Geneva Motor Show preview
The Geneva Motor Show opens to the public on Thursday and runs until Sunday March 18. Here, AutoTrade.ie previews many of the cars that are likely to turn heads in the coming days.
Future hybrids, fun and more from Toyota
The rejuvenation of Toyota can be witnessed "in the metal" at the Geneva motor show, with a display of future showroom and concept models, shown in Europe for the first time.
Yaris Hybrid will be shown for the first time in its production-ready form, ahead of going sale in June this year. Powered by a re-engineered Hybrid Synergy Drive, it will be Europe's first full hybrid supermini, opening up the technology to a new customer group. It will deliver quiet, smooth performance with the lowest emissions in its segment, while maintaining the small-but-spacious quality for which Yaris is renowned.
GT 86, Toyota's all-new sports coupe, arrives in Geneva on a wave of enthusiastic advance media acclaim and public interest. Due to reach the road this summer, GT 86 rediscovers the pure passion and excitement of sports car driving, at an affordable price.
Geneva marks the world debut of the FT-Bh concept, an ultra-lightweight, full hybrid city car study, designed to achieve low emissions within an economically viable production framework. The team that produced FT-Bh purposely avoided expensive materials and complex manufacturing processes, working instead only with those that are already commonplace in the auto industry.
NS4 and FCV-R concepts
Toyota's NS4 and FCV-R concepts are also being shown in Europe for the first time. NS4 is a next-generation plug-in hybrid vehicle, designed to address customer demand for added value from hybrid motoring, together with advanced design and a more involving drive. FCV-R represents Toyota's next step towards mass production of hydrogen-powered vehicles, paving the way for the launch of a saloon-type fuel cell vehicle by 2015.
The Toyota diji concept - previously shown at last year's Tokyo motor show as the Fun-Vii - is all about personalisation. The entire body, inside and out, serves as a display, with the driver being able to change colour and content at will. The process of displaying images or information is as simple as downloading an app. The car can also link to nearby vehicles and infrastructure to create an even more connected driving experience.
World premiere for BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
BMW is giving a world premiere to 6 Series Gran Coupe.
The brand's first 4-door Coupe combines the sporty, elegant styling of the BMW 6 Series with an extended range of functions.
It offers high-quality interior design with generous space and a high level of seating comfort. Foldable backrests enable the luggage compartment volume to be expanded from 460 to 1,265 litres.
Engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and the 8-speed sports automatic transmission including automatic engine start-stop function ensure pulling power and efficiency. The 6-cylinder petrol engine of the BMW 640i Gran Coupe delivers 235 kW/320 bhp, the 6-cylinder diesel of the BMW 640d Gran Coupe 230 kW/313 bhp.
The range is supplemented with the 8-cylinder model BMW 650i Gran Coupe with 330 kW/450 bhp, the latter also available with the all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive. The high-quality suspension technology of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe creates an ideal harmony between sporty flair and luxurious travel comfort.
The BMW Individual program available for its market launch highlights the model's exclusivity, and its athletic character can also be underscored with the M Sport package.
New Ford B-MAX revealed
The new Ford B-MAX, revealed today at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, features a winning combination of unique design, unrivalled economy and what is among the most advanced small car technology in Europe.
The B-MAX's Ford Easy Access Door System provides unobstructed entry and exit with hinged front doors and sliding rear doors integrating the central body pillars. All-new Kia cee'd breaks cover
The new model also achieves class-leading fuel economy and the lowest CO2 emissions for both petrol and diesel engines1.
The innovative new B-MAX is the first European car to offer SYNC, Ford's voice-activated, in-car connectivity system featuring Emergency Assistance, which is designed to assist occupants to place a call to the emergency services in the event of a crash.
It is also the first vehicle in its segment to provide the added reassurance of the Active City Stop system, designed to help motorists avoid low speed collisions with stationary or slower moving traffic in front.
"The Ford B-MAX really challenges traditional small car thinking, and pioneers a concept not attempted by any other manufacturers," said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. "Its ingenious design opens the doors - quite literally - to exciting new ideas about what's possible with a compact vehicle.
"But this is more than just a smart and versatile small car," he added. "The latest Ford technologies mean the B-MAX is more fun to drive, offers enhanced safety and achieves class-leading fuel economy. It does things which other vehicles simply cannot do. We believe the Ford B-MAX will have a major impact on the market for compact cars."
