2012 Geneva Motor Show Coverage Preview Page 3

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The Morgan E+ Concept. Image: Morgan Motor Company

The Morgan E+ Concept. Image: Morgan Motor Company

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Morgan E+ Concept: The classic style and modern performance combination of the typical Morgan might seem like an odd platform to launch an electric vehicle, but that's exactly what the company plans for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It'll even have a manual gearbox. That won't be the electric Morgan's only nod to the technology of the past, of course, with a retro-styled body to cover the high-tech innards.

Toyota FT-Bh Concept: The compact FT-Bh concept is a preview of a production-destined model from Toyota that the automaker boasts will produce up to 50 percent less CO2 than the class average for B-segment, or subcompact, cars. To achieve this ambitious goal, Toyota focused on five key factors when developing the FT-Bh: weight reduction, optimization of aerodynamics, drivetrain efficiency, thermal energy management, and power saving.

2013 Volvo V40

2013 Volvo V40

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Volvo V40: Volvo’s long-awaited five-door C30 will debut next week in Geneva. The car will revive the V40 name that hasn’t been used on a Volvo since the early 2000s, however, the automaker’s latest entry in the compact class is ready to overtake the competition with a premium look, unique Scandinavian style, and sharpened features. The engine range spans everything from compact diesels to a high-performance turbocharged T5 five-cylinder engine rated at 254 horsepower and promising 0-60 mph times of 6.7 seconds. All engine versions feature start-stop and braking energy regeneration, no matter whether they are fitted with a manual or automatic gearbox.

Rinspeed Dock+Go Concept

: Best known for its construction of oddball but impressive concepts like the James Bond-esque underwater sQuba and eXasis glass car, Swiss tuning and engineering firm Rinspeed is revisiting a previous theme with its latest concept, the theme of shape-shifting cars. Rinspeed will present in Geneva a special Smart ForTwo minicar that has a detachable cargo hold. Have the extra storage when it’s needed, and be able to discard it for more fuel efficient driving when it isn’t.

Hit the next page to see the rest of the cars that will debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and remember to follow our dedicated show page for all the latest updates.

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