Renault will use the show to revive its Alpine sports car brand, hoping for a halo effect across its lineup. debuting a mid-engine coupe that will take on the Audi TT and Porsche 718 Cayman. The production model to be unveiled in Geneva will closely resemble the Alpine Vision concept revealed last year. It's expected to be powered by a 300-hp 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Renault bought Alpine in 1973 but stopped building its sports cars in 1995.
The new Ibiza is the first Volkswagen Group car to use the automaker's MQB A0 underpinnings for smaller cars. It has edgier styling than the previous-generation model with more sculpted surfaces. The Ibiza's new platform has enabled Seat to improve the car's driving dynamics, ride quality and driving comfort because torsional stiffness has been increased by 30 percent compared with the current model. The car will be sold as a five-door model only with the three-door variant dropped.
India's Tata Motors, which owns Jaguar Land Rover, plans to add another upscale brand called TAMO. The automaker has said the brand's first car will be launched in Geneva, without giving further details. The car will be a concept for a two-seat, mid-engine sports car, motoring press reports said.
Chinese startup Techrules will debut a supercar styled by Italian designers Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio. The car has an aircraft-inspired three-seat cockpit design. It’s the production version of the 1,030-hp GT96 concept unveiled in Geneva last year. The car will be powered by a hybrid powertrain that uses a micro-turbine to generate electricity to charge a battery pack. The battery powers the motors that drive the wheels. The car could run on any type of fossil or gas fuel.
Volkswagen brand's new flagship, the Arteon, will be seen in public for the first time in Geneva. The four-door, coupelike model will sit above the Passat and will be aimed at car buyers looking for a midsize sedan with a sporty look. It will replace the Passat-based CC. VW is also expected to show the production version of its T-Roc concept of a coupelike compact SUV.
Volvo continues its product offensive under Chinese owners Zhejiang Geely Holding with the new XC60. The midsize SUV is expected to take styling cues from the larger XC90 and it will be based on a more compact version of Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture already used on the XC90 full-size SUV, as well as the S90 and V90 cars. The XC60 is also will have a variant with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It will go on sale later this year as a rival to the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5.
Luca Ciferri, Nick Gibbs, Christiaan Hetzner, Amy Wilson, Hans Greimel, Douglas A. Bolduc, Jack Walsworth, Reuters and Bloomberg contributed to this report