The all-new Kia cee'd is making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Joining the Kia cee'd in Switzerland, and on their European debut, are the Kia Track'ster concept car and the Kia Ray EV (electric vehicle). The cars are joined by two innovative in-car infotainment concepts - the IVI (In-Vehicle Infotainment) and UCD (User-Centred Driving) concepts - that offer a glimpse into the future of in-car technologies."The three Kia premieres taking place at Geneva cover a broad spread of automotive segments and highlight the diversity of our present and future product line-up," commented Thomas Oh, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Corporation.
"The original cee'd was a major landmark car for Kia in Europe, enabling us to compete in the hotly contested C-segment for the first time. The second-generation model is, once again, a game-changing car with enhanced design, quality and powertrains. Our pursuit of clean power technologies is also represented by the Kia Ray EV. Finally, Kia is showing its fun side with the Track'ster concept - a high performance variant of the company's hugely successful B-segment urban crossover, the Soul.
Designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, the new cee'd hatchback is more sophisticated, more efficient, more refined and with a more engaging driving experience than its predecessor. The new cee'd will build on the success of the original model, further establishing Kia as one of the leading automotive brands in Europe.
Longer, lower and sleeker than the original model, the 4.3-metre long new cee'd has a streamlined silhouette shaped by extensive testing in Kia's state-of-the-art wind tunnel. Higher quality cabin materials and a broader range of high-tech equipment will ensure the interior of new cee'd matches the premium exterior appearance and competes with best-in-class rivals.
In developing the new cee'd, Kia's engineers had a strong focus on reducing fuel consumption and emissions without sacrificing engine response or power output. Across most of Western Europe, the new cee'd will be available with two petrol (1.4 MPI, 1.6 GDI) and two diesel (1.4 CRDi, 1.6 CRDi) engines offering power outputs from 90 to 135 ps.
The updated engines mean an average four per cent improvement in fuel consumption across the range, while the 128 ps diesel with Kia's EcoDynamics fuel saving technologies achieves fuel consumption of as low as 3.7 l/100km and CO2 emissions of just 97 g/km.
Highlight of the petrol line-up is a 1.6-litre Gamma GDI engine, which features the latest gasoline direct injection technology to maximise power (135 ps) and torque (165 Nm) outputs. Coupled with the 1.6 GDI is an all-new Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) that delivers smooth gear shifts for maximum driving comfort, lowers fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions compared with the previous conventional automatic transmission.
The cee'd SW, the estate version of Kia's C-segment family car, was also unveiled at the show. Full details of this important model will be confirmed closer to its on-sale date, later in the year.
World premier of all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Mercedes-Benz is giving a world premier to the all-new A-Class at the Geneva Motor Show.
The company is opening up a whole new chapter in the compact segment: markedly emotive in design, with powerful engines ranging from 109 hp to 211 hp, and extremely efficient, with emissions from just 99 g of CO2/km.
At the same time the new model underlines that for Mercedes-Benz safety is not a question of price - the standard specification includes, amongst other things, the radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST system.
"A is for Attack: the A-Class is a clear statement of the new dynamism of the Mercedes-Benz brand," explains Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "It is completely new, down to the last detail. In automotive development, it's not often you get the chance to start with a clean sheet of paper. Our engineers and designers have made the very most of that opportunity."
Design and dynamism are obvious characteristics of the new A-Class even at first glance, simply in the way it sits up to 18 centimetres closer to the road than its predecessor. The radical new design idiom that was so enthusiastically received upon its first appearance with the "Concept A-CLASS" has been rigorously applied for the series-production model. With their fresh interpretation of the classic two-box design, the Mercedes designers have created an emotive exterior with a pronounced sporty flair. "Applying the new dynamic style of Mercedes-Benz to the compact class was a challenge that we thoroughly enjoyed," explains Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz. "The almost sculptural lines of the A-Class are very typical for Mercedes. The feature lines, particularly along the sides of the car, then give the A-Class structure and tautness."
The objective when it came to the interior design was to complement the sporty look of the exterior. On top of this the car has a high-quality feel about it that is unique in this segment, achieved both through the design idiom as such and through the choice and combinations of the high-quality materials used. As seen in the Concept A-CLASS, there is an option allowing a smartphone to be fully integrated into the operating and display system. A special app makes it possible to use the full functionality of the iPhone®, and in due course also of other smartphones, in the car.
