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This year will be 85th edition of the International Motor Show at Geneva and it's as exciting as ever, as the world's leading car manufacturers unveil their latest and greatest models.
The show opens to the motoring press today. We've put together a comprehensive list of all of the cars revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Audi has brought the second-generation Audi RS3 super hot hatch to Geneva. On paper, the RS3 stacks up well against opposition such as the new Ford Focus RS. With a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine that's capable of producing 362bhp and Audi's famous quattro four-wheel-drive system, the car will launch from 0-62mph in just 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 174mph.
A new generation of the Audi R8 supercar was leaked just before Geneva. The new R8 will share its chassis with the Lamborghini Huracan supercar, and as before will be offered with V10 engines. There's even talk of a hybrid R8 that would rival the likes of the BMW i8.
Audi’s Q7 is a popular SUV, and the firm has decided to take the plunge with a hybrid version. The Q7 e-tron is likely to be a serious player on the 4x4 hybrid scene, and a worthy rival to the Porsche Cayenne hybrid. It’s not as glamorous as Audi’s other cars, but with 166mpg claimed, this is a 410bhp off-roader that should turn heads.
The Prologue is still a concept, but we expect that Audi will move this into production. Tipped to be named the A9, the Prologue Avant is a striking concept car that resembles an Audi equivalent of the S-Class Coupe.
Bentley has been producing sports coupes for decades, with the Continental GT a firm favourite. But in Geneva they’ve revealed an all-new hybrid supercar that we reckon will come into production by 2018. Its design alludes to Bentley’s unmistakable house style, with muscular haunches and four headlamps.
Almost two million 1 Series have been sold since it first went on sale, so BMW will be hoping for more of the same as this revised car takes on rivals such as the Audi A3 with its updated styling, upgraded interior and new range of engines – including three-cylinder power for the first time. Prices start at £20,245 for an entry-level three-door.
BMW has also unveiled a seven-seater version of the 2 Series Active Tourer, which has been named the Gran Tourer. Apart from the obvious addition of two seats at the back, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer will remain much the same as the regular 2 Series Active Tourer. The 2 Series represents BMW’s attempt to attract families. The seven-seater BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer – which they say is the only premium seven-seater on the market – is the latest in BMW’s flurry of releases. Despite BMW’s protestations that it’s in a class of its own, UK buyers will see it as competition to the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, the Ford S-Max and the Renault Grand Scenic. Wealthier buyers might even consider seven-seater offerings from Land Rover. The 2 Series Gran Tourer will cost between £24,175 and £33,885.
Citroen and DS
The DS sub-brand is going to split off from the French marque, with some cars now being sold with a DS badge rather than a Citroen one. The DS 5 is the brand’s first model – albeit only a facelift of a previous Citroen car. Britain is likely to be the second-biggest market for the DS car range, so expect further launches from the new brand.
Ford is continuing its recent performance-car onslaught with the addition of the Ford Focus RS to its ranks. The RS was initially unveiled in Cologne at the beginning of the month – much to the upset of Ferrari, which unveiled the 488 GTB on the same day. The news of a new Ford Focus RS (a 318bhp, all-wheel-drive superhatch) has excited fans of the hot hatch, and with a price tag of around £30,000, it's an attractive proposition when stacked against rivals such as the Audi RS3 and Volkswagen Golf R.
In a similar vein to Ford, Honda has turned up the heat in the performance-car world by showcasing a hot hatch and supercar at recent motor shows. The production version of the Honda NSX has made its European debut, while a production-ready Civic Type-R made its world premiere in a striking Championship White colour scheme. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum for Honda, two new production-ready models – the European-spec Jazz and the new Honda HR-V small crossover – are also drawing crowds.
That Honda Civic Type R is a phenomenal thing to behold, with aggressive styling and a huge rear wing. But underneath the lairy bodywork is a whole raft of technology designed to keep the ridiculous 306bhp front-wheel-drive machine under control. Footage was recently released of a development car setting a 7.50 Nurburgring time while testing tyres – impressive for any car, let alone a hot hatch. Prices start at a fiver below £30,000 and, yes, finance is available.
A new version of the popular Jazz returns to British roads this summer, 18 months after it went on sale in Japan as the Fit. It’s recognisably a Jazz, but much curvier and with modern interior touches such as an Android-powered infotainment system on top-spec models. The Jazz comes with a 102bhp 1.3-litre VTEC petrol, but a diesel seems unlikely at this point.
