New Concepts and Luxury Cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show: A Brief Guide

Undoubtedly one of the most highly regarded automotive shows of the year is the International Motor Show at Geneva in Switzerland (or Salon International de l’Auto, as it is named by the French/Swiss). The Geneva Motor Show was first held in 1905; since then, this prestigious show has showcased some of the most significant and famous motor cars in the world.

The Geneva Motor Show is often where many of the world’s car manufacturers choose to unveil or debut a new model or range of cars, and the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is no exception. From the 260 exhibitors at the show this year, we will see a total of 180 world and European vehicle premieres from automotive manufacturers from around the globe.

The event annually takes place in March, and this year the show will be held from the 8th – 18th at its usual venue of the Geneva Palexpo convention centre in the city of Geneva. This is close to the airport, allowing it excellent access for visitors.

This year there is sure to be a raft of new cars, concepts cars, prototype vehicles, exotic super-cars, family cars, luxury cars, SUVs, green cars, eco-technology, new in-car equipment and technological breakthroughs, which the motoring industry press and later the public can view during the 10 day show period.

A selection of the car marques which will be showing off their new and luxury cars to keep an eye out for will include the new Aston Martin range, including the Virage model based on the DB9, with its excellent 6.0-litre V12 engine delivering 490bhp; the 235mph Pagani Huayra, which is the awesome 700bhp supercar successor to the Pagani Zonda; and the Koenigsegg Agera R with its V8 5.0 litre engine that gives an amazing 1,115bhp and will even run on biofuel, which is not bad for a hyper-car. Also on show will be the mighty new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, with its breathtaking top speed of 252mph (407km/h).

For greener car fans, you will be able to see the Mercedes SLS AMG E-CELL, a zero-emission electric prototype with a power output of 535hp, which incidentally will soon be going into production, so customers will be able to place orders during 2013 for this special and highly technical super sports car.

For luxury cars, look out for the Bentley Continental Flying Star – Touring Superleggera by Carrozzeria, based on the Bentley Continental GT coupe chassis, which will also be on show at this prestigious global event.

Which Super Car Shall I Buy?

So, you have just got enough money to buy the car of your dreams, your mind is racing with choice and the thought of driving the car you choose. But and it’s a big but you must assess correctly what you want from your super car and how you will be using it. It can also get very tempting to stray over budget and get the next car up the automotive food chain. Stick to your budget and take into account the extras, some cars come with many extras as standard and don’t really offer a list. Others will come in a very basic state, your 200mph canvas will be ready to be painted with the very expensive glossy list in your hands. I have listed some basic points on how to buy the correct car for you below.

Do some research on the company that you want to buy from. Look at how they are rated on customer service, after sales repairs, and general tone of voice. Some companies rely on making money out of their customers after they have brought the cars, they can charge massive amounts for servicing and maintenance. A recent study showed that your super car can cost you between £3500 a year to £100,000 (Bugatti Veyron) a year. Your super car will never be cheap, you already know this but over expensive tires and oil changes will just piss you off and deter you from driving it as a day to day car. Track days are quite cheep at about £150 and could be the best way to test drive what you have got your eye on.

Choosing the correct super car for your needs is paramount. Some cars are designed for strict track use and others for touring. There are in fact massive differences between most super cars, research will be paramount. Pay particular attention to the ride quality, some cars have a great set up which is perfect for track use and also deliver great ride quality. There has never been a selection of 200mph cars this vast before, it can be easy to over look companies like Noble, Ultima, Spyker and tuning companies which offer real performance for your money. Sticking to Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche might help you sleep at night but it won’t give you exclusivity.

Have a look at how much the cars will depreciate by, if there are no used examples available look at other models and how they have depreciated. Look at the amount being built, if there is no limit to the production then this could effect the second hand costs as there will be many for punters to choose from. Truly exclusive super cars or hyper cars often go for around a million pounds so don’t become disappointed when you realize your 150k cannot buy you what ever you choose. Ferrari (458 Italia) and McLaren (MP4-12C) recently released new super cars both priced at 150k but the actual price that people will be paying will be closer to 200k after “bits and bobs”.

So after doing all of the above, what do you do? You join a super car hire club. This could save you thousands and you can choose between a selection of 20 plus cars worth between 50k – 700k depending on where you go. So choose carefully and don’t rush. Not that you would.