All trim surfaces feature an electroplated finish in "silver shadow", giving them a genuine metallic surface with "cool touch" effect. "This is just one example of the way in which the quality of the A-Class's interior is not defined by classic trim elements but by consistent design and by the specific materials used," explains Hartmut Sinkwitz, Head of Interior Design. "The motto we used when designing the interior was 'pure sportiness, newly interpreted'."
Particular visual highlights include, for example, the air vents, which stand out like "sparkling jewels" (Sinkwitz), so underlining the exceptional quality of the interior. The sporty character of the vehicle is further emphasised by the integral seats (optional extra) in the front. The rear seat is similarly sporty in appearance and can accommodate up to three passengers.
As well as the basic specification, which can be individualised with a wide range of options, there is a choice of design and equipment lines that have been put together with the requirements of customers in mind: "Urban", "Style" and "AMGSport".
Nissan unveils new concept
Nissan has revealed the first details of a head-turning hatchback concept which previews the company's next mainstream B-segment contender, to be sold alongside the Micra city car and innovative Juke crossover.
Called INVITATION, the dynamic concept - which will be unveiled at this year's Geneva International Motor Show- shows some of the innovation and excitement promised for the new model, which is due to be launched in the UK from 2013.
INVITATION is an energetic design, bringing fresh style, innovation and excitement to the mainstream market. The clean fluidity of the silhouette hints at its dynamic potential and showcases class-leading aerodynamics for enhanced efficiency
Renault's commitment becomes a reality
Renault unveiled four electric concept cars at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show with a promise to make them widely available to motorists starting in 2012...
Since then, Renault has publicised each milestone in this ambitious and unique project, securing the backing of governments, signing partnership agreements and testing battery safety.
Renault has focused on training its network, sales staff, technicians and repairers with the aim of offering customers seamless service. Electric vehicles were first tested in The Sims 3 virtual community before being put through real-world trials involving more than 400 EVs and a panel of users across nine markets.
Today, Renault is honouring the commitment it made at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show with the release of its first electric vehicles. Renault is demonstrating its drive for innovation, clearly investing in a future with the environment at its core. Electric cars are no longer a dream out of reach for many, but a reality accessible to the majority of the buying public.
Electric vehicles are the flagships of Renault's eco² drive, a position which is centred squarely on the availability of a range of more ecologically-aware and readily affordable products and services. In its ‘Renault 2016 - Drive the Change' plan, the Renault group committed to reducing its global carbon footprint by 10 percent between now and 2013, and by a further 10 percent between 2013 and 2016. It will achieve this by:
introducing new technologies for internal combustion engines and transmissions, and making an unprecedented commitment to all-electric vehicles.
Renault estimates that electric vehicles will account for 10 percent of the world market by 2020. The Renault-
Nissan Alliance aims to be a key player in this new form of mobility with 1.5 million Renault and Nissan electric vehicles on the roads by 2016. The Alliance is investing €4 billion in this Zero Emission programme and deploying a 2,000-strong team (1,000 at Renault and 1,000 at Nissan) working on electric vehicles.
Volkswagen Polo BlueGT unveiled
The Polo BlueGT, unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show, combines dynamic performance with extreme fuel efficiency, thanks to the use of ACT cylinder deactivation, which is being used for the first time in a production Volkswagen.
The turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine produces 140 PS, yet returns a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of just 4.7 litres per 100 km (around 60 mpg), and emits a forecasted 108 g/km of CO2. Opt for the seven-speed DSG transmission, and fuel consumption drops to a forecasted 4.5 litres per 100 km (62.8 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 105 g/km. Top speed is 210 kmh (130 mph) and zero to 62 mph takes 7.9 seconds.
At the heart of the Polo BlueGT, and responsible in large part for its combination of high performance and low fuel economy, is the first of the new EA211 series of engines, which will become commonplace in the new modular transverse matrix (MQB) that will underpin future Volkswagen models.
Under light and medium loads, the second and third cylinders are automatically shut down, producing fuel savings of up to 0.4 litres per 100 km in the EU driving cycle. At a constant 50 kmh (30 mph) the savings can be as much as one litre per 100 km, and even at 70 kmh (44 mph) in fifth gear, around 0.7 litres per 100 km can be saved.
