What Is New at the Geneva Motor Show
The Geneva Motor Show starts on Monday with every car manufacturer worth their salt showing off wares both old and new and ideas created from the minds of genius designers with fingers on pulses and internet keyboards finding out what their customers want.
So what can we expect from these manufacturers?
We have already told you about some of the new cars that will be on show, and will continue to do so throughout the show, but here is the definitive list (so far) of the NEW and IMPROVED cars that will be on show in Geneva.
Aston Martin: The Vantage GT3 with a new 6.0-litre V12 engine that produces 600PS. Mind you; there will only be 100 of these built so you might have better luck getting hold of their track-only hypercar, the Aston Martin Vantage - of which very little is known at the moment - although its rivals are said to be the Ferrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR. Maybe we'll just have to look at them and drool?
Audi: They are expected to be showing off the Audi Prologue Avant concept, an Avant version of the Prologue coupé concept that they unveiled at last year's Paris Motor Show, with a version of the Audi A9. There will also be a debut for the all-new Audi R8 which is pretty much the new Lamborghini Huracan in Audi clothing, the new second-generation Audi R8 (a rival of sorts to BMW's sensational i8), the second-generation version of the RS 3 Sportback with 360hp of quattro performance, and a facelifted RS Q3.
Bentley: There's a facelift for the second-generation Continental GT (albeit with more power), an update for the famous Bentley Flying Spur, and the reveal of the yet-to-be-described GT concept car.
BMW: The German car manufacturer has given a facelift to its Series 1 model with a new nose and tail along with the odd bit of mechanical and equipment upgrades to keep it competitive, along with a 7-seat version of the new 2 Series Active Tourer MPV as BMW continue their march into the world of small front-wheel-drive vehicles.
Citroën: The Citroën Berlingo Mountain Vibe concept will be on show as will the Berlingo Multispace, the latest generation of the popular the passenger-carrying Citroën Berlingo.
Dacia: 10 years on from Dacia's relaunch, they celebrate with the Duster Lauréate Prime special edition complete with both styling and multimedia upgrades, along with special edition versions for the Logan and the Sandero too!
DS: The DS 5 gets a facelift that includes new 'DS Wings' and scrolling indicators, but the main topic of conversation at the Geneva Motor Show will be the fact that DS get a brand all of their own as they drop all the Citroën badges.
Ferrari: I know that we will never ever be driving one of our own, but they will be showing off the 488 GTB, which is the "eagerly-awaited replacement to the 458 Italia, featuring twin turbos and 660bhp."
Ford: It's hot hatch time as Ford show off the third-generation Ford Focus RS with more power and all-wheel drive.
Honda: The Power of Dreams continues with the reveal of the production version of the Honda Civic Type R, which has finally made its way to the production line after two concept versions and hours of design, heartache and reconstruction.
Along with the Civic Type R, Honda are also debuting the new version of the quirky HR-V, the latest version of the highly successful Jazz, the Honda NSX (which once was an Acura; all will be revealed in Geneva) and the new McLaren-Honda F1 car that is currently testing (and sadly breaking down a lot!)
Hyundai: The Hyundai Tucson, which is replacing the Hyundai ix35, which replaced the original Tucson, which...
Infiniti: Infiniti give the world a first glimpse of their QX30 concept, their new small crossover based on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class platform and planned for a UK production line.
Kia: It's been a busy time at Kia if the Geneva Car Show showing is anything to go by. Besides showing off their new eco-friendly 1.0 litre, three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and a new seven-speed double-clutch transmission that they will be launching in the new cee'd GT Line, the actual car itself is new too.
There is also the Kia Picanto getting a bit of an upgrade, and the first sighting of the next generation Optima model as part of the Kia SPORTSPACE estate concept due to go into production ready for a late 2015 release.
Koenigsegg: More manic and ultra-expensive and ultimately unobtainable cars like the Agera (which gets an upgrade) and the insanely fast megacar, the Regara.
Lamborghini: No real news from the Italian giant, but a lot of rumours that they are going to produce a faster & scarier version of the already fast & scary Aventador SV.
