Our verdict: the Top Ten stars at the Geneva Motor Show 2014
As the Geneva motor show opens to the public - hoping to shift the smell of sweaty journalists - here is our top 10 cars from this year’s show
10. Skoda Vision C
The very idea could melt some motoring minds but a coupe Skoda is not as mad as you might think. The brand has made incredible leaps over the last decade and its market now is as middle-class and mainstream as any of the rest. Being a Skoda this concept comes with an enormous boot and practical rear seat legroom. Sadly, we suspect that this was created more out of a need to have something to talk about on the Skoda stand than any real intention to build it. Design departments are regularly asked to throw together something for motor show stands and this A7 lookalike may be yet another example of this. Pity.
9. Hyundai Intrado
It’s a great looking crossover from the soaring Korean car firm, even if it’s not going to make it into production in this guise. What you see here is a demonstration of the design language coming out of the Hyundai studios and also some of the fancy engineering being developed at the firm. For example the Intrado uses a series of carbonfibre weaves and resin for its skeletal structure. This means the basis of the car is extremely strong but also very light. That’s the future direction for vehicle production and Hyundai are very much part of that momentum.
8. Volkswagen T-Roc
VW hasn’t given this mini-SUV the green light as yet, but it was eagerly gauging opinions at the show, willing journalists to like the concept so they can justify their decision to build it. In reality one suspects it has already been signed off. It’s a Polo-sized SUV with a similar sort of interior space, despite its sizeable presence. For all the hype it’s a little traditional in its looks when pitched against the likes of the Nissan Juke, though the latter car’s facelift seems to have taken some of the fun away from that Japanese entry. Built on VW’s MQB platform - which is the basis for the Golf and several other of the VW Group’s cars - it shouldn’t be too hard to put into production and will fit just below the Tiguan. Don’t expect to see it out on the road before 2017.
7. Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe
We have a soft spot for the S-Class, given its history of world firsts in the motoring world and the new saloon version is no different. This, however, marries the saloons tech advances with stunning good looks. No doubt it will come with a price tag that would make an Irish property tycoon think twice, but everything from the fit and feel of the cabin to those coupe lines makes a statement: “you’ve made it in life, well done”.
6. Audi TT
It might look little different from the current generation but this third take on the TT is significantly sharper, both in terms of its fit and finish and also its styling. Another car sitting on Volkswagen’s MQB platform (aka VW Golf underpinnings) the new cockpit grabbed most of the attention during the Geneva press days. Out goes the old analogue dials, replaced by a new screen that displays everything from SatNav to the speedo. As others were cosying up to Apple and its Carplay system, Audi last month announced it is working with Google on R&D.