Back in fast car territory, the NSX is Honda’s supercar set to return in mid-2015. Full details haven’t been announced but it’s likely to be a mid-engine two-seater powered by a V6 and with a price tag of around £100,000. Whether it can beat the Porsche 911 or the Audi R8 remains to be seen.
A firm favourite with Carbuyer readers, Hyundai has revealed a brand new SUV and updates across the rest of their range. Facelifts to the i30 and i40, including a new 183bhp turbocharged i30 variant, make the cars even better value in the UK market. And the i20 coupe, despite its sleek and sporty appearance, is one of the most practical cars in its class.
The Hyundai Tucson name will be revived for the UK market in the form of the replacement for the Hyundai ix35. The new Tucson SUV will feature a sleeker design, plenty of space inside and a range of petrol and diesel engines.
The Hyundai i30 range has been overhauled with a new look and the introduction of a 183bhp turbocharged model designed to replace the slow-selling Hyundai Veloster coupe. The revised range promises tweaked styling, improved interior quality and additional safety equipment.
There will also be a new three-door Hyundai i20 Coupe, which aims to inject some sporty appeal into the range. The new car features a sleek look, but still provides decent boot space. The engine range will be shared with the five-door Hyundai i20.
The Kia Picanto sports a series of revisions in Geneva. These changes include subtly revised styling, some new technology and some tweaks to the engines in an effort to reduce the car's running costs. Alongside the Picanto sit updated versions of the Rio and Venga as well as a concept that points to the next-generation Kia Optima.
British sports-car maker Lotus has brought a revised version of the Lotus Evora to the Geneva show, with refreshed styling and a better-quality interior. The biggest change is a 15% increase in power over the current car, which was launched in 2010. The previous Evora produced 276bhp as standard and 345bhp in supercharged S form.
Porsche is showing the most driver-focused version of the Porsche 911 in Geneva. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS gets a brand-new engine paired with the firm's excellent PDK automatic gearbox. The RS is even more extreme than the GT3, with further weight reduction and aerodynamic modifications.
The GT3 RS was revealed alongside the all-new Porsche Cayman GT4. Billed by Porsche as the most extreme Cayman to date, it has a 380bhp 3.8-litre engine – the same as in the 911 Carrera S. With a top speed of 183mph, the Cayman GT4 has a 0-62mph time of just 4.4 seconds and comes with six-speed manual gearbox. Prices start from £64,195.
The new Renault Kadjar is the star of Renault's stand. This SUV is a sister model to the Nissan Qashqai and although it features more radical styling than the Nissan, it shares its range of fuel-efficient engines and will offer the choice of two or four-wheel drive.
SEAT has unveiled its most potent estate car yet. The SEAT Leon ST Cupra rivals the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R for performance, but provides far more practicality. Its closest rival is perhaps the Ford Focus ST estate, although the Ford can't come close to the performance the SEAT provides. For £29,000, the ST Cupra provides a 587-litre boot and 276bhp from its turbocharged petrol engine. Top speed is 155mph, with 42.8mpg fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 154g/km. It'll be on sale later this year.
The third-generation Skoda Superb is at the centre of Skoda's stand. The Czech firm says there'll be five petrol engines available, although whether UK buyers will be offered all of them is still under discussion, as diesel tends to be more popular here. Sources estimate the price will kick off at around £20,000, rising to £35,000 for top-spec models. It's expected the new Superb will reach our showrooms in the middle of 2015.
The SsangYong Tivoli could be the model that resets the brand in the UK. To date, it's been more known for big SUVs, but this Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008 rival opens up SsangYong to a whole new range of buyers. The Tivoli will be powered by a choice of new 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines, while two and four-wheel drive versions will be available.
Vauxhall has taken a new city car to Geneva that revives the iconic Viva name from the 1970s. The Vauxhall Viva will take on rivals such as the Skoda Citigo and Hyundai i10 and is expected to be priced under £8,000 when it goes on sale this spring.
Also making its debut for Vauxhall at this year's Geneva show is the second-generation Vauxhall Corsa VXR. The recently revealed small hatchback produces 202bhp from its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. With a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds and the option of a grip-boosting limited-slip differential, the Vauxhall will take on the likes of the Ford Fiesta ST. Prices will start at just under £20,000 and it's expected to go on sale in May.
The Volkswagen Golf GTD estate is one of the stars of the VW stand, adding a useful amount of practicality to the excellent Golf GTD hatchback. The car produces 181bhp from its 2.0-litre diesel engine, for a 7.9-second 0-62mph time. Despite this, 64.2mpg fuel economy is possible. Coupled with a big 620-litre boot, the £27,000 GTD estate is a practical and cheap-to-run performance model.
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