Cylinder deactivation occurs at engine speeds of between 1,250 and 4,000 rpm, and at torque outputs of 25 to 100 Nm (18 to 74 lbs ft). If the driver presses the accelerator pedal, the two cylinders are imperceptibly reactivated. All mechanical switchovers occur within 13 to 36 milliseconds, depending on engine speed. The multifunction display in the instrument binnacle lets the driver know when cylinders are deactivated.
While the cylinder deactivation is so unobtrusive that only the driver might know about it, the Polo BlueGT itself is distinguished both inside and out by various styling cues. On the outside, there are multi-spoke 17-inch alloys and GT badges front and rear. The suspension is lowered by around 15 mm. Added to this are some features borrowed from the Polo GTI (the rear spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser, plus front bumper with LED daytime running lights) and some features borrowed from the Polo BlueMotion (side sills and front windscreen rain channels). A black-painted front grille and black door mirror caps complete the look.
Inside, as in the Polo GTI, the roof lining is in black, while the instruments are also from the GTI. Both driver and passenger sit on bespoke BlueGT sports seats, and there is a leather-trimmed steering wheel with BlueGT emblem.
The Polo BlueGT goes on sale in Europe in July. UK availability is not yet confirmed.
Fiat presents 500L
Fiat presented its new 500L. The L stands for ‘Large' which, following the Abarth and Cabrio versions, furthers the brand's strategy, with the aim of extending its offer by introducing models in a position to satisfy different types of customers.
With the ‘L', the 500 expands and grows together with customers, to accommodate new experiences and needs once more.
With MPV passenger space combined with the feel of a small SUV on the road and the restrained dimensions and efficiency of a B segment car, the new Fiat model defies the conventional distinctions between the various segments, combining the typical characteristics of different categories in order to create a distinctive alternative to the traditional B and C segments.
With the 500L, the Fiat brand demonstrates its creative spirit once more: a marriage of functionality and emotion, it features a 5-seater single-volume structure which is 414 cm long, 178 cm wide and 166 cm high. It is a further development of the concept of ‘cab forward' introduced by Fiat with the 600 Multipla, a precursor to the concept of the compact people carrier.
Produced at the Fiat factory in Kragujevac, Serbia, 500L is a ‘first car' for those who won't settle for anything less than Italian style, the versatility that comes from a functional design and engine technology that sets the bar in terms of efficiency.
The Fiat 500L will be introduced to Europe in the last quarter of 2012, with an engine range which will initially comprise two petrol engines (TwinAir and 1.4-litre) and a turbodiesel engine (1.3 MultiJet II) and the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology from Fiat Group Automobiles.
Mazda unveils new Takeri concept
In a European premiere, Mazda Motor Corporation is presenting its new Takeri concept at this year's Geneva International Motor Show along with the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV.
A CD-segment saloon concept, the Mazda Takeri represents the latest expression of Mazda's ‘KODO - Soul of Motion' design theme.
Sharing centre stage in Geneva, the Takeri concept and Mazda CX-5 both embody Mazda's innovative SKYACTIV technologies: advanced engines, transmissions, bodies and chassis for a new generation of Mazda vehicles.
All-new Audi A3 sets new benchmarks
The trailblazing Audi hatchback credited with filtering the premium feel-good factor through to the compact class is about to raise the stakes yet again as the all-new A3 debuts in Geneva with an evolutionary new look and revolutionary leaps in quality, technological sophistication and driver appeal.
CO2 emissions of as little as 99g/km in the new A3 have been made possible with the help of ‘Audi ultra' lightweight technology, which has enabled it to tip the scales an impressive 80 kg lighter than its predecessor. The aluminium front wings and bonnet help in this regard, and contribute to a class-beating kerb weight of just 1,175kg for the 1.4 TFSI model. In terms of dimensions, the new A3 is virtually identical to its predecessor in length and height at 4,237mm and 1,421mm respectively, but it features a longer 2,601mm wheelbase in the interest of dynamic composure and interior packaging. It is also slightly wider at 1,777mm.
The single-frame radiator grille that is typical of Audi dominates the look of the front end, and as before in higher specification models it is flanked by xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, the latest versions featuring a new ‘clasp-like' solid band which surrounds more of the lens. These will also be optional for other models, and wherever they are fitted the tail lights will also be equipped with LEDs. In the longer term, full LED headlights will also be available, and will be a first in the compact car segment.
