FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED AT THE 2016 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW4 Apr 2016
The last of the cars have driven out of Switzerland for another year, the world’s motoring media have all packed up the cameras and gone home, leaving only the organisers of the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show to celebrate another successful event.
As with every year, the team here at Smart City Prestige were there too, checking out some of the 120 new models from around the world making their debut at this year’s show, and giving some serious thought to the kind of five star models we may want to include in our fleet of luxury executive hire cars.
But enough about us, what we really want to share with you today are these top five things we learned whilst visiting the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The fastest car in the world has a new rival made by its own manufacturer
For the longest time, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport held the Guinness World Record for the fast street legal production car anywhere on the planet, reaching an eye-watering 267.7 miles per hour.
So, what do you do when you’ve already got the fastest car on the road? Make one that’s even faster of course. Late in the afternoon on the day before the 2016 Geneva Motor Show officially started, the French company unveiled their latest model, the Bugatti Chiron.
As attendees gasped in awe, the brand announced that they’re new £2.4 million model will pack 1480 bhp, making it the most powerful production car in the world, and though an inbuilt limiter puts the kibosh on speeds of 261 mph, most experts are suggesting that the Chiron could reach over 280 mph with the limiter removed.
The New Bentley Mulsanne is Incredible
We mean it. One of our favourite cars at the entire show, the 2016 Mulsanne combines exhilarating performance with the very height of luxury style.
Described at the show by Bentley Motors’ Chief Executive Wolfang Durheimer as ‘The epitome of Bentley’s DNA.’ this is one car we can’t wait to add to our collection.
Crossover Cars are the Big Thing of 2016
The term ‘crossover’ is essentially an industry term describing an SUV style car which combines the kind of high performance and luxury of a car like the Ranger Rover Vogue with the practicality of a hatchback car. These things were everywhere at this year’s show, with the likes of the Toyota C-HR and the Audi Q2 proving popular.
Meanwhile, our team were particularly drawn to the Bentley Bentayga, a stylish SUV that’s both huge in luxury and in space. Who knows, we may yet be tempted to introduce one as an alternative to our own Range Rover Vogue hire car.
Vauxhall want to reinvent the door
We’ve all heard the phrase reinventing the wheel, usually referred to something that is pretty unnecessary when the usual method works just fine. Now though, it’s perhaps time we applied the same warnings against reinventing the wheel to the humble door, particularly if Vauxhall have their way.
Revealing their new GT Concept car in Geneva this March, the company showed off their own unique take on car doors. Whilst it looked pretty impressive, the upshot was that these new doors were largely impractical and could prove to be a trip hazard for anybody idly walking past.
Fiat and Mazda have joined forces to create a truly unique model
The new Fiat 124 Spider was unveiled for the first time in Europe at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and believe us when we tell, you, it’s something special. Essentially a Mazda MX-5 styled after the Fiat 124 sports car, the Spider will be on sale later this year, and is sure to guarantee its owners make a memorable impression wherever they turn.