The Geneva International Motor Show will open to the public in less than week. For the first time, this year’s Motor Show will include a series of conferences on todays and tomorrow’s transportation or “mobility” issues, running from Friday March 8th to Friday March 15, 2013. 10 speakers will be presenting and there will be two conferences per day on a wide range of automobile-related themes including: technology, ecology, security, politics, publicity and motor sport.
Ferrari is putting a hybrid system in its fastest, most exclusive sports car. McLaren Automotive is doing the same with its new P1 supercar, which also debuts in Geneva. Aston Martin is showing a new version of its four-door Rapide, which uses a gas-chugging V12 engine. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz is bringing yet another mind-bending AMG model with an amazingly potent 6.3-liter V8 engine that is neither downsized nor turbocharged, as seems to be the norm lately, even for AMG. The Chevrolet show stand will display a revised version of the Captiva SUV.
After what feels like years of teasing, the production version of the mid-engined Alfa Romeo 4C sports car will finally make its world premiere. This will be joined by a special-edition MiTo model and a Veloce version of the Giulietta. While Audi is mixing performance with efficiency this year. There’s the RS Q3 – the first of the Q models to get the RS treatment – and the S3 Sportback, which will go from 0-62mph in five seconds flat. Also on the stand will be the electric e-tron A3 and a gas-powered A3 g-tron. And there will be the latest Citroen C3 with some subtle design changes, and the C3 with Hybrid Air Technology emitting just 69g/km and average fuel consumption of 97mpg. Then there’s the Technospace concept, which previews a facelifted C4 Picasso.
Fiat’s model expansion is set to continue at Geneva with the arrival of the 500L Trekking. Like the Fiat Panda trekking, it takes the standard car and adds some plastic cladding for a bit of faux off-roader looks. And it’s likely to be another busy year for BMW. The main event will be the practical new 3 Series GT. But also on show will be the facelifted Z4, the Concept Active Tourer – BMW’s first front-wheel-drive model – an i3 range extender and the M6 Gran Coupe. There will be six cars on the Volvo stand, which all get design tweaks and refreshes of varying degrees. The XC60, S60, V60, XC70, S80 and V60 have all been given a once over. There’s the five-door Cee’d GT and the Volkswagen Golf GTI-rivalling Pro_cee’d GT, too.
The first car in Infiniti, Q50 will make its European debut at Geneva. The manufacturer is hoping it will appeal more to European buyers’ tastes. Honda NSX concept will be the star of the Honda stand. And there is a new Subaru crossover concept, called the VIZIV, it’s built to represent the manufacturer’s commitment to innovation across its range of all-wheel-drive cars. And Rolls-Royce will give us full viewing of the new Wraith coupe.
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