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Honda Fit EV Makes World Debut at LA Auto Show

The new Honda ‘Fit’ (it’s not that fit) has been unveiled the Los Angeles Auto Show. Honda announced plans to begin leasing the 123 city-mile per charge (76 mile range combined adjusted city/highway) battery electric commuter vehicle in the U.S in summer 2012.

The Fit EV is based on the popular Fit (named Jazz in Europe) and is a part of the company’s diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles that includes petrol-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell-electric and natural gas-powered models.

Citroen DS5 - It's Finally Here...

The DS3 was exciting, the DS4 was stylish and now Frankfurt brings the all new Citroen DS5, possibly the a combination of excitement, style and absolute cool.

Carrying the DS brand the new DS5 will preview at Frankfurt Motorshow, bringing a lot of focus to the French manufacturer - not only for the fact they have an all new car, but more importantly the technology that comes with it.

The DS5 is the first in the Citroen range to feature full HYbrid4 technology giving efficiency figures and the added benefit of a diesel engine, coinciding just nicely with Peugeot's announcement of the latest 508 diesel hybrid.  Of course we will see the signature DS styling and performance with handling to match, twinned with more recent advances, like lane depature warning system, auto high beam assist and a reverse parking camera.

To top it all off however, our French friends have already put the DS5 through it's paces, achieving a 5-star EuroNCAP rating and 97% in the 'Safety Assist' category.

Other than that, the latest in DS4 and DS3 versions will be displayed including the DS3 WRC.

Volkswagen unveil the 21st Century Beetle at MTV World Stage Event

Headlined by Belgian Duo 2manydjs, MTV's World Stage event will be broadcast live online (www.worldstage.mtv.com) but unfortunately not in the UK so we will just have to wait for the highlights across the MTV channels.

However, this has not stopped VW using this mammoth occasion to pull the cloth off the latest generation Beetle - ‘The Beetle is an icon of the automotive world, just like MTV is an icon of the music world.  In the context of this marketing alliance, we are taking the new Volkswagen directly to our customers and fans of the Volkswagen brand – and we are doing it globally.  We are certain that the car’s one-of-a-kind styling combined with the latest technology will be very well received by customers,’ said Luca de Meo, Director of Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand.

So keep your eyes peeled on the 18th April for a new species of bug.

Maserati to unveil GranCabrio Sport at Geneva

 

The Italian sports car manufacturer has announced that Geneva this year will see them unveiling the all new GranCabrio Sport, bringing better overall vehicle dynamics, a higher rate of response and efficiency, increased horsepower and optimised gearshift response.

With a top speed of 177mph and 450 Italian stallions behind it, the GranCabrio Sport fits alongside the other more performance orientated models in the range including the GranTurismo S and Quattroporte Sport GT S.

Finally sports styling means that the new convertible benefits from black accents, including grille and headlights, front splitters and redesigned body coloured side skirts.  Not content with all that, Maserati are also launching a new colour within the range, 'Rosso Trionfale'- a red inspired by Maserati's racing heritage. Lovely.

Hyundai i40 Stars at Geneva

After the ix35 was released I was really excited to see Hyundai creating some angular sharp vehicles.  The ix20 came along and also fitted seamlessly into the new brand design focus...but...

As our earlier post shows via @Jon_Quirk, the unveil of the i40 looked promising, with those little happy looking running lights and the overall shape of the covered new D-segment vehicle for the brand.  After Hyundai just released these photos, I'm afraid it's left me feeling a little underwhelmed.

Competing with the likes of Mondeo and Laguna, the newest Hyundai looks like it will sit comfortably alongside the imposing fleet cars, instead of leaving a lasting image of it's shiny rear end.  

What I am trying to say is that, I can't really see any obvious styling advantages. Of course without seeing it in the flesh that's all I can base my opinions on, and I'm not saying it isn't a good car, just that it doesn't make me say 'Oh cool' like one of those cheesy dubbed toy adverts from my nineties childhood.

Aside my findings however, I can tell you it will come with a class-leading 1.7l diesel engine emitting just 113g/km of CO2.  Other features of Hyundai's new 'Modern Premium' concept applied to the i40 are, heated seats and steering wheel, reclining front and rear seats and a new automatic de-misting windscreen feature, all new technologies for the Korean brand.

