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Geneva Motor Show 2012

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Mini goes commercial (again) with the Clubvan

By - February 20, 2012 18 Pictures
Mini will finally add a commercial variant of its iconic design at the Geneva Motor Show, creating an interesting new niche for the growing premium small car segment. Though the Clubman-based Clubvan is only a concept, we expect the unique blend of upmarket panache, go-kart handling and delivery van load-carrying capacity to fulfill pent-up demand for a premium stylish commercial vehicle and propel the concept into production. Remarkably this vehicle has a highly successful predecessor. The Morris Mini Van was replaced in the Morris commercial fleet in 1982 after half a million vehicles - when production ceased in 2000, the van accounted for nearly 10% of all Mini sales. Read More
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Peugeot 208 GTi - the return of the supermini

By - February 18, 2012 37 Pictures
One of the cars which originally popularized the now-burgeoning hot hatchback category, the Peugeot 205 GTi, looks set to be reprized with an all-new 208 GTi concept to be shown in Geneva next month and production seemingly inevitable. The six-speed manual 208 GTi runs a 203 bhp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, guaranteeing performance well beyond the original 205 GTi which launched in 1984 with an at-the-time amazing 104 bhp. Read More

Ford B-Max to debut at Mobile World Congress

Ford's decision to launch its new B-MAX at Mobile World Congress indicates just how important mobile communications have become in automotive buyer decisions. The B-MAX's very clever Easy Access Door System was thought to be the key selling feature, but Ford claims that the as yet undisclosed new technologies to debut on the vehicle will make it "among the most technologically advanced small cars on the market." Read More

Ssangyong XIV-2 convertible crossover concept

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
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Bertone Nuccio concept car to reinterpret iconic HF Zero

By - February 12, 2012 5 Pictures
Italian auto design house Bertone will introduce a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. Named Nuccio after Nuccio Bertone, the long-time chief of the company who passed away in 1997, the car will not only honor Nuccio, but it will also pay homage to Bertone's design heritage in recognition of its 100th anniversary. Judging by the teaser sketches that have surfaced, the Nuccio looks to be a reinterpretation of classic wedge-shaped, mid-engined supercars from the 1970s best exemplified by the Lancia Stratos HF Zero ... and it could be one of the most interesting concept car debuts of the year. Read More
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Skoda to debut five-door Citigo subcompact in Geneva

By - January 31, 2012 2 Pictures
Following hot on the heels of Volkswagen’s announcement of a five-door version of its up! subcompact vehicle, the Czech Republic-based Volkswagen subsidiary Skoda has announced that a five door version of its Citigo subcompact will make its public debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March. The three-door Citigo was introduced in Skoda’s home market late last year, marking the company’s first entry into the growing subcompact segment. The five-door model will be successively launched alongside the three-door model in European markets from mid-May. Read More
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BMW's amazing new 381 bhp 740 Nm 45 mpg triple turbo diesel (and four cars that will get it)

By - January 26, 2012 95 Pictures
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
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Does my EV's butt look big in this? Rinspeed's range-extending "Dock+Go" concept

By - December 7, 2011 2 Pictures
Rinspeed is renowned for producing exotic concept vehicles for the Geneva Motor Show each year - the aquatic sQuba and shape-shifting iChange being two prime examples - and the 2012 show looks like it will be no exception. We've seen external battery packs designed to increase the battery life of a smartphone, and now Rinspeed's "Dock+Go" concept brings the same idea to electric vehicles in the form of a vehicular backpack that docks to the rear of an electric vehicle to extend not only their range, but also their cargo-carrying capabilities. Read More
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