Best Connected Cars Geneva Motor Show: Audi, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Porsche & Volvo

At the Geneva International Motor Show several automakers from around the world showed their latest concepts and models. Here is a roundup of the latest new reveals and details. The themes this year include many more electric vehicles, concepts from major German automakers and more SUVs.

Aston Martin Lagonda Vision Concept

Lagonda Vision Concept shows future luxury mobility. Onboard, passengers can pivot their seats to create a cozy, social atmosphere surrounded by prestige materials like carbon and cashmere.

Audi A6

The Audi  A6 offers much of the technology found in the A7 with fuel-saving features. The A6 features Audi’s newest MMI infotainment system. The 12.3-inch driver information cluster will be available in the A6 and can complement a 10.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment and an 8.6-inch touchscreen for climate controls, when equipped. The car can be started without a car just an Android phone.

Audi e-tron prototype

The production version of the Audi e-tron prototype can fill up on electricity at fast-charging stations with up to 150 kW charging capacity. In just under 30 minutes, the SUV is then ready for the next leg of the long-distance journey. The electrical quattro catapults the four-wheel drive into a new age and ensures strong performance on any terrain. The production version of the Audi e-tron launches on the European market at the end of 2018.

Prior to the world premiere, part of the Audi e-tron test fleet will be out on public roads wearing the electrifying camouflage.

BMW new Concept M8 Gran Coupe

The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe embodies a new facet of luxury for the BMW brand – ultra-sporty, extrovert and polarizing. The Salève Vert paint finish, whose colour appears to change from green to greyish blue in different lights, creates a hugely effective surface composition and teams up with the gold-coloured window graphic, hallmark M gills, gold-coloured brakes, wheel rims and M twin exhaust tailpipes to give the car a head-turning, all-new look.

The striking exterior of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe combines the core values of BMW M with elegance and luxury to create a new and captivating form, and reveals a new and exciting facet of BMW M.

Honda EV Concept

Honda Urban EV Concept is a tiny retro electric car. The Urban EV Concept previews Honda’s first mass-produced battery electric vehicle sold in Europe. The Concept features a simple and sophisticated design, slim A-pillars and wide windscreen that appears to sweep around the entire front of the passenger cabin.

Hyundai Kona EV, Le Fil and NEXO

Hyundai showed the all-new Kona Electric, the concept car ‘Le Fil Rouge’ and the hydrogen-powered Hyundai NEXO SUV.

Le Fil Rouge (common thread) is a reflection of Hyundai’s belief that the brand’s past, present and future designs are all connected. A panoramic floating display coupled with haptic technology sits in front of the driver, providing access to intuitive controls for climate control and other vehicle configurations. The design is called sensuous sporty.

The All-New NEXO is the first dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV and stands for Hyundai’s ambitious and innovative spirit in the field of alternative powertrains with range of 800 km when its tanks are full. The Next-Generation fuel cell vehicle shows what future driving will look like and lets customers experience it with innovative convenience features like Remote Parking, Blind Spot View Monitor and autonomous driving capabilities.

With the All-New Kona Electric, Hyundai is a fully-electric subcompact SUV. It offers the practicality customers need for everyday use, making it suitable for the first car of the household. With 204 PS, a range of up to 470 km* and the generous roominess of a SUV body type, the Kona Electric expresses the lifestyle of modern urban customers. The Nexo has a 120 kW (163 hp) engine and generates 395 Nm of torque. The necessary electricity is provided by the newly-designed fuel cell system, which is more compact yet offers improved driving performance and 60% more efficiency.

Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV

The I-PACE offers bold aero-efficient design and interior space for five adults and luggage. While a mid-sized SUV, I-PACE’s cab forward design and EV powertrain means interior space comparable to large SUVs.

I-PACE introduces the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system to Jaguar. Utilising an innovative combination of touchscreens, capacitive sensors and tactile physical controls, Touch Pro Duo is intuitive to use.

A new EV navigation system assesses the topography of the route to destination and insights from previous journeys, including driving style, to calculate personalized range and charging status with exceptional accuracy for maximum driver confidence.

The advanced system uses ‘Smart Settings’ technology – driven by AI algorithms – to identify individual driver preferences, and then tailors the I-PACE’s driving and interior settings accordingly.

I-PACE will also launch an Amazon Alexa Skill. This means owners will be able to ask an Alexa enabled device for information held in the Jaguar InControl Remote app. For example: Is my car locked? What is the charging level? Do I have enough range to get to work?

To ensure owners always have access to the latest infotainment, telematics and battery energy control software, I-PACE will be the first Jaguar to provide software over-the-air – providing seamless update

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

The fully electric crossover concept, Porsche Mission E Cross Truismo debuts innovative display and operating technology with touchscreen and eye-tracking control. A camera in the rear-view mirror detects what the driver is looking at, such as specific onboard instruments, then displays whatever the driver is interested in on a head-up display optimally positioned in the driver’s field of vision.

Smart EQ

Smart EQ ForTwo features e an available 22-kilowatt fast charger for an 80 percent charge in under 40 minutes. The Smart EQ app checks vital vehicle information such as current charge level and available charging stations as well as can remotely start the climate control.

Volvo Polestar/V60

Volvo Polestar 1 hybrid was shown with a 93 fully electric range, called Volvo’s first and last plugin hybrid. Polestar features a body with optimal Carbon Fibre layout.  It is an electric performance hybrid with 600 Horsepower, 1000 Nm of Torque and 150km electric range (NEDC), torque vectoring, Öhlins dampers and Akebono six piston brakes. The vehicle is subscribe-only with insurance included in the monthly rate and can not be purchased. It is due to go on-subscription in mid 2019. The Polestar 1 will be made in a limited number of units per year.

2019 Volvo V60 wagon is the second 60-series vehicle based on the its global architecture. The V60 uses the same vertically oriented touchscreen for infotainment as the XC60 and a recognizable dash. It will be available in the U.S. later this year.

Geneva International Motor Show Shifts with IFA

The Geneva International Motor Show, Palexpo, IFA and Messe Berlin are launching a new biannual convention – Shift Automotive – which will explore how new technologies are changing the way we think, live and drive. New automotive technologies are rapidly and fundamentally transforming our world; driving the change are companies from both the automotive industry, and the world of technology and consumer electronics.

The new automotive convention – to be held twice a year, in Geneva and Berlin, alongside the Geneva International Motor Show and IFA – will explore the challenges posed by the mobility disruption and explore and celebrate ideas for the automotive future ahead. Industry keynotes, panels and workshop will cover a broad range of issues, including: when will consumers be ready to trust autonomous cars; cyber security in cars; how will the Internet of Things transform the driving experience; and how will disruptive mobility change human transport – and society itself – for the better.