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10 of the best cars at the Geneva Motor Show 2018

By Paul Connolly

Ritzy, glitzy Geneva Motor Show is Europe’s biggest and best auto exhibition.

Company executives, petrol-heads, journalists and motoring professionals of stripes pour into Switzerland every year for the mega-jamboree.

Car makers always keep a few tricks up their sleeves to generate headlines and public interest, and there is always a large clutch of new models officially unveiled every year.

Here, we choose our top ten of the most interesting new models unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, 8-18 March 2018.

1. Jaguar I-Pace

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Jaguar wowed the show by unveiling its Tesla-rivalling electric I-PACE model.

Jaguar’s first truly electric car, the slick-looking SUV will cost £63k on the road in the UK for an entry-level S model.

Billed as “the world’s smartest five-seater sports car”, Jaguar says it will provide a range of up to 298 miles on a single charge and will go from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.

2. Ferrari 488 Pista

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Ferrari says the Pista is the most powerful V8 car in the company’s history. It’s a track-focused version of the 488 GTB,

The Pista is the first model in the series to be turbocharged, and can conquer the 0-62mph sprint in 2.85 seconds, heading on to a top speed of over 211mph.

The 488 Pista, is the successor to Ferrari’s V8-engined special series - the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale .

3. Bugatti Chiron Sport

Bugatti unveiled a new version of its Chiron, once the fastest car in the world from 0-60 but since overtaken by Tesla, the Bugatti Veyron and one or two others.

Bugatti’s engineers have managed to shed 18 kilograms from the car, eking even more power from the 1479bhp W16 engine. The cost has gone up mind, by around £200k to around £2.3 million before taxes.

4. Audi A6

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The all-new Audi A6 evoked much interest in the executive saloon segment.

It plans to take on rivals like the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series with a range of hi-tech goodies and semi-autonomous features.

The fifth generation A6 adopts the latest design cues from the flagship Audi A8, and comes with a three diesel engine choices and a 3.0-litre V6 petrol, with hybrid versions on the way. It should be on our streets by the summer.

5. BMW 8 Series

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BMW also generated many headlines by unveiling a new performance-orientated 8 Series flagship range.

The pinnacle of the 8 Series will be an M8 version, set to rival luxury sports cars like the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the Mercedes-AMG GT.

BMW has confirmed that the M8 Gran Coupe will arrive in 2019.

6. Hyundai Santa Fe

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Hyundai Santa Fe

Korean giant Hyundai unveiled an all-new version of its flagship Santa Fe SUV. The company’s largest passenger car now has an even more upmarket and premium feel than the outgoing model, further proof, if any was needed, of Hyundai’s drive upmarket into BMW and Mercedes territory.

It claims “best-in-class” active safety features like SmartSense which can apply the brakes if a driver reverses out from a parking bay as a vehicle approaches from the side.

7. Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

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The electrification and hybridisation process is picking up a serious head of steam. Bentley revealed it has produced a plug-in hybrid of its mighty Bentayga luxury SUV.

It has a 3.0-litre petrol engine, backed up by an electric motor capable of delivering up to 31 miles on electric power only. This is now the fourth model in the Bentayga line-up – not bad since it was only launched not much more than a year ago.

8. Mercedes A-Class

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Merc’s baby sister, the A-Class, gets a redesign and a tech-led new interior. The A-Class made its public debut at Geneva, and it was also known that the car will be on sale in May, priced from just under £26k.

The BMW 1 Series and VW Golf rival will initially have a choice between two petrol and one diesel engines. There are three trim levels: SE, Sport and AMG.

9. Volvo V60

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The new Volvo V60 was also unveiled, showing off Volvo’s new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) which is also common to the V90 estate and the XC60 mid-sized SUV.

There will be a big choice of petrol and diesel powerplants, plus two plug-in hybrid versions.

Reports suggest it will be on sale in the UK in the autumn at a price north of £30k.

10. Peugeot 508

Peugeot got a lot of attention for the striking new look of its 508 family saloon. The Ford Mondeo rival has a much more radical design than its predecessors.

Now a five-door ‘fastback’ shape, it is designed, says Peugeot, to evoke stronger emotions than previous cars. With this car, Peugeot is obviously targeting territory currently occupied by the likes of Volvo and Audi.

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