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Day: March 5, 2018

New Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion sedan concept hits Geneva

New Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion sedan concept hits Geneva

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Volkswagen has introduced a new member of the all-electric I.D. family at the Geneva Motor Show called I.D. Vizzion – a striking, lengthy all-electric saloon boasting full level five autonomous features. At 5,163mm in length, it’s similar in size to the Mercedes S-Class and the latest Audi A8. It’s intended as a showcase of what kind technology Volkswagen thinks the I.D. brand could represent just over a decade from now, but it also previews a production I.D. electric saloon, which will arrive by 2022 at the latest. The concept uses Volkswagen’s electric MEB platform, and the powertrain itself utilises two electric motors – one driving each axle. The front motor is a 75kW coaxial drive, while at the rear is a more compact, but more powerful 150kW motor. As such, total system po
New Bentley Bentayga PHEV arrives at Geneva

New Bentley Bentayga PHEV arrives at Geneva

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Bentley has added a plug-in hybrid powertrain option for the Bentayga SUV, making it the brand’s first electrified vehicle. The firm says it is its “first step towards full electrification”, and it lines up alongside W12, V8 and V8 diesel versions of the Bentayga. Under the skin of the Bentayga Hybrid is a new turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, mated to an electric motor and generator. Bentley has yet to release any power or performance figures for the new model, but claims CO2 emissions of 75g/km, while an official range of 31 miles on electric power only is claimed, as measured under New European Driving Cycle tests. Recharging the battery pack will take 7.5 hours from a household three-pin plug, and a 2.5-hour charge time is quoted for those with a proper connector. Wh
New Italdesign Zerouno Duerta roadster revealed in Geneva

New Italdesign Zerouno Duerta roadster revealed in Geneva

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The roadster will launch under the Italdesign Automobili Speciali brand, and like the Zerouno coupe, it’ll likely be limited to around five units, with a price tag in excess of £1m expected. Based around the same underpinnings used by the Lamborghini Huracan and Audi R8, a 5.2-litre V10 engine sends power to the rear wheels. Our images only show the roadster with its roof stowed so it’s unclear if the Italian firm has opted for a folding fabric or metal roof arrangement. Other differences over the coupe are the pair of flying buttresses, which nestle each side of the engine cover. The same aggressive rear diffuser, fixed rear wing and quad-exhaust set up are carried over from the coupe. Italdesign claims that the Zerouno coupe is capable of 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, with a top s
Polestar 1 Coupe debut in Geneva

Polestar 1 Coupe debut in Geneva

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Volvo’s now standalone performance brand Polestar is celebrating its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show with the very attractive One plug-in hybrid coupe. The new Polestar One is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a very impressive combined output of 600hp and 737lb-ft (1000Nm) of torque. The powertrain mixes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engine with two powerful electric motors that are mounted on the rear axle. The only official figure we have so far is the all-electric range of the Polestar One, which is a very impressive 93 miles (150km). The new model is based on Volvo’s SPA architecture but Polestar claims that around 50 percent of the One is new and bespoke to them. That includes things like the all-carbon bodywork and the trick Öhlins Continuou
Cupra e-Racer EV debuts in Geneva

Cupra e-Racer EV debuts in Geneva

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The new Cupra e-Racer show car doesn’t only look the part, but it’s capable of some mind-blowing performance too. Its four electric motors, which generate 408PS (402hp) and a peak of up to 680PS (670hp), allow it to sprint from rest to 100km/h (0-62mph) in just 3.2 seconds, and up to a top speed of 270km/h (168mph). The EV is just as fast as the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4, but the Italian supercar has a higher top speed: 325km/h (202mph). This makes the automaker refer to it as having “the power of a vehicle fueled with petrol”. Providing it with the necessary juice is a battery pack, with 6,077 cells. It tips the scale at 450kg (992lbs), a third of the car’s weight, and it can be completely recharged in as little as 40 minutes. “One of this vehicle’s most surprising aspec
Techrules Ren RS A Micro-Turbine-Powered Track Machine Debut In Geneva

