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2015 Geneva Auto Show: Preview

author photo by Colin Ryan February 2015
  • A major event for Euro aficionados
  • Features crossovers, supercars, limos and more crossovers
  • Big boys' toys will be on display

The 2015 Geneva Auto Show is a perennial sign of spring. The snow will (with any luck) begin to melt from the surrounding Alpine scenery as a Swiss exhibition hall fills up with some of the swishiest cars in the world.

Almost Here: 2016 and 2017 Models

Despite a noticeable and inevitable Euro-centric flavor to Geneva, the show will see plenty of cars from across the Atlantic. The 2016 Range Rover Evoque is one such example, expected in October. Even though it still feels new and fresh, this revised premium compact crossover reminds us that if you stand still in the auto business, you might actually end up going backward.

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is a new generation of compact crossover. The European-spec version debuts here, but we'll be able to see the extremely similar North American model at the 2015 New York Show in April.

The launch of the second-generation Audi R8 should be one of the main stories of the show. The first generation was good enough to be accepted as a serious supercar, and a newer, better, more technologically rich version is sure to cause a stir.

The 2017 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman pulls into Switzerland as the most stately limousine from Mercedes-Benz. Based on the superb S-Class, it's 21 feet long, features every kind of luxurious appointment imaginable, and will probably appeal to anyone who can pony up the more than half a million dollars it'll cost.

That sort of car isn't unusual at Geneva. For every Hyundai or similarly affordable vehicle seen here, there are two or three that seem to come from another level of existence. So it should come as no surprise that Mercedes-Benz is introducing a special edition of its SL sport tourer, the Mille Miglia 417, or that Bentley is bringing face-lifted versions of its Continental GT coupe and Flying Spur sedan. Aston Martin, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz will each unveil their gentlemen's racing machines, too.

Track-day cars are big boys' toys, although their appearance at Geneva might become a trend to counter the push toward yawn-inducing self-driving cars.

Almost Real: Concept Cars at Geneva

The Infiniti QX30 Concept features some of the most dramatic lines ever. A production version of this intriguing compact crossover is due later in the year.

The Kia Sportspace Concept is a wagon, so it's unlikely that such a vehicle will come to the wagon-phobic United States. But everything forward of the A-pillars supposedly hints at what the next-generation Kia Optima midsize sedan could look like.

Lexus comes to Geneva with the LF-SA Concept. It's shrouded in secrecy until the show, but rumor says that a production version will replace the current 2015 Lexus CT200h compact car.

This is just a taster of what we can expect from the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Press days are March 3 and 4, and will be reporting on the pick of the crop, so check in regularly.

What it means to you: New cars, new trends. It's shows like Geneva that give us insights into what some car companies are developing and where others might follow.

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