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Geneva Motor Show 2018: All you need to know

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest events in the automotive calendar. Here are all the important cars (yes, including a flying one!) heading to this year’s show.

The Geneva Motor Show is now in its 88th year, and is one of the European motor industry’s biggest and most important events.
It’s held every year at the Geneva Palexpo exposition centre, with two press days kicking off the event on 6-7 March, before it opens to the public, from 8-18 March. You can buy tickets from the show site. Here are the most important cars heading to this year’s show, although there may still be one or two surprises along the way. We’ll be keeping you up to date with the biggest launches and news.
Aston Martin
Aston Martin will be taking its new V8 Vantage (which is on sale now from £120,900), and newly-released DB11 Volante.
Aston Martin confirms Lagonda will be the first all-electric luxury brand, and previews its 'Vision Concept' at Geneva. Read the full story. Thought Aston Martin’s Valkyrie couldn’t get more extreme? Turns out it can, as the British brand shows off a 224mph, 1100 horsepower track-only version. Check out all the details.
The Audi A6 has been due an update, with new versions of its two biggest rivals, the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class in 2017. It will make its debut at the show, alongside a production version of Audi's e-tron, its electric SUV which will be up against the Jaguar I-Pace.
Check out the full story on Audi's all-new A6 here. The Audi e-tron has been out testing on the streets of Geneva, with the model giving an insight into the future of the brand’s electric car plans.
2018 Audi A6
We've already seen and driven the new Bentayga V8, but this will be its motor show debut. It will sit along a slightly cleaner plug-in hybrid version.
Read the full story on the Bentley Bentayga hybrid.
There are still rumours flying about that the new Z4 will be making a surprise appearance, but what we do know is that we'll be seeing the new X4, the 608 horsepower M8 concept, and a facelifted version of the 2-Series Active Tourer.
Check out the full story on the new X4 coupe-SUV. We've got all the news on the M8 Gran Coupe concept.
2018 BMW X4
The MPV isn't dead. Citroen is bringing along its new Berlingo Multispace. If you're struggling for boot space, with all the seats down, the new Multispace will have a luggage capacity of 4000 litres. The second-generation C4 Cactus, now minus its Airbumps, will also be popping down.
No doubt this will draw the crowds. The new Ferrari 488 Pista can do the 0-62mph run in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 211mph.
2018 Ferrari 488 Pista
It's the warm hatch you never knew you needed. There are rumours abound that Fiat will be revealing a hot Tipo in Geneva this year, called the Tipo Sport.
The new Ford Edge has already been revealed in the US, but will be making its European debut, along with the facelifted Ford Ka+, and new Ford Ka+ Active, which is a slightly SUV-ified take on the Ka+.
Read the full story on the new Ford Edge. Read the full story on the new Ford Ka+ Active. Ford also brought its special-edition Mustang Bullitt, which it revealed will be available to buy in the UK with a right-hand drive model. Look at it in all its glory here.
Honda is bringing its CR-V into line with the rest of the range style-wise, with a hybrid version on the way too. It rivals the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar, and Hyundai Tucson. Everyone will also get a look at the fabulously retro Urban EV and Sports EV due for production in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
The Kona hasn't been out long, but Hyundai will be bringing an electric version of its small SUV to Geneva. There will be two variants, one with a 186 mile official range, and the other with 292 miles. Pretty impressive. And if that's not enough, the fourth-generation Santa Fe will be revealed too.
Check out our full story on the new Hyundai Kona Electric. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe also made its public debut at the Geneva Motor ShowRead the full story.
Jaguar Land Rover
The competition is fierce between the luxury electric SUVs, as both the Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace will be making their debut in Geneva.
And if you've got a lot of cash and you like your cars limited edition, the Range Rover SV Coupe could tempt you at Geneva this year? Read the full story. Definitely not one you could pop down to your local dealer for, but Jaguar Classic has helped Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain get around this by creating his ideal car: a 1984 XJ6 that has been dubbed the ‘Greatest Hits’ model.
The Wrangler SUV will be making its European debut.
We recently went to Frankfurt to have an exclusive look at the new Kia Ceed hatchback (now with no apostrophe!). Everyone else will be able to see it for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.
Read the full story and watch our exclusive video. The company's Ford Mondeo and VW Passat rival, the Optima, has also been updated, with a few new tweaks.
The Lexus UX is a new rival to cars like the BMW X2 and Volvo XC40. Read the full story about Lexus’ new small SUV.
