Currently reading: 2020 Geneva motor show: latest new cars – with video
Europe's biggest motoring show has moved online after the coronavirus outbreak shut down the Swiss venue
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3 March 2020

The Geneva motor show, one of Europe’s premier motoring events, has been cancelled, but most manufacturers are pressing ahead with their planned unveilings.

Geneva organisers had insisted the motor show would go ahead starting on 2 March, but fresh concerns due to a spate of Covid-19 cases in Europe made it impossible to host, so reveals are taking place online or at alternative locations. 

The new online format didn't stop us bringing you all the details on every important new model, however, and we even managed to film our traditional video report from the 'show floor': 

So, then, it wasn't quite the Geneva motor show, but still one of the year's biggest motoring events. Here's a full list of the unveilings:

Alfa Romeo

Giulia GTA

The most powerful production vehicle to bear an Alfa Romeo badge, the GTA is the hot new range-topping variant of the Giulia saloon. It packs 533bhp from an uprated version of the Giulia Quadrifoglio's 2.9-litre V6, loses 100kg over the weight of the standard car and gains a bespoke, track-focused suspension set-up. It's also available in hardcore GTAm guise, which replaces the rear seats with a heavy-duty roll bar and gains a whopping rear spoiler. 

New Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is firm's most powerful model yet

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Audi 

A3

The new Audi A3 follows hot on the heels of the fresh-faced eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf with similarly evolutionary styling and a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains. The five-door hatchback arrives first, and will be followed in 2021 by a new liftback variant. As with the Golf, there won’t be a pure electric version, but two new plug-in variants are set to launch at a later date.

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BAC

Mono S

The Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) has revealed a successor to its Mono single-seater lightweight sports car. As with the original, it features exposed carbon bodywork and a familiar overall silhouette, but the 2.3-litre Mountune-developed Ford engine has been fitted with a turbocharger for the first time, promising not just improved efficiency, but also 25 extra bhp and a whopping 30% torque increase. 

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New BAC Mono S arrives with 330bhp and refreshed looks

Bentley 

Bacalar

Last year, Autocar reported that Bentley's in-house coachbuilding arm Mulliner was at work on an ultra-exclusive, £1.5 million roadster with styling influenced by the striking EXP GT 100 concept, and we've now seen the finished product. The Mulliner Bacalar Convertible is one of the most luxurious models yet to come out of Crewe, with wool, tweed and 5500-year-old riverwood among the materials used to trim its unique two-seat cockpit. The only features carried over from Bentley's production cars are the door handles and steering wheel cap, further enhancing its exclusivity. 

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Continental GT Mulliner Convertible

The Continental GT Mulliner Convertible is a limited-run version of Bentley’s flagship grand tourer aimed at “customers wanting an even greater focus on beautiful details”. As such, it features a bespoke Double Diamond front grille, new 22in wheels and unique interior elements. 

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible revealed

BMW

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M340d

The new BMW M340d xDrive is the most powerful diesel-powered 3 Series yet, packing just slightly less power than the hot M340i at 335bhp. Available in both saloon and Touring estate forms, it’s also equipped with mild hybrid technology that boosts power and saves fuel. 

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Cupra

Formentor

Seat's newly hived-off performance brand Cupra has launched the production version of the bold Formentor concept, revealed last year. The brand's first standalone model retains that car's striking design cues, and will be available with the same 242bhp plug-in powertrain as the newly revealed Cupra Leon. 

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Dacia

Spring Electric concept

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Based heavily on parent company Renault's Chinese market K-ZE, the new Dacia Spring Electric concept previews a production model that's expected to be one of Europe's cheapest EVs. It offers 125 miles of range and, while it will be made available for private sale, has been designed with urban car sharing schemes in mind. 

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DS

Aero Sport Lounge 

The electric Aero Sport Lounge concept is what French firm DS thinks luxury SUVs could look like in the near future. With aerodynamically optimised exterior styling and an unconventional interior layout, it is described as a 'prelude' to the firm's next-gen production cars and "a manifesto intended to illustrate the buzzword 'sustainable'".

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Fiat

500e

Another icon tipped for rebirth is the fashionable Fiat 500 city car, which will gain a globally available electric option. Spy shots reveal that the new car will bear a strong resemblance to the retro-influenced current model, but company boss Olivier François has revealed that it will sit atop a brand-new bespoke platform and has even hinted at the possibility of a feisty Abarth version.

