It was going to be the 90th edition of that great Swiss automotive masterpiece, the Geneva Motor Show. But the doors, due to open on March 05, will now remain firmly shut following the show’s cancellation due to the coronavirus outbreak in Europe.
But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out.
We have rounded up five stars that were set to wow the crowds - but while they won’t be unveiled in Geneva, you can see them here. And if you fancy leasing one of them, please call us. We’ll be delighted to help.
Aston Martin's popular sports car gets the soft-top treatment. Aston Martin was due to show the Vantage Roadster and bring open-air thrills back to the name plate.
Like the coupe, the Vantage Roadster uses a twin-turbo V8 to ensure power is ample to get the wind through your hair. Aston also boasts a 6.7 second time to drop the top, claimed to be the fastest time of "any fully-automatic automotive convertible roof".
The latest generation of Audi's popular premium hatch was due for its world premier at Geneva. Having seen rivals from BMW and Mercedes come along in the past couple of years, Audi's challenger has needed to up the ante.
Based on the same underpinnings as the new VW Golf, the A3 focuses on driving dynamics, with quattro all-wheel drive, electronic stabilisation control, adaptive suspension, and progressive steering set to feature. Our picture shows a disguised A3 prototype testing.
Skoda was due to reveal its entry into the world of electric SUVs with the Enyaq. Nothing is known about its looks as the pure-electric model is currently under wraps - and remains that way - but it's expected to look similar to the Vision iV Concept (pictured below) shown last year.
We do know it will use the same platform and powertrain as the VW ID.3 hatchback, so expect a long electric driving range and the potential for plenty of set-up options, including different sized batteries and the choice between two- or four-wheel drive.
Rubbish name, but we expect they’ll change it when the new car is revealed - eventually. Due to go up against rivals such as Ford's Puma and the Nissan Juke, the new crossover will use Toyota's wide-reaching hybrid technology. So we’re sure it will be high up on your list of new cars to lease.
'Legendary' is a term often used too frequently, but it's certainly applicable to the Golf GTI. The latest generation was set to launch at Geneva, based on the new Golf Mk VIII.
Due to be joined on the VW stand by its diesel-powered GTD stablemate, and [lug-in hybrid GTE, the Golf GTI will use a turbocharged 2.0 litre petrol engine for power driving the front wheels, as is traditional. Power is 245PS.
There are plenty of names we’ve had to leave off this list. The likes of Bentley, Morgan, Fiat, Honda, and Hyundai were all set to launch important models at the cancelled Geneva Motor Show. We’ll have to wait for now. But as soon as we get to see them, we’ll be sharing them with you to see if they suit your car leasing requirements.
28th of February 2020