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Geneva Motor Show 2016: Geneva Motor Show Highlights

The Geneva Motor Show traditionally kicks off the European motor show season, and 2016 is no different. Here's the inside scoop on premieres and other news from the show.

Bugatti Chiron sets new benchmarks for sports cars at the Geneva Motor Show

A plethora of premieres await visitors of this year's Geneva International Motor Show, which opens its doors on Thursday 3rd March. The press days preceding the public opening promise to be a firework show of new releases. Here are some of the first highlights from the show.

Fastest, most powerful, most expensive... If superlatives are your thing, it's already a given, what your highlight is going to be at this year's show: the Bugatti Chiron. This successor to the (up to) 1,200 BHP Veyron will give a whole new meaning to the term "supercar", with 1,500 BHP and almost 1,500 Nm from an eight-litre W16 engine, costing 2.2 million euros. With such competition, 675 BHP in a droptop sports car doesn't sound overly impressive. McLaren are still giving it a go though; they will be showcasing their 400,000 euro 675LT Spider.

Kia unveils the Optima Kombi in Geneva

The "bread and butter" department of the Geneva Motor Show is well represented too. Audi follows the SUV trend with the Q2 - a small model with an offroad look, and also shows off the new A5. Mercedes will showcase the overhauled CLA, which takes inspiration from the new A Class.

Kia first whet our appetite for an estate car around a year ago - the Sportswagon design study attracted a fair amount of attention. Now, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Koreans will present the production version of the Kia Optima estate. Less lifestyle focused but offering a great deal of space and a fair amount of badge engineering are the Proace, Spacetourer and Traveller vans by Toyota, Citroën and Peugeot respectively.

Porsche will put the new 718 Boxster in the limelight, and also draw attention with the collectors edition 911 R. Spyker could be making a comeback with a new electric sports car too. Alpina will unveil the new B7 in Geneva, whilst Opel intends on making waves in Lac Leman with the new GT. Spanish brand Seat will showcase the manufacturer's first attempt at an SUV, and Hyundai's hope to have built a Prius-killer in the new Ioniq.

Catwalk for the design studios and bodywork engineers

The Geneva Motor Show has never just been about premieres by the manufacturers. This year once again, there will also be a stage dedicated to bodywork engineers and design studios. Rinspeed is a repeat guest of the show, and we will also see visions of the future put forward by Sbarro, Fornasari and co. The 86th Geneva International Motor Show takes place between 3rd March and 13th March 2016.




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