2015 Geneva Motor Show: Highlights
Scroll down to see all cars that were showstoppers at the Geneva Motor Show 2015.
Tata Hexa and Bolt Sport concepts
The Bolt Sport
Dacia Duster with TCE 125 turbopetrol
The Duster with a new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine badged the TCE 125, was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The new engine is placed under the hood of the four-wheel drive Duster and produces 125PS and 205Nm of torque that is available from 2,000rpm. Renault, which sells the Duster in India with its own badging, has not confirmed if the new engine will be introduced here.
Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE
Volkswagen revealed the Sport Coupe Concept GTE alongside the new generation Touran and refreshed Sharan MPVs and the Passat Alltrack. The new Sport Coupe Concept GTE forms the basis of Volkswagen's new sports coupes. The concept car features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a V6 TSI engine and two electric motors that together, produce 380PS. Volkswagen says that the powertrain delivers a fuel efficiency of 50kmpl.
Suzuki IK-2 And IM-4 Concept
The iK-2 is a new compact hatchback concept that appears to be a Hyundai i20 rival, while the IM-4 is Suzuki's take on a compact SUV which features a 4WD system that Suzuki claims is capable enough of tackling snow or unpaved roads.
The production model of the IK-2 is set to be released in Europe in early 2016.
The successor to the highly successful SLS AMG GT3 racecar is visually based on the new AMG GT but features extensive aerodynamic bodywork which results in a menacing look. As you'd expect, most of the bodywork is constructed in lightweight carbon-fibre while the chassis is an aluminium spaceframe just like the road car which helps keep weight down.
2016 Audi R8
Said to be built completely from the ground up, the 2016 Audi R8 will come in two models the V10 and the V10 Plus. And it's also claimed to be a substantial 50kg lighter than the outgoing model thanks to the company's multi material frame, dubbed the Audi Space Frame (ASF).
The new generation car will be produced at Audi's new Böllinger Höfe Quattro GmbH production site. Sales of the new Audi R8 will commence from summer 2015.
The new Audi Q7 E-tron Quattro
The new hybrid SUV is Audi's first TDI plug in hybrid with Quattro all-wheel drive. Its powerplant comprises of a 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine and a 17.3kWh lithium-ion battery producing 373PS of power and 700Nm of torque.
The new Audi Q7 E-tron Quattro is expected to be available in the UK markets by the end of 2015 and may also be launched subsequently in the US.
Honda Civic Type R
The 2015 Geneva Motor Show saw the unveiling of what Honda calls the 'racecar for the road'. Boasting 310PS at the crank and a torque output of 400Nm from its 2.0-litre petrol motor, the new Civic Type R is claimed to race from naught to 100kmph in 5.7s with a top whack of 270kmph. Power is fed to the bespoke 235/35-R19 tyres through a six-speed manual transmission. And it's also got a lap time of 7:50.63 round the north loop of the Nordschleife to its credit.
2016 Honda NSX Supercar
The latest iteration of the NSX is now powered by a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine coupled to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three electric motors. Performance enhancing elements such as a lightweight multi-material chassis and a driver-oriented cockpit are aimed to make it a true driver's car.
Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce
Dubbed as the 'supercar with less weight and more power', the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce is now the flagship model in the Italian supercar maker's portfolio. A much awaited successor to the mad Murcielago LP 670-4 SV, the new Aventador LP 750-4 promises to offer the sinister performance that Lamborghini's SV models are known for. While prices haven't been announced yet for the Indian market, expect the 'fastest production Lamborghini' to cost over Rs 4.5 crore (327,190 without taxes).
The new crossover from Renault, christened the Kadjar, was revealed ahead of its Geneva Motor Show appearance on March 5, 2015. Having positioned the car as the Captur's bigger brother, Renault says that it focused on driving pleasure and comfort while designing the vehicle.
Bentley The EXP 10 Speed 6
Crew-based manufacturer, Bentley presented its new concept sportscar, called the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Unlike Bentley's traditional sports coupes and convertibles with four seats, this new baby is a light, svelte and toned sportscar with two seats. Bentley says that the form of the car is inspired from the company's sporting heritage, which shows in the new concept's sporty stance. If produced, the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 will stir an interesting contest with the current crop of twin seat sportscars.
Aston Martin DBX concept
The DBX concept is a rugged, coupé crossover iteration of Aston Martin's DB range of GT cars. Though not as SUV-ish as the Lagonda concept from 2009, the DBX envisions a grand tourer that is luxurious and sporty, yet practical and easy to drive in urban and extra-urban environments.
Ferrari 488 GTB
Ferrari, has unleashed its much anticipated all-new berlinetta, the 488 GTB (Gran Turismo Berlinetta) at the2015 Geneva Motor Show. The new car will feature Ferrari's new 3902cc V8 turbo that produces a whopping 670PS of power and 760Nm of twisting force. Ferrari says that the car can accelerate from a standstill to 200kmph in 8.3 seconds. Top speed is in excess of 330kmph.
Nissan Sway Concept
With the Sway, Nissan is drawing attention to two keywords 'dynamic' and 'sporty'. Nissan's design director, Keisuke Otsuki says that since the European market expects even a small car to be quick and sporty, the Sway previews a compact hatchback that is both fun to drive and good to look at.
Mercedes-Benz G 500 4x4²
The new G 500 4×4² aims to provide G 63 AMG levels of capability while being a tad more accessible to the petrolhead gentry. So it's essentially a 6×6 without the nutty third axle, running with the familiar G-Class production body on top.
Skoda Octavia RS 230
As the name suggests, the RS 230 manages to extract 230 horses from its 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine, as opposed to the 220PS on the regular Octavia RS. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission by default (a DSG gearbox is optional) and manages to sprint from naught to 100kmph in 6.7s, 0.1 seconds faster than the RS. Top speed has been bumped up to 250 kmph which is 2 kmph faster than the RS. The Octavia RS 230 will also be the first Skoda to offer an electronically controlled differential front axle lock as standard fitment.
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