602,000 visitors at 2019 Geneva motor show

Published: 18 March 2019

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The 2019 Geneva motor show has closed its doors - it ended up being one of the best we can remember in recent years, and on this page we guide you through all the new metal that mattered at this spring's hottest car catwalk.

Read on for our guide to the most important new cars and tech you need to know about from Switzerland, covering everything from the new Fiat CentoVenti concept (above) to the box-fresh Ferrari F8 Tributo; from the world's most expensive new car (a Bugatti one-off) to Honda's first electric car; and from a trio of Aston Martins to the stunning 1800bhp Pininfarina Battista hypercar. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

The Geneva motor show drew to a close on Sunday 17 March and the organisers claim a total attendance of 602,000 visitors in 2019, down 9% on the year before. Is that a reflection of the public's changing interest in motor shows? Very possibly. But the show had 151 world and European debuts and the #gimsswiss hashtag was shared 345,000 times, as visitors discussed cars like the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet (below).

602,000 people attend the 2019 Geneva motor show

For further analysis, read Gavin Green's motor show review here - as he teases out the star cars, key trends and emerging themes of this year's show. Be sure to let us know which cars float your boat in the comments below.

CAR highlights from the 2019 Geneva motor show

1. Pininfarina Battista


Forget the teaser images and concept sketches, here's the Pininfarina Battista in the metal. Powered by a Rimac-produced electric powertrain, the new hyper EV produces 1874bhp, 1696lb ft of torque from four electric motors, and can launch from 0-62mph in under two seconds. Oh, and did we mention it's really quite beautiful? Read our full story here.

2. Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept


This is the drop-dead gorgeous Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept, a close-to-production look ahead to the first mid-engined supercar from the storied British brand. That’s right: Aston is entering the sector previously dominated by the Italians with the Ferrari 488 and Huracan, and latterly McLaren with the 720S. It's all wrapped up in a uniquely British, aluminium-bodied mid-engined sports car with V6 power. That's the first inhouse built engine from Aston in nearly two decades! More info here.

3. Bugatti Voiture Noire


Bugatti is famed for producing OTT sports cars: and the new Bugatti La Voiture Noire pushes even more boundaries, costing a cool €11 million (£9.5m), and that’s before local taxes. Based upon the running gear of a Chiron and produced for one of the company's most special collectors (rumoured to be VW grandee Ferdinand Piech), ‘The Black Car’ reflects how the French hypercar brand is branching out into more bespoke, personalised manufacturing to satisfy the ambitious minds of the world’s most powerful and imaginative car collectors. More info here.

4. Audi Q4 e-Tron


The Audi Q4 is a mini-me e-Tron all-electric crossover - stretching the four-ringed brand into cheaper price territory and a £40k-ish price tag is anticipated. Proof, were it needed, that the electric revolution is well underway in Ingolstadt. Read the full story here.

5. Imagine by Kia


Kia is building up a head of steam with the e-Niro and Soul EV electric cars - and the daftly named Imagine is the latest chapter of electrification from the Koreans. While sister brand Hyundai swerved the 2019 Geneva motor show, Kia was there - with bells on. The overall look of the concept is almost like a brawny, American muscle-car look. Of course, that’s helped by the jutting front splitter, wide wheelarches and bulging bonnet – which doesn’t have a V8 under it, obviously. More info here.

6. Alfa Romeo Tonale


The Tonale at Geneva marks the proper start of Alfa Romeo’s venture into electrification by using a new plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Tonale is a rather pretty thing – arguably prettier than its larger sibling, the Stelvio, and has classic Alfa design touches like the 21-inch ‘phone dial’ wheels pilfered from the 33 Stradale from the '60s. Note also the lovely redrawing of the Alfa snake badge, morphing into a charging cable. Neat! Read the full story here.

7. McLaren Grand Tourer


The British supercar brand from Woking chose the Geneva car show to reveal it’s working on an entirely new project, codenamed the Grand Tourer. It wasn't at the show, but it was still the talk of the town. CEO Mike Flewitt said the new car would be the fourth car from the brand’s Track25 business plan, and would break the rules of the traditional Grand Tourer. That’s Macca code for ‘much faster and quicker than the current competition’s GT cars.’ We can't wait... More info here.

