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2018 Geneva motor show preview: the new cars we’re expecting

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The 2018 Geneva motor show is less than a fortnight away. Widely regarded as the most glamorous show on the motoring calendar, the 2018 Geneva motor show will once again be held at the huge Palexpo Arena in Switzerland – and it’s shaping up to be another bumper year for new car launches and world debuts. From the new Toyota Supra concept to the recently released Ferrari 488 Pista, there’ll be lots of new metal on show.

In this article, we round up all the important new cars expected at the Swiss car expo and all the dates you need to know about. Owing to the fast-paced nature of announcements around this time, we’ll be updating this list regularly in the days before the doors open on the international media days of Tuesday 6 March and Wednesday 7 March 2018.

CAR magazine will be reporting live from the Geneva International Motor Show 2018 and will have a team of journalists on the ground to react to the dozens of world premieres and major launches of new cars. So, if you want all the latest news, videos, gossip and reviews beamed straight from the show floor, make sure you bookmark this page.

When is the 2018 Geneva motor show?

The Geneva auto show is open to the public from 8-18 March 2018 and - being a short stroll from the city's main airport - it's an easy day trip from the UK, or indeed a handy excursion on your way to or from a ski holiday in the Alps. Read on for our full A-Z guide of what to expect at this year's exhibition. For further information about Geneva motor show tickets, dates and location, check out our handy guide below.

The world debuts are lining up: our full preview of the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show (Getty)

Every new car revealed at the 2018 Geneva motor show: an A-Z preview guide

Vantage  Motor show debut for new V8 entry-level sports car 

A6  New four-door expected at the Geneva motor show this spring 
All-electric SUV won't be at the show - but will be testing publicly on roads outside 

Bentayga V8  
Downsized SUV due to appear at Geneva show - plus a PHEV is mooted 

2-series Active Tourer  Modest mid-life facelift for the Two MPV range 
We've seen the new X3; now it's the turn of the slammed, coupe-a-like SUV 

C4 Cactus (below)  
Newly refreshed, duller, Airbumpless Cactus is coming soon

The new 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus: no Airbumps!

New model  New standalone sporting brand from Seat makes its show debut in March 

488 Pista  Go-faster Speciale/GTO-apeing version of the 488 revealed in the metal at Geneva 

Tipo Sport  
A warmed-up version of the cheap 'n' cheerful family car is due

All-round facelift and mid-life pep-me-up, plus ST Line spec arrives (but no full-fat ST) 
Ka+ Active (below)  2018 model year refresh for Ford's smallest - plus an Active crossover-look model 

Ford Ka+ Active: another world debut at the 2018 Geneva motor show

2018/2019 car New car will be revealed in the flesh, and we should get some more performance specs, too.

Electric saloon concept  Italian-designed EV uses 'Internet of Things' tech

Concept car  
New show car is likely at the Swiss car show
Kona Electric  
A midi-crossover EV is confirmed for the 2018 Geneva motor show
Santa Fe  Next-gen SUV has 'Smart Sense' suite of assistance tech

No longer a concept - Switzerland ushers in the world debut of the production electric SUV 

Wrangler  European debut for the Wrangler SUV at Geneva

Ceed (below)  
New, third-gen Ceed hatchback family is the big news on the Koreans' stand at Palexpo 

Kia Ceed: shown in this official teaser sketch ahead of its world debut in Geneva

Range Rover SV Coupe  
70th anniversary two-door Rangie confirmed for 2018 Geneva motor show

Baby SUV  
Not yet confirmed, but word is that a smaller Lexus crossover based on UX concept is due

6 range  
Updates to the 6 family due in Switzerland: world debut for the 6 Wagon, Euro debut for saloon
Vision Coupe  Another chance to see glorious slinky coupe, hinting at new design direction for brand
Kai Concept  Could this turn into the next Mazda 3? We think so...

P15 Senna 
Extreme Ultimate Series McLaren blasts back - and it's named after an F1 great

The new A-class hatchback family will make its world debut at the Geneva motor show
C-class facelift  First look at the scrubbed-up C-class compact exec range
G63 AMG  You saw the new G-wagen in Detroit - here comes the red-hot sporty one
AMG GT Coupe (below) 
World debut of AMG's standalone sports car with a hint of CLS about it

The 2018 Geneva motor show: ticket prices, location, dates and more practical advice

Hatchback and Convertible  
Nip and tuck for 2018 Mini range - with Union Flag taillamps, too! 

Aero GT  
The Aero 8 is being wound down in Malvern; meet its succesor, a retro-styled sports car 

French slicker turns into five-door fastback, à l'Arteon and others 

HK GT Concept  Pininfarina's partnership with Hong Kong tech firm bears more fruit

911 GT3 RS  
The purists' choice is back at Geneva with the even more hardcore GT3 

Concept Two  
A second electric car from Rimac is expected in Switzerland this March 

Ateca Cupra  
Revved-up performance crossover likely at Geneva - we've already scooped it here 
Cupra brand  Spanish car maker spins off Cupra as standalone brand to rival Abarth, DS 

Skoda Fabia at the 2018 Geneva motor show

Fabia facelift (above) 
Skoda's perennial hatch goes under the knife for Geneva show with light nip/tuck 
Vision X concept  New baby SUV from Skoda previewed in lime green concept form

Fortwo EQ  The electric Smart is back, with a planned world debut in Geneva

New racing concept to be unveiled, and signals launch of production car

First look at the new mid-sized Volvo estate due at the Geneva auto show 2018 

New hypercar  Zenvo returns with all-new carbonfibre hypercar

Practical information about the Geneva motor show 2018

Where is the Geneva motor show held?  Palexpo Arena, Route François-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland
When is the Geneva motor show?  8-18 March 2018
Opening times: 10.00am-8.00pm Monday-Friday, 9.00am-7.00pm Saturday-Sunday
How much are Geneva motor show 2018 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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