Here the vast majority of manufacturers which sell cars in the UK and the rest of Europe use the Geneva show as a platform to showcase new products – many of which will be in showrooms within the next couple of years.
A lot of these new cars can indicate the new technology or design philosophy which particular brands are embracing.
The annual Geneva Motor Show, therefore, can offer members of the public the first exciting glimpse at their next potential car purchase.
This year’s show has delivered a lot of exciting new metal which can be expected at select Perry’s showrooms in the not-too-distant future. From stylish city cars to practical SUVs and sporty coupes, the new cars and concepts at Geneva had something to offer pretty much everyone.
Here is our round-up of the most exciting cars on display at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Arguably the most breathtaking star of this year’s Geneva Motor Show came from Italian car makers Alfa Romeo.
After launching the 4C Coupe towards the end of last year, the new convertible 4C Spider was only officially confirmed when it was uncovered at the start of this year’s Geneva show.
The 4C Spider uses the same turbocharged engine as its coupe counterpart and offers similarly impressive performance figures. The main difference, of course, is the soft foldable roof on top.
The next-generation C1 was one of the several exciting new small cars which have made their public debut appearance at Geneva this year.
Available in three or five-door guises, the C1 will be sold in not just hatchback form but also with a folding soft-top roof. The new Citroen C1 is expected to be priced from around £9,000 and is much modern in terms of exterior design and interior features.
Citroen C4 Cactus
The Citroen C4 Cactus, due to launch this October, is one of the boldest cars to come from the French manufacturer.
This compact crossover is set to deliver not just a unique design but also remarkable standards in safety and efficiency.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
While sadly the Chevrolet brand will cease to operate in the UK and the rest of Europe by 2016, the Camaro and Corvette models will remain available in this country.
That means excitingly UK motorists should still be able to get their hands on this exciting new version of the latest Corvette. The Z06 is a more hardcore version of the American sports car, featuring sharper and more aggressive styling. It uses the same 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine as the standard Corvette but the output is increased from 450bhp to 625bhp.
The Ford Focus has received a facelift and a series of other updates for this year as the family car looks to cement its strong position in the UK and European markets.
Among the engine, updates are a new 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol unit and an upgraded version of the 1.0-litre Ecoboost. The latter now emits just 99g/km on the Focus – making it the first non-hybrid family car to offer sub-100g/km emissions.
Ford is continuing to build hype for the European launch of its new Mustang muscle car by showing it to the public once again, this time at Geneva.
Available in two-door fastback and convertible bodystyles, UK motorists will be able to get the Mustang in the right-hand drive from early 2015. Engines will include a feisty V8 and a more practical 2.3-litre Ecoboost unit. Prices will reportedly start in the region between £30,000 and £35,000.
Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
The 2014 Geneva Motor Show marked the first public appearance of Jaguar’s latest performance car, a super-state with a supercharged V8 engine.
After launching the XFR-S saloon back in 2012, a more practical Sportbrake estate is now following suit. It can fit a family and luggage in comfort but also boasts 542bhp and a zero to 60mph sprint time of less than five seconds.
Expect the XFR-S Sportbrake to launch in late spring with prices starting at £82,495.
Kia Soul EV
Kia’s first all-electric production car was presented to European motorists for the first time this year at Geneva.
The new Soul EV has a 108bhp electric motor which gives the stylish urban hatchback a travel range of 124 miles with zero emissions produced.
Mazda HAZUMI Concept
The Mazda HAZUMI concept is widely believed to preview a lot of the styling cues which will be seen on the next generation Mazda2.
Production of the new supermini is expected to start at a facility in Mexico later this year.
The HAZUMI concept has many of the distinct styling cues seen on other recent Mazda cars launched. Sales of the new Mazda2 will likely start in early 2015.
Nissan brought a large collection of cars and concepts to this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Among them was the freshly introduced 2014 Nissan Juke which has had many of its exterior details updated.The updated Juke also has a new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an improved infotainment device. Boot space is also increased by 100 litres to a total of 354 litres.
The Juke was presented at Geneva alongside the new X-Trail and the BladeGlider concept.
Peugeot’s new small car offers room for some exterior and interior customisation from buyers. The 108 is available with three or five doors and in a hatchback bodystyle or with a folding soft-top roof. The convertible version is called the 108 TOP!
The new Peugeot 108 will go on sale in the UK from 1st July 2014 and will come with six trim levels and seven personalisation themes plus three interior ambiences.
Another exciting new small car which made its public debut at Geneva was the next-generation Renault Twingo.
Unlike the vast majority of city cars, which have a front-engine and front-wheel drive set-up, the Twingo has its engine in the rear and power is fed through the rear wheels.
The Twingo is also a very stylish car with various distinct colour combinations available. The Renault will also offer a couple of small petrol engines with sub-100g/km CO2 emissions. This new Renault could prove a very strong rival to the Fiat 500 and Vauxhall ADAM.
SEAT Leon Cupra
The new SEAT Leon Cupra, which begins deliveries to UK customers this month, was presented at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
The Leon Cupra has attracted extra attention this week since SEAT revealed that it had set a groundbreaking lap time at the historic Nurburgring Nordschleife. The new Leon Cupra, in its range-topping 280 specification, is the fastest front-wheel drive production car to lap the challenging circuit.
Vauxhall ADAM ROCKS
Vauxhall had a few new models on display at the Geneva Motor Show including the production version of a bold new ADAM derivative. The ADAM ROCKS is an urban mini-crossover with chunkier bodyparts and a soft-top fabric roof. It is expected to go on sale during this summer.
Alongside the ROCKS, another new version of the ADAM was also revealed at Geneva called the ADAM S. This hot hatch model has the most potent engine seen for the Vauxhall city car, using a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol unit with 148bhp.