Geneva International Motor Show 2018 – live coverage

Breaking news and reaction from the Geneva show. All times GMT. Updated 4:47pm

EMILY MACBETH @emily_macbeth 3.08pmEmily Macbeth

Ferrari has taken the wraps off its eagerly-awaited 488 Pista. Powered by its most powerful V8 engine, the 488 Pista brings together everything learned from the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. Thanks to the new titanium con-rods and carbon fibre intake plenums, the Pista is lighter and the power has been increased to 720PS. The car's aerodynamics are devised from the 488 GTE and Formula 1 and it features carbon fibre wheel rims - a first for Ferrari.

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MARTIN TILBROOK @martin_tilbrook 3.03pmMartin Tilbrook

Volvo’s XC40 compact SUV was named European Car of the Year on Monday. T5 petrol (247bhp) and D4 diesel (190bhp) come with four-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission. Manual front-wheel drive cars will be available later this year. The all-wheel drive cars are priced from around £39,000. Front wheel drive cars are expected to be priced from approximately £30,000.


MIKE DOCHERTY @mdoccars 2.39pmMike Docherty

BMW has revealed the new M8 Gran Coupe concept. The letter 'M' now stands for 'more' and is billed as ultra-sporty, extrovert and polarising. It's a muscular design which hints at exceptional performance. The BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe will be appear in production form in 2019.


MARTIN TILBROOK @martin_tilbrook 1.43pmMartin Tilbrook

Volvo has unveiled its V60 estate, with choice of 2.0-litre petrol, diesel or hybrid powertrains. Volvo claims 529 litres of boot space with the seats up. The Sensus touchscreen is standard across the range, while ‘Driftwood’ finishes are unique to the Inscription trim level.

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EMILY MACBETH @emily_macbeth 12.15pmEmily Macbeth

One of the most popular cars on the road just got special. The Fiat 500 Collezione celebrates the style and design of the 500, with 16 inch alloy wheels, two-tone liveries and is available and both a hatch and a convertible. More than six million 500s have been sold since 1957, more than two million in the last 10 years. The Collezione is packed with new tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, integrated Tom Tom satellite navigation and the Beats Audio Hi-Fi system. It will go on sale from the 8th March, with prices starting from £13,865.


MARTIN TILBROOK @martin_tilbrook 11.59amMartin Tilbrook

The bubble car is back. This is the all-electric, two-seat Micro Microlino, inspired by the 1950s Isetta. Top speed is 56mph from its 20bhp motor with a range of 75 miles. Yours for €12,000 (approximately £11,000).





MIKE DOCHERTY @mdoccars 11.57amMike Docherty

Kia has taken the wraps off the new Ceed hatchback and estate. Both cars have been developed in Europe, as Kia look to “target more than half a million sales in Europe in 2018”. Buyers needs have been taken into consideration, with a wide range of engines being made available. The Ceed hatchback will on sale in the Summer of 2018, with the Sportwagon being made available in the Autumn.

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MARTIN TILBROOK @martin_tilbrook 11.52amMartin Tilbrook

Polestar 1, the 600bhp, petrol electric coupé from Volvo's performance brand, has made its European show debut. It has a structure blending carbon fibre reinforced plastic and steel and is not for available for outright purchase but by subscription.

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EMILY MACBETH @emily_macbeth 11.22amEmily Macbeth

The world's motoring media packed out the Mazda stand to witness the world debut of the Mazda6 Tourer, and the European debut of the Mazda6 Saloon plus two concept vehicles - the Vision Coupe and the Kai Concept, as well as the SKYACTIV-X petrol engine. The Mazda6 features improvements inside and out, including new seating, boosted SKYACTIV powertrain performance, greater aerodynamic efficiency and enhanced driving dynamics. The Vision Coupe was recently crowned 'Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year', and it steps in line with the "less is more" concept. SKYACTIV-X is set to become the world's first commercial petrol engine to use compression ignition, and will introduce a combustion method called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition which combines the benefits of a spark-ignition petrol engine with those of a diesel.

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EMILY MACBETH @emily_macbeth 10.45amEmily Macbeth

McLaren Automotive has announced a track-only Senna GTR to follow the Senna road car – all 500 examples of which were sold before launch. "Excelling on the track underpins the heritage of the McLaren brand and is as important and relevant today as it has ever been," explained Mike Flewett, CEO. Up to 75 examples will be produced and each will cost in excess of £1 million, plus local taxes. The GTR will be based around the same carbon fibre Monocage III structure as the Senna and will also be similar in weight. But with the addition of race style transmission, revised double wishbone suspension, Pirelli slicks and 1000kg of downforce, it will also post the quickest McLaren circuit times outside of Formula 1.


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We're waking up to the news that the organisers of the Geneva show and the IFA Berlin consumer electronics show have launched a biennial automotive technology conference, Shift Automotive. The convention will be held alongside the two shows and will explore the challenges posed by autonomous cars, cyber security in cars, how the Internet of Things will transform the driving experience, and how new technology will change transport and society. Alex Manea, the chief security officer of BlackBerry, will deliver the conference's first keynote speech, “No Safety without Security - How to Win Trust and Secure Autonomous and Connected Cars”, at 2.45pm CET (1.45pm GMT) this afternoon.



Welcome to our live coverage of the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Our team of reporters will be covering all the news as it happens throughout the day, so stay right here for all the new cars and reaction. We're looking forward to seeing all sorts of new cars, from Ferrari's 488 Pista and McLaren's Senna to the Range Rover SV Coupé, Aston Martin's new Vantage, Kia's apostrophe-less Ceed and Jaguar's fascinating electric i-Pace. It promises to be one of the most exciting shows for years.