Every year, the automotive industry meets in Geneva, at the Geneva Motor Show where all the new products that will be launched on the market over the following months are presented. There is space for everyone in the halls at Palexpo, from the smallest and cheapest models to supercars, including prototypes and electric vehicles. Every edition of the show has its top models, and in 2019 the crown should go to one of the two cars already presented on this blog, the Alfa Romeo Tonale and the Ferrari F8 Tributo. But the Fiat Centoventi merits a special mention. It is a futuristic concept car that showcases the mobility solutions being developed by Fiat for the near future. In addition, there are the new cars that are ready to be delivered to showrooms all over Europe, with just a few weeks necessary to finalize production and organize the sales launch. Here we present the most interesting cars.
The Formentor is the first model that Cupra – a brand that saw the light just over a year ago as a sporty, exclusive spin-off from Seat – has built without starting from an existing model, as was the case for the Ateca. It has a ground-breaking design, with a SUV profile that is relatively rare in the mid-range section of the market. Its technology is based on the familiar Volkswagen platform, and under its alluringly curvaceous bonnet there is a plug-in hybrid 2.0 turbo petrol engine producing 245 HP.
The CX-30 is the mid-range SUV by Mazda, the Japanese brand that dedicates most attention to the stylistic aspects of its products. In the Mazda range, it is positioned between the CX-3 and the CX-5, as it is 11 cm longer than the former and 15 cm shorter than the latter. Its length, 4.39 metres, and its 431-litre boot, make it ideal for family use, but it has sporty and aerodynamic lines. The petrol and diesel engines are all mild hybrid power plants, with front-wheel or 4-wheel drive. Its technological equipment is first-rate, both as regards safety and infotainment.
The new 208 is something of a revolution at Peugeot, because it represents a new departure in terms of style, far sportier and more aggressive than the usual Peugeot looks that are softer and more baroque. From a technical point of view, the 8-speed gear box is something that has never been seen before on a small car with 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. Even more surprising is the totally electric version, which will have a 100 kW engine providing a range of 340 km, with WLTP certification that makes it inherently suitable for the contemporary urban environment.
After years of exceptional market success, the Renault Clio has been completely renewed, confirming its stylistic quality that has always been its strong point, and bringing it up-to-date in other areas such as technological equipment and power plant. The interiors feature a large vertical display with controls below for climate control. Behind the steering wheel, which itself presents a generous array of buttons, there is a well-designed digital instrument panel. There will not be an electric version, because the brand already has its Zoe, but a full hybrid will be launched in 2020.
The Skoda SUV family is growing, denoted by the initial “K”. After the Kodiaq and Karoq, now it is the turn of the Kamiq, which completes the lower end of the brand’s range in this sector. It is 424 cm long, so slightly larger than its cousins, the Seat Arona and the Volkswagen T-Cross. It is available with just front-wheel drive, but a super-efficient methane version is also available. Nearly all versions can be fitted with the automatic 7-speed DSG gearbox. A completely digital 10.25-inch digital display is available as an optional extra.