Land Rover: If it ain't broke, don't fix it - just upgrade it with LED adaptive headlamps, more engines and a bit more design changes: the Range Rover Evoque.
Lexus: The Lexus GS F, a new super saloon powered by a 470bhp, 5.0 litre V8 engine, makes its European debut alongside the LF-C2 2+2 cabriolet concept, and the Lexus LF-SA.
Lotus: With typical British reserve, there is an 'update' for the Evora 400 (with the added note that Lotus say that it is the fastest production car that they have ever produced) and a new 6-speed auto gearbox for the Exige automatic.
Mazda: Updates for the CX-5 crossover (and a new engine) and the Mazda6 range, as well as a European debut for the CX-3 and the Mazda2.
McLaren: It's track time for both of McLaren's newbies with the 675LT becoming the latest addition the 'Super Series', and the P1 GTR standing up to be counted as the production car destined to be the rival to the Ferrari FXX K.
Mercedes-Benz: Busy over at Mercedes too, with the European debut of the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, the G500 4×4² (an Extreme version of the G-Class), the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupé 4MATIC (a GLE Coupe with a 5.5 litre twin-turbo V8 engine), the Mercedes-AMG GT GT3 )(a racing version of the GT road car) and a 6.5m stretched Mercedes-Maybach 600 that features every gadget known to mankind in the rear compartment called the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman.
MINI UK: Just the MINI Clubman concept to show off this time just before it goes into production.
Mitsubishi: They've been quite secretive this year with a new concept car promised with no rumours, clues or leaked info at all, but we do know that they'll be showing off the all-new 5th generation L200 Sport Utility Truck with its new 2.4 litre diesel engine that reduces CO2 emissions by 17% over the outgoing model.
Morgan: New car. The Morgan Aero. No more information. But it's a Morgan so it will look fantastic and we will all want one....
nanoFlowcell: The German car manufacturer will be displaying the Quant F, a four-seater e-sports sedan with nanoFlowcell® drive technology and 'ionic liquid' (a unique energy flow system that it is claimed gives a range of 800 km) that can go up to 186mph, and the Quantino that is the Quant F's smaller brother with 22" wheels!
Peugeot: The Peugeot 208 has a lot of changes (including a reversing camera, personalisation packs and GT Line & GTi models) to look at.
Porsche: Look, but don't touch! There's a 911 GT3 RS ( a stripped-down lightweight version of the already-impressive 911 GT3) and a the brand new Cayman GT4 on show.
Renault: The big brother to the recently released Renault Captur will be on show in the shape of the Kadjar.
Rolls-Royce: By all accounts just showing off with the one-off Phantom Serenity which takes interior luxury to new heights.
Škoda: More a paint job for the Fabia Monte Carlo, but then there's the new Octavia vRS 230 and the latest version of Škoda's Superb large saloon - that's its name, not a description (although maybe it is both?)
SsangYong: South Korea's smallest car maker release a new small crossover.
Subaru: A couple of new releases from Subaru; the Levorg Sports Tourer (making a European debut after a bit of time in Japan) and a new Outback.
Suzuki: Hinting at what the future holds for the next-generation Suzuki Swift there is a compact car concept called the i-K2 to check out along with the i-M4 small SUV concept too (which may or may not become the next Suzuki Jimny.)
Toyota: The Japanese giant will be showing off both the new Avensis and the Avensis Estate which have new engines in the range as well as 'innovations in comfort and safety.'
Vauxhall / Opel: A new (and hot) version of the new Corsa called the Corsa VXR boasts 205PS and 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds for starters, and that's on show along with the all new Vauxhall Viva (Or the Opel Karl if you are in that region) that becomes Vauxhalll's new entry-level model.
Volkswagen: New 'creations' like the Golf GTD Estate, the Passat Alltrack, the updated Sharan and the very latest version of the 7-seater Touran are the high spots on the Volkswagen stand.
So there is plenty to see in the way of new and updated models - but I am guessing that there will be a few more additions and surprises on the way before you have to leave.