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With 220 exhibitors presenting some 900 vehicles at the show, this year's 85th Geneva Motor Show is a festival of stars that cannot be missed.

06 Mar 2015

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The Geneva Motor Show is considered to be one of the most important and attractive showcases in the automobile world. It is the only one to be held annually in Europe that is recognised by the OICA (International Organisation of Automobile Constructors).

More relevantly, almost 220 exhibitors presented some 900 vehicles at this year's show. From Audi's Prologued Avant concept (banner, above) and Volkswagen's Sport Concept Coupe (banner, page 3) to Honda's eye-catching Civic Type R and Suzuki's compact hatchback concept, the Geneva Motor Show is home to a revered community of cars.

Here are some of the highlights from the motor show:

Audi R8 V10 Plus

The second generation Audi supercar is pure poetry in motion, both in terms of looks and performance figures. At 610bhp, the R8 V10 Plus now breaches the 600bhp mark - up from 550bhp from its predecessor. Mated to the seven-speed S-tronic gearbox, it'll complete the century sprint in just 3.2 seconds, making it the most powerful and fastest series-production Audi at the moment.

The cabin has also been upgraded, sporting digital displays and dials while important controls such as the start-stop button and the drive select button are grouped together on the steering wheel. Not to mention the design of the gear lever has been tweaked for an upmarket look and a better feel without compromising on its sporty disposition.

The Audi R8 V10 Plus is expected to arrive in Singapore in the second half of 2016.

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

According to Wolfgang Durheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, the EXP 10 Speed 6 is one vision for Bentley's future and we cannot disagree.

The styling of the concept model is a bold vision and will lead the way for the future direction of luxury and performance for the English carmaker. The iconic Bentley mesh grille, for example, is no longer a flat plane of latticework but includes varying depth with a complex 3D geometry only visible when viewed at an angle.

While we only managed to catch the interior of the vehicle from a distance due to the crowd, it's clear that the cabin is a work of art, with an interior trim and colour that takes luxury to new heights.

BMW 1 Series

The new BMW 1 Series now sports a more coherent sheet metal that will match its capable drivetrain. Unlike before, a new lower apron combines with the reshaped BMW kidney grille to give the car a more stylish and sophisticated look. More relevantly, new headlamps that feature LED daytime driving lights bear BMW's current design language and thus no longer appears droopy.

An array of engines is available for the 1 Series - 118i, 120i as well as the 125i, amongst others - although at press time it's not confirmed which models Singapore's market will get.

The car is slated to arrive here in the second half of 2015.

Citroen Divine DS

Premiered at the Paris Motor Show last September, the Divine DS was also present in Geneva, alongside the new DS5, which inaugurates the DS brand identity.

Powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection THP petrol engine that's capable of 270 horses and a maximum torque of 330Nm, this concept car paves the way for other carmakers to follow with its leading edge of design.

On the inside, the central console sets out the driving functions, with main features including special toggle switches decorated with custom made stones and a digital clock with a stone set in its surround.

Ford Focus RS

This boy racer of a car is every bit as Ah Beng as you can imagine. But it's a sophisticated one and we that's why it deserves a mention more than the Ford GT, which was also present at the show.

Developed by the newly established Ford Performance team, the third generation hot hatch is the first RS from Ford that is equipped with Drive Modes - including industry-first Drift Mode - and Launch Control. Mated to a six-speed manual shifter, the formidable 2.3-litre EcoBoost powerplant, which can also be found in the Mustang, delivers some 315bhp to all four wheels, allowing the car to have a century sprint of timing of close to five seconds.

Whether it's capable to take on rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG and the Volkswagen Golf R remains to be seen.

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