Feel Desain spent the weekend in Geneva, visiting the very famous International Motor Show, which finished on Sunday. As you can imagine, there were tons and tons of new designs, so we’re just bringing you a round up of our favourites. The Geneva show is a great mix of sensible and affordable family vehicles, crazy supercars, and out of this world concepts, and this year had a great selection to look at.
On the “out of this world concept” end of the scale, Italdesign Giugiaro showed their new Gea Concept; a stylish, 764 horsepower, luxury vehicle… Oh, and it’s driverless. Giugiaro have focused on the importance of interior design and lighting, as well as the stylish exterior which reflects the best of Italian design. They have also paid great attention to the ergonomics of the passenger zone, given that “piloted driving” doesn’t require the same attention to the driver’s area. The double-opening doors and paint colour make the vehicle look super space age, but it also looks sporty and comfortable, and Italdesign Giugiaro have certainly focused on the car’s performance too.
Citroën’s new standalone luxury brand DS showed a couple of different designs, including the DS Divine Concept, which we’d seen in Paris, but which still remained one of the best looking cars of the show. The concept represents the DS brand’s future styling, rather than one particular vehicle, and we like the look of it. There was also the 5 Moon Dust, with great matte textured bodywork and a special-finish chrome, a radiator grille with a design showing off the DS monogram, and featuring a diesel hybrid engine.
BMW showed off a few of their electric cars, including the i3 and its stylish interior, featuring unusual textures and combinations, and 25% of the materials used are recycled or renewable.
Peugeot’s concept car selection included the futuristic Onyx as well as the Exalt and the Quartz. The Exalt’s finish is stunning, featuring bare steel and a shark skin material at the rear, which helps to reduce drag as it’s super-aerodynamic. The Quartz is a next generation SUV and combines a great design with innovative materials to showcase the brand’s vision of high-end family cars. Sporty and powerful in its styling, the Quartz has an SUV’s body and a saloon cabin, and features sleek lines and LED lighting, as well as mineral grey and matte black finishes, finished off with splashes of red.
VW‘s Sport Coupé concept GTE is very much Volkswagen in style, but still manages to look like something new, and we particularly liked the lights and grille. It shows a plug-in hybrid system that VW is working on for future models and is based around a 295bhp, 3 litre V6 petrol engine, combined with 2 electric motors at the front and rear. Volkswagen say it’s fairly likely this will be the basis for a new model, so that’s great news if you like the look of the concept.
On the sportier side of things was the Renault Sport R.S.01 which is a great-looking, lightweight, mid-engined sports car intended purely for the Renaultsport Trophy racing series which starts this year.
Turin-based Fiat showed off the Panda K-Way, a special edition in collaboration with the rainproof-clothing brand. This car is particularly targeted at women and features the colours of the K-Way, and the different options for body, mirrors, and hubcaps offer over 20 possible colour combinations. Internally, there are eco-leather seats, blue multilayer PVC mats, Visibag high-vis vest, and blue dashboard and silver instrument panel also influenced by K-Way.
We also saw the Jeep Renegade and its trailer up close, and admired its beautiful paint finish, the Citroen Airflow, the new Mini Countryman Park Lane, and the new Suzuki iM-4 concept, a very minimalist subcompact SUV/Crossover, with styling which takes you back to classic Suzuki models.
Photos by Silvia Capuano.