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The 207 hp 1.6-litre turbo delivers 30% more power and 15% more torque than the standard T...

Citroën's DS3 Cabrio Racing is a potent combination of value, practicality and performance. Developed from the double world-championship-winning DS3 WRC (arguably the most relevant motorsport to sporty cars driven on public roads), it also has Citroën's unique and practical Cabrio roof, offering several sporty cars in one for £29,300 (US$46,600).  Read More

The Diavel was a surprise unveiling at last week's Geneva Motor Show Ducati has upgraded its devilishly photogenic Diavel supercruiser with a new 1198cc Testastretta engine, new exhaust, full-LED headlight, reduced emissions, better fuel consumption and more mid-range grunt ... as if it needed it.  Read More

The Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show (Photo: CC Weis... Last month Range Rover flagged its intention to bring the performance-focused Evoque yet to Geneva, and we've now had the opportunity to see it in the flesh. Meet the Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic.  Read More

The Toyota i-Road in use at the Ha:mo (Harmonious Mobility) vehicle-sharing project in Jap...

Toyota’s electric i-Road three wheeler is shaping up as the ideal combination of the best attributes of a motorcycle (maneuverability, lightweight, narrow track, small footprint, low energy consumption, fun) and a car (weather-proof, safe, stable, easy to use) and trials have now begun in Japan using the i-Road in Toyota’s Ha:mo (Harmonious Mobility) vehicle-sharing project. The i-Road trials will be extended to France later this year when Toyota participates in a vehicle-sharing trial in Grenoble.  Read More

The KEB City has a step-through frame, rear-mounted battery, 28-inch wheels and mud-flaps

South Korean automotive manufacturer Kia looks set to return to its bicycle-manufacturing roots with the showing of two prototype electric bikes at the Geneva Motor Show. Already given a brand name – Kia Electric Bicycle (KEB) – both prototypes are of the "pedelec" variety, meaning they can be pedaled and powered electrically, with one a city and the other a mountain bike.  Read More

The Ssangyong XIV-2 Concept will be shown in Geneva Ssangyong is obviously exploring the shape of the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) of the future if its last two concept cars are anything to go by. Last year's XIV-1 concept offered a stylish exterior and an entirely new take on the CUV interior, and now the XIV-2, which we'll see at the Geneva Motor Show, will give us a convertible crossover. The two concepts are designed to preview SsangYong’s upcoming compact crossover for Europe.  Read More

A V6 Horex engine sits in the frame, waiting for production to begin.

One of the sensations of recent times in motorcycling circles was the first showing of the VR6 Horex Roadster, with its extraordinary 200 bhp, narrow-angle, V6 supercharged engine. The name Horex is well known in Germany for its motorcycles, and the resurrection of the name is now almost complete with series production set to begin.  Read More

MINI adds a roadster to the range

The MINI continued its remarkable evolution overnight with the news there will be a sixth derivative of the breed, this one likely to set the hearts of enthusiasts beating with anticipation - the first open-top two-seater in its history. For a car already voted the second most significant model in the century of the automobile, the MINI is having a stellar year, having just won the Dakar Rally.  Read More

BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo Engine Six-Cylinder Diesel - (N57S)

BMW M Performance is adding four new models to its product range, all powered by a new triple-turbocharger, piezo direct injection, three liter diesel motor that looks to be a contender for the engine of the year already - 280 kW, 740 Nm, instantaneous response, very economical, low emissions. The BMW M550d xDrive, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d models will be seen at the Geneva Motor Show in March with availability just a few weeks later. The numbers are remarkable,  Read More

Toyota's TS030 Hybrid sports car

Last October Toyota announced its participation in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship with a hybrid prototype race car. Today Toyota revealed some of the details of the TS030 HYBRID with surprises galore. The car uses a normally-aspirated 3400cc V8 petrol engine and a supercapacitor energy storage system developed by Nisshinbo. Remarkably, though the hybrid drive train has already been dubbed THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System – Racing), the team is still evaluating whether it will use a front motor system from Aisin or a rear motor system from DENSO.  Read More

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