Porsche will unveil a Panamera wagon at next year's Geneva auto show, Bloomberg reported. It will compete with the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake to appeal to buyers seeking a mix of luxury and practicality.... Read More »
The new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia has a longer and lower look than the current model. Its wheelbase has been extended by 92 mm, giving it a more spacious interior. The midsize car will be called the Insignia Grand Sport.
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The hot version of Fiat's 124 Spider premiered at the Geneva auto show, boasting the same 1.4-liter turbocharged chainsaw engine found in the Fiat 500 Abarth, but in this application, it’s rated at 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Abarth 124 features a mechanical limited-slip differential along with 50/50 weight balance. It weighs in at just 2,337 pounds, Fiat says, and comes with either a six-speed manual or a Sequenziale Sportivo automatic 'box with paddle shifters.
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Geneva remains the prime venue for muscular sports
car debuts — expensive autos seem to fit in this city known for exquisite timepieces and discreet banking for the very wealthy. This year’s crop featured some of the wildest designs and most astronomical price tags ever, as well as a humble but stylish concept.
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VW Group's Czech brand unveiled the Vision S large SUV concept. The seven-seat model shows how the brand's second SUV that would sit above the Yeti could look. The concept's large interior with three rows of seats offers a generous space for six occupants, Skoda said. It is 4700mm long, 1910mm wide and 1680mm tall. Go to the Gallery »
Ford expands its upscale Vignale trim line currently offered only on the Mondeo midsize sedan. The S-Max large minivan, S-Max people mover and Edge crossover are getting Vignale variants. Vignale models are finished in luxury materials and sold in dedicated "Vignale Lounge" areas in selected European showrooms. Go to the Gallery »
The all-electric, four-seat convertible has a simple, boxy design and plastic bodywork. Its design echoes the original 1960s Mehari that was a popular beach buggy and was also used as a utilitarian vehicle by farmers and the French military. Citroen will launch the car in France in the spring and across Europe before then end of the year. Go to the Gallery »
The LC 500h is the hybrid version of its LC flagship coupe. The car is equipped with Lexus' next-generation hybrid powertrain, which the brand says has better performance, improved fuel efficiency and enhanced driving dynamics. Lexus unveiled the LC 500 at the Detroit show in January. Go to the Gallery »
The Grand Sport model returns to the Chevrolet Corvette lineup this summer. The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport will follow in the tire tracks of those that came before it and feature technologies designed to sharpen the car’s performance on the track. The car gets grippier Michelin tires, beefy six-piston Brembi brakes, an aerodynamics package that includes wider rear fenders and a different grille, and a unique suspension package with standard magnetic ride control, upgraded stabilizer bars and unique springs. It will be available in coupe and convertible and with manual and automatic transmissions. No word yet on prices. Chevrolet first introduced the Grand Sport nameplate in 1960.
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The new iPerformance model designation will be given to all BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles. It will be seen first on the plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW 740e iPerformance. The iPerformance models will benefit from the transfer of technical expertise regarding electric motors, battery cells and electronic control systems. Visible indicators are a BMW i logo on the front side panel, BMW i-style blue elements in the kidney grille and wheel hubs, and an eDrive logo on the C-pillar. Go to the Gallery »
The 600-hp M760Li xDrive is the flagship of BMW's new 7-series range. The all-wheel-drive sedan is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine and gets slight exterior tweaks. Go to the Gallery »
A Porsche Cayenne rival, the Levante will have all-wheel drive and off-road capability, but its main appeal will be its sporty handling. The Levante has front-end styling inspired by the much-praised Alfieri sports car concept unveiled in Geneva in 2014. A plug-in hybrid variant also is being developed. Go to the Gallery »
Techrules, a Chinese automotive research and development company, developed the AT96 as a supercar showcase for its Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) system, an all-new patent-protected series hybrid powertrain technology comprising a turbine-generator. Go to the Gallery »
Renault has given its Scenic compact minivan a fresh, more appealing design to woo family buyers away from trendy SUVs and crossovers. The latest-generation Scenic is underpinned by Renault-Nissan’s CMF-C/D modular platform like its sibling, the new Megane compact hatchback. The Scenic will have five- and seven-seat versions. Go to the Gallery »
