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2011 Geneva Motor Show. Image by Conor Twomey.

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2011 Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show gets bigger and better every year. Here's the 2011 event.

   

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  Abt Audi R8 GT S (7)
AC MK VI (2)
Alfa Romeo 4C concept (17)
Alfa Romeo MiTo (2)
Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring (4)
Aston Martin V8 Vantage S (5)
Aston Martin Virage (23)
Aston Martin Virage Volante (10)
Audi A1 quattro prototype (2)
Audi A3 concept (54)
Audi A6 by Abt (4)
Audi A7 by Abt (4)
Audi at the Geneva Motor Show (4)
Audi Q5 Hybrid (4)
Audi RS 3 Sportback (5)
Bentley Continental GT (4)
Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible sets world record on ice (7)
Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible (15)
BMW 1 Series M Coupé (1)
BMW 1 Series with accessories (3)
BMW ActiveE (12)
BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept (41)
BMW X1 (5)
BMW X3 M Sport (1)
Brabus 700 Biturbo - based on Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (34)
Brabus 800 Widestar (26)
Brabus Ultimate Style (19)
Chevrolet Cruze hatchback (7)
Citroen DS4 Purple (2)
Citroen Metropolis concept (6)
De Tomaso De Auville (4)
EDAG Light Car Sharing concept (7)
Ferrari 458 Italia by Mansory (3)
Ferrari FF (22)
Fiat 500 by Gucci (5)
Fiat 500 Coupé Zagato concept (10)
Fiat Freemont (4)
Fiat Punto Evo (1)
Ford at the Geneva Show (12)
Ford B-Max (6)
Ford Ranger Wildtrak (2)
Ford Vertrek concept (3)
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GTA Spano (12)
Gumpert Tornante (43)
Hamann Guardian (27)
Hamann Hawk - based on Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (9)
he Semper Vivus (5)
Honda Jazz EV concept (2)
Hyundai at the Geneva Motor Show (7)
Hyundai Curb concept (1)
Hyundai i40 (12)
Hyundai Veloster (5)
Infiniti at the Geneva Motor Show (3)
Infiniti Etherea concept (17)
Infiniti M35h (3)
Jaguar B99 by Bertone (14)
Jaguar XKR-S (22)
Kia Optima Hybrid (2)
Kia Picanto (11)
Kia Rio (11)
Koenigsegg Agera R (2)
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (54)
Lancia Delta (1)
Lancia Flavia (2)
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Lancia Thema (1)
Lancia Ypsilon (4)
Lexus LFA with Nurburgring Package (27)
Lotus Elise Club Racer (3)
Lotus Evora by Mansory (6)
Lotus Evora Enduro GT racer (9)
Mansory Cormeum - based on Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (4)
Maserati GranCabrio Sport (6)
Maybach 57 S Coupé Xenatec (3)
Mazda Minagi concept (9)
Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG (20)
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Mercedes-Benz SLK (49)
MINI Cooper John Cooper Works Pack (6)
MINI Cooper SD (5)
MINI Cooper SD Clubman 50 Hampton (18)
MINI Cooper SD Countryman (2)
MINI John Cooper Works S2000 (5)
MINI John Cooper Works Tuning Kit (4)
MINI Rocketman concept (39)
Mitsubishi Global Small Concept (5)
Mitsubishi i-MiEV by Rinspeed (16)
Morgan Three Wheeler (15)
MTM R8 Biturbo (9)
Nissan ESFLOW concept (8)
Opel Ampera (6)
Pagani Huayra (44)
Peugeot 308 (15)
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Porsche 911 Black Edition (2)
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Porsche 918 RSR (7)
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Porsche Panamera S Hybrid (21)
Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition (4)
Range Rover Evoque (3)
Range Rover Evoque five-door (4)
Range Rover Range_e (12)
Renault Captur concept (13)
Renault Kangoo ZE Maxi (6)
Renault R-Space concept (22)
Renault Twizy (12)
Renault Wind Gordini (7)
Rinspeed Bamboo concept (61)
Rolls-Royce at the Geneva Show (2)
Rolls-Royce EX102 Phantom Experimental Electric (21)
Saab 9-3 (6)
Saab 9-5 SportWagon (5)
Saab PhoeniX concept (11)
SEAT Alhambra 4WD (10)
SEAT IBX concept (15)
Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo (2)
Skoda line-up (1)
Skoda VisionD concept (29)
Smart Forspeed concept (42)
Spyker GT racer (2)
SsangYong SUT 1 concept (13)
Subaru Boxer Sports Car Architecture concept (5)
Subaru Impreza XV (2)
Subaru Trezia (4)
Suzuki Splash (2)
Suzuki Swift S-Concept (12)
Tata Pixel concept (3)
Techart Magnum (2)
Toyota EV concept (5)
Toyota FT-86 II concept (9)
Toyota Prius+ (7)
Toyota Yaris HSD concept (11)
Vauxhall Corsa (1)
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer concept (20)
Volvo V60 DRIVe (1)
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid (7)
VW Bulli concept (32)
VW Go! concept by Italdesign (12)
VW Golf Cabriolet (8)
VW study Golf R (16)
VW Tex concept by Italdesign (14)
VW Tiguan (10)
Wiesmann Spyder concept (6)
Zapico bike by Mansory (5)
 
