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- Geneva Motor Show 2013  -

Geneva, March 2013 - The 2013 edition of the Geneva Motor Show more than ever proposed an exceptional selection of exclusive high performance machines with carbon fibre reinforced parts all around. Ferrari as well as McLaren have associated electric drive to the high power gasoline engines for the first time and with the purpose of improving performances with low-end torque.. McLaren even brought the 20 years old first production car with carbon fibre monocoque structure, the McLaren F1. The carbon fibre structure is also adopted for electric and hybrid soon to be production models by BMW or Volkswagen. The Volkswagen plug-in hybrid XL1 prototype is aimed not at performance but for the lowest fuel consumption, that is also pollutant emissions. Geneva Motor Show also presented a traditional wide selection of design studies and concept vehicles. Electric and Hybrid vehicles are widespread on various makers exhibits but it appears as the electric drive proposition for current production models is no more on the front page of the automobile news. It shows that these solutions are now integral part of the automobile propositions. Some racing cars left the track to illustrate the promotion and development action of major manufacturers.

 

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- 1 Exclusive High Performance Machines
 
- Ferrari LaFerrari Hy-Kers

 

“We chose to call this model LaFerrari,” declared Ferrari’s President, Luca di Montezemolo, “because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence. Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, visionary styling and the sheer thrill of driving. Aimed at our collectors, this is a truly extraordinary car which encompasses advanced solutions that, in the future, will find their way onto the rest of the range, and it represents the benchmark for the entire automotive industry. LaFerrari is the finest expression of our company’s unique, unparalleled engineering and design know-how, including that acquired in Formula 1.
Carbon Fibre Monocoque and body panels 6.262 cc  V12 – 800 hp at 9.200 rpm120 kW (163 hp) electric motor giving combined power 963 hp. 900 Nm
Over 355 kph (220 mph) top speed; 0-100 kph (62 mph) under 3 sec; 0-200 kph (124 mph) under 7 sec; 0-300 kph (186 mph) in 15 sec.
Dimensions: Length  4.702 mm; width 1.992 mm; height 1116 mm
Production limited to 499 units.

More informations and pictures , see Ferrari LaFerrari Hy Kers

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Ferrari LaFerrari Hy-Kers Ferrari LaFerrari Hy-Kers

 

 
- McLaren Plug-in Hybrid P1 and legendary 1993 F1

Executive Chairman Ron Dennis. ‘We have always been at the cutting edge of vehicle aerodynamics, and all of this experience has gone into the new McLaren P1™. Twenty years ago, with the McLaren F1, we raised the supercar performance bar. With the McLaren P1™, we have redefined it once more.’

 

1 - McLaren Plug-in Hybrid P1
The McLaren P1™ uses an innovative IPAS petrol-electric powertrain comprising a substantially revised 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, coupled to a single electric motor. Combined power output is 916 PS (903 hp). As important as absolute power is the electric motor’s ability to provide instant torque, making the powertrain superbly responsive. It is also amazingly efficient. Carbon dioxide emissions are less than 200g/km, and it can cover more than 10 km in electric-only mode

Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h (217 mph), with the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) standing start acceleration taking less than three seconds .The McLaren P1™ will power from rest to 200 km/h  (124 mph) in less than seven seconds, and on to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 17 seconds – a full five seconds quicker than the McLaren F1.

See McLaren Plug-in hybrid P1 for more information and illustrations

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McLaren Plug-in Hybrid P1 McLaren Plug-in Hybrid P1
McLaren Plug-in Hybrid P1 McLaren Plug-in Hybrid P1

2 - 1993 McLaren F1 - XP1 LM
It is the 20th anniversary of the legendary McLaren F1 supercar. It is the first production car with full carbon fibre monocoque structure. A unique feature if the F1 was a cabin designed for three occupants with the driver in central staggered position. 61 F1 road cars were produced between 1993 and 1998 ( 627 hp 6.064 cc BMW V12 – kerb weight 2502lb/1140kg). 28 F1 GTR race cars were produced from 1995 to 1997, 5 F1 LM Road cars were produced in 1996 and 3 F1 GTR Road cars followed in 1997.
F1 road cars - Top speed 362 kph (225 mph); 0-60 mph (96 kph) in less than 4 seconds; 0-100 mph (160 kph) within 7 seconds
1995 Le Mans 24 Hours seven F1 entered and five finishing with overall Win, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 12th position.

See McLaren F1 for more information and illustrations

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1993 McLaren F1 - XP1 LM 1993 McLaren F1 - XP1 LM
 
- Lamborghini Veneno

In the year of its 50th anniversary Automobili Lamborghini is presenting an extremely exclusive model at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. Only three unique units of the Lamborghini Veneno will be built and sold. Its design is consistently focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering stability, giving the Veneno the real dynamic experience of a racing prototype, yet it is fully homologated for the road. With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the Veneno accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and the top speed for this street-legal racing car stands at 355 km/h. It is priced at three million Euros plus tax – and all three units have already been sold to customers.