Read on for our full guide to every single new car that matters from this spring's must-see auto show in Geneva.

A-Z of all the new cars at the 2019 Geneva motor show

Geneva motor show 2019: prices, dates, opening hours and ticket details

ABT
Tuned Audi A6 3.0 TDI  
Beefed-up Audi A6 with 330bhp and aero kit

ALFA ROMEO
Tonale Smaller crossover concept points to second PHEV and a little sis to the Stelvio
Stelvio Ti  
New 276bhp 2.0 turbo petrol engines for Alfa's SUV - with Turismo Internazionale badge
Giulietta MY19  
Model-year refresh for hatchback, plus fresh Veloce model
Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Alfa Romeo Racing  
F1-linked special editions launch in Geneva

ALPINA
B7  Newly facelifted 7-series gets the super-slick Alpina super-saloon treatment 

ASTON MARTIN
Lagonda All-Terrain Concept A new luxury electric SUV will be revealed in full, previewing DBX
Vanquish Gaydon shocks everyone, and reveals a McLaren 720S and Ferrari 488 rival 
Project 003 (below) Aston's third mid-engined hypercar gets revealed in full 
Valkyrie  Also the first outing for a physical example of the ultimate track-day car 

AUDI
Q4 e-Tron concept  New, smaller mini e-Tron SUV is confirmed for Geneva 2019
TT RS  Facelifted five-cylinder gets motor show debut 

BENTLEY
Bentayga Speed  
The world has a new fastest SUV - and it's British!
Continental GT Number 9 Edition  Special Mulliner anniversary Conti is here
Mulsanne WO Edition by Mulliner  Kitchen-sink limo turns luxury to the max
Continental GT Convertible  Show debut for new soft-top Continental sports tourer 

BMW
X7  Main global motor show debut for the new range-topping BMW SUV
7-series facelift  That front grille swollen by 40% is only half the facelift story 

BUGATTI
Voiture Noire (below)  One-off £11m hyper-coupe is world's most expensive car
Chiron Sport 110 Ans  French flavour for 110th anniversary blow-out Bug hypercar 

CITROEN
Centenary concept car  How better to blow out 100 candles than with a future-gazing concept?
Citroen Ami One concept Dinky concept is mobility problem solver 

CUPRA
Formentor The first standalone model from the Seat offshoot 

FERRARI
F8 Tributo  
Look what's happened to the 488 GTB! An F40-alike makeover is here... 

FORD
No show  
Blue Oval is swerving the 2019 Geneva motor show

GINETTA
Supercar  
British niche sports car manufacturer to take on the big guns 

Honda e Prototype: the near-production prototype will be at Geneva 2019

HONDA
E Prototype (above)  Remember that cutesy electric city car? This is the '98% production car' 

HYUNDAI
MIA  Not at the 2019 Geneva motor show - despite sister brand Kia attending 

 JAGUAR
No show  
No Jag at this year's Swiss show - but they turned up to collect i-Pace's European COTY award

KIA
Imagine concept
 Bold Tesla rival from the Koreans at Geneva 

LAMBORGHINI 
Aventador SVJ Roadster  Even wilder range-topper chops its top in Switzerland
Huracan Evo and Spyder
 How to upgrade the entry-level Lambo? With a new Evo edition, obvs

LAND ROVER
No show  
Nowt from Land Rover this spring; new Defender due later in 2019 

LEXUS
LC Convertible  
European debut for new roofless LC soft-top - still a concept for now
RC F Track Edition  Another Euro debut for the M3 from the East. Hold on tight! 

