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.