More informations and pictures see Lamborghini Veneno

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Lamborghini Veneno Lamborghini Veneno
 
- Koenigsegg Hundra

Swedish Company Koenigsegg production evolved from 0 to 100 in 10 Years - After eight painstaking years of constant development, the Koenigsegg team delivered, in 2002, the first production cars to anticipating customers.
10 years later, in September 2012, the first carbon prepreg pieces were cut on the routing machine for Koenigesgg’s 100th production car. The car was duly named “Hundra” (Swedish for 100) – a unique one-off Agera S being built for an excited car collector. The Hundra is finished in time for the 2013 Geneva Auto Salon. A beautiful clear carbon right hand drive Agera S with celebratory, artisan hand laid and swirled, 24 carat gold leaf inlays, creating an intriguing mix of traditional and hi-tech craftsmanship. 
Propelled by in-house made 1040 hp twin turbo 5.0 Litre V8 Dry weight 1.279 kg (2821 lbs) thanks to its carbon fibre body. This one off Hundra with gold treatment was sold for 1,6 Million $.

Koenigsegg Hundra Koenigsegg Hundra
Koenigsegg Hundra Koenigsegg Hundra
Koenigsegg Hundra Koenigsegg Hundra

 

 
- Pagani Huayra

The Pagani Huayra was launched in 2011 after 7 years of development with five prototypes and 700.000 km dynamic testing in different climatic conditions. There are 85 confirmed orders with 25 deliveries in 2012 and an expected shipment of 40 cars during 2013. The Pagani Huayra is now proposed with 1200 W sound system.

Pagani Huayra specifications: engine- AMG 5.980 cc V12 producing 730 hp/537 kW and 1000 Nm; Dimensions- lenght 4605 mm- width 2036 mm- height 1169 mm- dry weight 1350 kg; Maximum speed quoted at 360 kph and 0-100 kph announced for 3,3 seconds

More informations and pictures see Pagani Huayra

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Pagani – Huayra Pagani – Huayra
Pagani – Huayra Pagani – Huayra
 
- Bugatti Veyron

Every Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is a work of art on wheels and each is one-of-a-kind, because there are no limits to the customization options offered. This also applies to the three Bugatti models shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show . Two Grand Sport Vitesse – at 882 kW/1,200 hp the most powerful Roadster of all time – and a 736 kW/1,001 hp Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport shine with their exclusive visible carbon bodies and variable two tone colour combinations. The two tone interiors in the two Vitesse models demonstrate Bugatti’s attention to detail and high-quality craftsmanship. During Volkswagen Group Press Conference a more exclusive Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Venet prepared by artist Bernard Venet was introduced . This piece of art is probably better suited for display on a wall (!) or in a hall rather than being driven on the road.

More informations and pictures see Bugatti Veyron

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Venet Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Venet
Bugatti Veyron Bugatti Veyron
 
- Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray C7 Coupe and Convertible

For the 60th Anniversary of the legendary American sports car , Chevrolet is redefining modern performance with today’s debut of the all-new Corvette Stingray. And only a Corvette with the perfect balance of technology, design and performance can wear the iconic Stingray designation.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-96 kph (0 to 60 mph) in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg (9 L/100 km) of the current model. .

More informations and pictures see Chevrolet Corvette C7 Sting Ray 2014

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Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray C7 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray C7
Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray C7 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray C7
 
- Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 Cup

The Porsche 911 celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013. Porsche is marking this anniversary year by starting a new chapter in the area of high performance sports cars for circuit tracks. 911 GT3 3.8-litre flat engine with 475 hp (350 kW); Porsche seven-speed Doppelkupplung (PDK); rear wheel drive; acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds; top speed 315 km/h.

More informations and pictures see Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 Cup 2013

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Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 Cup Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 Cup
 
- Rolls Royce Wraith

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presents the world debut of Wraith, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history. At its heart lie hallmark Rolls-Royce attributes of luxury, refinement and hand-craftsmanship, but the new model from the super-luxury marque also presents a unique character defined by power, style and drama. With just a hint of the noir.
“Today we launch the ultimate gentlemen’s gran turismo, a car that embodies the spirit of Charles Stewart Rolls,” commented Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “The most powerful Rolls-Royce in history, Wraith promises the sense of adventure and speed that drove our founding forefather. But of course, Wraith’s starting point is luxury, refinement and quality, traits that remain as important to Rolls-Royce customers today as they were more than a century ago.”

See Rolls Royce Wraith for further details and image.

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Rolls Royce Wraith Rolls Royce Wraith

- Chrysler SRT Viper GTS

The fifth generation of the iconic American supercar known up to now as the Dodge Viper was introduced at the 2012 New York Auto Show under the name SRT Viper. SRT goes for Street and Racing Technology a specific brand from Chrysler Group for performance vehicles.

See Chrysler Group – SRT Viper GTS and GTS-R 2013 for further details and illustrations.

