Geneva Motor Show #1

March 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Giugiaro Brivido concept: a good excuse to kick things off with a picture of a red super-coupe. This thing’s got gull-wing doors, of course – which emphasise its Back To The Eighties air – but more pertinently, it does get a modern-day Volkswagen-developed hybrid powertrain with 360hp 3.0-litre engine, giving 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds and over 170mph. It’s a four-seater, carbonfibre/aluminium GT with rear-view cameras and steering column-mounted monitors, and iPad-integrated controls for entertainment;it’s said to be fully-functioning and road-capable and, says car design legend Giorgetto Giugiaro, “not an object which is destined to remain an unachievable dream. My intention has always been to design something which is close to industrial reality and can easily be released into the market”. Full gallery of pictures and press release posted at World Car Fans.

Digest of other news so far, in no particular order:

  • That Bentley SUV, called EXP 9F: replete with twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 but plug-in hybrid (with V6) and V8 diesel to be offered as options. Should any of its target audience be interested. Ain’t pretty, either.
  • Great news: Nissan is to build the Invitation (Micra replacement) in Sunderland, creating 2000-odd jobs (underwritten by £9million of goverment funding, it has to be said). Could the range include a Renault Zoe-like EV, too? Just a thought…
  • Volkswagen Polo BlueGT has cylinder deactivation, shutting down two of its four cylinders under light demand and when cruising; this sporty 140hp turbocharged 1.4 petrol will thus return 60mpg and 108 g/km (62.8mpg and 105g/km with optional DSG transmission). On sale in mainland Europe in July, UK sales tbc.
  • First pictures of Toyota’s Ft-Bh hybrid concept, proposal for a low-cost hybrid supermini – looks interesting. This could be production-feasible.
  • Mitsubishi has confirmed a 50g/km plug-in hybrid version of the new-generation Outlander SUV for 2013; this will have a 30-mile all-electric mode and 2.0-litre petrol engine. It’s also showing the MiEV House, a prototype grid-balancing car/home energy system (as seen in Tokyo last year).
  • Jaguar’s honing the final design of the hybrid C-X75 supercar, reports Autocar: this’ll cost around £700,000 and will have a Cosworth four-cylinder engine, a 60km all-electric range and CO2 ouput of 99g/km.

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