stable this year, including the new Panamera, though that was not at the Geneva Show. The awesome new 911 GT3 was though, alongside the showroom-ready Cayenne Diesel.


2009 Renault Clio Renaultsport 200.   Renault boasted more new models in Geneva than anyone else. Along with a facelifted Clio line-up, new Mégane Sport Tourer (estate) and updated Scenic and Grand Scenic, the new Mégane Renaultsport 250 and Clio Renaultsport 200 made their world debuts.


2009 Rinspeed iChange concept.   As ever, madcap Swiss tuners, Rinspeed, took the wraps off a bizarre concept at the Geneva Show. The iChange alters its shape to be a coupé or a people carrier, depending on your needs. Rinspeed also displayed the E2, a modified Abarth 500.


2009 Saab 9-3X.   Despite the doom and gloom surrounding parent company GM, Saab is forging ahead with a jacked up 'soft-road' version of the 9-3. The 9-3X made its world debut in Geneva.


2009 SEAT Leon Ecomotive.   Taking centre stage in Geneva on the SEAT stand was the new estate version of the SEAT Exeo, called the ST. Alongside are facelifted Leon and Altea ranges, plus an unexpected star in the form of the new Leon Ecomotive: how does 99g/km and 74.3mpg sound to you?


2009 Skoda Yeti.   The new Fabia Scout was on Skoda's stand, though it was all but invisible next to the new Yeti crossover. Skoda's first SUV has evolved neatly from concept to production and it's just the kind of thing buyers want right now.


2009 Toyota Prius.   The new Toyota Prius received its first public outing in Geneva, while the new European-built Verso MPV made its world debut.


2009 Opel Ampera.   An Opel-badged and restyled version of the Chevrolet Volt electric car debuted in Geneva, previewing a new Vauxhall electric car about the same size as the Astra. It could be the most significant car of the show, though the viability of GM's European operations were under more discussion than this exciting new car.


2009 VW Polo BlueMotion.   One of the outright show stars was VW's all-new Polo. The regular car is a neat new design that apes the new Golf from the front, but the limelight was positively stolen by the new BlueMotion 2 version, which will boast 85mpg and 87g/km of CO2 when it arrives next year.


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