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Chrysler SRT Viper GTS Chrysler SRT Viper GTS
 
- Aston Martin Centenary Edition Vanquish

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “Today’s Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability. It offers luxurious, continent-crossing capability and pure driving excitement without compromise.”
The raw statistics speak for themselves: 573 PS at 6,750 rpm, 620 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm, 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 295 kph (183 mph) place the Vanquish firmly into supercar territory. The Vanquish is available with either 2+0 or 2+2 seating configurations. Length 4720 mm; width 2067 mm; height 1294 mm; weight 1739 kg. The luxury brand’s ultimate GT car showcases a painstakingly created Centenary Edition specification that will be available worldwide on just 100 examples of each of the car maker’s model lines. Featuring a unique graduated paint finish, solid sterling silver Aston Martin wings badges with tailored ‘trans flux’ enamel inlay and a special Aston Martin hallmark, the exterior represents an exclusive new celebration of the company’s 100-year history.

See Aston Martin Project AM310 announcing the Vanquish 2012 for further details and illustrations.

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- Aston Martin Rapide S

The new Aston Martin Rapide S is making its debut with yet more luxury and yet more power on offer in its elegant four-door silhouette. The Aston Rapide S is now the most powerful four-door Aston Martin to date. The peak output of its 6.0-litre V12 has been increased by 17% to 558 hp.

For further details and illustrations see Aston Martin Rapide S.

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

 

 
- Maserati Quatroporte

A new Maserati Quattroporte was launched at the 2013 NAIAS Detroit Motor Show in January. Here is the European Premiere at Geneva.

For further information and images see Maserati Quattroporte 2013

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- Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale with four seats

Just like the previous two seater version, the new four seater GranTurismo MC Stradale takes its inspiration from the racing version which competes in the Maserati Trofeo Championship, offering the perfect combination of sportiness, luxury and elegance, comfort and style, functionality and dynamism that can now be enjoyed by four people. The new aesthetic exterior features, with their clear racing edge, are highlighted by the new carbon fibre bonnet which frames an important central air intake and two rear extractors and the new forged 20" alloy rims. The new GranTurismo MC Stradale boasts a cabin that has four comfortable seats and an interior design featuring new materials and style.
Also confirmed, the 4.7 litre, 460 HP aspirated V8 engine which made its debut in the GranTurismo Sport and which is now, with its installation on the new GranTurismo MC Stradale, present throughout the entire 4.7 litre GranTurismo range. Combined with an MC Race Shift 6-speed electro actuated gearbox, this engine ensures outstanding performance - with a top speed of 303 km/h - which can be enjoyed in this new four passenger configuration. The safety of the vehicle is guaranteed by the Brembo carbon ceramic brake disks. In keeping with Maserati's principles, the new GranTurismo MC Stradale makes the most of the work invested in the previous model in terms of reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale with four seats Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale with four seats
Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale with four seats Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale with four seats
 
- Alfa Romeo 4C

The Alfa Romeo 4C made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, two years after the introduction of the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept at the same event two years earlier. The carbon fiber monocoque is realized with « pre-preg » technology derived from formula one and utilized only on the most advanced supercar. It weighs only 65 kg. The monocoque of the Alfa Romeo 4C, designed by a dedicated R&D team of Fiat Group Automobiles, is produced in the new Italian factory of Aiola.
The exclusive ‘Launch Edition’ made its début at the Geneva Motor Show. It will be produced as a numbered limited edition: 400 in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 500 in North America and 100 in the rest of the world. It is propelled by a new all-aluminium engine: direct-injection 240 HP 1750 Turbo.The top speed is of more than 250 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. The compact dimensions make this car with 2 bucket seats truly unique among its competitors: 399 cm long, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a wheelbase of 238 cm.

More informations and pictures see Alfa Romeo 4C Concept

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Alfa Romeo 4C Alfa Romeo 4C
 
- Mercedes SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive

With the new SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, Mercedes-AMG is entering a new era: the locally emission-free super sports car featuring advanced technology from the world of Formula 1 is the most exclusive and dynamic way in which to drive an electric car. The most powerful AMG high-performance vehicle of all time has four electric motors producing a total output of 552 kW and maximum torque of 1000 Nm. As a result, the gullwing model has become the world's fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle: the SLS AMG Electric Drive accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.  The high-voltage battery in the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive boasts an energy content of 60 kWh, an electric load potential of 600 kW and weighs 548 kg – all of which are absolute best values in the automotive sector. The liquid-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery features a modular design and a maximum voltage of 400 V. The driving range is announced for 250 km according to NEDC combined cycle. Considering the ‘silence’ of electric cars,the SLS AMG Electric Drive includes a synthetic sound system that comes courtesy of the standard sound system with eleven loudspeakers. 
The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive will be launched in June 2013 for a price of around 420.000 Euros.

See Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive Project 2009 for further details and illustrations

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Mercedes SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive Mercedes SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive
 
- Honda NSX Hybrid Project for 2015

Honda introduced an evolution of the NSX concept expected for 2015. The first presentation occured at Detroit NAIAS Motor Show 2012. The dynamically-styled NSX Concept gives an indication of the next great performance vehicle from Honda. Making use of lightweight materials and a mid-mounted V-6 engine, the NSX Concept employs several new technologies, including an innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive™) hybrid system.