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Hispano Suiza

Carmen Boulogne

Revived luxury car marque Hispano Suiza has unveiled a motorsport-inspired version of its Carmen electric grand tourer with 1099bhp. The retro-styled roadster is said to boast a performance advantage over its 1700kg coupé counterpart, thanks to several weight-saving measures and powertrain tweaks.

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Honda

Civic Type R facelift

Honda has revealed a facelifted version of its Civic hatchback, featuring subtle design tweaks and an upgraded interior, and Geneva will mark the public debut of the updated Type R. The 316bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine remains, as do the fan-favourite triple tailpipes, with significant changes limited to infotainment upgrades and a revamped front end. There's a lightweight Limited Edition variant on offer, too, offering performance and handling advantages over the standard model. 

Updated 2020 Honda Civic Type R gets two new variants​

Hyundai

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i20

The new i20 represents the start of a “revolutionary and ambitious” new design language for Hyundai. It will arrive in dealerships in May, boasting sportier styling, more interior space and enhanced connectivity over its predecessor. 

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i30 facelift

Hyundai has brought its i30 family hatchback into line with the rest of its line-up with more aggressive front end styling, restyled bumpers and new LED headlights. Inside, the Volkswagen Golf rival gains a new digital instrument cluster and the option of a 10.25in infotainment touchscreen, with mild hybrid technology featuring, as well.

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Kia

Sorento

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Kia has released official images and technical data of its new Sorento, but we’ve yet to see the third-gen SUV in the metal. The Skoda Kodiaq rival sits atop an all-new monocoque platform, which allows for shorter overhangs and enhanced interior space. There’s also a hybrid option for the first time. 

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Koenigsegg

Gemera

The Gemera is not just Koenigsegg's first four-seater, it's also one of the most powerful and fastest four-seaters ever made. Equipped with a tiny but fierce 600bhp 2.0-litre engine and a trio of potent electric motors, the 1700bhp hybrid is capable of smashing the 0-62mph sprint in less than two seconds, and surging onwards to a 250mph-plus top speed.

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McLaren

765LT

The McLaren 720S is already one of the most revered and capable supercars on the market, so it didn't seem like it could get any more potent, but Woking has managed to eke another 44bhp out of its 4.0-litre V8 and shave an impressive 80kg off the kerbweight to create this: the 765LT. The new crowning jewel in McLaren's Super Series line-up, the latest addition to the Longtail range promises a sub-3.0sec 0-62mph time, significantly quicker lap times than the standard car and stopping performance on a par with the Senna. 

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Mercedes-Benz

CLA and GLA PHEVs

Following the recent unveiling of the new A-Class and B-Class PHEVs, Mercedes has rolled out new plug-in hybrid option for the latest CLA and GLA. Both the compact saloon and its platform-sharing crossover sibling use a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 101bhp electric motor for a combined output of 215bhp and an electric-only range of between 44 and 49 miles. 

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E-Class facelift

The facelifted E-Class has been brought into line with the new CLA, A-Class and GLA. That means the outgoing car's rounded front end adopts a more angular look, light clusters at both ends have been reshaped and the interior features the latest generation of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment software. The more rugged All-Terrain estate version returns as well, taking the fight to the Volvo V90 Cross Country with plastic body cladding and jacked-up suspension. 

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Plus Four

Morgan's new entry-level sports car is the second model to sit atop the firm's all-new alumininum architecture, and packs 255bhp from a turbocharged four-cylinder motor shared with the BMW Z4. It's also the first aluminium-based Morgan to be offered with a six-speed manual option, and will arrive on the market priced from £62,995. 

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Polestar

Precept 

Volvo-owned electric performance brand Polestar has unveiled a bold new concept that hints at the design of a future model. Called the Precept, the car features the brand’s trademark LED headlights and wraparound rear light bar, and takes the form of a sleek four-door performance saloon.

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Porsche

718 Cayman GTS 4.0

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The range-topping GTS variant of Porsche’s entry-level sports car has made a return to form with a naturally aspirated flat-six motor based on that found in the top-rung Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder. The new motor option comes in response to calls for a more potent and characterful 718 in the US, where the four-cylinder current model has been underperforming. 

