86th Geneva International Motor Show

8th April 2016

The 86th Geneva International Motor Show  showcased a remarkable collection of new creations, including: high-performance sports cars, concept cars and trucks and SUVs with fully embedded technologies, which are shaping the next generation of transportation. Hosted at the Geneva PalEXPO, the Auto Salon was live on the 1st and 2nd of March, with visitor days from the 3rd to the 13th March, 2016.

We, at Setsquare have a true passion for the Automotive Industry, and therefore could not miss this opportunity to cover the event.

This is a short recap video from McLaren, where you will be able to see the presentation of their 570GT supercar:

How as the motor show evolved over the years?

The first edition of the Geneva International Motor Show took place in 1905 before receiving international recognition in 1924. The Geneva Motor Show has a rich history and has been selected as the preferred location for numerous brands to reveal their famous models to the public for the first time . Iconic cars such as the Jaguar E-Type, Ford Capri and Audi Quattro all first saw the light of day on Geneva Motor Show press days.

Since then, the Geneva International Motor Show has become one of the most well-known and popular motor shows in Europe, considered as one of the most important dates on the automotive calendar. Today, it is one of the 5 “majors” auto shows in the world, recognized by the OICA (International Organisation of Automobile Constructors):

Frankfurt International Automobil-Ausstellung
Paris Mondial de l’Automobile
The Geneva Motor Show
The Detroit Auto Show
The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition

Early days: The Benz stand at the 1924 Geneva Motor Show
Early days: The Benz stand at the 1924 Geneva Motor Show
The first Mercedes-Benz stand at the 1926 Geneva Motor Show after the merger of Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie.
The first Mercedes-Benz stand at the 1926 Geneva Motor Show after the merger of Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie.

Today the event still attracts the top manufacturers from around the world as they debut their latest productions cars for the showroom and concept models for the future.

With the major European brands like Audi, BMW, Citroen, Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, Renault, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen regularly joined by Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan and Toyota, the ten-day show is always action packed from start to finish.

Some of the supercars presented at the Auto Salon:

McLaren 570GT Launch, Geneva Motor Show 2016
Aston Martin DB11, Geneva Motor Show 2016
Bugatti Chiron, Geneva Motor Show 2016
Lamborghini Centenario, Geneva Motor Show 2016

Our preferred concept cars:

DS E-Tense, Geneva International Motor Show2016
DS E-Tense, Geneva International Motor Show2016
Honda Civic, Geneva International Motor Show2016
Honda Civic, Geneva International Motor Show2016
Pininfarina H2 Speed, Geneva International Motor Show2016
Pininfarina H2 Speed, Geneva International Motor Show2016
Subaru XV, Geneva International Motor Show2016
Subaru XV, Geneva International Motor Show2016

Last but not least, SUVs and Trucks:

Maserati Levante SUV (Credit: C. C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Maserati Levante SUV (Credit: C. C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Mitsubishi L200 Geoseek (Credit: C. C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Mitsubishi L200 Geoseek (Credit: C. C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Jeep heritage and special editions in Geneva (Credit: C. C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Jeep heritage and special editions in Geneva (Credit: C. C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Toyota Hilux (Credit: C. C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Toyota Hilux (Credit: C. C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Now it’s your turn to tell us, which one was your favourite?