More informations and pictures see Honda NSX Hybrid Concept 2012

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Honda NSX Hybrid Project for 2015 Honda NSX Hybrid Project for 2015
 
- Spano GTA

The Spano GTA is presented at Geneva for the third occasion with a refined exterior styling. The Spano GTA, with a limited production of 99 models, now has its own engine with 900 hp and torque limited electronically to 1000 Nm.
This car accelerates from 0 to 100 Km/h in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of over 350 km/h. Its chassis has been created by combining carbon fibres, titanium and Kevlar, which has become a reference in the automobile sector thanks to its great rigidity and its lightness.

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- Gumpert Apollo S

The Gumpert Company was founded in 2004 by Roland Gumpert. 70 Apollo models have been sold up to now. The sports car manufacturer GSM GUMPERT Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH is launching into the coming few years with a new investor.

Gumpert Apollo S specification - V8 4.163 cc Twin-Turbo, 750 hp, 900 Nm torque, emission standard Euro 5
Turbo air circulation valves. Fully synchronized sequential transmission, Twin plate clutch configuration, self-locking differential by Torsen. Two-seater super sports car with mid engine arrangement, tube frame (powder coated black) and integrated carbon/Kevlar safety cell, carbon car body, carbon / aluminium sandwich underbody. Basic price ex works left-hand-drive: 538.000 € (plus current VAT) and Basic price ex works right-hand-drive: 544.000 € (plus current VAT).TOP SPEED 360 km/h / 224 mph (depending on country related specification, aerodynamic package and gear ratio). 0- 100 kph (62 mph) claimed in 2,9 seconds and 0-200 kph (184 mph) in 8,8 seconds.

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Gumpert Apollo S Gumpert Apollo S
 
- Spyker B6 Venator

2013 marks the global resurgence of Spyker as a creator of meticulously built automobiles whose beauty is equaled by their unrivaled craftsmanship. The brand’s revival is heralded by the introduction of the SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT, a unique alternative in the High Luxury Sports sector, at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show. The SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT is a compact, 2-door mid-engine sports car that will offer the discerning driver of the highest standards a new choice, delivering a rare combination of heritage, design, performance and exclusivity. The SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT will begin production in early 2014 for key markets including Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and India, followed by the US in autumn 2014.

Spyker B6 Venator specifications: Body:- All carbon fibre; Chassis:- All aluminium platform;
Engine:- Engine mount position: rear-mid- Engine orientation: transverse mounted V6
- Max power: 375+ bhpDrivetrain:- Drivetrain type: RWD- Transmission: 6-spd automatic
Dimensions:- Overall length: 4347 mm- Width (ex mirrors): 1882 mm- Wheelbase: 2500 mm
- Kerb weight: 1400 kg

Spyker B6 Venator Spyker B6 Venator
Spyker B6 Venator Spyker B6 Venator
 
- Noble M600

The Noble Car Company received financial support in 2006 by Peter Dyson and concentrates its activity on single model M600. Sales price for the Noble M600 is announced between 250.000 and 300.000 Euros according to specifications.

Basic Noble N600 specification: engine Yamaha 4.439 cc twin turbo V8 producing 650 hp and 819 Nm - Transmission Graziano 6 speed manual- engine position mid longitudinal with rear wheel drive; chassis - stainless steel sheet tub with tubular space frame; body material - carbon fibre composite; Dimensions- lenght 4360 mm - wheelbase 2540 mm- dry weight 1198 kg; top speed estimated 362 kph (225 mph)- 0-193 kph (120 mph) announced by Autocar at 8.9 seconds.

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Noble M600 Noble M600
 
- Morgan Modern Classic Sports Cars selection: Plus 8, Plus 4 4 seater, Aero Coupe

This family owned British Company has been producing hand built cars for more than a century. The main feature of its production is a combitation of modern drivetrain technologies with classic design and the use of luxury materials and finish.

Let us quote the Morgan Plus 4 4 seater 1.595 cc four cylinder engine producing 110 hp for a dry weight of 970 kg. The announced performance are a top speed of 185 kph (115 mph) and 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 8.0 seconds. The Morgan Plus 8 utilises a 4.799 cc 8 cylinder engine producing 367 hp for a dry weight of 1100 kg. The claimed top speed is 250 kph (155 mph) and 0-100 kph (62 mph) takes 4.5 seconds. The Aero Coupe has the 4.799 cc eight cylinder engine producing 367 hp for a dry weight of 1175 kg. The top speed is announced for 274 kph (170 mph) and 0-100 kph (62 mph) takes 4.5 seconds.