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911 Turbo

We’ve had the 2S, 4S and the Cabriolet, and now the new 911 Turbo S has arrived as the top-rung version of Porsche's iconic sports car. The range-topper sports a model-specific rear diffuser, reconfigured air intakes, redesigned lightweight alloy wheels and - crucially - a prominent ductktail spoiler. More significantly, the 3.8-litre flat-six gains a pair of sizeable turbochargers for an overall output of 641bhp, while stiffer bushings and suspension tweaks offer keener handling characteristics.

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Renault

Morphoz

Renault has offered an idea of what to expect from its future electric models with the new Morphoz concept. Its party trick is a shapeshifting function that takes it from compact, family-friendly city car to sleek, angular grand tourer. Expect to see some styling elements replicated on the firm's upcoming Kadjar-sized electric crossover. 

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Rimac

C_Two

Revealed in concept form for the first time back in 2018, the Rimac C_Two is set to make its long-awaited production-spec debut. The all-electric hypercar can power from 0-100mph in just over four seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 258mph. Don't get too excited about trying it for yourself, however, because all 150 examples have already sold for £1.5 million each.

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Seat 

Leon

The 2020 Leon takes styling influence from the recently revealed el-Born electric hatchback with a full-width rear light bar, angular LED headlights and Seat’s new grille design, as well as gaining its first electrified variant and featuring a significant technological revamp inside. It’s said to be “the biggest step forward in the model's history” and is available in five-door hatchback, estate and crossover forms. 

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Skoda

Octavia vRS

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The new Octavia offers Skoda's most comprehensive line-up of vRS models ever, with a plug-in hybrid joining the existing petrol and diesel engines. Outright power matches the petrol, with a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine and electric motor working together to deliver nearly 250bhp and up to 300lb ft of torque. It also gets manual and dual-clutch automatic gearbox options, along with front and four-wheel drive.

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Volkswagen

Golf GTI

Hot on the heels of the standard Mk8 Golf's unveiling, the new GTI has finally been unveiled, promising its trademark blend of performance and practicality. The usual sporty styling embellishments cloak a 242bhp reworking of VW's EA888 2.0-litre turbo motor, which will push the hot hatch from 0-62mph in less than six seconds, and on to a top speed of 155mph.

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7 January 2020

I mean the flipping Geneva MoT'a show aint' 'till flipping March, innit mate!!!! Hold on son, at this rate you'll be reviewing Christmas at Easter!!!!!!

28 February 2020
jagdavey wrote:

I mean the flipping Geneva MoT'a show aint' 'till flipping March, innit mate!!!! Hold on son, at this rate you'll be reviewing Christmas at Easter!!!!!!

small point: march is a day away, it isnt that far away

A34

2 March 2020
If BAC deserves a mention I would have thought Morgan would!

10 January 2020

So far as of 10/1/20 it's almost exclusively just VAG tat!

21 January 2020

Really disappointing if Peugeot etc pull out this late on - that'll leave a massive gaping hole on the show floor at Geneva. Seems odd to ditch Geneva when they've all been sat there at Brussels for pete's sake. 

22 January 2020

I thought JLR is not going to Geneva. They're not on the list, at least not today. 

28 February 2020
Are the launches for the new cars that were due to unveiling now being delayed or canned?

28 February 2020

You haven't included in your list the all new Morgan Plus 4 to be unveiled at Geneva. The first Plus 4 to be built on the all new aluminium CX platform & not to have the 100 year old sliding pillar front suspension & rear cart springs.

29 February 2020

I just can't get past the ugliness of the new Golf. I have a Mk7 and it looks much better proportioned than this. Several friends have told me they have the same opinion. I understand the more modern interior but the exterior shape, especially at the back, is not good IMO.

1 March 2020
AddyT wrote:

I just can't get past the ugliness of the new Golf. I have a Mk7 and it looks much better proportioned than this. Several friends have told me they have the same opinion. I understand the more modern interior but the exterior shape, especially at the back, is not good IMO.

Agreed, mk 7 is perfectly proportioned and perfectly detailed. Mk 8 was probably designed by VW's B-team, with its A-team involved in designing the ID3

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