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2011 Geneva Motor Show - Mark Nichol, Shane O' Donoghue



AC Cobra Mark VI.   AC Cobra Mark VI

It's different to see a manufacturer not conforming to the seven-year model cycle: this is the sixth generation Cobra in over 100 years. Geneva hosts the AC Mark VI, due in the shops later in 2011 and packing a Corvette sourced V8 engine.

Alfa Romeo 4C concept.   Alfa Romeo 4C concept

We knew that the Alfa Romeo 4C concept would be good, but who could have predicted this? A mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, carbon fibre sports car that weighs only 850kg. Oh, and it hits the dealers in 2012. One of the undisputed stars of the show.

Aston Martin Vantage S.   Aston Martin Vantage S

Combine the looks of the V12 Vantage with a tuned version of the lighter V8 engine and you have the Vantage S. It even has a gearbox that's been developed specifically for it "from the ground up." A welcome addition to the Aston Martin fold, but surely outshone in Geneva by the...

Aston Martin Virage.   Aston Martin Virage

What do you mean, "it looks like all the other ones"? This is evolutionary design at its best, and if you can't see that, bucko, then... oh alright then, you win. The DB9-based Virage plugs the gap between the DB9 and the DBS, says Aston. We remain cynical about the extent of its newness until we drive it for ourselves.

Audi A3 Concept.   Audi A3 Concept

Both the front and the back of the A3 Concept are significant. The front because it previews the look of next generation Audi A3, due next year, and the back because it effectively confirms that the next A3 line-up will, unlike the current generation, have a saloon variant. A mini A4, if you will. Or to extend the idea further, a more mini A6. Or an even more mini... you get it.

Bertone B99.   Bertone B99

Italian styling house Bertone calls it the B99; everyone else is calling it the new X-Type. It's not really, but any Jaguar badged saloon that's about the size of a 3 Series is bound to be saddled with that tag. Not many would complain if it did become the next X-Type, looking at it. Ian Callum (Jag's design boss) might take the huff though, so it probably won't.

BMW ActiveE.   BMW ActiveE

Following the success of the MINI E trials, BMW debuts its next electric test bed in Geneva in the form of the ActiveE. It's based on the 1 Series Coupé and BMW promises unrivalled zero-emission driving dynamics coupled with almost all the usability of the donor car.

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept.   BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept

The ConnectedDrive concept not only previews the styling of the next Z4, but also of a new, smaller sports car set to rival those from the VW Group - including Porsche and Audi. It has cool slide down doors like the BMW Z1 and a triple-tiered 3D light display for the dashboard.

Chevrolet Cruze hatchback.   Chevrolet Cruze hatchback

The four-door version of the 'race bred' Cruze we have seen already. Here's the five-door hatchback variant. It adds a welcome dose of practicality, sure, but it's no show stopper.

Ferrari FF.   Ferrari FF

Ferrari could stick a horse on the front of a wheelie bin and it would muster up some excitement, but the four-seat replacement for the 612 Scaglietti is big, big news. It looks unlike anything Ferrari has done before. Oh, and it has four-wheel drive.

