It's been a week since the doors for the Geneva Motor Show opened, and they still are until this Sunday. The big theme this year is eco-friendliness, but with a twist. The twist is fun! With cars like the Volvo Polestar 1 and Honda EV concept cars, it seems like manufacturers have finally realized that people want cars that are eco friendly, but also fun. There's plenty of other interesting non-EV and non-hybrid cars as well, but 10 have stood out more than others. Hope you approve of the list.
Caterham Seven 620R
The Caterham Seven 620R is the most powerful Seven currently on sale, taking the crown away from the hair-raising R500.
With 2012 just days away from ending, we can only hope that 2013 will have as many exciting new cars as this year did. Here is a gallery of 22 cars that made a good first impression. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Peugeot have confirmed that the 208 GTi will make it to production, and they have also given us some details on what it will have to offer.
The 208 GTi will be equipped by PSA’s ubiquitous 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 200hp and 275Nm (202 lb ft) of torque – this is the same engine found in the Peugeot RCZ, Citroen DS3, Citroen DS4, and Mini Cooper S. Power is sent through a six-speed manual transmission, enabling a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 7.0 seconds. It will also come equipped with a sporty exhaust system.
Opel Ampera/Chevy Volt
Apart from winning the 2012 Car of the Year award, it’s a plug-in hybrid car that looks good too. The specs? It has a 150hp electric motor along with 370Nm of torque, with a claimed range of up to 80km (50miles) on a fully charged battery pack. Its 1.4-litre engine is there only to power a generator when the battery range is low (the engine doesn’t send power to the wheels at any time) – which then extends the range to 500km. It is expensive though – prices start at CHF 52,900 (around $57,000) in Switzerland.
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
The F12 Berlinetta drew a huge crowd on press day. It was easily one of the most anticipated cars of the show – and with 740hp, it’s easy to see why. Its 6.3-litre V12 engine is the most powerful of any Ferrari road car, which definitely makes it a standout car. However powerful the engine might be, the design might divide opinion – looking a bit similar to the FF at the front. However, all is certainly forgotten as you approach its 212mph top speed.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show is anything but short of exciting new cars. There are far too many cool cars to have them all posted here, but with more than 100 photos, it's more than just a taste of what the show has to offer. Make sure you come back next week for the ultimate standouts of the show.
One of our station wagon favourites has come back from a four-year break – the Audi RS4.
It will be available in station wagon form only, as Audi now claims that buyers are moving away from high-powered saloons. Power comes from the same 4.2-litre V8 engine as the RS5, meaning a power output of 450hp, with torque rated at 430Nm (317lb ft).
It will also get the same seven-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission as the RS5, with the 0-62mph time being reached in 4.7 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 155mph.