Mazda will be bringing a few new things to the Show. There are updates to its 6 range, with a European debut for the saloon and a world debut for the wagon, the sexy Vision Coupe, and the Kai concept, which could be the new Mazda 3...
If you can get anywhere near the McLaren stand (sharpen those elbows!), you will find the new, very fast, very extreme, P15 Senna hypercar, and not just any old version of it. McLaren Special Operations - the company's bespoke department - have designed a super exclusive bespoke model called the Senna Carbon Theme.
McLaren Senna Carbon Theme
Mercedes will be busy at this year's show. There's the new A-Class, C-Class facelift, very fancy Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, Porsche Panamera-rivalling Mercedes-AMG GT four-door, and the Mercedes-AMG G63. A new version of the X-Class pick-up truck will also be unveiled, with a more powerful six-cylinder engine and permanent four-wheel drive.
Read the full story on the new Mercedes G-Class. Check out all the info on the revised version of the C43 performance saloon. Read all about the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.
There's a few teeny, tiny updates to the Mini hatch and convertible, including those Marmite Union Flag tail-lights. We're still undecided...
There will be a few interior and exterior tweaks to the Outlander PHEV, along with a few updates to the plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Mitsubishi will also be unveiling its e-Evolution concept in Europe, after it popped up in Japan. It looks a bit like a Toyota C-HR on all the steroids.
Morgan will no longer make its Aero 8, and the final eight units of its production run will be the special Aero GT, which you'll be able to see at Geneva. You'll also be able to see the Plus 8 50th Anniversary edition. All the fancy goings-on over at Morgan.
Read all about the two outgoing models here.
Pal-V Liberty
History seemed convinced that we'd all be in flying cars by now, but, it just hasn't happened. Until now. Pal-V is bringing its self-proclaimed 'world's first commercial flying car' to the Geneva Motor Show. You can already get your orders in, if you've got a spare £425,000. Goodbye M25 traffic, hello freedom.
There are some pretty big style updates to the Peugeot 508 saloon on the way, but very few details around yet. It's also all about the MPVs, with the new Peugeot Rifter.
Volvo announced Polestar would be its own standalone performance brand towards the end of 2017, but this will be the first time its car, '1', will be seen in Europe.
Read the full story and watch our exclusive video on the new Polestar 1.
One to take on the Ferrari Pista? Porsche will be bringing along its 911 GT3 RS.
Not quite an electric hot hatch just yet (come on Renault!), but the Zoe R110 will be making its appearance at Geneva. It's got 110 horsepower, and a 250-mile official range. Here's the full story.
Seat has recently made Cupra a standalone performance brand, and it will be taking the Cupra Ateca and Ibiza to Geneva. Read the full story.
The Skoda Fabia will be getting a few updates, with a new look, more technology, and petrol power only. Slightly more exciting is Skoda's Vision X concept. It's a small (very green) SUV with a hybrid powertrain.
Read the full story about Skoda's Vision X concept.
Tiny electric power is go! There are rumours the new Smart Fortwo EQ will be zipping over to Geneva for its world debut.
Manufacturers are still super keen to take on the Nissan Qashqai... The e-SIV concept from SsangYong will attempt to do just that, with electric power and self-driving technology. Read the full story about the e-SIV concept.
SsangYong also revealed its new Musso pick-up, based on its Rexton SUV. Check out the full story here.
The WRX STI may be gone, but Subaru will be bringing its Viziv Tourer concept to Geneva. The earlier Viziv Performance concept we've already seen is rumoured to be the WRX replacement.
Toyota will reveal its new Auris, rival to the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, and VW Golf, in petrol power only at the Geneva Show this year. This is along with its 2018 Aygo small car, with improved fuel economy. Here are all the details on the new Toyota Aygo.
Read the full story about the UK-built 2018 Toyota Auris. Toyota has also brought back one of its most celebrated sports car names with the GR Supra Racing Concept.Read all about the concept here.
If you were worried there would only be two MPVs at this year's Show, Vauxhall is here to make your day with its Combo Tour.
We've seen the electric ID, cool retro ID Buzz, and SUV-esque ID Crozz, and now's the time for the latest ID concept, the Vizzion. Currently, it doesn't have any driver controls... just some passenger entertainment.
Volvo will be bringing its new V60 estate to the Geneva Motor Show this year. Will it make estate cars sexy again? Read the full story.
Alpine has vastly increased the number of A110s you can buy, with two designed for the road and one aimed at the track. Read the full story about the Alpine Pure and Legende editions, which are both identical to the Premiere Edition that went on sale in 2017.
Thought the Bugatti Chiron was lacking something in the handling department? Thankfully the Chiron Sport is here to rid you of all those fears. Read the full story here.

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