In profile, the pronounced tornado line - a classic element of Audi design - gives structure to the area below the windows, and above the sills a dynamic line rises sharply upward. The gently sloping C-pillars and the roof that sweeps back into a modest spoiler lend the car a distinctly coupe-like air.
At the rear the spoiler edge above the diffuser emphasises the width of the new premium compact, and the inner architecture of the split tail lights is a variation on the headlights' theme. The tailgate has a sculpted, three-dimensional look, and below it in the diffuser insert are either one or two tailpipes on the left side depending on the engine type.
Hyundai reveals all new i20
Hyundai has given a world premiere to the all-new i20.
The new model features refreshed styling, enhanced equipment and the lowest CO2 emissions of any conventional powertrain car on sale today. Among the four powertrain options available to buyers will be the new 1.1-litre, 3-cylinder ‘U-II’ diesel engine that generates 75 ps. When mated to Hyundai’s Blue Drive technologies, this derivative emits just 84 g/km of CO2 - a figure lower than any other car with a conventional powertrain.
The engine was developed at Hyundai’s Diesel Centre of Excellence – part of the European R&D set-up in Rüsselsheim, Germany – and showcases Hyundai’s expertise in clean diesel technology.
This ground-breaking new engine will be offered alongside another sub-100 g/km diesel. When combined with Blue Drive technologies, the upgraded 1.4-litre ‘U-II’ 90 ps engine emits 96 g/km.
The debut of the All New i20 sees the introduction of fluidic sculpture form language to Hyundai’s supermini. The revised exterior design carries the hallmarks of Hyundai styling, including the company’s signature hexagonal grille and new headlamp units. Updating their own design from the original i20, the stylists at Hyundai’s European design studio have further modernised the All New i20 with a more contemporary profile for the front and rear bumpers, a new sculpted bonnet and new wheel designs.
In terms of dimensions, the width (1710 mm), height (1490 mm) and wheelbase (2525 mm) of All New i20 remain the same, while the length has increased by just 55 mm (front 30 mm, rear 25 mm) over its predecessor to 3995 mm.
New Citroën C4 Aircross makes world debut
Citroën is showcasing its bold creativity at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with a range of stylish and innovative new models.
The New Citroën C4 Aircross makes its world debut and will be shown alongside the newly restyled C1 and Berlingo Multispace. A production version of the C3 Red Block, which made its debut in concept form at Geneva in 2011, will also be on display.
Visitors to the Citroën show stand will be able to view the complete DS line, along with a new DS4 Racing concept and new special editions - DS4 and DS5 Paris Rendez-Vous and DS3 Racing S. Loeb.
Committed to improving the ecological performance of its vehicles, Citroën will also highlight the reduced average CO2 emissions of its range - by 5g/km in a year - thanks to the use of e-HDi micro-hybrid, full electric and full hybrid diesel technology, amongst other innovations.
New Lexus RX 450h makes debut
The new Lexus RX 450h made its world debut at the Geneva alongside the first F Sport interpretation of the full hybrid luxury SUV.
Due to go on sale this summer, the new RX will continue to play an important role in the Lexus model range.
Other highlights of the Lexus presentation at Geneva include the first European appearance of the much-acclaimed LF-LC hybrid sports coupe concept, and the new GS 450h and GS 450h F Sport.
SEAT Toledo concept makes debut
SEAT presented the next phase of its product offensive in the form of a close-to-production study at the Geneva Motor Show. The Toledo Concept combines the proportions of a classic saloon car with a sporty, almost coupé-like design.
The next generation of the SEAT Toledo is an exceptional combination of emotion, outstanding design quality and rational usability, as is immediately apparent from the Geneva study. Its design language is a further development of the now characteristic SEAT design - with a powerful and solid stance, clear and precisely-executed surfaces and lines, and with the new headlamp form that is a signature feature of SEAT's new design DNA.
But its striking design does not compromise convenience. Although presenting a saloon-like silhouette, the Toledo Concept in fact offers the spaciousness and usability of a five-door hatchback, within compact dimensions. The Geneva study delivers a very distinct view of the future - the series-production version on which it is based will begin to reach dealers in Spain later in 2012.
