GENEVA, Switzerland — When we cruise all a fantastic new sports cars and supercars and adventurous concepts that make their debuts at the Geneva motor show any year, it’s easy to forget a outlay of one whole country, even yet they come closest, after a Swiss cottage-shop brands, to being a internal industry.
I’m articulate about a French brands, of course: Peugeot, Citroen, and Renault.
Opel/Vauxhall, that PSA Peugeot-Citroen purchased from General Motors final year, was absent from a 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Meanwhile, both a Peugeot and Citroen stands emphasized new and updated models. Peugeot showcased a new 508 midsize sedan and a new MPV, that for miss of a improved comparison, could be France’s Chrysler Pacifica, while Citroen showed off a face-lifted Cactus crossover/wagon and a new Berlingo MPV.
Which will come to a U.S. when Peugeot-Citroen earnings (with usually one brand) in a few years? This year’s uncover offering meagre clues, yet as a Peugeot 508 is all-new, it’s presumably on a height “protected” to accommodate U.S. reserve and emissions standards.
The Renault stand, arrangement a full array of models in a space roughly a distance of a dual French rivals combined, was engaging as ever, yet a usually approach we’ll see any of these models in a U.S. is if they come here rebadged a Nissan.
Here’s a sampling…
1. The new Peugeot Lion code ambassador, by a Peugeot Design Lab, celebrates 160 years of a French association famous for all from cars and bicycles to pepper-grinders.
2. The new Peugeot 508 midsize liftback was PSA’s star debut. It was tough to get a transparent shot of a automobile during press days.
3. The interior of a 508 facilities an ergonomically accessible set of infotainment control buttons placed underneath a arrangement screen.
4. A singular private impulse with a Peugeot 508.
5. Peugeot’s new Rifter multi-purpose car (minivan), in “GT” trim.
6. The Peugeot Rifter in offroad 4×4 adventurer form.
7. The 4×4 Rifter proves a right showcase for a Peugeot eM02 FS Powertube eBike.
8. Citroen boasts it has sole 300,000 of a third-generation C3 in a 18 months given a launch. This is a singular book Elle model, embellished inside and out in “Cherry Pink.”
9. Citroen’s latest Berlingo MPV.
10. Latest book of a compress Citroen C3 Aircross sport/utility launched late final year.
11. Citroen’s splendidly quirky Cactus compress crossover mislaid a soothing door-panel inserts with a initial mid-cycle facelift.
12. The Renault EZ-Go judgment is a entirely autonomous, battery-electric car—or maybe, tiny bus—designed for ride-sharing or private purchase.
13. The EZ-Go’s induce lid is designed for “walk on, travel off” and easy ingress/egress by a aged and people with disabilities.
14. Renault Twingo gets a brand’s G.T. treatment.
15. Renault Clio R.S. The brand’s R.S. models are some-more critical performers than their G.T. counterparts, as their red steering circle tabs indicate.
16. Renault Zoe gets a some-more absolute motor, though it’s not associated to a new Nissan Leaf.
17. Nissan has promoted a chronicle of this Renault Twizy as a intensity commuter for undiluted cities like New York and San Francisco.
18. The Renault Alaskan/Nissan Navara is basement for a Mercedes-Benz X-Class, and it’s not built in NAFTA, that means it would be theme to a 25-percent “Chicken Tax” tariff imposed during a Johnson administration. So don’t ask.
19. In a small-midsize range, Renault has a Captur and a Koleos, that seem roughly uncelebrated from any other.
20. The Renault Megane R.S. prohibited hatch, conversely, is uncommonly garagable.