2015 Geneva Motor Show - Worst In Show
As the only major auto show in Europe that opens its gates annualy, the Geneva Motor Show is arguably the most talked about in the world, with every carmaker that counts unveiling its best products there. Although much smaller in size compared to the Frankfurt Motor Show, for example, Geneva has almost always eclipsed other auto shows, and the 2015 edition seems to be no exception.
There were plenty of cars fighting for the spotlight, with most carmakers introducing models that I would grow kidneys for. On the other hand, not all of Geneva’s unveilings were as glamorous in my opinion, which is why I compiled a list of cars which made me think about their negative bits mostly.
Continue reading to learn which models I did not like this year in Geneva.
At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Mini’s world premiere was the snazzy Clubman Concept. Not exactly the best car to tickle the fancy of old-school Mini aficionados, but a pretty concept car nonetheless. What did Mini bring to Geneva in 2015? A special edition of the Countryman, or in other words a more expensive version of it — a fancy name and some extra features, most of which you can order on a regular Countryman anyway. Not to say that the Countryman Park Lane should have stayed at home, but given this is Geneva, Mini could have invested in something a bit more special.
Suzuki brought not one, but two concept cars at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, something that the ailing carmaker hasn’t done for some time in Europe. Both models are allegedly previewing future production models and a new design language for Suzuki, albeit I fail to see any family resemblance between them. While the iM4 Concept is as cute as a bug’s ear with its retro motifs, I think that the iK-2 Concept is a bit too understated for its own good.
Not to mention that Suzuki already has a sub-compact hatch in the shape of the Swift, whose generation is soon up for renewal. In other words, I simply don’t get where the production iK-2 would fit in, since Suzuki wants it to be a slightly larger and more upmarket choice than the Swift. Why not go all the way and make a compact rival for the Golfs and Focuses of the world, then?
In production almost unchanged since 2003, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is not getting any younger with every passing Geneva Motor Show. That said, Rolls-Royce launched yet another bespoke version of its largest model.
In 2014 it introduced the mid-cycle facelift for the top-selling Ghost, while in 2015 it unveiled a pearly white Phantom with a bunch of little flowers discreetly painted on and some opulent silk motifs for the interior. Even though it’s dubbed the Serenity, I find the one-off model as cheesy as they get, but then again I’m not exactly part of the Phantom’s demographics.
I know, I know, what could be there to hate about a nifty little hot-hatch with 207 horsepower on tap and a six-speed manual? Well, I’m actually a fan of the Corsa OPC, especially since it’s actually the only modern OPC model that I like. What I don’t necessarily adore about the new car is the fact that it’s trying to be something that it isn’t. Touted as a new generation, the 2015 Corsa OPC and the Corsa in general are actually based on the same platform as the old model, with the alleged different generations sharing the same wheelbase, windows and a bunch of other parts.
As an example, Mercedes-Benz invests more in a mid-cycle facelift than Opel does in a "new" model. Largely because of its oldish technology, the new Corsa OPC has a combined fuel economy that is far from stellar in this day and age, when turbocharged V-8s use as much fuel as a four-cylinder engine from the 1990s.
I will probably get a lot of flame for this, but I think the new Audi R8 fell from the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. How the same company that brought us the sexy first generation could mess it up so much on the second one is beyond me. It’s not as hideous as the new Audi Q7, but compared with first R8 this one looks like it was designed by me – and I should mention that I can’t draw something nice for the life of me. Everything related to the technical bits on the 2016 R8 is almost perfect, while its interior is downright gorgeous. If only Audi’s new head of design – responsible for the gorgeous Prologue concepts – could have started his job a little bit earlier, just in time to choose a different Audi R8 exterior design...