Geneva Motor Show: Future fleet stars out in force
The Geneva Motor Show is bristling with attractive models again. Besides the large number of sports models, including the Audi R8, the future stars of company fleets are out in force. The future looks bright for corporate fleet managers and the choice might be difficult.
Opel has added the Karl to its catalogue, to sit alongside its "well-connected" city car, the Adam. The Karl is a deliberately more restrained city car than the Adam, as reflected in its base price - dropping beneath the psychological barrier of 10,000 Euros. At 3.68m in length, it is positioned as a direct competitor of the Renault Twingo and the Peugeot 108.
Engine: With its new 3-cylinder, 75 bhp 1.0l engine, the Karl's CO2 emissions are less than 99g/km.
Interesting: Despite its smaller size, the Karl has five doors as standard.
BMW 1 Series
The BMW 1 Series is being upgraded. In addition to a revised look and a string of fine-tuned features, the "little" BMW offers new powertrains, including three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Engine: With its new engine, the BMW 116d's CO2 emissions are reduced to 89g/km.
Interesting: All BMW 1 Series cars now come with automatic air conditioning and a professional radio system with 6.5 inch screen as standard.
Just three years after its launch, the Peugeot 208 has already been upgraded. In addition to aesthetic changes, new features have been added, such as the urban autobraking system and reversing camera.
Engine: In addition to offering the new 3-cylinder 110 bhp petrol turbo, the 208's redesign has seen a revision of its diesel engines (75, 90 or 120 bhp 1.6l HDI). There are even low consumption models classified at 79g of CO2/km - a record.
Find that even the long version of the new S-Class is too small? Don't worry. Mercedes is unveiling its new flagship model in Geneva - the Maybach Pullman. Extended to 6.50m, the S-Class has been turned into a real VIP lounge on wheels.
Engine: To power its flagship, Mercedes is offering a V12 bi-turbo 530 bhp, 820 Nm 6.0l.
Interesting: Thanks to its generous (to say the least) 4.42m wheelbase, the Mercedes Maybach Pullman has four face-to-face executive seats in the back.
As a specialist in all-terrain vehicles, Ssangyong is getting into the heavyweight compact SUV sector with its Tivoli. At 4.20m in length, the model is positioned as an outsider at a price as affordable as the Renault Captur or the Nissan Juke.
Engine: Ssangyong is offering two 1.6l engines to power its Tivoli - a 126 bhp petrol engine and a diesel engine. But the specifications of the latter are not known.
Interesting: The Tivoli is playing the safety card, having seven air bags, including one for the driver's knees.
Encouraged by the success of its compact SUV, the Captur, Renault is giving it a big brother - the Kadjar. This model is aimed at supporting Renault in Europe, of course, in view of the success of the formula. But it is also aimed at international markets in North Africa and, specifically, China, where it will be manufactured locally. Like its Nissan-badged cousin, the Qashqai, whose technical platform it shares, the Kadjar will be available in both front and four wheel drive versions.
Engine: Renault has not yet provided technical details of the Kadjar engines, but the core of the range is unsurprisingly expected to be based around the 1.6 dCi.
Interesting: At 4.35m in length, the Kadjar offers 472l of boot space.
With its expansion phase in full swing in Europe, Infiniti is unveiling a new model sure to deliver sales - the QX30. This model will in turn be followed by a raised SUV-style version, as is also indicated by the QX30 design shown in Geneva. This small Infiniti will be manufactured by the Renault-Nissan Alliance at its Sunderland factory in Great Britain.
BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer
Several months after the launch of the 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW is bringing out a Grand Tourer version. The first MPV from BMW can accommodate up to seven people. At 4.56m in length, the new model offers generous boot space, varying from 645l to 805l.
Engine: The range of engines offered by BMW at launch will vary from 104 to 149g of CO2/km.
Interesting: The 2 Series Grand Tourer will be available in front and four wheel drive versions.
Free of the Citroën logo, the DS 5 has been reborn. It now benefits from a new front aspect as well as modern LED lights. In terms of engines, the DS 5 is evolving and will offer a choice of five engines that conform to the Euro 6 regulation, covering a torque range of 240 to 400 Nm.
Engine: the hybrid diesel version remains the champion of CO2 emissions, with a classification of 90g/km.
Interesting: The DS 5 has used its redesign to modernise its infotainment system and incorporate a touch screen.
Having adopted a Hyundai numeric name in 2010, the Korean compact SUV has abandoned the ix35 label in favour of its previous name - the Tucson. Based on a new platform, and still developed in Europe for Europe, the new Tucson is expected to help Hyundai build on its success in the compact SUV sector.
Engine: From its launch, the Tucson will be available with five engine types - two petrol and three diesel, the most modest of which will be the 115 bhp 1.7 CRDI.
Interesting: The new Tucson will incorporate the new Hyundai automatic advanced emergency braking system.
Already on the market in Japan since last year, a European version of the Subaru Levorg is being unveiled in Geneva. It will replace the current Legacy between now and next autumn. Staying true to its values, Subaru is offering permanent symmetrical four wheel drive plus boxer engines.
Engine: Subaru has not yet released technical details of the European version. However, the 2.0l diesel boxer is expected to feature at the heart of the range.
Interesting: There will only be an estate version of the Levorg. It will be almost 4.70m long.
Toyota is unveiling the new generation of its family tourer, the Avensis, in Geneva. It is a model proportioned for Europe. And, for that reason, it has been designed in the Toyota ED2 design studio in the south of France, developed at the group's R&D centre in Belgium, and will be manufactured in the United Kingdom.
Engine: Without providing more details, Toyota has announced CO2 levels that will attract business customers. This is shortly to be confirmed.
Interesting: This Avensis will be equipped with "innovative" comfort and safety features, according to Toyota.
The Skoda flagship, the Superb, has successfully attracted over 700,000 customers since its launch in 2001. The third generation is expected to drive home this success. Based on the recent Volkswagen Passat, it has been lengthened again to offer better ride comfort and a record amount of boot space (625l).
Engine: The mechanical offering consists of 5 TSI engines (from (125 to 280 bhp) and three TDIs (from 120 to 190 bhp). A Greenline version will reduce the model's emissions to just 96g of CO2/km.
Interesting: The Superb has confirmed its move upmarket by including directional damping, an emergency braking system and even "automatic steering" in traffic jams.
Once again using the form of a concept, Kia is unveiling its future grand tourer, which is expected to be out at the end of the year. The new Optima will be available in an estate version for the first time, if the outline of the Sportspace design is to be believed.
Engine: Kia is not yet releasing any details regarding engines for the future Optima. Come back at the end of the year to find out more.
Interesting: The Sportspace design incorporates a ball at the back of its boot to make it easier to get heavy objects in.
Volkswagen is presenting the fourth generation of the Caddy. As previously, this basic utility model is available in commercial versions of two lengths. Aesthetically, the Caddy seems to have barely changed; however, there are extensive technical modifications, both in terms of the engines (more restrained) and the features (modern safety systems).
Engine: The Caddy BlueMotion consumes less than 4l/100km. The version powered by natural gas, on the other hand, consumes 4.1kg/100km.
Interesting: In addition to front assist, which can brake autonomously in the event of danger, the Caddy also has an optional drowsiness detector.
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