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- Soleil Motors Anadi

The Soleil Motors Company is initiating custom hand production of the Anadi Sports Car in Milan, Italy. Two cars have been completed and three orders were registered during the Abu Dhabi Motor Show. The base price is 225.000 Euros. The customer has complete selection of finish details. The Adani is built on a Corvette C6 chassis and utilises a Chevy V8 block prepared in house with supercharger to produce 651 hp and 718 Nm. The transmission is 6 speed Manual or Automatic type. The Anadi styling was designed by Ercole Spada already known for the Corvette based Spada Ts Codatronca 2008.

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Soleil Motors Anadi Soleil Motors Anadi
 
2 - Design Concept Cars and One-off Models
 
- Pininfarina Sergio barchetta Concept

The Pininfarina Sergio barchetta concept is based on a Ferrari 458 Spider. The new Pininfarina concept car could only be called Sergio. It is an exercise that Pininfarina decided to undertake on a brand that more than any other has marked the history of Pininfarina: Ferrari. The name of Sergio Pininfarina is inextricably linked to that union conceived 60 years ago: the Sergio, therefore, will also celebrate the importance of Pininfarina's contribution to the history of Prancing Horse design.

See Pininfarina Sergio Concept for further details and illustrations

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Pininfarina Sergio barchetta Concept Pininfarina Sergio barchetta Concept
 
- Ital Design Giugiaro Parcour GT and Roadster Concept

The Ital Design Parcour is a two-seater concept car with four-wheel drive, fitted with a 550 HP Lamborghini V10 5.2-litre mid rear engine capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds.

Italdesign Giugiaro celebrates 45 years in business at Geneva by presenting a world première of the Parcour, a type of GT car that did not exist until now; based on the original concept of a Sport Utility Vehicle and, considering its astounding versatility, designed for extensive use on all types of terrain

More informations and pictures see Ital Design Giugiaro Parcour Gt and Roadster Concept

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Ital Design Giugiaro Parcour GT and Roadster Concept Ital Design Giugiaro Parcour GT and Roadster Concept
 

- Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Shooting Break

A dream sports car to celebrate a double historical anniversary. At the International Car Show of Geneva, Bertone celebrates the Aston Martin centenary and Sixty years of cooperation between the Italian Company and the prestigious English Brand presenting an interpretation of the Aston Martin Rapide.

It is a luxurious and refined shooting-brake realized as a one-off vehicle, keeping unchanged the mechanical engineering of the original model (6 litres V 12 cylinders engine 476 HP), combining a stretched and muscular car body and a functional use of the hatchback. The Rapide Bertone was commissioned by an Aston Martin collector who took part in person in the whole development of the project, from the first phases of the style research to the manufacture of the car in the workshop, choosing the bodywork paint as well as the leather trimming and the cockpit upholstery.

More informations and pictures see Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Shooting Break

Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Shooting Break

Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Shooting Break

Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Shooting Break Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Shooting Break

 

-Touring Superleggera Alfa Romeo Disco Volante

Touring presented a complete Alfa Romeo Disco Volante ready for purchase order. The Concept was introduced at 2012 Geneva Motor Show as a full scale model . The Disco Volante is based on an Alfa Romeo 8C mechanic. This project is an hommage to the 1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante that was produced as a barchetta or a coupe.

More informations and pictures on 1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante and Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Concept 2012 by Touring

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Touring Superleggera Alfa Romeo Disco Volante

Touring Superleggera Alfa Romeo Disco Volante

 
- Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) Alfa Romeo Gloria Project

The Istituto Europeo di Design presented the concept Gloria created by the Master in Transportation
Design in collaboration with the Alfa Romeo ’s Style Centre.The Istituto Europeo di Design of Turin, thanks to support from and collaboration with Fiat Chrysler’s Design Center EMEA, has had an opportunity to train its young car designers to “develop an Alfa Romeo sedan product to be communicated also to the American and Asian markets”. The sedan is in fact, for these markets, still a symbol of elegance and prestige with comfortable spaces in both the front and rear, expressed through the length of the model. In particular, the Alfa Romeo Style Centre passionately contributed to the various phases of the project, from the product brief, with the presentation of the historic collection of the brand, to the initial style proposals, from clay modelling to the mathematical definitions for the full-scale model. Dimensions: length 4700 mm - width 1920 mm - height 1320 mm – wheelbase 2900 mm.

The Alfa Romeo Gloria Project illustrates a sport sedan with bold lines running along the side to the rear end. On the road, it would be powered by a latest generation V6 or V8 bi-turbo engine. On the bonnet, there is a strong reference to the Alfa Romeo shield sculpted from the car’s lines, emphasising the three-dimensional nature of the shapes. The front leather straps are reminiscent of the memorable leather boot straps of the brand’s historic cars.

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Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) Alfa Romeo Gloria Project Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) Alfa Romeo Gloria Project
 
- Citroën Technospace Concept

With the Xsara Picasso, C4 Picasso, Grand C4 Picasso and C3 Picasso, Citroën has built a real success story by asserting itself as one of the leaders in the compact MPV segment. Since 1999, the brand has sold almost 3 million Picassos. Now Citroën is entering a new phase in the sector by revealing the CITROËN TECHNOSPACE concept, which points to the brand’s future compact MPV that will be released from the second half of 2013.

