The recession gripping the world’s automakers hadn’t hit when product plans for many vehicles were hatched several years ago.
That means this year’s Geneva auto show, which takes place March 3-15, will have more world debuts than should be expected during such dour times.
From minivans to crossovers, from basic transport to high-end luxury cars, the 79th Geneva show will feature at least 30 world debuts of vehicles and technologies.
They include much-anticipated introductions of the VW Polo, Peugeot 3008, Mercedes-Benz E-class Coupe, Fiat 500 Cabriolet, Chevrolet Spark, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid, Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic, and two models from Audi. Concept vehicles from Ford, Citroen, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia also will make a splash on their stands.
Here is a sampling of a few of the vehicles taking their bows at Geneva next month.
Tony Lewin and John Revill contributed