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2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

 
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The 2014 Geneva Motor Show will open its doors from March 4-16, during which time more than 10,000 media representatives from all over the world and more than 700,000 fans will walk the aisles and scrutinize all the cars. The program this year includes more than 900 vehicles, a test track for electric cars, a retrospective of the 90 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and of course dozens of new model and concept reveals.

So, as we pack our bags and get ready to fly out to Switzerland to bring you all the news and photos direct from the Geneva Motor Show floor, here's our hand-picked list of some of the stars, as well as what we know so far about them. And remember, at any time you’ll be able to access the latest information from the show via our dedicated hub and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

CONCEPT CARS

2015 Honda Civic Type R concept

2015 Honda Civic Type R concept

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Honda Civic Type R concept: One of the more exciting concepts to be revealed in Geneva this week will be a preview of a new sports car from Honda. The new sports car is the hardcore Civic Type R, which won’t make it over to the U.S. but may influence the design of the next-generation CR-Z. As this teaser sketch shows, the concept’s styling has a supercar-like quality to it even though it is based on a humble econo car. Powering it is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering upwards of 300 horsepower.

Quant e-Sportlimousine concept: The Quant is an electric sports car concept created by a company called nanoFLOWCELL. Based in Germany, nanoFLOWCELL claims to have developed an entirely new energy storage system. Though no details on the technology have been revealed, nanoFLOWCELL has confirmed that supplier giant Bosch is collaborating on the project. As for the Quant e-Sportlimousine, it’s said to be over 17.2 feet in length and have seating for four.

Volvo Concept Estate

Volvo Concept Estate

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Volvo Concept Estate
: Destined to be one of the most handsome vehicles on show in Geneva this week, Volvo’s new Concept Estate previews the future styling direction of the Swedish automaker’s wagon models like the next-generation V60 and V70. The concept is the third and final vehicle in a series of forward-looking concepts that already includes the Concept Coupe and Concept XC Coupe. Like the previous two, the new Concept Estate to feature only two doors.

Mazda Hazumi concept: Mazda will preview its next-generation 2 compact car with the Hazumi concept in Geneva. As a sole teaser image reveals, the Hazumi closely resembles present Mazda models like the latest 3 and 6 but with a slightly sportier look. Few details are known about the next Mazda 2, but it should be offered as a hatch and a sedan and be built to Mazda’s Skyactiv principles of lightweight design and downsized engines.

Volkswagen T-Roc Concept

Volkswagen T-Roc Concept

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Volkswagen T-Roc concept: While America awaits a homegrown Touareg of its own and a bigger Tiguan, Volkswagen's brewing up a third crossover SUV for its global lineup--and the VW T-Roc is the early look at what's coming. Looking like VW’s version of the Nissan Juke, the T-Roc should prove popular in the marketplace, assuming the production version isn’t watered down too much.

Alfa Romeo 4C Roadster concept: The Alfa Romeo 4C is finally set to land in U.S. showrooms this June, initially at select Fiat and Maserati stores, but don’t run out to place an order just yet because an even more stunning 4C roadster could be just around the corner. A concept of the topless 4C is tipped to be revealed in Geneva this week.

IED Turin and Hyundai's PassoCorto sports car concept

IED Turin and Hyundai's PassoCorto sports car concept

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Hyundai PassoCorto concept: Hyundai and the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Turin have penned their vision of the ideal sports car for the Gen-Y set. Called the PassoCorto, the concept features a mid-engined, rear-drive layout and gets its power from a twin-turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The car on show in Geneva will only be a model, but if built it's said to have a curb weight of just 1,850 pounds thanks to a carbon fiber monocoque chassis. As cool as it sounds, somehow we feel there would be few Gen-Y buyers capable of affording such a car.

Subaru Viziv 2 concept: Subaru is using this week’s Geneva show to preview its future crossover that will fill the void of the discontinued Tribeca, using a new concept called the Viziv 2. The concept isn’t completely new as it is actually an updated version of the first Viziv concept that we saw at last year’s Geneva show. Teaser shots reveal that the Viziv 2 more closely resembles a production model than the previous Viziv.

Hit the next page to see the performance cars that will be on display at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and remember to follow our dedicated hub for all the latest updates.



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