As one of the world's biggest motor shows, the Geneva International Motor Show is definitely a highlight on the car manufacturer and car enthusiast's calendar with new models being unveiled, updates to current models revealed and concept cars made public. All of the Wilsons' franchises were present at this year's show, with all of them having exciting new developments on current models in their range or new models to be added, as well as intriguing concept cars.
Abarth previewed two special edition versions of models in their range. First is the 595 Pista which will use the standard 1.4-litre T-Jet four-cylinder engine capable of 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds.
Despite not receiving any changes on the engine front, the 595 Pista does get drilled and ventilated disc brakes alongside a Koni built rear suspension setup. Inside, there are height-adjustable sports seats and a 7" touchscreen infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 595 Pista boasts colour contrasting parts such as the mirrors, brake calipers and rear bumper insert to make sure it stands out from the rest of the 595 range. It also has Pista badging and matt black 17" alloy wheels.
Abarth also revealed the 124 Spider Scorpione which will have the option of a sequential transmission and also share the active sports exhaust system with the 595 Pista. The Scorpione will be available with two retro paint schemes, either "1972 San Marino Black" or "1975 Turini White".
Citroën did not have a new production model to preview at this year's show, but they did showcase the C-Aircross Concept which is expected to be on sale later in 2017.
The C-Aircross will replace the C3 Picasso in a clear shift from MPV to SUV that other manufacturers have already been doing with their latest wave of new models and model upgrades, including the new Renault Scenic, Peugeot 3008 SUV and Vauxhall Crossland X.
The Citroën design team are clearly keen to demonstrate continuity between their new models with the C-Aircross taking its styling cues from the new C3 and C4 Cactus. The stand out design feature is the addition of Citroën's now-synonymous Airbump technology on the doors. Because it is a concept car, the production version will certainly not look exactly the same, but it is evident that Citroën are planning to mount a serious challenge to the European SUV segment.
As for DS, they are preparing to produce their first car after its separation from parent brand, Citroën. It will be called the DS 7 Crossback and is an upmarket SUV to challenge premium rivals including the Audi Q5 and Range Rover Evoque. In terms of design, it certainly has a luxury appeal from its chrome grille, active LED headlamps and rear LED lights with a 3D pattern.
Dacia have extended their Stepway range to now include the Logan MCV Stepway. With its raised ride height, black body cladding and chrome skid plates, the Stepway version adds some crossover appeal to the standard Logan MCV model.
On the inside, the Logan MCV Stepway receives Dacia's new four-spoke steering wheel with a soft feel finish, horn push in the centre and better integrated mounted controls. It will only be available in Laureate trim which means it will receive a reverse parking camera, rear parking sensors and MediaNav Evolution with DAB radio.
Dacia will also be producing Summit special edition versions of the Duster and Sandero Stepway with two new exclusive exterior colour options of Nordic Grey and Magma Orange (Sandero Stepway only). The Stepway will sport 16" Grey Flex wheels while the Duster receives 16" diamond-cut black Cyclades alloy wheels.
Similar to the Logan MCV Stepway, the Summit special editions will be based on the Laureate trim and also include Burnt Orange detailing on the centre console and air vent surrounds. The seats receive Burnt Orange piping and top stitching and the carpet mats also receive similar top-stitching.
The Fiat 500 turns the grand old age of 60 this year. To commemorate this landmark occasion, Fiat have created a limited edition 500 design called the Sessantesimo (Sixtieth in Italian) which will feature a new two-tone paint job of a white body and pastel ivory for the bonnet and pillars separated by a coach line. The Sessantesimo also receives chrome wing mirrors and a chrome trim piece attached to the bonnet.
For the interior, Fiat have created a retro vinyl dashboard that sits opposite to the ivory leather seats with contrasting burgundy seams. Although the 500 is sixty years old, the Sessantesimo edition receives contemporary additions such as a 7" touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and satellite navigation, as well as rear parking sensors and automatic climate control.
To enhance its exclusivity, Fiat are limiting the production of the Sessantesimo to just 560 units. Each of these will have 16" alloy wheels and 560 badging dotted around the car's interior and exterior.
