Concept car: The APX concept is the first application of what Lotus calls its versatile vehicle architecture. Lotus hopes to sell this vehicle architecture to automakers looking to market niche products with minimal investment. The APX - for aluminum performance crossover - is powered by Lotus' new supercharged, 300-hp, 3.0-liter V-6.
Production cars: With the Europa S midengined 2+2 coupe, Lotus adds a more mainstream model to its line. The Europa S is aimed at Audi TT, Porsche Boxster and Nissan 350Z enthusiasts. Production starts in July. U.S. sales are not planned at this time because the automaker wants to concentrate on selling Elise and Exige models in that market.
Lotus says its Exige S will be its fastest production car. Powered by a Toyota-derived, supercharged, 218-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, the car will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds, with a top speed of nearly 150 mph, Lotus says. Sales begin in March.
Production cars: Powered by a turbocharged, 250-hp, 2.3-liter gasoline engine, the Mazda3 MPS will be the second model marketed under the Mazda Performance Series banner in Europe. The first is the Mazda6 MPS launched last month. The Mazda3 MPS will be called the Mazdaspeed3 in North America.
Mazda will unveil a face-lift for its top-selling car in Europe, the Mazda3.
Production cars: Mercedes-Benz will use the Geneva stage to tout its in-house tuner division, AMG. Several new models will be introduced.
The CLS63 AMG replaces the CLS55 AMG, and the CLK63 AMG is the successor to the CLK55 AMG. Both models receive AMG's naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-8 engine that debuted last summer. The powerplant is the first engine developed by AMG that is not based on any Mercedes engine.
The SL55 AMG will be unveiled with a 517-hp, 5.5-liter engine, up from 500 hp. The face-lifted SL65 AMG also makes its world debut.
In other Mercedes news, the SL roadster receives a face-lift - new front fascia, alloy wheels and taillights. The SL gets new V-6 and V-8 engine options.
Technology: Mercedes is reintroducing direct-injection gasoline engines. The automaker dropped its only direct-injection gasoline engine in 2004 because it did not believe the fuel savings were worthwhile. But the technology has advanced; rivals BMW and the Volkswagen group now also offer direct-injection gasoline engines. The first use of the latest Mercedes direct-injection gasoline system can be seen in Geneva on the CLS350. Its 3.5-liter V-6 engine has its horsepower increased to just over 290 hp, up from 272 hp.
Concept car: Mini's latest Traveller wagon concept - number four if anyone is counting - will debut in Geneva. Earlier Traveller iterations debuted at the Frankfurt, Tokyo and Detroit shows. During the Detroit show in January, parent company BMW said Mini will build a production version of the Traveller within three years.