For many of us, car show season was an important annual milestone. Maybe not as portentous as Christmas or our birthday, but it ranked up there with Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day in terms of anticipation. What would Ford do with next year’s Mustang? Will the General take the Camaro and the Firebird in a different direction? Is this the year that Mercedes makes a styling shift? Have you seen the Renault Rodeo? This year’s Geneva Auto Show offered up some news, as well as some shiny rides. Futuristic shared the spotlight with practical, and isn’t that the way a car show should operate? Gildshire took a helping of both sides of that coin.
Volvo: With Volvo’s ownership now in China, subtle changes to the styling are becoming apparent. Less boxy and sleeker is the watchword for what’s next from Volvo. Look for a new V60 in the next model year. The carmaker hopes to capitalize on the styling success of the V90, bequeathing it to the less-expensive model.
Toyota: Welcome back the Supra! Initially, the iconic model name will return in racing form, competing in the GT road circuit for Toyota. That’s a harbinger, though, of the Supra you will be able to park in your driveway for all the neighbors to admire. Expect the new street Supra to debut no later than 2020.
Porsche: “I don’t want to own a wagon. People who own a wagon don’t go to Vegas.” That’s what one lady told us when the subject of people-haulers came up. She may change her mind when she sees the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo. It’s all-electric, off-road ready, and capable of 0-60 in under four seconds. For now, it is a concept car. Soon, it may be in the carpool.
Jaguar: Say it with me, “Jag-you-ahh.” Is there another car that pumps your heart just by saying its name? The Castle Bromwich-built make used to tease us with model changes every ten years or so. Not now. They are throwing out new models with microwave speed, and every one of them has that “Oh, my goodness” buzz. We’re just getting used to the F-Pace, but here comes the E-Pace. Now, the all-electric I-Pace is ready for release. It’s Jaguar/Land Rover’s newest crossover, and its on sale here before the end of the year.
BMW: Once buyers hailed the original X4, another one was sure to follow. This one has better styling with a lowered rear roofline and sleeker body lines. Is it a return to the fastbacks of our youth? Perhaps, and in a Beemer to boot.
Those were the major takeaways from the Geneva Auto Show. Look for the production models in a showroom near you, but dream about the concepts and what they will turn out to be. Car shows have always done that to us.