Dozens of journalists crowded around the booth when Ralf Brandstätter came on stage. "The transformation of the Volkswagen brand is in full swing. We are making excellent progress in digitizing our company and electrifying our models," said the COO.
During its press conference at the Geneva Motor Show, the Volkswagen brand is presenting four world premieres - including the all-electric ID. BUGGY, which transports the idea of the legendary Dune-Buggy into the age of electric mobility. The pure design of the study is a modern interpretation of the popular US beach buggies of the 60s and 70s. The technical basis is the modular electric drive system (MEB), which Volkswagen developed specifically for a new generation of electric cars.
The eighth generation of the Passat is even more comfortable, even more digital and has undergone far-reaching technical developments. A new Passat that brings together the brand's latest innovations. With the Volkswagen T-Roc R, the company presents a new top model for its successfully launched Crossover series. The powerhouse was developed by Volkswagen R and impresses with its performance data. Volkswagen is celebrating another world premiere with the Touareg V8 TDI. The 310 kW/421 hp TDI achieves a maximum torque of 900 Nm, making it the most powerful diesel SUV from a German car manufacturer.
Clever solutions for the city
Just like Volkswagen, the other Group brands also move between vehicles for the here and now and views of the mobility of the future. Take ŠKODA, for example: with the VISION iV concept study, the company is giving a clear vision of its first purely electric model based on MEB. The new KAMIQ extends the successful SUV family into the growing segment of city SUVs. With the purely electric two-wheeler concept KLEMENT, ŠKODA is also presenting an innovative mobility offer for the city. The brand is thus tightening its grip to the origins of its success story, which began 124 years ago with the production of two-wheelers.
An exciting concept for urban traffic can also be seen at SEAT: With the Minimó study, the Spanish brand presents a solution for micromobility in congested metropolises. With a length of 2.50 meters and a width of 1.24 meters, the Minimó occupies just over 3 square metres and fits into the smallest parking space. The electric vehicle thus combines the strength of a car with the advantages of a motorcycle. The battery can easily be replaced, so that the Minimó has the full range of 100 kilometers again within minutes.
Sporty and electric
Audi is showing four pure electric drive vehicles, which will celebrate their premiere in the series production version by the end of 2020. "We have set ourselves a clear goal - as early as 2025, every third newly sold Audi will be electrically driven. Because we are pursuing a clear vision - we are committed to emission-free mobility," says Bram Schot, Chairman of the Board of Management. The first representative of the new E-Quartet, the Audi e-tron, will be delivered to customers shortly. The company unveiled the Audi Q4 e-tron concept at its stand. The Audi e-tron GT concept makes its European debut in Geneva. In addition, four plug-in hybrids receive world premieres, as well as the all-electric Audi e-tron FE05 Formula E racing car are on display at the stand.
Just in time for the open-air season, Porsche is presenting the new 911 Cabriolet to Show visitors. The open version of the sports car icon features all the innovations of the coupé. Specific enhancements include a new hydraulic system that opens and closes the soft top faster. As a world first, Porsche has developed the standard Wet Mode. The function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver. Also in Geneva, Porsche is showing the 718 T as Boxster and Cayman. At Porsche, "T" traditionally stands for touring and is synonymous with driving pleasure in its purest form. The territory of the 718 T is the winding country road, where the joy of dynamic driving is the primary goal.
"Individuality is true luxury"
As Bentley celebrates 100 extraordinary years, it shows The Continental GT Number 9 Edition. Only 100 of these remarkable cars will ever be produced. The Number 9 Edition pays tribute to Bentley’s proud racing heritage.
Lamborghini will be presenting the world premiere of the Aventador SVJ Roadster, which is limited to 800 units. "The Aventador SVJ Roadster takes over the concentrated power, performance and groundbreaking aerodynamic technologies of the Coupé, but in terms of presence and performance it is a completely independent vehicle," says CEO Stefano Domenicali. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 2.9 seconds.
Bugatti presents an exclusive hyper sports car with the unique "La Voiture Noire". Its 16-cylinder eight-liter engine delivers 1,500 hp. At the same time, the coupé offers the comfort of a luxury saloon. "The true form of luxury is individuality," says Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann.
500 years after his birth, Italdesign dedicates its show car "DaVinci" to the Italian genius. The concept for a Grand Tourismo moves with its sporty nature and elegance in the premium segment. With its pure electric drive, the show car is also a glimpse of the future. With just a few adjustments, "DaVinci" would be ready for series production.
Volkswagen ID. BUGGY: Study
Volkswagen Passat: The vehicle is not yet for sale.
Volkswagen T-Roc R: The vehicle is a near-series study.
Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI: The vehicle is a near-series study.
ŠKODA KAMIQ: several engine derivatives, therefore no fuel consumption figures
ŠKODA VISION iV: Study
SEAT Minimo: Study
Audi e-tron: Power consumption combined in kWh/100 km: 26.2 - 22.6 (WLTP); 24.6 - 23.7 (NEDC) CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 0
911 Carrera S Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined 9.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 208 g/km
911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined 9.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 207 g/km
718 Cayman T: Fuel consumption combined 8.1-7.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 186-180 g/km
718 Boxster T: Fuel consumption combined 8.2-7.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 187-181 g/km
Bentley Continental GT Number 9 Edition: Combined Fuel Consumption: 13.6-16.2 l/100km | WLTP Combined CO₂ emissions: 308-365 g/km
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster: Consumption and emission data are in the homologation phase.
Bugatti „La Voiture Noire”: fuel consumption, l/100km: not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC as total type-approval is not yet available.
Italdesign Showcar DaVinci: Study