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- Rinspeed miniMax Electric Urban Mobility Concept

Frank M. Rinderknecht, Managing Director of Swiss creative powerhouse Rinspeed, says: “We have developed an intelligent and eco-friendly mobility concept complete with its own vehicle that combines the benefits of personal transportation with those of taxis, car-sharing services and carpool concepts as well as those offered by public transit. It uses the powerful UMTS and LTE data networks in urban centers and operates in real time.”
In the Rinspeed “microMAX”, renowned manufacturer of automotive multimedia and infotainment systems Harman for the first time introduces its vision of an “urbanSWARM” community concept based on the Harman Cloud platform. This allows, for instance, easy access to navigation functions in real time. Based on the information from all vehicles connected to the swarm, the system can modify the routes dynamically to account for current traffic.

With a length of 3.7 meters, roughly equivalent to that of a BMW Mini, “microMAX” not only offers plenty of space for the driver, three passengers and a unfolded stroller or shopping cart. The vehicle height of just shy of 2.2 meters permits the installation of comfortable and space-saving upright seats equipped with a custom-developed safety belt system from TRW. All occupants furthermore enjoy such amenities as a coffee maker, refrigerator for refreshments and unlimited connectivity for entertainment purposes or for working while on the move.
“microMAX” is an all-electric vehicle powered by a forklift drive system from world market leader Linde Material Handling. The system is recharged at intelligent charging stations from infrastructure pioneer RWE. Since the vehicle operates very quietly, the Harman specialists have developed an acoustic pedestrian safety system based on their HALOsonic technology
Rinspeed microMAX specifications: 32 kW AC Induction electric motor with 130 Nm- Batteries Lithium polymer; dimensions: length 3737 mm- width 1809 mm, height 2197 mm-wheelbase 2697 mm-dry weight 1380 kg; Top speed 95 kph- 0 to 50 kph in 8 seconds- operating range approximately 100 km depending on driving conditions.

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Rinspeed miniMax Electric Urban Mobility Concept

Rinspeed miniMax Electric Urban Mobility Concept

 
- Nissan Resonance Concept 2013

Pointing to the future of Nissan crossover design, Resonance presents new ideas and advanced technologies, including a hybrid electric drivetrain. Andy Palmer introduced the concept: "This is Resonance. It's a concept crossover today, but it's close to what you'll see on the road very soon."


Created by Nissan Design America, the Resonance pushes the boundaries of crossover design, showcasing fresh ideas and new technologies that allow drivers to fully exploit the potential of their cars. Featuring an interior inspired by the concept of VIP space travel, the Resonance is powered by an equally advanced hybrid electric drivetrain that combines ultra-efficient performance with low emissions.

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- Kia Provo Concept 2013

 Kia’s new Provo concept, unveiled at the 83rd Salon International De l’Auto in Geneva, mixes ultra-modern technology with a self-confident and agile look to deliver an exciting new B-segment car for enthusiasts.

The sleek, low, yet muscular coupe-style hatchback mixes a petrol-fuelled turbo-charged engine with clever regenerative-electric motors to bring a smart-hybrid solution to this fun-focused concept that points to Kia Motors’ future B-segment expansion plans.

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Kia Provo Concept 2013

Kia Provo Concept 2013

 

3 - ELECTRIC and HYBRID VEHICLES

 

- Volkswagen XLI Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle expected for 2014

The Volkswagen XL1 is the result of a decade of Research and Development by Volkswagen for a 1 Litre per 100 km vehicle suitable for everyday use. Three different prototypes have been unvealed in 2002, 2009 and 2011. The Volkswagen XL1 is an automotile project that follows pure sports car design principles: low weight (795 kg), perfect aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and a low centre of gravity (1,153 mm high). This gives the efficient Volkswagen the ability to cruise on the road at a constant speed of 100 km/h using just 6.2 kW/8.4 PS. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover a driving distance of over one kilometre.
The Volkswagen XL1 is electronically limited to 160 km/h. It offers high-tech lightweight design, perfect aerodynamics and a plug-in hybrid system – consisting of a two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW/48 PS), E-motor (20 kW/27 PS), 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and 60 cells 5,5 kWh lithium-ion battery – all make it possible for the new Volkswagen XL1 to emit just 21 g/km of CO2. If necessary, the XL1, with a top speed of 160 km/h, can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 12.7 seconds. Clearly, 0.9 l/100 km fuel consumption is a record figure that has not been achieved by any other road legal and practical vehicle to this date.

More informations and pictures Volkswagen Plug-in Hybrid XL1 2013 - Manufacturing Steps

Related articles: Volkswagen 1 Litre Concept 2002, Volkswagen L1 Hybrid Concept 2009, Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid prototype 2011

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Volkswagen XLI Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle expected for 2014

Volkswagen XLI Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle expected for 2014

 
- Toyota iRoad Electric Personal Mobility Vehicle Concept- expected for 2014

The TOYOTA i-ROAD Personal Mobility Vehicle (PMV) –a new form of transportation offering greater flexibility in the urban environment- makes its World Premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Offering a comfortable, enclosed environment for two occupants seated in tandem, the compact TOYOTA i-ROAD Electric Vehicle (EV) features unique, ‘Active Lean’ technology to provide a safe, intuitive and enjoyable, helmet-free driving experience over a range of up to 50 km on a single charge.


