Geneva International Motor Show 2016 (Part 2)

FIAT, SKODA, and SEAT, Jaguar, PSA, and more



 This is the second report in a series on the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, one of the five largest motor shows in the world. This report summarizes exhibits by European OEMs familiar to Japanese consumers, which were not covered in the first report, as well as exhibits by Czech-based Skoda, Spain-based SEAT, British brands like Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover, French OEMs like Renault and PSA, and Japanese OEMs.

Related Reports:

  Geneva International Motor Show 2016 (Part 1): German and Italian OEMs

Fiat: Tipo family and other model debuts

 Situated next to Alfa Romeo, Fiat's booth was crowded with many visitors from its home country of Italy. The Italian OEM debuted the Tipo family, 124 Spider, and new Fiat 500S, and exhibited many other models at the show.




 Models from Fiat's mainstay Tipo family, including station wagon and hatchback variants, were exhibited for the first time along with the Tipo sedan, which is already on the market.

Tipo hatchback Tipo estate



 The Tipo sedan was announced in 2015 and is produced in Turkey. Fiat developed the Tipo hatchback and station wagon based on the sedan and exhibited them at this show. Both the hatchback and station wagon feature more spacious cabins and a wide range of powertrain choices. L x W x H (hatchback): 4.37 x 1.79 x 1.5 m. L x W x H (station wagon): 4.57 x 1.79 x 1.5 m. The Fiat Tipo will come with a range of five engines for uses including sport, family and business. 1.3-liter (95 ps) and 1.6-liter (120 ps) diesel engines, 1.4-liter (95 ps) and 1.6-liter (110 ps) gasoline engines, and a 1.4-liter turbo engine (118 ps, 206 Nm) for sport use; Gearbox: five-, six-speed MT, and six-speed AT

Skoda and SEAT exhibit refined SUVs

 Skoda and SEAT are both Volkswagen Group companies. Skoda (the Czech Republic) and SEAT (Spain) have head offices and development centers in their respective home countries. The vehicles produced by the two OEMs feature distinctive designs, and high interior and exterior quality. While relatively unknown in Japan, they are regular exhibitors at auto shows in Europe and China, and their models are popular there. 

Skoda: Vision "S" PHV concept (premiere)

 The Vision concept was first announced as the "C" in 2014, but has been evolved to the "S." Production of the Vision S is scheduled to begin in the Czech Republic in 2016. The Vision S embodies a new sharpened design language that was inspired by Czech Cubism and Bohemian Crystal Art, as well as high performance. 



 The Vision S is a three-row six-seat sport utility vehicle (SUV) that offers a spacious cabin and large passenger-side display. It is built on Volkswagen's MQB platform (Tiguan). L x W x H: 4.7 x 1.9 x 1.68 m, 2.79 m wheelbase. It is powered by a plug-in-hybrid drive system that includes a 1.4-liter in-line four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine (155 ps); System output: 225 ps, 270 Nm; It can travel on electric power for up to 50 km thanks to a 12.4kWh lithium-ion battery; 0-100km/h acceleration: 7.4 seconds; Fuel efficiency: 1.9 liters/100 km; Gearbox: six-speed AT; AWD; Passenger seat equipped with a large 16-inch landscape touch-panel display; Digital communications services are available in each seat (only in the concept model).


Ateca: SEAT's first crossover SUV debuts


 The Ateca is SEAT's first crossover SUV, which the company started pursuing in 2011 with a catchphrase of "Exciting urban elegance." The Ateca was named after a town in northern Spain. It is built on Volkswagen's MQB platform (Tiguan) like the Skoda Vision S, with which it also shares styling. Its instrument panel is equipped with an 8-inch digital touch-screen.