At previous European motorshows, SEAT has presented its new style language with the highly acclaimed IBE, IBX and IBL concept cars. The Toledo Concept at the 2012 Geneva Salon illustrates that design language's ongoing journey to a series-production vehicle. Not only will the new Toledo be exceptionally attractive, but it will also be exceptionally good value for money.
Measuring 4.48 metres in length, the new Toledo will offer a generously proportioned interior for five people, a luggage compartment of more than 500 litres and the convenience of a large rear hatch and folding rear bench. Thus, the future Toledo manages to reconcile perfectly the apparently incompatible - combining an almost coupé-like profile with the comparable functionality of an estate car.
Chevrolet unveils all-new Station Wagon
Europe's fastest growing mainstream car brand has unveiled an all-new addition to its line up at the Geneva Motor Show later this month.
The Station Wagon model represents the latest body style of Chevrolet's most popular global model, the Cruze, and complements the saloon and hatchback versions. Together, these have achieved combined sales across the world of over one million since the saloon variant debuted in 2009.
"The Cruze Station Wagon caters to an important market segment. It ticks all the boxes for European drivers in terms of distinctive design, dynamic driving, space and economy," said Chevrolet Europe President and Managing Director Susan Docherty.
It features generous storage space and a choice of powerful and efficient engines, including a new 130bhp 1.7-litre VCDi diesel engine, with start-stop technology as standard and CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
At 4,678mm, the Station Wagon is slightly longer than the hatchback (4,510 mm) and saloon (4,597 mm) models. Load space ranges from 500 litres up to the window line in the rear to nearly 1,500 litres up to the roof top with the rear seats folded down. Prices and full UK specification will be announced closer to the car's on sale date, in autumn this year.
All-new Mitsubishi Outlander unveiled
Eleven years after it first coined the term “crossover”, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has unveiled its third embodiment of this concept with the new Generation Outlander.
This all-new mid-size crossover is meant to better comply with the times - a strategic and innovative premium vehicle developed around a versatile global platform and borne of a balancing of:
Low environmental impact (with target emissions below 130 g/km minimum – depending on models & markets).
Advanced safety (with Forward Collision Mitigation System, Lane Departure Warning system, Active Cruise Control, etc.).
Comfortable driving (with a dual zone air conditioner, etc.).
Clever utility (with the adoption of a power tail-gate, full 3rd row seating, flat floor cargo area, etc.).
Added convenience (with now tilt & telescopic steering column, Super-HiD “Wide Vision” xenon headlamps, etc.).
Similar in size to the current car, the new Generation Outlander follows a clear design brief where in true Mitsubishi fashion, key directions were for an “engineer’s car” with a “Solid – Safe – Simple” shape, blending substantial look with clean surfaces.
This same uncluttered quality look continues inside the car with high grade materials, gracing a dashboard designed for better driver concentration, including ergonomic steering wheel controls as well as high-resolution and easy-to-read instrument displays.
In Europe, the new Generation Outlander will offer at launch the choice between two low impact engines (in 2WD or 4WD): 2.0 l MIVEC petrol or 2.2 MIVEC Clean Diesel (MMC’s own 4N14 engine) Depending on market, model, engine and specifications, Auto Stop & Go will be available, as well as an all-new 6-speed automatic gearbox.
As part of its novel technical package, the new Outlander will also be equipped with an “eco-friendly driving system” that notifies the driver when she/he is driving at maximum efficiency. Accordingly, the driver can choose to drive at maximum efficiency to enhance actual fuel consumption of the vehicle – availability according to model & market.
After this Geneva unveiling, the next Generation Outlander will be launched first in Russia this summer, prior to European (late summer), Japanese, Oceania, Chinese and North American debuts.
Jaguar XF Sportbrake revealed
Jaguar has revealed details and the first images of the XF Sportbrake, a truly versatile derivative of the multi award-winning XF saloon.
Entirely new from the B-pillars backwards, the XF Sportbrake represents a compelling combination of muscular yet elegant design, dynamic ability, contemporary interior luxury and, with a load-space capacity of up to 1675 litres, a no-compromise approach to practicality.
The XF Sportbrake will receive its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 6th March.
The XF Sportbrake takes Jaguar's globally acclaimed sporting saloon and extends its versatility and practicality while retaining the model's core values of dramatic, muscular elegance, a dynamic driving experience and contemporary luxury.