MASERATI
Levante Trofeo  
Fastest Maser SUV yet spawns 186mph crossover in a rush 

MAZDA
CX-30  First look at the new crossover to slot betwixt CX-3 and CX-5
MX-5 30th Anniversary  Just 600 bright orange special roadsters are coming to the UK 
3 hatchback  European debut in Geneva for the latest Golf basher from Japan

McLAREN
720S Spider  Roofless Macca due to make its world debut in Switzerland

MERCEDES-BENZ
CLA Shooting Brake  
More wagony profile for the next member of the A-Class family
GLC facelift  Mid-life update to popular premium mid-sized SUV, with mild hybrids aplenty
V-Class
 
Facelift time for the big Benz car-van. And there'll be an electric one - the EQV - too 
AMG GT R Roadster  New soft-top variant of wildest GT yet is shown 

MITSUBISHI
Engelberg Tourer Concept  
New study for the next-gen SUVs and plug-in Mitsubishis 
ASX  New look, extra tech for the most compact Mitsu crossover on sale today 

Morgan Wide Body sports car spied on test

MORGAN
Plus Six (above)  New-tech, sportiest Morgan yet unveiled - and the company's been bought out! Read the full story on the Italian takeover here. 

NISSAN
IMQ concept car  This is basically the new Qashqai, and it's at Geneva
Leaf Nismo RC  European debut for electric Leaf racing car

PEUGEOT
208  
Major world debut for the all-new 208 supermini - and the e-208 electric supermini
508 Sport Engineered Concept  Performance plug-in Pugs start here, with this charged 508 

PININFARINA
Battista (below)  A typically swanky launchpad for Automobili Pininfarina's first inhouse launch

POLESTAR
2  First real sight of the new-for-2019 second Polestar - and this one is full EV

PORSCHE 
911 Cabriolet  New 992-era Pork chops its top at the 2019 Geneva motor show 
718 Cayman/Boxster T  Back-to-basics, less-for-more sports cars new for 2019 

RENAULT
Clio  New Mk5 supermini is the big news over on the Renault stand in Geneva

SEAT
Minimo  The Twizy from Spain blows in - an all-electric city runabout to solve urban gloop
el-Born Our look at the first MEB EV being cooked up in Martorell, a sister to VW's ID range

SKODA
Vision iV  A better look at the forthcoming electric crossover Chez Skoda
Kamiq (below)
 World debut of the smallest Skoda SUV yet - the new Arona-alike Kamiq

Skoda Kamiq: world debut at Geneva car show

SSANGYONG
Korando  Expect the new 2019 SUV to challenge the Qashqai and other crossovers 

SUBARU
e-Boxer hybrids  
Scooby catches up with the zeitgeist with new e-Boxer powertrains 

TOYOTA
Supra  Crossing the Pond, the new sports car will make its Euro debut at Palexpo 

VAUXHALL/OPEL
No show  
PSA's new acquisition is skipping this year's Geneva show 

VOLKSWAGEN
ID Beach Buggy concept  Yes, they really are about to showcase an electric Meyers Manx buggy!
Passat A techier, slightly sharpened exec will make its debut in Geneva this year
T-Roc R  A Golf R on stilts has arrived - meet the new 296bhp turbo crossover
Caravelle  The world debut of the T6.1 people moving van

VOLVO
No show  
The Swedes are swerving the 2019 Geneva car show – but their Polestar siblings are not. 

Geneva motor show: prices, news and information


Practical information about the Geneva motor show 2019

Officially called the Geneva International Motor Show (or GIMS, for short), the Swiss show is traditionally held on neutral ground at the Palexpo Arena next to Geneva airport. This makes it an ideal stop-off for petrolheads who may be decamping to the Alps for a spot of spring skiing or passing through Switzerland on business. It's also ideal for a day trip from the UK, with the show halls just 10 minutes from the airport arrivals hall - and it's small enough that you can see all the highlights in a day.

The Geneva auto show takes place from 7-17 March 2019, and here we list ticket prices, opening hours and other practical information in our handy guide below. CAR magazine reported live from the international press days on 5 and 6 March, and our full package of news, reviews, intel and videos live from the show floor are in the links above.

Where is the Geneva motor show held?  Palexpo Arena, Route François-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva motor show dates:  7-17 March 2019
Opening times: 10.00am-8.00pm Monday-Friday, 9.00am-7.00pm Saturday-Sunday
How much are Geneva motor show tickets?  Adults CHF 16, children 6-16 and pensioners CHF 9, children under six free with adult
Discounts and deals: Arrive after 4pm to get half-price tickets, group tickets for 20+ visitors cost CHF 11 a head
Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) website: https://www.gims.swiss/en/

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