The TOYOTA i-ROAD’s zero-emission, all-electric powertrain features a lithium-ion battery providing power to a pair of 2 kW electric motors mounted within the front wheels. Combining brisk acceleration with near-silent running, the new Toyota PMV has a range of some 50 km, after which it may be fully recharged from a conventional household power outlet in just three hours.
Key to the higher levels of stability, safety, comfort and enjoyment associated with the TOYOTA i-ROAD driving experience is Toyota’s new, entirely intuitive ‘Active Lean’ technology

More informations and pictures see Toyota iRoad Electric Personal Mobility Vehicle Concept - expected for 2014

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Toyota iRoad Electric Personal Mobility Vehicle Concept Toyota iRoad Electric Personal Mobility Vehicle Concept
 

- Cadillac ELR Plug-in Electric with Range Extender 2014

Cadillac unveiled the 2014 ELR at the Geneva Auto Show after a World Premiere in Detroit. The sleek luxury coupe features the first application of Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology by a full-line luxury automotive brand.

“ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a coupe that is both sporty and environmentally friendly,” said Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president. “This is a pivotal moment in Cadillac’s history, as we continue our product-driven expansion.”

Industry-leading Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV) technology provides full driving range exceeding 300 miles (480 km), combining pure electric driving and an efficient, range-extending generator.

See Cadillac ELR Plug-in Electric Hybrid with Range Extender for further details and illustrations.

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- BMW Electric i3 for 2013 and Hybrid i8 for 2014

BMW is associating carbon fibre structure and electric drive for its new dedicated “i” brand. The Electric i3 is expected on the market in 2013 while the hybrid i8 is announced for 2014.

Following the BMW group 500 Mini-E electric car 2008 and the 600 BMW 1 Series ActiveE Electric 2010 on field testing alternative drive solutions, the BMW Group showcases its visions of future mobility in the shape of the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept studies. Unveiled for the first time, these concept vehicles provide a glimpse of the first electrically powered production cars from the new BMW i sub-brand, due to be launched as the BMW i3 in 2013 and the BMW i8 in 2014.

 “We are marking another milestone in the history of the BMW Group. As Chairman of the Board and an engineer myself, I am very proud of this project,” declared Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at Friday’s premiere of the two vehicles in Frankfurt. “As the world’s leading premium car manufacturer, our aim is to offer customers purpose-built electricdrive cars as well,” he added.

See BMW i3 Electric with Range Extender and i8 full hybrid drive concepts 2011 and BMW i3 Coupe Concept 2012 for further details and illustrations

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BMW Electric i3 for 2013 and Hybrid i8 for 2014 BMW Electric i3 for 2013 and Hybrid i8 for 2014
 

- Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron plug in hybrid prototype 2013

Audi is working intently to electrify the drivetrain using plug-in hybrid technology. The brand with the four rings is showing the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. With 150 kW (204 hp) of system power and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of system torque, sporty performance is guaranteed.

The A3 Sportback e-tron is a true Audi. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph). According to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid automobiles, the five-door model consumes on average just 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (156.81 US mpg), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 35 grams per km (56.33 g/mile). In purely electric mode, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron achieves a top speed of 130 km/h (80.78 mph) with a range of up to 50 km (31.07 miles).

See Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron Plug-in Electric Hybrid Prototype for further details and illustrations.

Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron plug in hybrid prototype 2013

Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron plug in hybrid prototype 2013

 
- Mitsubishi CA-MiEV and GR-HEV Concepts 2013

Supported by three years of i-MiEV global customer feedback since 2009 as well as continuous progress in battery technology and electric drivetrain, MMC now considers taking pure EVs beyond a mostly urban environment with a next generation compact EV such as this Concept CA-MiEV, a demonstrator relying on next generation EV systems and high density batteries, light weight as well as advanced aerodynamics to offer a 300 km driving range.

The next logical step will be to expand further, adapting electric components to the demands
of an even larger, tougher, sportier vehicle with both work and leisure in mind in either mature or emerging markets as illustrated by Concept GR-HEV, Mitsubishi Motors’ inaugural take at Hybrid (HEV) technology, applied for the first time to a Mitsubishi one-ton pickup truck.

See Mitsubishi CA-MiEV Electric Suburban Automobile and GR-HEV Hybrid Truck Concepts 2013 for further details and images.

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- Land Rover Defender Electric Experimental Vehicle

The Land Rover Electric Experimental vehicle is a research vehicle delivering zero emissions whilst retaining its tough, go-anywhere capability. The standard diesel engine and gearbox in the 110 Defenders have been replaced by a 70kW (94bhp), 330Nm electric motor twinned with a 300-volt, lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 27kWh, giving a range of more than 50 miles. In typical, low speed off-road use it can last for up to eight hours before recharging. The battery can be fully charged by a 7kW fast charger in four hours, or a portable 3kW charger in 10 hours.