Fiat Freemont.   Fiat Freemont

Fiat's factotum vehicle is based on the Dodge Journey and isn't confirmed for sale in the UK as yet, but does have masses of interior space and equipment - two qualities we're sure the next Multipla will have if it comes to the UK.

Ford B-Max.   Ford B-Max

The biggest news on Ford's big stand is the introduction of the B-Max. It's a mini-MPV to take the Vauxhall Meriva on at its own game. Looks good too. It's based on the Fiesta by the way.

Ford C-Max Energi prototype.   Ford C-Max Energi prototype

Already debuted in Detroit, the C-Max Energi hybrid gets its European bow in Geneva - and hopefully we get more details. It's an extended range petrol-electric hybrid people carrier, capable of electric-only drive. Production starts in 2012.

Ford Fiesta RS WRC.   Ford Fiesta RS WRC

Not new, but Geneva provides a chance to have a close-up gander of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC car, straight off the back of its Rally Sweden appearance.

Ford Focus Electric.   Ford Focus Electric

Nissan is way ahead of the pack with its LEAF. The Focus Electric is Ford's answer. Once again it's already been seen in Detroit, but this is Europe's chance to look at the zero-emissions family hatchback due in the UK by 2013.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak.   Ford Ranger Wildtrak

Pick-up fans rejoice, for Ford unveiled its top of the line truck at the Geneva show. It's not quite an F150 in the power department, but it's as luxurious as pickups get, and it's headed for the UK at the end of 2011.

Ford Vertrek concept.   Ford Vertrek concept

With the Ford Kuga due for replacement in 2012, the Vertrek is an early look at what we'll be seeing in showrooms that year. Not a radical departure, agreed, and it's more important in America really, where it will replace the Escape SUV and try to convince America that Ford gas guzzlers needn't be that big or gas guzzling. Good luck.

Gumpert Tornante.   Gumpert Tornante

Prize for the best name of the show goes to the Tornante, which we're certain will become one of Geneva 2011's top five unveils when the photographer smoke clears and the list-based feature writing starts. Believe it or not, it's a touring version of the Gumpert Apollo, built for comfort AND speed. Nice.

Hamann BMW 5 Series.   Hamann BMW 5 Series

Hamann loves getting its teeth into a new BMW, so it was only a matter of time before it had a go at the latest 5 Series. The result was shown for the first time in Geneva, and will give those that can't wait for the M5 proper a nice, early alternative.

Hyundai Curb concept.   Hyundai Curb concept

The Curb is steeped in motor show concept tradition in terms of its futurism and all out wackiness, though underneath all that there's a Nissan Juke rival that could come to market in a couple of years. It's made for people with an 'active night life', whatever that means.

Hyundai i40.   Hyundai i40

The Hyundai i40 is the Korean company's first pop at the middle saloon market that has a realistic chance of turning the heads of Mondeo and Insignia buyers. It has dramatically upped the styling ante compared to Hyundai saloons of old.

Hyundai Veloster.   Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai is re-entering the stylish coupé ring with the Veloster, and it's doing so in a slightly eccentric, Prince Naseem sort of way. The Veloster has two doors on one side but only one on the other, but will compete with the VW Scirocco by being practical as well as stylish.

Infiniti Etherea concept.   Infiniti Etherea concept

Once Lexus got into the premium hatchback game, it was only a matter of time before Infiniti joined in. Here it is. It's a concept minus side mirrors and all the associated production jazz required by law, but the shape will apparently remain when it goes on sale in 2012 or 2013.

Infiniti M35h.   Infiniti M35h

Infiniti is expanding the reaches of its M saloon range, and having done the sensible thing and made a 530d-rivalling diesel, it's now doing a hybrid. From a fuel economy perspective this too is sensible, but its performance is rather more so - it's the quickest UK Infiniti yet.

Jaguar XKR-S.   Jaguar XKR-S

Not just an XKR in a sporty suit, but an XKR with more power and improved handling. In fact, the XKR-S is the quickest production car Jaguar has ever made. The company is also celebrating 50 years of the E-Type in Geneva.

Kia Picanto.   Kia Picanto

One of two new and highly stylish small cars from Kia, the Picanto is smarter, more efficient and, crucially, more spacious than the car it replaces. Due in summer 2011, there's even a sportier three-door version on the cards.

