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2012 Geneva Motor Show Coverage Preview

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2012 Geneva Motor Show

2012 Geneva Motor Show

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Next week is the Geneva Motor Show, the first major event on the European auto industry calendar in 2012 and the 82nd running of the annual show.

For this year, a total of 180 world and European premiers will be presented by more than 260 exhibitors.

And, as with every year, visitors will be able to discover the latest technologies and see the new models from more than 30 of the world’s major automakers.

In addition, the winner of the European Car of the Year award will be named at the Geneva Motor Show for the first time, helping to consolidate the show’s position amongst the world leaders of international auto shows.

Once again, the Motor Authority team will be on hand in Geneva to bring you all the latest info and live photos, and there certainly will be a lot coming over the next several days as everything from high-horsepower supercars to zero-emission electrics are unveiled.

Here’s a rundown of what you can expect, and remember, you can get our latest updates direct from the show floor once the March 6 opening press day commences, via our dedicated show page.

Concept Cars

2012 Infiniti Emerg-E Concept leaked

2012 Infiniti Emerg-E Concept leaked

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Infiniti Emerg-E Concept: Destined to be one of the highlights of the show, Infiniti’s stunning Emerg-E concept combines a mid-engine, sports car body with a range-extended electric drivetrain. While Infiniti had attempted to drip-feed us details and images of the Emerg-E in the lead up to the concept’s Geneva debut, images have already surfaced online but we’re still waiting on the details. Could we be looking at Infiniti’s next halo model? We certainly hope so.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept: Apparently Land Rover thought there were enough buyers out there looking for a convertible crossover that it decided to build one, using its excellent Range Rover Evoque as the basis. The convertible maintains the original Evoque's key styling elements, such as its rising belt-line and muscular stance, but we’re still divided on whether this is a good route to take with the compact crossover.

2012 BMW M135i Concept

2012 BMW M135i Concept

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BMW M135i Concept: The M135i doesn’t only reveal the look of the new three-door 1-Series Hatchback from BMW, but it also confirms that BMW is at least considering an M Performance version of its entry-level model. It features a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine in conjunction with modified suspension technology and aerodynamic characteristics. BMW’s official spiel on the latest concept is that it offers attractive prospects for the further development of the 1-Series Hatchback. However, the automaker states that it also gives a clear signal for the expansion of the new product category of M Performance models.

Peugeot 208 Gti Concept: The latest generation 208 hatchback from Peugeot made its debut in Europe recently and now the French automaker is hinting at a sporty ‘GTi’ version with its latest concept. Power in the 208 GTi Concept comes from a THP 200 engine, which displaces 1.6 liters and develops a peak output of 197 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. Matched to a six-speed manual transmission and driving the front wheels, the tiny engine will accelerate the 208 GTi Concept from 0-60 mph in around 7.0 seconds.

Pininfarina's Cambiano concept.

Pininfarina's Cambiano concept.

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Pininfarina Cambiano Concept: Propelled by an electric motor at each wheel, the Cambiano is powered by batteries, a diesel-fueled turbine or both, giving the car a maximum output equivalent to 816 horsepower. It can also sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, on its way to a top sustained speed of 155 mph, and boasts a combined range of nearly 500 miles--not bad for a concept designed to celebrate a small Italian city.

Nissan Invitation Concept: This striking hatchback is Nissan’s latest concept and is called the Invitation. It’s described as a new compact hatchback to join the current Micra and Juke in the family lineup, and Nissan’s already got big plans for the small car, calling the Invitation its next mainstream B-segment contender. In other words, the Invitation is a concept in name only, as a very similar vehicle is planned for the U.K market beginning in 2013.

Hit the next page to see some of the performance cars that will be on display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and remember to follow our dedicated show page for all the latest updates.

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