Peugeot 208 Gti Concept unveiled
Peugeot is hinting at the return of an iconic legend with the reveal of the Peugeot 208 GTi Concept.
The GTi Concept is powered by the same 6-speed manual 1.6 THP 200bhp petrol engine seen in the award-winning Peugeot RCZ. Saluting it illustrious predecessor, the legendary 205 GTi, a brushed aluminium GTi Concept logo is placed on the rear quarter panels and within the grille.
Distinctive exterior features found on the GTi Concept include Peugeot's now signature LED headlamps, double chromed exhaust tailpipes, lower bodywork spoilers and lower sill skirt extensions.
On the inside, the passenger compartment reveals a red perforated leather steering wheel, leather head restraints and leather gear lever. The instrument panel is enhanced with LED backlighting. The sports seats are trimmed with Nappa leather on the outer section, whilst the cloth seating is embossed with a tartan motif. The fascia is dressed in Alcantara velour with grey stitching and the roof lining is entirely black.
To complete the sports look and feel, the driver is greeted with a small sports steering wheel, the pedals are aluminium and a raised instrument panel in line of the driver's sight houses brushed aluminium dials.
The GTi Concept takes full advantage of its compactness and lightness, promising road-holding that is both excellent and precise. A rear roof spoiler generates down force at speed. For optimum braking performance, the GTi Concept is equipped with disc brakes all around; 302mm diameter at the front and 249mm at the rear, set off by red-painted brake callipers.
A second 208 concept car, the exclusive 208 XY Concept, will also debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Powered by a 1.6-litre 115bhp eHDi engine and equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the XY Concept has been treated to sixteen coats of paint and lacquer to allow the car to appear to constantly change.
Inside, the passenger compartment is trimmed with crimson stitched leather on the dashboard, armrests, steering wheel and gear lever. The XY Concept rides on exclusive dual-effect 18" alloy wheels. The lower window edge and the quarter panel are finished off with a special grille treatment with three horizontal chrome bars.
Volvo unveils all-new V40
The all-new V40 is ready to overtake the competition in the Premium Hatchback class with sharpened features and characteristics from larger Volvos wrapped in a sleek, compact package.
"The all-new V40 is the first new model that is fully developed according to our human-centric, Designed Around You strategy. Charged with an outstanding set of high-tech features it definitely will give our toughest competitors a headache," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.
The all-new Volvo V40 is a modern, expressive car with a Scandinavian luxury look and feel, a high-quality aura and meticulous attention to detail. The new, fully graphic instrument cluster with personalised layout and information enhances the intuitive and uncomplicated driver experience.
"Thanks to input from customers all over the world our most compact V-range model features an outstanding blend of design, safety and versatility. The car is loaded with features that buyers of modern luxury cars want," explains Stefan Jacoby.
Škoda unveils five-door Citigo
Škoda is presenting the new Citigo subcompact to the public as a five-door version for the first time.
The five-door version will be launched in European markets together with the three-door version from mid-May 2012.
The Citigo represents Škoda's entry into the fast growing subcompact segment. The new model was successfully introduced in ŠKODA's home market, the Czech Republic, in late 2011.
From this year, the Citigo is to conquer new customer groups for Škoda, thus contributing to the brand's growth strategy. Škoda aims to increase its worldwide deliveries to a minimum of 1.5 million units a year by 2018. In 2011, the company achieved yet another sales record in its 117-year corporate history, selling 879,200 units.
The Citigo ranks among the most compact and, at the same time, among the roomiest of its segment. In keeping with the brand's ‘Simply Clever' claim, the car impresses with a number of ingenious features such as a photo and document holder, a bag hook on the glove compartment and a range of net holders.
The Citigo's designers placed great emphasis on safety, winning the car the top score of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test. And another premiere: the new city car is also the first Škoda model ever to sport the brand's new logo.
Powering the Citigo is a three-cylinder petrol engine with one litre of displacement in two versions with 44 kW/60 hp or 55 kW/75 hp. In its most efficient Green tec variant, the new Citigo achieves a mileage of 4.1 l/100 km, CO2 emissions in the new ŠKODA model amount to just 96 g CO2/km.
Land Rover unveils Range Rover Evoque Convertible concept
Land Rover has unveiled a Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Evoque Convertible Concept vehicle will explore the potential for the world's first premium convertible SUV.
