Our Geneva show­stop­pers

Auto Ex­press team picks out its favourites among the stars at Europe’s big­gest mo­tor show last week

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Auto Ex­press team rounds up high­lights from the stands

Gra­ham Hope Edi­tor Range Rover Ve­lar

THE very idea of a coupé-suv is a trav­esty to some peo­ple. Per­haps that’s no sur­prise, given some of the com­pro­mised de­signs we’ve seen in this boom­ing mar­ket.

But de­sign di­rec­tor Gerry Mcgovern has shown it’s a bodystyle that re­ally can work with the gor­geous new Range Rover Ve­lar. It’s a fan­tas­ti­cally well ex­e­cuted de­sign that has a clear con­nec­tion with the rest of the line-up while forg­ing an iden­tity of its own.

It’s beau­ti­fully built, too, and in­side, the pi­o­neer­ing tech and use of in­no­va­tive ma­te­ri­als cre­ate a cut­ting-edge en­vi­ron­ment.

Best of all? It’s de­signed and de­vel­oped in Bri­tain and will also be made here. The Ve­lar is truly a car for us all to be proud of.

Steve Fowler Edi­tor-in-chief Mclaren 720S

ONE of the last cars un­veiled at the Geneva Mo­tor Show was, in my eyes, the best: the new Mclaren 720S.

But it’s not the stun­ning looks I find most ex­cit­ing (although let’s be hon­est, it’s an in­cred­i­ble piece of automotive art). It’s the story be­hind the car – from the new ap­proach to aero­dy­nam­ics and cool­ing to the in­no­va­tive body struc­ture and Mclaren’s ‘no stone left un­turned’ ap­proach to make the 720S faster with more feel and yet even more ac­ces­si­ble. It’ll be an easy car to live with.

All that with a price hike of just five per cent. It’s still a £208,000 su­per­car, but you’ve got to have dreams, haven’t you?

James Batch­e­lor Edi­tor-at-large and head of motoring video Alpine A110

AFTER a seem­ingly end­less stream of teasers, of­fi­cial pic­tures and snip­pets of gos­sip over the past two years, it was a re­lief to see the fin­ished, pro­duc­tion-ready Alpine A110 at Geneva.

The first car from the re­vived Re­nault-owned French sport­ing brand looked good on the stand – at­trac­tively retro but not a pas­tiche. And the de­tails sound ex­cit­ing: 249bhp from a mid-mounted 1.8-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine for around £50,000. I can’t wait to drive it back to back with a Porsche 718 Cay­man S.

“720S is an in­cred­i­ble piece of automotive art, but more ex­cit­ing is the story be­hind the new car”

Sam Nay­lor Staff writer Suzuki Swift

I HAVEN’T picked the new Suzuki Swift as my show star be­cause it blew me away – although I do like the fresh de­sign, with the big grille and sporty-look­ing front bumper. In­stead, it’s be­cause of the po­ten­tial it has to be great fun to drive.

A kerb­weight of just 890kg is very promis­ing, and Suzuki’s en­gi­neers have also used Bri­tish roads to help set up the chas­sis to de­liver real thrills in the UK. The ad­di­tion to the range of the char­ac­ter­ful 1.0-litre Boost­er­jet en­gine means all the ingredients are there for a fine su­per­mini.

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