Fiat will sell hatchback and wagon versions of the Tipo compact model line in Europe, positioned as affordable, roomy cars at the lower end of the segment, replacing the Bravo five-door and Stlio wagon. Go to the Gallery »
The Traveller large van replaces its Expert model. The Traveller will be sold in three lengths with seating for up to nine people. The van is aimed at large families and businesses such as hotels to use a shuttle. It will be built in at PSA's Sevelnord plant in France alongside two sibling models, the Citroen SpaceTourer and and Toyota Proace. Go to the Gallery »
Porsche is renaming the Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe to mark a switch to turbocharged engines, along with a fresh styling that gives the models a wider and more sculptural profile. The sibling midengine sports cars will now be called the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. The 718 designation harks back to the 718 racecars built by Porsche between 1957 and 1962. The 718 Cayman will appear at the Beijing auto show in April. Go to the Gallery »
The new Porsche 911 R is a pure-bred sports car built to conform to a time-honoured formula; a powerful 500 hp four-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine driving the rear wheels, a six-speed manual transmission, and a lightweight body. It is also limited to just 991 examples worldwide. Go to the Gallery »
The Mulsanne Grand Limousine, built by Mulliner, is one meter longer and 79mm taller than Bentley's new Mulsanne and features a unique interior with private-aviation-style seating configuration in the rear cabin. Bentley's first application of electrochromic or 'smart glass' - which allows passengers to switch the interior division and rear-cabin window glass between clear and opaque at the touch of a button. Go to the Gallery »
With the Ioniq, Hyundai aims to gain traction in the alternative-powertrain segment dominated by the Toyota Prius. The five-door Ioniq will go on sale globally later this year including in the U.S. and Europe. It will be sold in three electrified versions: a traditional hybrid and an all-electric variant at launch with a plug-in hybrid coming later. Go to the Gallery »
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's DS upscale brand says the E-Tense is a test-bed for future electric vehicles. The two-seat sports car is built on a carbon-fiber platform and makes 402hp from its electric motor. It accelerates to 100kph (62mph) from standing in 4.5 seconds. Go to the Gallery »
The XV Concept as a preview of Subaru's next-generation XV compact crossover, sold in the U.S. as the Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The next-generation Impreza, on which the Crosstrek is based, enters production at Subaru's Indiana factory later this year. The redone Crosstrek is expected to follow in 2018. Go to the Gallery »
The Volkswagen Phideon will be the brand's flagship model in China when it goes on sale this year. VW calls it a four-door coupe and says it will be positioned as a sporty sedan and a chauffeur-driven limousine. Go to the Gallery »
Unlike the current Civic hatchback, the new compact car will be built on a global platform, which will allow it to be exported to worldwide markets, including the U.S., from Honda's factory in Swindon, England. The five-door model will be rolled out globally next year. The concept has sporty styling tweaks such as central twin exhaust pipes and a swooping roof that may make it onto a high-performance Civic Type R that will be sold in the U.S. Go to the Gallery »
The supercar maker has developed the limited-run Centenario to mark the centenary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini's birth. The Centenario is based on the Aventador midengine coupe and powered by the brand's 6.5-liter V-12 engine with horsepower upgraded to 759 hp from 690 hp. Lamborghini will build just 40 units -- 20 coupes and 20 convertibles. All have already been sold to brand enthusiasts at a reported price tag of $2.5 million. Go to the Gallery »
The Bugatti Chiron is a faster, more powerful successor to the Veyron. The Chiron's speed is electronically limited to 420 kph (261 mph) and it accelerates from 0 to 100 kph [0-62 mph] in less than 2.5 seconds. Go to the Gallery »
Renault will unveil the wagon version of its latest Megane compact car at the Geneva auto show next week. The Megane Sport Tourer will compete in Europe against wagon versions of the Ford Focus, Seat Leon and VW Golf. Go to the Gallery »
Kia is launching a wagon version of its Optima midsize model. The Optima Sportswagon will compete in Europe against cars such as the VW Passat and Ford Mondeo wagons in the key business fleet sector.
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The V90 is Volvo’s new flagship station wagon. It will replace the V70 when it reaches European dealerships this summer. Volvo will begin taking V90 orders in Europe after it makes its public debut at the Geneva auto show March 1. Go to the Gallery »