 L x W x H: 4.3 x 1.84 x 1.62 m, 2.64 m wheelbase; Diesel engines (Volkswagen-made): 1.6-liter in-line four-cylinder unit (115 ps) and 2.0-liter units (150 to 190 ps, 350 Nm); 0-100km/h acceleration: 7.0 seconds; Only diesel models have AWD; Gearbox: six-speed MT and AT; Gasoline engines: 1.0-liter in-line three-cylinder unit (115 ps) and 1.4-liter in-line four-cylinder unit (150 ps, 250 Nm); 0-100km/h acceleration: 8.5 seconds


British vehicles: Aston Martin, Jaguar, and other brands

 British vehicle booths were crowded as well, partly because of people's admiration for luxury cars. The small manufacturer Morgan Motor Company, a regular exhibitor at the Geneva Motor Show, energetically exhibited a distinctive three-wheeled electric vehicle (EV). It is this writer's personal opinion, at every show there is a sense that luxury British vehicles have good hand-worked interior and exterior quality that offers unique benefits, but this is exceeded by the balanced sense of unity and finely-honed manufacturing of BMW and Mercedes-Benz models.


Aston Martin: DB11

 The DB11 is a redesign of the current DB9, and both are traditional series models crowned with the letters DB, the initials of David Brown who was the owner in 1948. The British brand exhibited James Bond's DB5 (in the background of the photo), two DB11 models with coupe and convertible versions, a V12 engine, and a cutaway model at this show.

 Aston Martin introduced the DB11, which the current CEO is positioning as the most important car in the company's 103-year history, and on which the small company's fate rests. The DB11 showcases an exquisitely beautiful design language that would be fitting for a Bond car.


 The coupe body is visible at the top of the image, and the convertible version at the bottom. The instrument panel has one meter (according to press materials).
 The development of the DB11 took three years. The team made a list of opinions from their own members, customers, journalists, and others. These were compiled into the QHR (Quality History Review), which describes what is desirable for a car. 


 This high-end vehicle that has extravagant conditions set, including luxury, a limited customer base, and limited production.

 The car's body shell is mostly made of aluminum, with some carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) to achieve high rigidity and weight reduction. The DB11 includes a Mercedes-Benz based electronic architecture and is powered by a 5.2-liter V12 engine (608 ps, 713 Nm) boosted with by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries twin-scroll turbochargers with intercoolers; 0-100km/h acceleration: 3.9 seconds; Top speed: 322 km/h; Gearbox: eight-speed AT; L x W x H: 4.74 x 1.94 x 1.28 m, 2.8 m wheelbase


Jaguar exhibits new F-Type (premiere), F-Pace, etc.

 Jaguar, a subsidiary of India-based Tata Motors, had a booth located next to Ford, its old parent company. Its small booth was crowded due to the debut of the F-Type SVR, and displays of the new XF, F-Type, F-Pace, and an F-Pace cutaway.



New F-Type SVR 4x4 (debut)

 Jaguar exhibited the F-Type SVR; a top model superior to the current F-Type R that continues the tradition of the famous "E-Type." Unlike the model shown on press days, the F-Type SVR exhibited at the show was a rear wing-fitted convertible that had a more powerful and sporty impression.

F-Type SVR

 The F-Type SVR is the first production model developed and produced by Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations department.

F-Type SVR

 The car's drivetrain components and other parts achieve a weight reduction of 50 kg for greater performance. The SVR's body shell is made of aluminum. L x W x H: 4.5 x 1.92 x 1.3 m, 2.6 m wheelbase; 5.0-liter twin-supercharged V8 engine (575 ps, 700 Nm); 0-100km/h acceleration: 3.7 seconds; Gearbox: eight-speed AT; AWD; Top speed: 322 km/h


F-Pace: Jaguar's first SUV


 The F-Pace was announced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2015. This five-seat luxury crossover SUV carries on the lineage of Jaguar's F-Type sports cars. With its brand power, Jaguar has entered the European mid-size SUV market, which is expected to grow. The F-Pace SUV is the company's strategic model in management terms. 


 The cutaway model indicates that the F-Pace is built on the same modular aluminum platform as XE and XF, which including the body shell is about 80% aluminum. SUV-specific parts account for 81% of the F-Pace's components. Diesel engines: 2.0- to 3.0-liter V6, 180 to 300 ps, 700 Nm; 0-100km/h acceleration: 5.8 seconds; Gasoline engines: 3.0-liter V6, 375 ps, 450 Nm; 0-100km/h acceleration: 5.1 seconds; Gearboxes: six-speed MT to eight-speed AT; only V6-engine models have AWD; L x W x H: 4.73 x 2.0 x 1.65 m, 2.8 m wheelbase.


