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The weird and wonderful cars of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

The weird and wonderful cars of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

By Swansway Motor Group 15-03-2019

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From the top manufacturers to ambitious independents, the Geneva Motor Show plays host to an array of exciting left-field vehicles every year.

The 2019 Geneva Motor Show has, as ever, seen the debut of new models from some of the industry’s most important manufacturers, be it supercars, saloons or SUVs.

However, the show floor at the Palexpo convention centre is often just as notable for the number of intriguing or even wilfully bizarre exhibits from firms small and large.

This year has been no exception, and here are the highlights from the more eccentric corners of the Geneva Motor Show.


Mansory

Famous – in some circles, infamous – for adding colour and styling flare to luxury and performance cars, the Mansory stand typically generates a lot of interest at Geneva.

Mansory

This year, highlights at the from its stand include the Centuria - a Bugatti Chiron with a heavy dose of carbon fibre and aerodynamic appendages - as well as a garish mint green Mercedes S-Class.


PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition

Dutch firm PAL-V has revealed the production version of its first flying car, the Liberty Pioneer Edition.

Effectively a launch edition model, it is set to be limited to just 90 units, and will be marketed at a price of $599,000 (£456,836). Lightweight aviation aluminium and high-quality leather are used inside, making driving – or is that taxiing – to the shops a comfortable experience.

PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition

The first of the PAL-Vs are expected to arrive with customers in 2020.


GFG Style Kangaroo

The brainchild of lauded car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio, the oddly-named Kangaroo aims to be a supercar for all seasons.

GFG Style Kangaroo

Part supercar, part SUV and all-electric, the Kangaroo is an off-road focused machine with four-wheel drive, and an adjustable suspension that allows it to ride high in the mud, and hunker down to the road once more once you return to tarmac.

The Kangaroo is able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds, and charge on to a top speed of 155mph thanks to its pair of motors, which generate a combined 483bhp.


Fornasari Gigi

The Fornasari Gigi has been around for a while, and is something of an a-typical small manufacturers’ supercar, at least in terms of specifications.

Powered by a 7.0-litre Chevrolet LS7 V8 engine – the go-to unit for small-volume sportscars – this car is designed to emulate Italian cars of the 1950s from the likes of Maserati and Ferrari.

Fornasari Gigi

With a purported top speed nudging 200mph, and a curb weight of just 1250kg, the Gigi seems to have modern performance in spite of its retro looks.


Eadon Green Zeclat

Next, another retro-inspired car with a Chevrolet LS motor under the bonnet; there is no shortage of such things, after all.

Yorkshire-based firm Eadon Green uses a 6.2-litre LT1 V8 in this car, which is designed to evoke the sweeping coupes of the 1930s. The engine delivers 454bhp, and thanks to a lightweight carbon fibre construction, it can accelerate to 60mph from a standstill in a claimed 3.6 seconds.

Eadon Green Zeclat

Despite this, it comes as standard with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, suggesting it is meant to be a grand tourer above all else. Have no fear, a seven-speed manual is also available.


Volkswagen ID. Buggy

Here’s some proof that it’s not just the small manufacturers producing fun-looking machines for motor shows.

This concept is built as a futuristic take on the Beetle-based beach buggies which helped make Volkswagen a quintessential part of California surf culture, and is powered by a rear-mounted 202bhp electric motor.

Volkswagen ID. Buggy

While it has all the hallmarks of a fun way to showcase electric cars at a concept level only, there are talks of a limited production run from VW in collaboration with low-volume production start-up e.Go Mobile.


Golden Sahara II

The Golden Sahara II is not new, but it is certainly eye-catching.

An extremely early take on the autonomous vehicle, the Sahara was a concept car built by Goodyear and legendary Hollywood custom car magnate George Barris.

Golden Sahara II

It debuted in 1954, features included voice control, remote-control doors and a set of translucent, synthetic rubbers, which were built as part of a study into increasing cars’ visibility in poor conditions.

Having rusted away for 50 years, it has now been restored and is taking pride and place at Goodyear’s Geneva stand.

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