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