Techrules Ren RS A Micro-Turbine-Powered Track Machine Debut In Geneva

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Last year Techrules captured its fair share of attention with the debut of the Ren supercar. Now it’s returning to the Geneva Motor Show with the track-focused Ren RS, revealed here for the first time. The Techrules Ren RS is based on the same architecture as the existing Ren, with its bodywork designed by Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro. Only now it’s been redesigned for the track, featuring a single-seat cockpit design. Power comes from an advanced micro-turbine hybrid setup similar to what Jaguar tried with the C-X75 concept, however Techrules thinks it can actually make a go of it. The experimental powertrain mates a pair of electric motors at the front and another four at the rear, with a small diesel turbine engine serving as a range-extender. With a 28.4-kWh lithium-ion
New Peugeot 508 hits Geneva

New Peugeot 508 hits Geneva

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Not only does the 508 feature a “bold new low coupe design” according to the French automaker, but it also comes with advanced driver assistance systems such as the night vision system, which relies on an infrared camera to detect pedestrians during low visibility conditions. In the metal, the 508 is a pretty big breath of fresh air, according to our boots on the ground. Compared to its predecessor, the new model is more practical thanks to the fastback body style, but also more elegant, due tot he sloping roof, frameless doors and high shoulder line. It’s worth mentioning that there are multiple 508 specs present at the Palexpo convention center in Geneva – Allure, GT Line, First Edition, each bringing something a little different to the table. For example, the First Edition mod
Peugeot Rifter makes Geneva debut

Peugeot Rifter makes Geneva debut

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When the PSA Group revealed that it was planning to roll out a new family of “leisure activity vehicles” (read: small passenger vans), it indicated there’d be three versions: one for Citroën, one for Opel, and one for Peugeot. The latter we figured would be called the Partner Tepee, as it was before. But now it’s been revealed as the Rifter instead, putting the old name to bed. But that’s about where the surprises end. The Lion marque‘s counterpart to the new Citroën Berlingo Multispace and Opel Combo Life that we’ve already seen. So the parameters are more or less the same: we’re looking at a little people-mover (as in, a little mover of people, not a mover of little people), available in two sizes with five or seven seats. There will be two essential engine options that combine
Range Rover SV Coupe: First Official Images

Range Rover SV Coupe: First Official Images

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Long before there were crossover coupes like the BMW X4, there were two-door SUVs which could tackle a lot more than the parking lots of suburbia. The Range Rover SV Coupe recalls this era as it pays tribute to the original model which was launched as a two-door in 1970. That’s where the styling similarities end as the SV Coupe adopts a rakish windscreen and a steeply sloped roof with panoramic glass panels. The model also eschews the rear doors and adopts new side vents as well as what appears to be a reduced ride height. The upscale styling continues in the cabin as we can see premium leather upholstery, luxurious wood trim and metallic accents. The overall design echoes the standard model but the coupe features two individual rear seats which are separated by a full-length cen
Volvo XC40 became the “Car of the Year” in Europe

Volvo XC40 became the “Car of the Year” in Europe

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Before the start of the Geneva Motor Show, the winner was named Car of the Year. For the Swedish brand this is the first victory in the competition. Crossover Volvo XC40 won in the competition, gaining 325 votes. The closest pursuer of the "Swede" was a Seat Ibiza hatchback with 242 votes and the Bavarian sedan BMW 5 Series closed the triple. Among the nominees were also Kia Stinger (204 points), Citroen C3 Aircross (171 points), Audi A8 (169 points) and Alfa Romeo Stelvio (163 points). By the way, the crossover wins the competition only the second time. The first was the Peugeot 3008, which was chosen as the "Best European Car" last year. For the French brand, the victory in 2017 was already the fifth. The flagship Volvo XC90 was nominated in 2016, but won second place, in 2013 ...