In pictures: luxury, crossover vehicles rev up Geneva car show

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 10:07pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 10:07pm

This year’s Geneva International Motor Show – one of the world’s most prestigious car events and the biggest show of its type in Europe – threw open its doors on Thursday.

Automakers from around the world are unveiling a host of new vehicles, from supercars for the super-rich to concept vehicles by boutique car designers and high-volume vehicles for the masses.

A total of 180 exhibitors will showcase 900 models at the show. An increasing number of electric and hybrid cars will be on display, some from top-end marques such as Lamborghini, McLaren and Bentley.

Carmakers now have to steer toward engines that emit no more than 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre by 2021 to meet European requirements, compared with 130 grams in 2015.

Geneva motor show hits the road

But the greatest buzz at the 10-day show, which last year attracted 687,000 visitors, may come from so-called “crossover” vehicles, or CUVs, which combine features of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) with those of passenger cars.