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Geneva Auto Show: Top Weird and Wonderful Creations
Besides the main OEM's; It’s the spot where some great concepts and straight up weird stuff gets revealed.
The 88th annual Geneva International Auto Show is one of many stripes; it’s the spot where every super/hyper/megacar builder seems to launch their latest creations (see our full gallery of these here); it’s the spot where some great concepts and straight up weird stuff gets revealed; and the main OEMs are here, too; there aren’t any other places where you can see a Bullitt Mustang in one corner, a Bugatti Chiron S in the next, and a I’ve-got-all-this-dough-what-to-do flying car in the next.
Have a look for yourself.
Italdesign Pop.Up Next
It’s a car! No, wait! It’s a helicopter! No, wait! It’s a drone! Actually, it’s all of these things. Essentially the Italian firm (and VAG subsidiary) is showing their take on car sharing and autonomy; basically, the idea is the Pop.Up – a collabo between Audi, Italdesign and Airbus – will get booked, then proceed to ‘drop in’ to the booking spot, at which point it can then fly you where you want to go, or drive you autonomously since the flying thing is probably a mite farther down the road than full autonomy. A 49” screen inside even shows you what’s going on below you – with marked POIs.
PAL-V Liberty flying car
Not quite as ambiguous in its intentions is the Liberty, a flying car from The Netherlands that manufacturer PAL-V hopes to have delivered to customers by 2019, for the princely sum of US $599,000. Don’t know how to fly? PAL-V offers a flight school, too.
Next-gen Formula E car
These babies were everywhere at the show; Nissan brought one, as did Jaguar and even the sanctioning body of the Formula E championship – the FIA – had a stand of their own. Barely looking like a formula car thanks to advanced aero that pretty much closes off the wheels, the next-gen Formula E racers should be able to complete races on a single charge; in years past, each team had to bring two cars.
Honda Urban EV and Sports EV Concept
If the shapes of these funky lil’ EVs seem familiar, they should; they’re styled to look like the original Honda Civic and S800 sports car. Believe it or not, you can actually order an Urban EV if you’re in a European market, which hopefully paves the way for its arrival in North America.
Original Mustang Bullitt
We’ve seen this at shows before, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve mention here simply because Ford had the guts to bring an old pony car to a show filled with multi-million dollar exotics, and have it be one of the most popular draws at the show. Good on ‘em.
Brabus Adventure G-Class
Look closely at this monster of a Gelandewagen and you’ll see a 4 x 4² underneath, which is a pretty manic vehicle in its own right. Legendary Benz tuner Brabus goes the extra mile by adding a cable winch, LED searchlights, tires with automatic air-pressure control and butch roof rack.
Not sure how one would deal with all the glare off those crazy chromed seats, but the Marzal is striking in that for some reason, it looks like a car that you’d actually see on the road today even though it debuted at this very show in 1967. It eventually made production in a way, as a lot of the lines that it displayed got carried over to the 1968 Lamborghini Espada.
Lamborghini Terezo Millennio
At the far – FAR – opposite end of the Lambo spectrum comes this, the Terzo Millennio, developed by the Italian manufacturer in partnership with MIT. It’s all-electric – each wheel has an electric motor, hence their crazy appearance – and reportedly uses its carbon bodyshell as an accumulator of energy. Whatever; it looks like it’s from a futuristic video game or movie – think Tron or I, Robot – and they had better make it.
Klassen Range Rover Autobiography +1016 mm
For the delegate (or dictator) in all of us; that figure denotes by how much this particular Rangie has been stretched. It also gets two extra doors, a barn door-style rear tailgate, Mac multimedia centre (controlled via iPhone) and all manner of bulletproofing. But how’s the turning radius and off-road chops?
Klassen also brought a selection of Maybachs and Sprinter vans-cum-luxury-apartments, if that’s more your speed.
It may look like a concept car, but it’s actually a production model, available alongside Golfs and Passats at your local VW dealer…assuming your dealer is located somewhere in Europe. It’s too bad, because a small, urban crossover which looks to be aimed squarely at the Toyota C-HR for the “funkiest CUV” laurels would be a good fit on our side of the pond.
Volkswagen up! GTI
Want the tartan seats, red-trimmed grille and turbo power without having to deal with the stigma of being “just another Golf GTI fanboy”? Well, the up! could be for you…again, if you happen to live in Germany or the UK. VW says they’d love to bring it to Canada, but since it likely wouldn’t be much of a hot ticket for our friends down south, that’s unlikely to happen. Shame.
Ohhhh man. Coloured like the I.D. Buzz microbus revival concept sitting just behind it, this VW Multivan 70 actually makes me want to become a van guy. Just think of the practicality! The looks! THE LOOKS!!!!
…and THIS van/tent
They know their fans, these Europeans. Called the Rifter Concept, this Peugeot has the suspension, tires and 4 x 4 tech to get you there, and a cozy little tent for when you arrive.
Honda Civic touring car
Built to compete in the British Touring Car Championship, this here’s a Type R with wings and winglets that it actually needs in order to compete on an actual race track. Love the subtle fender flares, too.
Mazda, Ford, Subaru all brought wagon versions of the 6, Fusion (Mondeo in Europe) and Impreza (called “Levorg” here; don’t ask) that we’d love to see here, but likely never will thanks to the crossover curse. Anybody who’s ever spent time behind the wheel of a modern mid-size wagon will understand just what it is we’re on about.
Toyota can make cool cars! We swear!
Well, their TRD and Gazoo racing departments can, that’s for sure. There weren’t many stands at the show where you could see a prototype racer, Paris-Dakar truck, WRC-spec rally car and a GT racing concept that uses a sure-to-be cult classic (in this case, the upcoming Supra) as its base all in one spot. Rock on.
Alpine A110 twins
Another one for the “probably not here, unfortunately” book were these two sexy little sports cars out of France, whose name recalls great rally- and race cars of a bygone era. With almost 250 hp on-tap from a four-cylinder turbo and weighing in at just 1,100 kg, the base car is sure to be a cracker. The race car, with even less weight and more power, may give the establishment something to think about out on the track.
The Trades Hall
Surely a gearhead/mechanics dream, this. Entire car wash units are on display, as well as walls full of tools far as the eye can see, tire balancing systems, lifts and any car part you can imagine. If you’re lucky, you may even get a real-time demonstration of how to replace a tire on a wheel.
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