Kia Rio.   Kia Rio

Like the new Picanto, the Rio is a million miles from its predecessor in the styling stakes, and has now become a genuine Fiesta rival (assuming it doesn't drive like a beached supertanker). We're promised nicer plastics, much improved interior space and some very efficient versions.

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.   Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

It'll probably be this that endures longest in memory once the Geneva smoke has cleared. Lamborghini did well to keep the exact aesthetic of the car under wraps until the night before the show so the launch was a shock and awe affair of the old school. Fabulous.

Lancia/Chrysler Delta.   Lancia/Chrysler Delta

Another prong in the Chrysler UK re-launch attack is this, the Delta. Again it's a re-badged Lancia and has the advantage of a somewhat iconic name in Delta. No rally-bred history here, though, but at least it's a genuine Ford Focus rival - something Chrysler's not had, ever.

Lancia/Chrysler Thema.   Lancia/Chrysler Thema

The Thema is the Chrysler 300 by another name, which means it's a thoroughly facelifted version of the 300C for European markets. Gone is the gangsta aggression of that car, replaced by smoother lines and a grille that politely asks you move aside, rather than threatens. Quality is improved, too.

Lancia/Chrysler Ypsilon.   Lancia/Chrysler Ypsilon

Chrysler sort of died a little while ago in the UK, and now it's sort of coming back, spearheaded by this re-badged new Lancia Ypsilon. The five-door supermini is based on a stretched Fiat 500 platform and gets ultra thin seats to add leg space. It also bags Fiat's lovely two-cylinder TwinAir engine.

Land Rover Discovery 4 Limited Edition.   Land Rover Discovery 4 Limited Edition

Officially called the 'Land Rover 2011 Discovery 4 'Landmark' Editions with Black and White Theme', this pair of limited edition Discos "blend high end interiors with bold, contemporary colour schemes." Already on sale in the UK.

Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package.   Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package

With the LFA supercar limited to just 500 copies, Lexus has taken aside ten percent for an extra special makeover. The Nürburgring LFA isn't just an orange paintjob; it's got 10bhp more than the 552bhp standard motor, as well as new wheels and more carbon fibre - the fibre of choice for all things fast, probably because it's faster than denim.

Lotus Elise Club Racer.   Lotus Elise Club Racer

Taking a leaf from Renaultsport's book, Lotus has unveiled a 'cup' version of the Elise that's lighter and more focused on dynamics, while being cheaper to buy. Not much to complain about there.

Lotus Evora by Mansory.   Lotus Evora by Mansory

You can normally expect the fruit of Mansory's labour to induce an involuntary reflux of some kind - see the Mansory Rolls-Royce Ghost for details - but with the Evora the company has kept it miraculously tasteful. It's not just a set of side skirts, however, but a front-end redesign. Not a facelift though. Let's be clear on that.

Maserati GranCabrio Sport.   Maserati GranCabrio Sport

Maserati loves stretching out the appeal of its core models by making limited editions, but when feeling less cynical it will put out a stoked version, complete with faster gearchanges and added loudness. That's what this version of the drop top GranTurismo is: more power, more noise, more expensive.

Mazda Minagi concept.   Mazda Minagi concept

Compact crossover SUVs are all the rage, so here's Mazda's, called the Minagi. As do all carmakers, Mazda is making noises about blueprints for future products and such like. We suggest just enjoying it in its concept glory, for now.

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG.   Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG

Imagine the current C 63 AMG but with a facelift in line with the recent C-Class facelift. You've just imagined the new C 63 AMG. And lest ye have forgotten how silly the C 63 is, it has a 6.2-litre V8, and with the new AMG Performance Pack can nudge 490bhp. Different to your uncle's C-Class, then.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé.   Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

Imagine the current C-Class saloon but with two less doors and a more swoopy roof. You've just imagined the new C-Class Coupé. And lest ye have forgotten how sensible the C-Class is, the C 220 CDI has a diesel that can nudge 69mpg. Your uncle's C 180 gets nowhere near that sort of efficiency.

Mercedes-Benz SLK.   Mercedes-Benz SLK

The latest of Mercedes-Benz's line of mini-me SLs has arrived, and it looks as mini-me SL as ever. It still has a folding hard top and is still rear-wheel drive, and we expect it'll still be setup at the comfort end of the scale: ladies what lunch don't care about handling. Stereotyping? Us?

