It is a sunny morning at the Geneva Airport. Outside, planes are racing down the runway and rocketing into the sky. Inside the nearby trade fair halls, international automakers are sharing their visions about the future of mobility.
Just 12 hours ago, Matthias Müller, the CEO of the Volkswagen Group, summed up the fundamental change facing the industry with a single figure. “By 2022, the Volkswagen Group will have invested more than €34 billion in electromobility, autonomous driving, digital connectedness and new mobility services,” Müller said at the Group Media Night to kick off the auto show. The Group’s brands are now showing off some of the results of this effort.
First up is the Volkswagen brand, which rolls its new flagship vehicle of the electrical I.D. family onto the stage, the concept car I.D. VIZZION1. “When you first look at the vehicle, the I.D. VIZZION clearly shows how the new modular electric drive matrix MEB opens up a completely new world of exterior and interior design opportunities for us,” said Herbert Diess, a member of the Board of Management.
The I.D. VIZZION offers a glimpse of the car of tomorrow and the day after tomorrow: By 2030, the car could be operated using augmented reality. Autonomous driving on the maximum level may be possible by 2025. The design and the electrical all-wheel drive point to the year 2022, when the first version of the I.D. VIZZION with a conventional operating system will be introduced to the market.
Electromobility at Audi: With the e-tron prototype2, the brand is providing visitors at the Geneva show with a look at its first fully electric model. The sporty premium SUV has room for five people and plenty of luggage. The series version can fill its batteries at fast-charging stations with up to 150 kW charging power. It is ready to head off on the next stage of its long-distance journey in nearly 30 minutes. Before the Audi e-tron is introduced to the European market at the end of the year, hundreds of development cars are being put to the test under extreme conditions around the world. With the new A63, Audi is also presenting the eighth generation of its successful luxury-class sedan.
Porsche also brought a trailblazing concept car to Geneva. With the Mission E Cross Turismo4, the company is presenting an electric cross utility vehicle (CUV) that can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. “The Mission E Cross Turismo is our vision of a totally electric future,” said Oliver Blume, a member of the Board of Management. “It combines sporty performance and everyday usability in a unique way. Our vehicle is not just fast. It also can recharge quickly and will be able to replicate its performance time after time.” The road-ready Mission E Cross Turismo traces its roots back to the concept car Mission E that Porsche showcased at the International Motor Show (IAA) in 2015. The production car based on it will celebrate its premiere next year.
“The Mission E Cross Turismo is our vision of a totally electric future. It combines sporty performance and everyday usability in a unique way. Our vehicle is not just fast. It also can recharge quickly and will be able to replicate its performance time after time.”
With the Bentayga Hybrid5, Bentley is presenting the first hybrid luxury-class model in Geneva. The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS6, the super sports car Bugatti Chiron Sport7 and the super SUV Lamborghini Urus8 are also catching people’s attention. SEAT is luring visitors to the booth with such vehicles as the CUPRA e-Racer9, the world’s first totally electric touring race car.
Mobility in cities is playing a special role at the motor show – it should become more efficient and cleaner while making metropolitan areas more livable. The ŠKODA Scooter10 is both a practical and efficient solution for sustainable urban mobility. With the help of a folding mechanism, the scooter can be packed into the trunk of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA11 and the ŠKODA SUPERB12 without sacrificing any storage volume. The scooter is designed to cover the last mile from a parking place to the traveler’s ultimate destination and the first mile back to the vehicle.
In Geneva, Audi, Italdesign and Airbus are demonstrating how mobility on the road and in the air can grow together. With “Pop.Up Next”13, they are showcasing a totally electric, fully automatic concept vehicle for horizontal and vertical mobility. This means of transportation will be designed to quickly and comfortably transport people in major cities on roads and in the air in the distant future. It will solve traffic problems in the process. The vehicle's interior is dominated by a 49-inch monitor. Interactions between humans and the machine are performed with language and facial recognition, eye tracking and touch functions.
The ultralight, two-seat passenger cabinet can be coupled to a car or plane module.
Consumption value of the above mentioned vehicles
1 Volkswagen I.D. VIZZION – The concept car has not yet gone on sale and therefore Directive 1999/94 does not apply.
2 Audi e-tron-Prototyp - has not yet gone on sale and therefore Directive 1999/94 does not apply.
3 Audi A6 - The car has not yet gone on sale and therefore Directive 1999/94 does not apply. Provisional value: fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 7.1–5.5; CO2 emission combined in g/km: 161–142.
4 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo – The concept car has not yet gone on sale and therefore Directive 1999/94 does not apply.
5 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid – The car has not yet gone on sale and therefore Directive 1999/94 does not apply. Provisional value: fuel consumption in l/100 km: combined 3.3; power consumption in kWh/100 km: not yet known; CO2 emission combined: 75 g/km.
6 Porsche 911 GT3 RS – fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 19.2 / extra urban 9.0 / combined 12.8; CO2 emission combined in g/km: 291; efficiency class: G
7 Bugatti Chiron Sport – fuel consumption in l/100km: urban 35.2 / extra urban 15.2 / combined 22.5; CO2 emission combined in g/km: 516; efficiency class: G
8 Lamborghini Urus – fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 16.7 / extra urban 9.7 / combined 12.3; CO2 emission combined in g/km: 279; efficiency class: G
9 SEAT CUPRA e-Racer – The racing car has not yet gone on sale and therefore Directive 1999/94 does not apply.
10 ŠKODA Scooter.- The concept car has not yet gone on sale and therefore Directive 1999/94 does not apply.
11 ŠKODA OCTAVIA – fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 8.5–6.7 / extra urban 5.5-4.7 / combined 6.6-5.5; CO2 emission combined in g/km: 149–98; efficiency class: D – A
12 ŠKODA SUPERB – fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 9.0-4.5 / extra urban 6.2-3.5 / combined 7.2-3.9; CO2 emission combined in g/km: 165–101; efficiency class: D – A+
13 Audi, Italdesign and Airbus „Pop.Up Next“ - The concept car has not yet gone on sale and therefore Directive 1999/94 does not apply.