Sunday 25 September 2016

More carmakers 'show' hand as they battle for attention in lead-up to Geneva notice

First look: Geneva Motor Show

Published 17/02/2016 | 02:30

Toyota will make its new compact SUV/crossover in Turkey based on its C HR Concept (pictured).
Toyota will make its new compact SUV/crossover in Turkey based on its C HR Concept (pictured).

The Geneva Show is warming up nicely with a plethora of new models already confirmed.

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And the pace will pick up over the next couple of weeks as more manufacturers vie for some of the pre-show spotlight.

Mercedes will show their first C-class convertible - expected by the end of the year. The good thing is it will have mainstream and performance engines. There will be also European debuts for the updated SL, SLC and AMG S65 convertible.

Lexus will show a hybrid version of their LC 500 luxury coupé with the car already pencilled in for production.

We will also see the new Volvo V90 estate in the flesh at Geneva. It's due here from 161-reg time onwards.

And we have already seen the SEAT Ateca mid-size SUV (See Aidan Timmons' report on Page 3).

SsangYong will show its 'Long Body' Tivoli (XLV-Air) 5-seater people carrier. It gets here in June. The small-family MPV has a 1.6-litre diesel and petrol engine, 2WD and 4WD (manual and auto). It will cost from around €23,000 and have a five-year unlimited warranty. It's heavier and bigger than the current Tivoli (574 litres v 423 litres of boot space).

Opel are promising to unveil a revolutionary new battery electric car next year. We're sure to hear more at Geneva.

Peugeot's new Traveller will vie for owners in the MPV and VIP shuttle sector. It has multiple configurations of up to nine seats.

Toyota will make its new compact SUV/crossover in (Turkey) based on their C-HR concept.

KIA's new Optima hybrid has been shown at Chicago and will be at Geneva. As will its Niro petrol-electric hybrid. It is the first Kia to use a new platform specially for hybrid and plug-in hybrids.

We already know that the Audi Q2, formerly known as the Q1 will be shown as a rival for the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.

Fiat will show hatch, saloon and estate versions of its Tipo, powered by MultiJet II diesel and Multiair petrol engines.

Hyundai's Ioniq, their first dedicated hybrid model will eventually have the option of three powertrains. As a hybrid it will have a 1.6-litre petrol engine an electric motor.

We can also expect to see the new Renault Scenic.

Skoda's new large SUV is expected here later this year and will be called the Kodiak.

Opel say their GT Concept is a blueprint for future sports cars and has a 144bhp 1-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.

And Volkswagen's latest T-Cross concept SUV, based on the Polo, will also be shown.

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