MINI Cooper SD.   MINI Cooper SD

An obvious new model if ever there was one, the Cooper SD takes the diesel performance MINI to its logical conclusion (because surely there can't be a MINI JCWD on the horizon, right?). The SD has loads of torque and decent economy, while looking like a Cooper S. Showroom WIN.

MINI Rocketman concept.   MINI Rocketman concept

Saturday night's alright for a concept car launch, but a motor show is better. The MINI Rocketman is something of a tiny dancer, measuring just over the length of the original Mini, though still standing quite tall. Its carbon spaceframe chassis means it's light enough to blow away, like a candle in the wind; there's no sacrifice like weight. And if you're thinking there's something about the way it looks, that's mostly down to the weird doors and the glass roof, which keeps the car airy, even if you let the sun go down.

Mitsubishi Concept Global Small concept.   Mitsubishi Concept Global Small concept

The precursor to a Colt-replacing supermini is what the Concept Global Small is, and very near production it is too. It's very light, says Mitsubishi, so it will be economical. It will be knocked together in Thailand and it will go on sale in 2012.

Nissan ESFLOW concept.   Nissan ESFLOW concept

Based on technology adapted from the LEAF, the ESFLOW is an electric, rear-wheel drive two-seat sportscar. It can hit 62mph in under five seconds and looks like a futuristic, shooting brake sort of version of the 370Z. Nissan keeps saying it's based on existing technology... so make it then, Nissan, we dare you.

Pagani Huayra.   Pagani Huayra

The Huayra will, in 2012, finally replace the Zonda - the supercar that seemingly won't die. We're interested in the technology that underpins the car, of course, but for the time being we're more bothered about hearing a Zonda exec say "Huayra" so we can learn how to pronounce it. There'll be a collective sigh of relief among the press when it happens, believe us.

Peugeot 308 facelift.   Peugeot 308 facelift

If you haven't worked out what this is from the title and moved down the list to Porsche already, shame on you. Still here? It's a Peugeot 308 with a new front bumper, some different interior trim, LED lights and a new engine.

Porsche 918 RSR concept.   Porsche 918 RSR concept

This is one of a few cars making a European debut in Geneva having already been shown in Detroit. Listen...can you hear that? No? That's the sound of nobody complaining. The 918 RSR concept is the future of racing, and it's hot.

Porsche Cayman R.   Porsche Cayman R

"Hmm... there's a gap between the Cayman S and the 911 Carrera. We can't make a slower Carrera, so how about a faster, better Cayman?" Yes please, Porsche. And, on another topic entirely, if you could just cancel my order for that 911 Carrera, that'd be grand.

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.   Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

Everyone's been waiting for this version of the Panamera ever since the five-door mega hatchback was unveiled. It will have electric-only drive capability, just like the Cayenne Hybrid, while being quicker than the average big capacity turbodiesel at full pelt.

Range Rover Range-e prototype.   Range Rover Range-e prototype

Here's a plug-in diesel hybrid based on the Range Rover Sport and offering 89g/km of CO2. We're not sure whether Land Rover is caving to the green movement or sticking two fingers up at it, but either way a free-to-tax Range Rover Sport is a good thing. It's still a proper off roader, but it has a 690-mile tank range and electric-only drive.

Range Rover Ultimate.   Range Rover Ultimate

There are a myriad of aftermarket styling companies willing to take tens of thousands off you to customise your Range Rover. Finally, Land Rover has thought 'hang on a minute...' So here's the £130,000 factory fresh Range Rover, complete with two 'free' iPads and all kinds of luxury eccentricities.

Renault Captur concept.   Renault Captur concept

This is more like it, Renault. The Captur is exactly the sort of concept car silliness that Renault is really good at. It has an interior based on mountaineering, obviously, and an exterior that crosses an SUV and a two-seat roadster. They'll cross anything these days, those crazy car companies.

Renault Wind Gordini.   Renault Wind Gordini

...is a blue Renault Wind with white stripes and loads of kit. Moving on...

