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    > Audi

    Audi has unveiled its new A5 coupe and top spec S5 model at today’s Geneva Motor Show.

    The first phase of UK models will feature a new generation 3.2-litre FSI petrol unit with 263bhp which Audi says is capable of achieving 32.7mpg on the combined cycle. The A5 3.2 FSI quattro will reach 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

    The A5 and S5 will also be launched with two V6 TDI engines, which are both derived from the units powering A4 and A6 models.

    However, the A5 2.7-litre and 3.0-litre units have increased power to 188bhp and 238bhp respectively.

    The A5 2.7 TDI can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 144mph, while at the same time returning up to 42.1mpg. The A5 3.0 TDI quattro reduces the acceleration time to 5.9 seconds and increases the maximum speed to 155mph. Both versions are fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) as standard.

    A 4.2-litre V8 FSI petrol unit is reserved for the S5 quattro. With 352bhp, it powers the new flagship to 62mph from rest in 5.1 seconds on the way to a governed top speed of 155mph.

    A six-speed, close ratio manual gearbox is fitted as standard to all A5 models, and also to the S5 quattro, and for front-wheel-drive versions there will be the option of a new version of the Audi eight-speed multitronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

    Optional features include a panoramic electric sunroof, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, the Audi parking system with rear-mounted camera and adaptive light swivelling headlights. The DVD satellite navigation option is also offered as an optional extra.

    The new A5 UK prices for the first phase of A5 models, which have been released for order this week, range from £30,175 OTR to £34,360 OTR, and first deliveries are expected in July. The S5 quattro is priced at £40,025 OTR.

    > Dodge

    The all-wheel drive Dodge Demon Concept was unveiled this morning at the Geneva Motor Show. If this concept gets put into production, it will be powered by a six-speed, 172bhp 2.4-litre engine.

    > GM

    General Motors chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner reinforces GM's commitment to energy diversity through alternative sources of propulsion with the introduction of an all-new high-tech V6 diesel engine for Europe, and the announcement of a next-generation fuel cell demonstration fleet.

    "We must, as a business necessity, develop alternative sources of propulsion based on alternative sources of energy in order to meet the world's growing demand for cars and trucks," he said.

    He described the European Commission's proposal to limit car emissions to an average 130g/km as a "challenge" and "significant stretch", but that GM is working hard to "do our part".

    Video

    GM Europe president Carl-Peter Forster unveils five new cars. The highlight of GM's display and making its worldwide debut is the Opel GTC Concept

    Wine, women and song (oh, and an Opel Concept)

    Hyundai

    Hyundai introduced its new entry into the European C-segment, with its i30. The South Korean manufacturer also announced that all its future models will be named with the ‘I’ prefix.

    Kia


    Following the launch of the C-segment Cee'd last month, Kia has unveiled its estate version, which will go on sale towards the end of this year.


    Kia also showcased its first hybrid model, the Rio Hybrid.

    Lada

    Russian automaker AvtoVAZ unveiled the rebirth of its Lada brand at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

    The new Lada C is a sleek looking contender for the European C-segment and is a far cry from old communist-era Rivas and Samaras of the past.

    The new car will be powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine, and is the first fruits of AvtoVAZ’s new alliance with contract manufacturer MagnaSteyr.

    The new platform will become the base for the next generation of Lada production cars, which will be launched in the near future, according to Lada spokesman Denis Metalnikov.

    MagnaSteyr has designed the platform, but AvtoVAZ’s own Russian designers have styled the Lada C, which is part of a family of cars to be built on the platform, including a sedan, a five-door hatch, a compact MPV and a crossover.

    Strong sales in Russia have kept Lada alive – the company still builds around 700,000 cars a year.

    Mazda

    Mazda has showcased the world premiere of its new Mazda2 at the Geneva Motor Show today.

    The new B-segment Mazda2, a rival for Vauxhall’s Corsa, will be launched initially with two petrol engines, an MZR 1.3-litre engine and an MZR 101bhp 1.5-litre.

    Mazda plans to introduce a 1.4 diesel engine a few months after the Mazda2’s launch.

    Safety features will include dual front airbags as standard, with front side airbags and curtain airbags available on option.

    Mazda has not set an official launch date for the Mazda2 in the UK, but is hoping for it to reach showrooms before the end of the year.

    Nissan

    Nissan revealed its new X-Trail at the show this morning. The unveiling was broadcast live to the world via and internet video stream at 10:15 this morning.

    Nissan's revised 350Z was also unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today. The 350Z has had a slight face lift, new exterior and interior designs, as well as the addition of a 311bhp V6 engine. Sales will begin across Europe in the spring.

    Peugeot


    The 4007 is Peugeot's first foray into the world of SUVs. It is the product of a co-operation between PSA Peugeot Citroen and the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and will go on sale during the second half of this year.

    Renault

    Renault's new Twingo was unveiled at the show this morning. It goes on sale in the UK in September. Customers will be able to choose from two trim levels and two engines: A Dynamique 1.2 16V 75hp or a GT with the new TCE 1.2 100bhp petrol engine. Prices will be announced nearer to launch.

    Saab


    Saab's entire range of models now come with BioPower variants. The latest addition to the BioPower line-up was the 9-3 1.8-t, which you can see in action below.

    Seat

    Seat revealed its first contender for the SUV market at Geneva, the Altea Freetrack concept. It is based on the Altea XL, but has been raised an extra 185mm off the ground and given a full four-wheel drive system.

    Power comes from Seat’s 238bhp 2.0 T FSI engine, which recently debuted in the new Leon Cupra, coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox.

    A production version of the Altea Freetrack looks certain.

    Toyota

    Toyota’s new Hybrid X concept made its world debut at the Geneva Motor show. The new concept acts as a design precursor for its future Prius and hybrid models.

    Vauxhall

    A completley new design direction was revealed for Vauxhall today in the form of its GTC Concept. The new model gives an indication of the possible styling for the company's Vectra replacement. The ultra sleek design, plus the shedding of its Vectra name may lead to a Mondeo slaying saloon.

    Volkswagen

    Volkwagen has given its Phaeton model a ‘subtle evolution’. It’s pretty difficult to spot the cosmetic differences, but VW has kitted out its luxury saloon with a new 236bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel. The Phaeton remains VW’s technical showcase, so expect it to feature even more techno gadgetry when it reaches our shores in the summer.

    Volvo

    Volvo has revealed the first pictures and video of its new XC70 all-wheel drive estate model at the Geneva Motor Show today.

    The new XC70 is powered by a 3.2-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine and Volvo’s second generation 2.4-litre five-cylinder D5 turbo diesel engine.

    The 236bhp 3.2-litre powers the XC70 from 0-60mph in 8.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 134mph. It is only available with Volvo’s Geartronic transmission.

    The 183bhp D5 is available as a six-speed manual gearbox or Volvo’s six-speed Geartronic transmission, which gives the driver the choice of automatic or manual shifting. It accelerates from 0-60mph in 8.8 seconds and on to a 130mph maximum speed.

    The new XC70 is fitted with all types of 4x4 electrickery like dynamic stability and traction control and an AWD instant traction system to hone the car’s off-road abilities.

    New safety features include improved crumple zones, WHIPS (whiplash protection system) and a dual-stage integrated rear child booster seat.

    Volvo expects to sell 2,500 of the new XC70 in its first year of sales, which start in October.

    Full details and prices of the all new XC70 will be announced in early June, with a September showroom due date. The current Volvo XC70 remains on sale until the autumn.

    Comments in the film come from: Fredrik Arp, president and CEO Volvo Cars, Steve Mattin, design director and Steven Armstrong, chief operating officer, respectively.

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