The electric vehicles (EVs) retain the Defender’s legendary four-wheel drive system and differential lock. Because the electric motor delivers maximum torque from the moment it starts, there’s no need for gear shifting and the transmission comprises a single speed, 2.7:1 reduction gearbox combined with the existing Defender four-wheel drive system. A modified version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response® System has also been incorporated.
The battery weighs 410kg and is mounted in the front of the Defender in place of the diesel engine. Kerb weight is 100kg more than a basic Defender 110 and ranges from 2055kg to 2162kg depending whether the body style is a pick-up, hard top or station wagon.
All the major components in the electric powertrain - including the battery, inverter and motor - are air-cooled rather than liquid cooled, saving a considerable amount of weight and complexity and adding robustness. Regenerative braking has been optimised to such an extent that using Hill Descent Control, the motor can generate 30kW of electricity. Because the battery technology can be charged very quickly at a rate of up to twice its capacity of 54kW without reducing battery life, almost all of the regenerated energy can be recovered and stored. Up to 80 percent of the kinetic energy in the vehicle can be recovered in this way, depending on conditions.
“This project is acting as a rolling laboratory for Land Rover to assess electric vehicles, even in the most arduous all-terrain conditions. It gives us a chance to evolve and test some of the technologies that may one day be introduced into future Land Rover models,” said Antony Harper, Jaguar Land Rover Head of Research.
Although there are no plans for the all-terrain electric Defender to enter series production, the seven EVs will go into service in specialist real world trials later this year.

Land Rover Defender Electric Experimental Vehicle

Land Rover Defender Electric Experimental Vehicle

 

- Chevrolet Spark EV 2014

Following the global reveal of the Spark Electric Vehicle in Los Angeles last year, Chevrolet’s all-new battery-powered mini car is presented to a European audience for the first time at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The car will be sold in the US and selected European markets as of 2014.

 Powered by the most advanced electric motor and battery system GM has ever built, Spark EV will produce a sports-car-like 542 Nm of instantaneous torque and 130 hp (100 kW).

With 0-100 km/h acceleration of under 8.5 seconds, and seamless power that is available at every stage of the drive, Chevrolet’s electric mini car looks set to be fun to drive. Moreover, the Spark EV will deliver a very competitive range which is expected to place the mini car among the best in its class.

See Chevrolet Electric Spark EV 2014 for further details and illustrations
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- Citroen C 3 Hybrid-Air Prototype 2013

The new Citroen C 3 is here presented with PSA patented Hybrid Air technology that uses compressed air rather than electric drive to complement internal combustion engine

Citroen C 3 Hybrid-Air Prototype 2013
Citroen C 3 Hybrid-Air Prototype 2013

 

- Exagon Furtive eGT

The Exagon Furtive Gt is now in production with basic price 338.000 Euros (without tax). The French Electric four seater GT car is propulsed by  two Siemens motors with liquid cooling for a total 402 hp and 516 Nm. Electricity is stored in Saft Lithium Ion 53 kWh batteries all placed at the center under floor for optimum centre of gravity.

The monocoque structure is made of carbon fibre and honeycomb aluminium. Dimensions: Length 4.500 mm; width 1.910 mm; height 1330 mm; weight 1640 kg. Top speed is limited to 250 kph (155 mph) and zero to 100 kph (62 mph) acceleration is announced in 3.5 seconds. Quoted operating range is between 310 (192 miles) and 360 km (224 miles) depending on driving conditions.

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Exagon Furtive eGT

Exagon Furtive eGT

 
4 - Competition Automobiles on the Exhibit

 

- Citroen DS3 WRC for 9th Sebastien Loeb Championship

More informations and pictures on Citroen DS3 WRC

Citroen DS3 WRC for 9th Sebastien Loeb Championship

Citroen DS3 WRC for 9th Sebastien Loeb Championship

 
- Stephane Peterhansel 2013 Dakar Winning Mini ALL4
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- Audi R8 LMS Ultra and R8 Grand Am Daytona 24 Hours Class Winner 2013

Audi R8 LMS Ultra and R8 Grand Am Daytona 24 Hours Class Winner 2013

Audi R8 LMS Ultra and R8 Grand Am Daytona 24 Hours Class Winner 2013

Audi R8 LMS Ultra and R8 Grand Am Daytona 24 Hours Class Winner 2013 Audi R8 LMS Ultra and R8 Grand Am Daytona 24 Hours Class Winner 2013
 
- Volkswagen POLO R WRC 2013

see Volkswagen Polo R WRC Rallye and Street Concept 2012 for further details and illustrations

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Volkswagen POLO WRC 2013 Volkswagen POLO WRC 2013
 
- Hyundai WRC for 2014 
Hyundai WRC for 2014  Hyundai WRC for 2014 
 
- AUDI RS5 DTM 2013
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