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.
2012 Infiniti Emerg-E Concept leaked
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
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.
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.
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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta: Ferrari will present its long-awaited successor to the 599 GTB Fiorano, the all-new F12 Berlinetta, the fastest and most powerful road car the automaker has ever built. Its engine alone is a masterpiece, delivering unprecedented performance and revs for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. Peak output is 729 horsepower (740 in metric figures) and 508 pound-feet of torque, enough to rocket it from 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and see it reach a top speed in excess of 211 mph.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Convertible: The latest addition to the Volkswagen lineup packs in all the performance of the GTI hatchback, and adds the pleasures of open-top driving for four, thanks to a convertible body and an electrically powered fabric roof that can be folded away in just 9.5 seconds, even while traveling at speeds of up to 18 mph. Unfortunately, with Volkswagen choosing not to offer the latest Golf Convertible in the U.S., it’s highly unlikely that a limited run of Golf GTI Convertibles would be. European sales start in the second half of the year.
Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG: With less weight, more power, and an advanced multi-clutch transmission onboard, there’s a lot to love about the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG. It also doesn’t hurt that the car is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and reaching a top speed (electronically limited) to 186 mph. The exterior would be the only quibble we have so far as it appears too similar to the standard SL. The changes include a new bodykit, AMG-specific LED daytime running lights, a custom sports exhaust system and an integrated rear diffuser.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
Aston Martin V8 Vantage: Aston Martin has prepared a subtle facelift for its V8 Vantage, though the updates are the most comprehensive changes made to the car since 2008. The car’s powertrain still consists of a 4.7-liter V-8 but peak output has been lifted to 430 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque. You’ll be quick to note that those numbers are lifted from last year’s Vantage S. Further enhancements center on the V8 Vantage’s chassis, which also gets a few items from the Vantage S.
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The Morgan E+ Concept. Image: Morgan Motor Company
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
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.
2013 Audi RS4 Avant
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