Unveiled: more new cars coming your way
A number of new cars are set to be unveiled in 2014 including new additions from Mercedes, Skoda and Honda which are widely anticipated.
1 Mercedes reveal S-Class coupe
THIS is the stunning-looking new Mercedes S-Class coupe.
It will be shown at Geneva next month and you can expect to see it here towards the back end of the year.
No idea on price but expect it to be a few euro more than the saloon, which costs from just under €100,000.
2 Honda make space for new Civic estate
HONDA'S new Civic Tourer estate goes on sale here from next Monday and will cost from €25,695 (delivery and related charges extra).
This estate has, they claim, a load space so large that it compares with any on the market – not just in its family car class.
With the rear seats up, the boot extends to 624 litres but when folded there are 1,668 litres at your disposal.
The 1.6 i-DTEC diesel (120bhp) should cut down on the number of times you stop at the pumps (99g/km, €190 road tax) – they are claiming 3.8l/ 100km or 74.3mpg.
Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, climate control, 16ins alloys, eight-speaker audio system/DAB+ with remote controls, electric windows, USB connectivity, daytime running lights.
It has a Dynamic Safety Pack, which uses cameras and radar technologies that monitor what is going on around the car to help avert accidents.
3 Scout and about with new Skoda crossover
SKODA'S new Octavia Scout will debut at the Geneva Motor Show early next month.
Expect it here in the summer in time for the 142 plate. It will cost under €30,000, I'm told. And it will have a 2-litre 150bhp diesel.
They are calling it a robust all-rounder with an off-road look.
It has all-wheel drive and marks yet another entrant in the crossover segment.
Based on the Octavia estate it is bumped up and made to look more muscular with wide air intake and embossed fog lights. Door sills and wheel arches are in black panelling. And there are black protective side mouldings.
Ground clearance is up 33mm while 17ins alloys are standard.
The all-wheel-drive system means performance and climbing power is significantly improved.
4 Facelift, price fall for revamped Meriva
OPEL's mini-MPV, the Meriva, just had a gentle makeover.
They've given it a comprehensive tidying-up, though the dash is still too cluttered.
More importantly the price is down to €18,995 for the basic 1.4-litre petrol (it gets here in April).
The introduction of a new generation 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine will add a bit of spice.
The 1.6 CDTI diesel is all-aluminium and will replace the 1.3 CDTI and 1.7 CDTI.
The first version pumps 136hp (4.4l/100km, 116g/km).
Opel claim it's the quietest and meanest in the class (3.8l/100km, €200 road tax). There will be a 1.4-litre petrol. A brief test in a petrol automatic version showed it to have plenty of zest and refinement.
Later this year there will be a 99g/km version.
The Meriva has always appealed with its high driving position, rear-hinged doors and FlexSpace variable rear seating. There will be more versions of the 1.6-litre diesel including two 110bhp variants – one capable of 3.8l/100km.
Elements on the refreshed car range from rear camera, to sat-nav to the marque's intellilink infotainment system with smartphone connectivity.
Battling it out for World Car of Year award
THIS year's World Car of the Year will be chosen from a shortlist of 12: They are: the Audi A3, BMW 4 Series, BMW i3 Cadillac CTS, Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford Fusion /Mondeo Infiniti Q50, Jeep Cherokee, Lexus IS, Mazda3, Peugeot 308, Skoda Octavia.
The World Luxury award will go to one of the following: Bentley Flying Spur, BMW X5, Cadillac ELR Cadillac Escalade, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes S-Class, Porsche Macan, Range Rover Sport, Rolls-Royce Wraith.
Performance will go to one of the following:
Alfa Romeo 4C, Audi RS 6 Avant, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Ford Fiesta ST, Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, MercedesA/CLA45 AMG, Porsche 911 GT3, Porsche 911 Turbo, Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Design award is going to go to one of these:
BMW i3, Cadillac CTS, Citroen C4 Picasso, Mazda3, Lexus IS, Mercedes C-Class, Volkswagen XL1. Meanwhile, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron (+ Audi e-gas) BMW i3, Honda Accord Hybrid, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Volkswagen XL1 will vie for the Green Car gong.