Pretty car Hyundai, just not show stopping unfortunately.  The i40 will be shown at Geneva in March and be available on the road later on this year.

Fiat Reap Benefits from Their New Daddy Bear

After buying the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands last year, we have all expected to see Fiat releasing a new 4x4 with that typical American edge.

Hoping they wouldn't just re-badge a group car, my fears have become reality where Fiat have done just that, taking the Dodge Journey and injecting a little Fiat botox to reinvent it as the Fiat Freemount.

The front wing becomes black with a chrome underline, and the grille opens up to accommodate a chrome cross with a centered Fiat Badge, with the back and sides keeping much the same style.

Moving inside the cabin makes for a lot more of a cosy feel.  Fiat have taken their Daddy Bear Dodge shopping for new leather chaps and given him tips on some tighter fitting trims and a bit of chrome detailing to complete the outfit.

Overall, it'll be a nice change from the Multipla MPV and certainly beneficial to Fiat's market share.  The Fiat Freemount will be unveiled at Geneva Motorshow in March and go on sale in the second half of 2011.

Ford to Unveil Exciting New Concepts at Geneva

Ford often utilise Paris Motorshow to show off new cars and announce to the journalists their next move in motoring.

Geneva this March is no different for the American giants, showing off not only their latest in electric tech, but we're told that at 2.30pm on March 1st, the big boss at Ford Europe will unveil a 'groundbreaking all-new vehicle' during their conference.

If you can't wait to see it, why not busy yourself with this - the rather interesting concept called the 'Vertrek'. 

The Vertrek represents a new direction in design for the next-generation of Kuga, and sees Fords vision for a sleeker more stylish SUV.  The fact it only has four seats might suggest it to be a contender for the latest trend of SUV coupés, but we can only speculate, as it is still just a concept.

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Other models featured within Fords realm at Geneva are, the all-new Focus Electric (a first in electric passenger cars for the brand), a 'C-Max Energi' plug-in Hybrid and the rugged new Ranger due to go on sale late in 2011.

KA gets a little bling added to the booty and interior space, adding to the already wicked 'individual' range in April - presenting the 'KA metal'

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Finally, the Mondeo ECOnetic suppresses it's CO2 down to 114g/km, plus ford have announced some 'additional large car powertrain enhancements', and a shiny new 1.6 diesel engine will be entered into the Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy ranges. 

They certainly have been busy, and to top it all off, today they delivered the first new-shape Focus' to their UK dealers.  Where have they found the time!?

Infiniti set a new destination on the Sat-Nav: Geneva 2011

 

 

“Infiniti is currently examining concepts for a luxury performance car that will fit below the current G Line. Like every Infiniti, it will be completely different to anything currently offered by our rivals.” So said Andy Palmer, Senior Vice President for Infiniti, at the opening of the Infiniti Centre Piccadilly in London during September 2010.

The 81st Geneva International Motorshow will see Infiniti presenting its next Inspired Performance concept car.  At 12.15 CET (that's about 11.15 here in the UK) Infiniti will show how the Japanese performance brand are taking a more scenic, exciting route to a new future.

That's pretty much all the press release stated and just looking at the quote from Andy Palmer, Senior VP, hopefully we're in for a treat - maybe in the form of a hatchback?  Although, I have a feeling Infiniti will bring some pretty lines to whatever they're planning.

Ferrari.com Unveil the All New FF

So with Geneva approaching fast, Ferrari have unveiled the all new Ferrari FF on their website.

The FF (representing 'Ferrari Four' and four-wheel drive) gives the luxury manufacturer a brand new market to approach with a GT sports car concept.  Combining the signature Ferrari sporting heritage and usability given it's four seats.

Personally I think it looks a little like a Z4 coupe (previous generation) however, in detail it's clear to see that the 4-seater supercar buyers who have the choice of a Porsche Panamera at the moment, are key clients for the the Italian car makers.

The car is also the first in the range to feature a four-wheel drive system (4RM), making it an important milestone for Ferrari.  However, they've gone one step further to make it half the weight of a normal four-wheel drive system, maintaining performance, and staying true to the Ferrari's character.

Personally, I think it has a little more character than the Panamera, plus reaching 0-62mph in 3.7seconds is seriously quick and something that should definately be shared amongst friends - four to be precise.

Debuting at Geneva, Ferrari are definitely going to be making a noise.