Ferrari beast, Porsche wagon to star in Geneva

This year’s Geneva auto show will highlight a mix of supercars, everyday models and unexpected vehicles such as a Porsche station wagon and a Mercedes-Benz pickup.
Supercar highlights will include Ferrari’s most powerful series production car to date and a Chinese-backed potential rival to Tesla’s Model S.
Among everyday cars, Volkswagen brand will highlight its new flagship, the sleek Arteon. The latest Fiesta, Ford Motor’s European best-seller, gets its first show outing.
Range Rover, Volvo and Subaru will present new crossovers to boost their presence in a hot sector.
Ferrari’s 812 Superfast mid-front-engine sports car will be the brand’s most powerful series production car to date. It is an updated version of the F12 Berlinetta fitted with a larger version of that car’s naturally aspirated V-12 engine. The upgraded 6.5-liter engine makes 798 hp and pushes the car to a top speed of 211 mph, with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds.

The Fiesta that will be shown previews the U.S. version due this year. The car is Ford’s top-seller in Europe and the automaker has added advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping alert that are not yet common in subcompacts. The upscale equipment will help the Fiesta meet demand for advanced technology from customers downsizing from larger models. The Fiesta gets new variants to cater to a wider range of customers, including an upscale Vignale version, a high-performance ST-Line and an Active sporty trim line.
Honda will debut the Civic Type R, a high-performance version of its Civic hatchback, which will be sold in the U.S. for the first time. The car will be powered by Honda’s latest 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged engine with its performance upgraded from the current Civic Type R’s 306 hp, although Honda is not releasing horsepower details ahead of the car’s show debut. Production will start in the summer at Honda’s U.K. factory. The production Civic Type R will closely resemble the concept unveiled last year at the Paris auto show.
Hyundai is expected to unveil a Tucson fuel cell concept that’s more advanced than the current Tucson fuel cell model. The concept will also showcase design cues for the next Tucson conventionally powered model.
Italdesign, Audi’s design and engineering subsidiary, will unveil a supercar priced at $1.6 million, plus taxes. The company’s new bespoke division, Italdesign Automobili, plans to build five examples of the two-seat carbon-fiber car. It has a 5.2-liter V-10 engine also used in top-end versions of the Audi R8 and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds. Italdesign Automobili plans to produce more one-off and limited-edition cars for collectors as the Italian design house, which Audi bought from Italian design legend Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio, seeks to increase business from outside Audi parent Volkswagen Group.
Land Rover
Land Rover will expand its Range Rover lineup with the Velar, a sporty crossover that will be a rival to the Porsche Macan. The Velar will slot between the entry-level Range Rover Evoque and the more expensive Range Rover Sport. The Velar is the first Land Rover to use Jaguar Land Rover’s D7A all-/rear-wheel-drive platform that underpins the XE compact sedan and F-Pace compact crossover sold by sibling brand Jaguar, according to reports.
Lexus will show the LS 500h, the hybrid sedan version of its LS 500 flagship unveiled in January at the Detroit auto show. The LS 500h has the brand’s Multi Stage Hybrid System that can propel the car under electric power alone at speeds of up to 87 mph.
McLaren Automotive will replace the 650S supercar that launched the British company’s on-road challenge to Ferrari nearly six years ago with a new, more powerful model to be revealed in Geneva. The two-seat coupe will form the heart of McLaren’s next Super Series car range, one up from the entry Sports Series but a long way from the million-dollar heights of the Ultimate Series.
Mercedes-Benz will complete the rollout of its redesigned E-class family with the E-class cabriolet, a four-seat convertible. Four Mercedes-AMG models will have their world premieres in Geneva: the E63 S wagon, AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50, C63 S Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition and AMG Performance Studio Package-equipped C43 Coupe, known in Europe as the Night Edition.
Mercedes also will show two notable vehicles not planned for sale in the U.S.: the ultraluxury Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet SUV, which will cost at least 500,000 euros (about $529,000 at current exchange rates) and be limited to 99 units, and the concept X-class midsize pickup, based on the Nissan Frontier.
Mitsubishi Motors is reviving the Eclipse name for a new entry in the compact crossover segment as it seeks to turn around its fortunes under Nissan, which bought a 34 percent controlling stake in its Japanese rival in October. The new vehicle will be called the Eclipse Cross in a nod to the Eclipse coupe that was sold in the U.S. until 2011.
The Italian design house has two concepts lined up for Geneva: the Hybrid Kinetic H600 and Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo. The Fittipaldi EF7 is due to become the first production model for a new sports-car company fronted by Brazilian racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi. His company, Fittipaldi Motors, plans a limited run of the two-seat, carbon-fiber supercar, which is powered by a 600-hp, V-8 normally aspirated engine.
The H600 concept previews a potential rival to the Tesla Model S. The design house developed the H600 for Chinese-backed startup Hybrid Kinetic. Pininfarina described the car as an “eco-sustainable luxury sedan” but gave no details of its drivetrain before its show debut. Hybrid Kinetic is headed by billionaire Yung Benjamin Yeung, who founded China’s Brilliance China Automotive. His plan to build a car factory in Alabama by 2013 never materialized.
The Panamera Sport Turismo, Porsche’s first wagon, is meant to appeal to customers looking for luxury, a sporty drive and practicality.
Porsche sees Europe is the main market for the wagon, based on the Panamera four-door, but it will also sell the wagon in the U.S. and China where wagons are less popular.
Subaru’s new Crosstrek crossover will be based on the automaker’s new global platform that underpins the redesigned Impreza. The Crosstrek will incorporate some design elements from the XV Concept shown last year in Geneva, including similar taillights and a sporty, flowing side profile.
Chinese startup Techrules will debut a supercar styled by the Giugiaros. The car has an aircraft-inspired three-seat cockpit design. It’s the production version of the 1,030-hp GT96 concept unveiled in Geneva last year. The car will be powered by a hybrid powertrain that uses a microturbine to generate electricity to charge a battery pack. The battery powers the motors that drive the wheels. The car can run on various fossil or gas fuels.

Volkswagen brand’s new flagship, the Arteon, will replace the Passat-based CC. The Arteon will be roomier than the CC because of its longer wheelbase. VW brand chief Herbert Diess said in January at the Detroit show that the Arteon will launch in the U.S. next year. VW is also expected to show the production version of its T-Roc concept of a small crossover.
Volvo continues its product offensive under Chinese owner Zhejiang Geely Holding Group with the new XC60. The midsize crossover is expected to take styling cues from the larger XC90, but is based on a more compact version of Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture used on the 90 series vehicles. The XC60 is also likely to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It will go on sale this year.
Source: Automotive News

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