Saab 9-3 Independence Edition.   Saab 9-3 Independence Edition

Celebrating a year of being free from the corporate shackles of General Motors, Saab has unveiled the Independence Edition. Only 366 will be made - one for each time Saab asked for a bigger R&D budget from GM and was turned down. Not really - it's days of the year of course.

Saab 9-5 SportWagon.   Saab 9-5 SportWagon

Just as Touring always follows saloon at BMW, so does SportWagon always follow sedan at Saab. The Swedish company is currently finding its feet as a Spyker concern, after the whole misunderstanding thing with GM. The 9-5 estate will add much needed sales.

SEAT IBX concept.   SEAT IBX concept

Spain's-Premier-Sporty-Youth-Brand-Featuring-a-design-bloke-that-used-to-work-at-Lamborghini doesn't even have a sporty crossover SUV in its line-up, for shame. Geneva redresses that imbalance, as SEAT unveils a sporty crossover concept SUV. What chances it's based heavily in the VW Tiguan?

Smart ForSpeed concept.   Smart ForSpeed concept

Like a Smart Crossblade crossed with a speedster crossed with next generation's ForTwo - and electric. That's about it, really.

Ssangyong SUT 1 concept.   Ssangyong SUT 1 concept

Remember the Actyon Sports pickup truck? Well, the SUT 1 concept is its replacement. We think it's the best looking car Ssangyong has ever made, which is a shame because not that many people in the UK need a pickup truck. Still, bodes well for the next Rexton.

Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept.   Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept

Subaru and Toyota worked together like horse and carriage on the horseless carriage that is the Toyota FT-86. So, when Subaru said it would be unveiling a 'Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept' we immediately thought 'this is Subaru's version of the FT-86.' We hope that's not its proper name - it's a bit obvious.

Suzuki Swift S-Concept.   Suzuki Swift S-Concept

So, you have a lovely little hatchback called the Swift. You make a 'Sport' version and it quickly becomes one of the most lauded little cars on sale. After a while you kill the Swift. You make a new, bigger Swift. What's the next step? Exactly.

Toyota FT-86 concept.   Toyota FT-86 concept

Just as Subaru gets around to unveiling its first version of the Toy-baru (see above), Toyota moves onto version number two. The new FT-86 concept isn't massively different to the first, but it is closer to the production car, which will possibly re-birth the Celica name.

Toyota iQ EV Prototype .   Toyota iQ EV Prototype

Here's an electric iQ capable of 65 miles on a charge and due to be available as a lease car from 2012. The US has already seen it - this is the Euro debut.

Toyota Prius+ MPV.   Toyota Prius+ MPV

The mildly successful Prius spawned a seven-seat variant in Geneva, which looks quite different to the five-seat version, whose shape didn't really lend itself to throwing a couple of extra chairs in the boot.

Toyota Yaris hybrid.   Toyota Yaris hybrid

Toyota has this hybrid...we forget its name. Anyway, a couple of people went and bought said hybrid. Toyota thought that maybe it would be a good idea to make a smaller version of it, based on the Yaris supermini. A couple of people might buy that too.

Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid.   Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid

The plug-in hybrid version of the big V60 estate is already close to production, says Volvo, even though Geneva is the first time we've seen it. It could go on sale by 2012, then. One side note: Volvo is claiming 150mpg economy and 50g/km of CO2. We'll believe that when we see it.

VW Golf Cabriolet.   VW Golf Cabriolet

The third small four-seat Cabriolet in Volkswagen's line-up is based on the Golf. It gets an electric folding soft top in addition to everything we already know and admire about VW's bread and butter model. The cloth is multi-layered to retain as much of the Golf's refinement as possible.

VW Tiguan facelift.   VW Tiguan facelift

The Tiguan crossover SUV is due a facelift. You know the score - you've seen the pictures. Unsurprisingly it looks quite a lot like the new Touareg, with the same sort of front lights as all VW's recent output. Car designer types call it a 'family face', which, contrary to what some cynical forum trolls might say, is NOT a clever way of getting out of designing new headlamps. Absolutely not.

VW Touareg R-Design.   VW Touareg R-Design

They're all at it, the premium makers - it's all M Sport this and S Line that. Volkswagen's sporty trim level is called R-Design, and the Touareg is the latest to get the treatment. Geneva was its debut.








 

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