A motor show wouldn’t be a motor show without the concept cars and the Geneva exposition this year doesn’t disappoint. Here are five that caught GRR’s eye…
ITALDESIGN GT ZERO
There can be no missing this, and not just because of its vibrant orange paint job. It’s ItalDesign’s vision of a future GT ‘steeped in the tradition of the Italian sports car’. At first it looks a bit odd but the closer you get and the more you see it the more alluring this sporting ‘shooting brake’ is, with its styling echoes of Ferrari Breadvan and Lambo Espada. The rear end is super-cool and it’s very futuristic inside, and also a bit orange. The GT Zero gets along briskly – up to 155mph – thanks to a trio (two up front, one behind) of electric motors delivering 482bhp. It seats two adults and two kids or, after a swift reconfigure, three adults. And there’s a boot! You can’t say that for every concept car… We wonder what Giorgetto Giugiaro (now no longer connected with VW-owned ItalDesign) makes of it? We reckon it’s a winner. The video’s a goodie too
Akio Toyoda wants his designers to express more emotion in their designs, and it’s appearing to pay off, as one look around the Toyota and Lexus stands shows. The cars may not be classically beautiful but they’re certainly eye-catching. One such is the Toyota C-HR, an SUV-lite to take on the the big-selling Nissan Qashqai. This concept is production-ready and will be in UK showrooms looking exactly like this later this year. It will be powered by either a 1.8 hybrid (122bhp, and less than 90g/km of CO2) or a 115bhp turbo 1.2 petrol, and priced below the RAV4.
VOLKSWAGEN T-CROSS BREEZE
Oh dear what has Land Rover started? Its left-field Range Rover Evoque soft-top – making its European debut in Geneva – could well have a rival soon in the clean-cut form of VW’s world premiere concept car, the T-Cross Breeze. Sharp looks, compact dimensions (it’s not much bigger than a Polo), a smart cabin and simple soft-top combine in a car odds-on for production in VW’s fast-expanding SUV range – and at prices much lower than the Evoque’s. Its 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine gives 110bhp for 0-62 in 10.3 seconds.
PININFARINA H2 SPEED
For those thought a track car that ticked clean energy, high performance and beauty boxes an unlikely prospect, think again. And no prizes for guessing where the answer has come from: Pininfarina. The H2 Speed is said to be ‘halfway between a racing prototype and a production supercar’. Pininfarina says it is the first hydrogen-powered high performance track car. A fuel cell converts the H2 into Speed via a brace of race-spec electric motors. About 300hp they say, a top speed of 186mph and 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds.
We’ve seen DS’s Geneva concept car in pictures already but nothing beats eyeballing a car in the flesh. And up close, this car really draws the eye in, there’s so much going on: cuts, slashes, scoops, grilles and strakes, it has the lot. But at heart it has balance and proportion and augurs well for the sporty and avant garde coupe the DS brand – in only its second year as a separate unit to Citroën – needs as a hero model. This car won’t be made but it promises to influence lots that will – including its all-electric drivetrain.