Bentley Bentagaya SUV

 Bentley, a Volkswagen Group company, developed the Bentayga, its first luxury SUV, by taking advantage of the Group's strengths. It is relying on its brand power for sales. After displaying a concept of the new SUV at the 2012 Geneva Show, the British brand strengthened its cooperation with Volkswagen to develop the model, and announced a production version in 2015. Bentayga, a difficult name, was chosen in 2015. It is built on Volkswagen's MLB platform (as is the Touareg) and is equipped with a Volkswagen-made longitudinally mounted engine. 


 L x W x H: 5.14 x 2 x 1.74 m, 3 m wheelbase; a four seater; 6.0-liter W12 (V6x2) twin-turbocharged gasoline engine (Volkswagen-made, 600 ps, 900 Nm); 0-100km/h acceleration: 5 seconds; Gearbox: eight-speed AT; AWD

 Jaguar and Bentley's SUVs have the edge in brand and prestige power. With the exception of their front designs, both the Jaguar F-Pace and Bentley Bentayga have the same appearance as common SUVs. These new models utilize their brands' strengths and await the judgment of the market. (reporter)


Land Rover: Range Rover Evoque convertible

 The Range Rover Evoque has its roots in a concept car that became a production model, and was named the Evoque as a result of the brand's tie-in with a French fashion magazine (Vogue Paris) to commemorate its 40th anniversary. The Evoque convertible had its world premiere at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and made its European debut at the Geneva show this year. 


 This crossover SUV is designed to offer a sporty and sense of fashion and running performance. It is targeted at the North American market as well as the European market, and according to people involved in the show, it is particularly intended for female consumers. L x W x H: 4.3 x 1.9 x 1.6 m (with the roof closed), 2.66 m wheelbase; 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine (240 ps, 340 Nm); 0-100km/h acceleration: 7.6 seconds; diesel engine is also available; Gearbox: nine-speed AT; AWD


Morgan: EV3 concept (debut)

 Morgan is a British family owned manufacturer that does small-scale production of classic style sports cars. The company has many fans, and is a regular exhibitor at large international motor shows like the Frankfurt and Geneva Shows.


 Morgan changed its classic 3-Wheeler into an EV and modernized the stream-lined cigar shape. The EV3 concept has a driver's seat on its right side and luggage space on its left side. It is equipped with a liquid cooled 62ps motor and a 20KWh lithium battery, and is capable of traveling 240 km on a full charge. The EV3's body has an ash wood frame with CFRP and aluminum panels. As a result, it weighs less than 500 kg.

Volvo: V90 wagon (high-end grade PHV) (debut)

 This is a successor to the previous-generation V90, which was discontinued in 1998. The V90 Wagon shares Volvo Cars' SPA platform, as well as engine and body components utilized in the newest XC90 SUV and S90 sedan. 


 L x W x H: 4.93 x 1.9 x 1.47 m, 2.94 m wheelbase. Obviously it is longer, wider, and lower than the predecessor. It is powered by a 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder turbo gasoline (251 to 320 ps) or diesel engine (187 to 232 ps). The high-end-grade model is a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV); System output: 407 ps, 650 Nm; 9.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack



French vehicles: model debuts from Renault and PSA

 Although most Swiss speak French and many visitors came from France, Renault's and PSA's booths were comparatively less crowded. 

French vehicles


Renault: New Scenic MPV (debut)

 The Megane Scenic went on sale in 1996 and became popular as the first small European multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). The fully-redesigned fourth-generation Scenic made its debut at this show to mark the 20th anniversary of the model.




A Renault design director who used to work at Ford and Mazda created the new Scenic, which has a panoramic glass roof extending to the windshield and dynamic body line. The wheels were made 20-in narrower to give the car a sporty feel and reduce fuel consumption.

 The new Scenic seats five. Contrary to appearances, the instrument panel, which includes an 8.7-inch multimedia tablet, is functional and easy to operate.