Due to go on sale in July, Europe's most popular crossover, the Nissan Qashqai, has been given a refreshing facelift in terms of design and technology.
The most exciting change is the addition of autonomous driving tech called ProPILOT. Nissan has already been testing autonomous technology on London roads in the Nissan Leaf. It is expected that, before the end of 2017, the Qashqai will be able to steer, accelerate and brake for itself in a single lane on motorways.
In terms of design, the Qashqai has the latest V-motion Nissan grille as seen on the new Micra and a new LED running light design. The bonnet has been reshaped and it now sports reprofiled bumpers for a greater aerodynamic design. You also have three new sets of alloy wheel designs to choose from to create your own distinctive character.
The steering wheel has been redesigned into a 'D' shape for a sportier look and feel. More premium materials can be found in the cabin with Nappa leather and quilting design used on the new monoform style seat design. You can also immerse yourself in the new BOSE audio system with seven speakers found in the Renault Kadjar.
Named as the 2017 'Car of the Year' by a judging panel of 58 European journalists at the Geneva Motor Show, Peugeot were proudly showing off the 3008 SUV adorned with the Car of the Year logo.
While it might be the fifth Peugeot car to win this prize, it is the first ever SUV to be honoured in the accolade's history. Having already won awards from WhatCar? and Carbuyer.co.uk, this is another trophy to put in the Peugeot cabinet.
As well as lauding their award-winning car, Peugeot also introduced the Instinct concept, hinting at their future design plans. Powered by a 297bhp plug-in hybrid system, the concept is longer than a Peugeot 308, but slightly shorter than the 308 SW and is considerably lower than both of them.
The Peugeot Instinct has been designed to demonstrate the sort of connectivity that cars will be capable of in the future, alongside becoming autonomous. The headlight units themselves contain cameras to become the "eyes of the car" as part of its autonomous technologies. In its most autonomous setting, the entire steering column slots into the fascia and the steering wheel itself folds forwards.
For production cars, Renault debuted the facelifted Captur with a revised headlight design and the now-synonymous C-shaped LED daytime running lights at the bottom of the bumper.
The Captur has three new body colours: Desert Orange, Ocean Blue and Amethyst as well as a new Mercury Silver option for the roof. This means that there will now be 36 potential body colour and roof combinations so that you can personalise the car to your style. In addition to this, the new Captur also offers seven different interior touch packs in Ivory, Blue, Caramel, Red, Bronze-tinted Chrome, Satin Chrome and Smoked Chrome.
Renault also showcased the Zoe e-sport concept car which is a two-seater drawing on technology developed for the Formula E Championship. Made from carbon fibre and kevlar, its lightweight body structure helps the car to accelerate from stationary to 62mph in just 3.2 seconds.
It is also noteworthy that a new Alpine production car, the A110, was on show in Geneva. This car is a mid-engined two-seater sports coupe based on the A110 'Berlinette' promising to deliver driving pleasure.
Following the news that Vauxhall's owning company, General Motors, are being taken over by PSA, people could be forgiven for paying little attention to the cars on display at the Vauxhall stand.
Having said that, Vauxhall were debuting three new models. Firstly, the Insignia Grand Sport which will replace the Insignia model with a more spacious, sophisticated and tech laden offering. The plethora of buttons has been replaced by a large infotainment screen with Vauxhall's latest IntelliLink software and OnStar services. On the outside, its dimensions have been slightly altered to make it look and feel more like a coupe with a lower roof and lower seat positions.
Vauxhall also showcased the Insignia Sports Tourer which is slightly longer than the outgoing Sports Tourer (by 73mm) to accommodate a larger boot and a significant increase in rear passenger space. As with the Grand Sport, the Sports Tourer receives the latest IntelliLink infotainment system.
Finally, the Crossland X made its public debut to replace the Meriva MPV. Vauxhall bosses have taken to describing it as a CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) instead of an SUV. At 4.21m long, it is shorter than the Astra, but 100mm taller. These dimensions mean that it is larger than a Nissan Juke or Peugeot 2008 SUV, but smaller than the Mokka X and the Meriva MPV that it is replacing.