Europe: recovery signaled by crossovers and supercars image

The first European auto show, the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, finally got rid of the endless financial talks and concentrated on the end product – the automobiles.

There was no other way also – with a large number of introductions and the automakers flaunting the latest and greatest in two segments that have become very hot lately: crossovers and supercars. While the Geneva auto show is a traditional venue for the numerous market of shady automakers and established exotic brands, the cars on display were more than the traditional bunch of one-offs that would never see daylight. We had Aston Martin’s Vulcan, a new Lotus Evora, Audi’s new R8 that also comes as an electric-only supercar version, the McLaren 675LT, the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept coupe, a GT3 racer from Mercedes-AMG and we shouldn’t forget about the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce or Ferrari’s 488 GTB.

When it comes to normal cars, the US love for SUVs and crossovers has finally caught up with Europeans – albeit the latter do love smaller, stylish offerings then their overseas neighbors. “The Europeans like their wagons,” comments IHS Automotive analyst Stephanie Brinley. “But you’re also seeing a transition taking place here — to the crossover. The new crossovers — especially the small ones — give the market a new chance at stylish utility.” Naturally, the crossover concept transcends traditional classes, so we could see it spread up to the tops – Aston Martin pointed that out with the rakish DBX concept. Additionally, the show had a wider spectrum than ever, ranging from Opel’s new affordable entry-level Karl minicar to Mercedes-Maybach’s Pullman limousine that would set you back at least half a million to begin with.

Via Automotive News Europe