 It comes with a choice of six diesel engines (94 to 158 ps) and two gasoline engines (113 to 128 ps), which are primarily 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder turbo engines. It will also be available with a hybrid system. L x W x H: 4.4 x 1.8 x 1.6 m, 2.7 m wheelbase.

Peugeot: Facelifted 2008 SUV (debut)



PSA showed a facelifted version of the 2008, which has sold 500,000 units since launching in 2013, for the first time. The area around the front has been given a 3-dimensional overhaul to match the look of Peugeot's other SUVs and minivans. It has an excellent instrument panel equipped with features like a 7-inch digital touch-panel display. It comes with a choice of 1.2-liter in-line three-cylinder turbo gasoline (82 to 130 ps) and 1.6-liter in-line four-cylinder diesel engines (75 to 120 ps). L x W x H: 4.16 x 1.74 x 1.57 m, 2.54 m wheelbase.

Citroen: E-Mehari EV (debut)

 The E-Mehari is a successor to the Citroen Mehari, which was introduced in 1968. A production model of the EV made its debut at this show. At the same time, the French brand displayed a limited edition white-color version. The robust convertible EV has a plastic interior and exterior panels.


 50kW drive motor (67ps); 30kWh lithium metal polymer batteries; Driving range: 200 km per charge; Full recharging time: 8 hours; Top speed: 110 km/h; L x W x H: 3.8 x 1.87 x 1.65 m; Four-seater


Toyota, Peugeot, and Citroen MPVs (minivans) (debut)

 These new MPVs were jointly developed by Toyota and PSA. The Toyota MPV is a fully-redesigned version of the current Proace, a model for the European market (which has been supplied by PSA under an OEM agreement, starting in 2013). The three new MPVs have the same body with the exception of the front area, which has been changed to match the characteristics of their respective brands. European production is done at PSA's plant in France, and the models are available in passenger car and commercial vehicle versions. The three brands exhibited their passenger vehicle versions (wagons) at this show.

Toyota Proace Verso Peugeot Traveller (successor to the current Expert)
MPV premiere


Citroen Spacetourer (successor to the current Jumpy) The instrument panels and general interior design
are common for all of the vehicles
MPV premiere

 Each model has three body lengths: 4.6 m, 4.95 m and 5.3m, with up to nine seats (wagon); 1.9 m (w), 1.92 to 2.2 m (h), 2.9 to 3.2 m wheelbase, 1.92 to 2.27 m (h); Toyota Proace diesels engines: 1.6-liter in-line four-cylinder turbo (95 to 113 ps), 2.0-liter (120 to 148 ps); Gearboxes: five-, six-speed MT, AT; AWD available


Peugeot Traveller VIP specification six-seater


PEUGEOT The Citroen Hyphen concept (AWD) is shown to the left. Sporty interior and exterior styling because of Citroen's collaboration with the French pop group Hyphen Hyphen


Bugatti and Lamborghini

 Bugatti: 8.0-liter W16 engine (1500 ps, 1600 Nm); Lamborghini: 6.5-liter V12 engine (770 ps, 690 Nm)

Bugatti and Lamborghini

Bugatti and Lamborghini

Main model debuts from Japanese OEMs: Toyota, Honda, Subaru and others

Honda Civic hatchback Suzuki Baleno
A prototype of the new Civic hatchback made its global debut.
It will be built at Honda's Swindon plant in the U.K. and go
on sale in early 2017.
This production version of the new Suzuki Baleno is based on the iK-2 concept, which was unveiled at the previous Geneva Show. It will be built in India and go on sale in Europe in the spring of 2016.


Subaru XV concept Nissan Qashqai Premium Concept
The Subaru XV concept made its debut. This concept car embodies Subaru's next-generation Dynamic X Solid
design philosophy. It indicates the design direction of the next-generation XV.
Nissan showcased a special version of the Qashqai.


Toyota C-HR Mazda RX Vision Concept
The new Toyota C-HR C-segment crossover made its debut. It will be built in Turkey and go on sale in
Europe in early 2017.
This is a rotary sports car concept that made its global debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

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