The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest events on the automotive calendar, and is an opportunity for the largest car manufacturers in the world to showcase their new models and technology. With hundreds of stands spread across vast halls, the motor show at Geneva gives a real insight into the direction that the motor industry is heading.
AOL Cars has picked out ten of the best vehicles on display, and how they'll shape the future of motoring.
Everyone knows of the legendary Bugatti Veyron, the W16-powered, 250mph hypercar and it's spent 11 years at the top of the motoring chain. It's time, however, for a new model. Enter the Chiron. Named after Bugatti's most successful driver Louis Chiron, this latest model is reported to produce over 1,400bhp and is capable of a 288mph. The Chiron has been completely redesigned, but does contain elements of the Veyron. Likely to be the car of the event, the Chiron should completely re-write the rulebook in terms of speed and acceleration.
Putting the humble Scenic beneath a fire-breathing Bugatti may seem a little odd, but the MPV's importance can't be understated. This size of vehicle has been waning in popularity of late, owing to the growth of the SUV and Crossover in the family car market. The Scenic is hoping to fight back, bringing with it more radical styling and a design that will no doubt attract younger buyers back to the MPV.
Jaguar F-Type SVR
It may have a snarling cat on the bonnet, but this is no ordinary Jaguar. Set to be the company's fastest production car, this latest Jaguar is the first to have been worked on by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operation department. Capable of 200mph, the SVR is faster and lighter than a standard F-Type – and is £20,000 more expensive, too. Sitting at £110,000, the SVR features a deployable rear spoiler and added aerodynamic pieces designed to make it as stable as possible at high speed.
This limited-edition Lamborghini is rumoured to have sold out already, no doubt thanks to its classically exuberant styling and 6.5-litre engine. Taking elements from the Aventador, the Centenario marks a century from the birth of the company's founder Ferrucio Lamborghini.
Alpine Vision Concept
French manufacturer Alpine is hoping to make a grand return to the motoring world with its Vision Concept. A reveal in Monaco confirmed that the display vehicle is 80 per cent of the production car – and breaks with Alpine tradition by mounting the engine in the middle of the car rather than the rear. If the concept is popular enough, it will no doubt propel Alpine into a full return to form.
Audi's Q-series of cars has been ever-popular, offering drivers a raised ride height while maintaining excellent on-road characteristics. The Q2 will be the smallest of Audi's SUV's, with entry-level models coming with front-wheel drive. Of course, more expensive Q2's will come with Audi's popular Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which should mean that despite its diminutive size the Q2 will still be a capable off-road vehicle.
The Levante marks Maserati's first entry into the flourishing SUV market. Heading up against the Bentley Bentayga and Jaguar F-Pace, it is designed to offer the luxurious environment usually associated with a Maserati, but on a much bigger scale. Due to be available with a V8, V6 or one of three diesels – the Levante should be all things to all people.
Aston Martin DB11
The DB11 is a big car for Aston Martin. It comes to replace the popular, but ageing, DB9 which has been in production for 12 years now. Due to go on sale at the end of this year, the DB11 will feature a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine producing 600bhp. Designed to mark the start of a new age of Aston supercars, it shows the beginning of a change in the manufacturer's model line-up – with many of the company's older models due to be replaced soon as well.
The V90 joins the 90 Series range, with both estate and saloon built on Volvo's 'Scalable Platform Architecture'. Available with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid setups, there's also the choice of an all-wheel drive mode, too. With Volvo's history of producing reliable and good looking estate cars, we expect this one to be popular with families when it goes on sale later this year.
Skoda Vision S
The Vision S concept marks the company's first attempt at making a large SUV with four-wheel-drive. Utilising a hybrid layout, the concept features striking design elements that give a small insight into what Skoda are planning to do in the future.