This bold concept builds on the global success of the Evoque and continues Land Rover's tradition for creating and leading new market segments. The concept is being shown to gauge reaction and to assess the potential for what could be another white space product from the world's leading SUV brand.
The concept has been developed by Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern and his team. Commenting on the concept, McGovern said: "The Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible. This study is not a traditional convertible design execution - instead we have worked with the balance of the Evoque's lines to retain its distinctive shape and create something that is unique and, we believe, highly desirable."
The soft-top convertible concept is based on the Range Rover Evoque Coupe. It features a fully retractable premium roof system with a Roll Over Protection System [ROPS]. The concept cleverly combines capability and versatility with a drop down tailgate and a comfortable four seat package. The vehicle has been developed with Land Rover DNA at its heart, retaining key characteristics including a command driving position and all-terrain capability.
The Evoque's dramatic rising waist line and distinctive shape has been retained and the new convertible body style has been achieved with minimal changes to weight and torsional rigidity. The hood is housed in a neat tapered finisher with the roof mechanism stowed discretely below the belt-line.
Suzuki reveals G70 concept
Suzuki Motor Corporation has unveiled its G70 Concept which demonstrates a new vision for a compact car incorporating minimised weight and elaborated dynamics. The G70 weighs just 730kg and has a drag coefficient at least 10 per cent lower than that of a current Suzuki ‘A’ segment model.
As a direct result of overall weight reduction and the use of a highly efficient petrol engine, CO2 emissions are as low as 70g/km (measured in the European Driving Cycle)
Also on display will be the Swift Range Extender, Suzuki’s latest development in hybrid vehicle technology. The Swift Range Extender was first shown at the Geneva Show in 2010 and, since then, has undergone further development which has resulted in a 100 per cent improvement in battery driving range to 30km.
Swift Range Extender utilises a generator and a highly efficient 660cc three cylinder petrol engine to power it. Compared with a conventional Electric Vehicle that depends entirely on battery power, the Range Extender has a more compact lithium-ion battery that’s quicker to charge, weighs less, uses fewer resources and also costs less.
Honda unveils two sportscar concepts
Honda has unveiled two sportscar concepts, a prototype of the European CR-V as well as the debut of its all-new 1.6 Diesel engine.
The stunning Honda NSX Concept highlights the design and technology direction for Honda’s next generation supercar, the NSX Concept features a V6 mid-mounted engine and will employ a range of new technologies including the innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive™) hybrid system. It is expected to go on sale within the next three years.
Further underlining Honda’s aim of developing sporty, exciting products, the Honda EV-STER also made its European debut at the show. The EV-STER, an electric rear wheel drive two-seater open sports car, features dynamic and innovative styling and excellent environmental performance.
Honda also presented the European CR-V Prototype, a preview model highlighting the exterior styling direction of the all-new fourth generation European Honda CR-V, which is set to go on sale in Autumn 2012. Compared to the previous generation, the model takes on a more aggressive stance with deeper sculpting of the body lines and a bolder front fascia. The lower front bumper wraps smartly upward to convey SUV capability, while the lower front bumper design now integrates more smoothly into the fascia for improved aerodynamics.
Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology, a new generation engine series, will deliver excellent performance and environmental values and is due to be introduced throughout the Honda product range. The new 1.6 litre diesel engine will be the first engine from this series for Europe. The lightest engine in its class, delivering sub 100g/km CO2 levels, the engine will offer a class-leading balance of fuel economy and performance. A cut engine display of the new 1.6 litre diesel engine will be shown on the Honda stand.
Two new Jazz derivatives are also on display. The Jazz Si, on sale from Summer 2012, features an upgraded sporty suspension package and styling changes to the interior and the exterior.
The Jazz 1.2, now with Idle Stop, delivers a reduction in CO2 emissions of 3g/km compared to the standard 1.2 model.
Vauxhall enters fresh territory with all-new small SUV
Vauxhall, badged Opel in Ireland, has unveiled its new small SUV, which will take the company into new market territory
Called the Mokka, the new model will enter the growing sub-compact SUV B-segment. The Mokka is 4.28metres long, yet despite its neat dimensions can accommodate five adults in comfort.
“The Mokka takes its design cues from larger SUVs and integrates them into a compact, yet modern form,” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “We are growing a compelling and diverse range of products that appeal both to retail and fleet customers, and the Mokka will complement this perfectly.”