While it might not a volume car, one of the smartest presentations at the Geneva show was from Volkswagen, which showed off its replacement for the Passat cc. VW should be given credit for producing a car that has a strong coupe identity while being practical at the same time and the Arteon certainly looked the part. Volkswagen says it has managed to generate plenty of interior space for passengers and boot capacity, something that eludes designers of other fastback models. The boot compartment is a very generous 563 litres. The external design features include a smart wrap-around bonnet and frameless windows and full LED headlights.
The interior of the VW Arteon
VW is also promising more advanced safety technology, such as more advanced emergency assist and a more advanced adaptive cruise control that takes route data and speed limits into account.
The VW Tiguan Allspace
VW also showed off the Tiguan Allspace, which is a bigger version of the best-selling Tiguan. The new version offers seven seats and is bigger, longer and has more luggage and passenger space. As an SUV the Tiguan has offered a very good package up to now but the seven-seater should appeal to those who need more van-like proportions than car-like proportions.
The revised Renault Captur
When it comes to city crossover cars, the Renault Captur seems to have captured the imagination of plenty of buyers - 215,000 in Europe - since 2016. Renault used Geneva as a platform to introduce the revised Captur and, not surprisingly, the designers have given a nod to the stablemate with the better identity, the Kadjar. The revised Captur is due to go on sale in the summer and a more "refined and luxurious" interior is promised.
Kia's new city car, the Picanto
Kia revealed its new city car, the Picanto. Kia is promising a larger cabin than many rivals offer and a class-leading 255 litres of boot space. The cars goes on sale in the next couple of months with 1.0 litre and 1.25 litre petrol engines. The car will also be the first city car to feature autonomous emergency braking but it remains to be seen whether that will be a standard feature or an optional extra.
Kia's fastest ever car, the Stinger
Kia also showed off its new fastback, the Stinger. The smart-looking Stinger is Kia's fastest ever car, with the 2.2 turbo diesel producing 200 horse power and the 2.0 litre petrol version 55 horse power more. It will g on sale in Europe next winter with a choice of rear and four wheel drive.
The new Opel Insignia
Opel has been teasing its new Inisgnia - its coupe-like offering in the executive segment - for quite some time and while it is sharper it does not seem radically different. Opel says the car will feature "the widest range" of intelligent technologies.
The Crossland X
Opel is also promising plenty of technology with the new SUV, the Crossland X. The car will have full LED headlights, a panoramic rear view camera and advanced braking and parking technology but we will have to wait some time to discover how much equipment will be standard on the Irish market.