2020 Geneva motor show cancelled

Swiss government officials announce a ban on public events in Geneva amid coronavirus outbreak

Swiss authorities have officially placed a ban on public events with more than 1000 people present due to the coronavirus outbreak in Switzerland and neighbouring northern Italy, leading to the official cancellation of the Geneva motor show, which was just publicly announced by show organisers.

With the Geneva motor show often attracting up to half a million people from all over the world, event organisers released an official statement confirming its cancellation, which was due to host the launch of a huge variety of new models and concepts – as it does every year.

The good news is that these models will still be revealed, via more digital means over the next week, so keep scrolling to see what’s still coming up.

Geneva motor show 2020: A to Z of manufacturers

Aston Martin

Aston Martin unveiled an open-top variant of its new AMG-powered Vantage earlier this month, with a new-look grille and the fastest powered folding roof of any car on sale. The 503bhp roadster was set to take pride of place on the British marque’s stand. 


Audi has revealed an all-new version of its second-highest-selling model, following its fellow platform mates, the Golf Mk8 and Skoda Octavia, in terms of its revitalisation. As you might have suspected, the overall design and packaging is more of an evolution than revolution compared to the previous model, but big changes are to be found inside alongside new hybrid powertrain offerings.


Liverpool-based Briggs Automotive Company recently announced that production for its original Mono would come to a close, after a decade-long production run. In its place, the small-scale supercar maker has launched an all-new model.


Not much in the way of new models is set to come from Bentley, but the exclusive Continental GT Mulliner Convertible was set to be on show, alongside the new limited-run Bentley Mulliner Bacalar. 


Not much is expected from BMW at this year’s show, but the recent M2 Competition by Futura 2000 ‘art car’ was set to make an appearance alongside the range-topping black-pump 3-series, the 516lb ft M340d.


The all-new Cupra Leon has arrived ahead of the launch of Volkswagen’s Mk8 Golf GTI and R. Available in both pure-combustion and plug-in hybrid guises, the latest performance models will fall directly in-line with offerings from Wolfsburg.


All-electric, seven-figure hypercars are all too common in 2020, but the Czinger 21C is set to be a breath of fresh air. Powered by a 1233bhp, 2.88-litre, flat-plane crank turbocharged V8, the quoted 0-62mph time comes in a rather ridiculous 1.9sec, and top speed at 268mph. 


Ferrari will concentrate on bringing its bumper year of new models to market, having still yet to roll out the F8, F8 Spider, SF90 Stradale and Roma to global markets. What Geneva will have on display for the first time is the Roma, a new entry-level 2+2 front-engined V8 sports car that takes Ferrari’s new design language inside and out to a new level of modernity and sleekness


Honda’s update to our favourite hot hatch was set to be shown in Europe for the first time, with a mildly updated suspension aimed at expanding the Type R’s already wide remit between comfort and track modes. Updated brakes, some fresh interior details including a suave Alcantara steering wheel and tiny exterior updates complete the package, which will hopefully preserve the Type R’s spot right at the top of our hot hatch appreciation list.


Mercedes-Benz has a big 2020 coming up, but Geneva was unlikely to be the place we’ll see the year’s big reveals that centre around the all-new S-class. Instead, the marque launched its latest take on the mid-sized E-class online. 


This year was due to be an exciting one for Porsche as it expands the 911 range with the new flagship Turbo. The exciting new 4-litre 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS were also scheduled to make an appearance.


Renault’s facelifted hot Megane RS saw a number of tweaks both inside and out, and was set to star at this year’s Geneva motor show.


The all-electric, Rimac-derived Battista is entering the final phases of testing, but to celebrate Pininfarina’s 90th year, it’s launched a new special edition. 


Though the Swedish brand’s working hard on delivering its new 1 hybrid supercar, and Model 3-rivalling 2 behind the scenes, the new Precept concept previewing Polestar’s future was set to make its debut. 


Revealed in late January, the all-new Leon was to appear at the Geneva show, with its fresh design, interior and tech. Like the Audi A3 above, it’s based on a heavily updated version of the underpinnings of the previous model – this is no bad thing of course.


The performance variant of Skoda's new Octavia has finally arrived, after a handful of teasers and spy images surfaced online. 


Toyota is a brand that has been doing more and more to pique our interest after years of dull products, and there is perhaps no more exciting statement than the new GR Yaris. Although we’ve already examined in detail its rather spectacular specification, it still doesn’t take away from what will surely be one of 2020’s most exciting new cars.


Though we'll have to wait a little longer to see it in the metal for the first time, Volkswagen's eighth-generation Golf GTI has arrived, with tartan seats, red highlights and not a battery in sight. 

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