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 |  Mar 07 2012, 8:14 AM

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There’s little doubt that the new BMW 6 Series makes for a more stylish grand tourer than its predecessor. Those chiseled features also help the new 2013 M6 a more muscular sports coupe, in keeping with its performance potential.

With a 560-hp twin-turbo V8, a carbon fiber roof and optional carbon composite brakes, find out even more in AutoGuide’s first look video of the new M6, direct from the Geneva Motor Show below.

GALLERY: 2013 BMW M6

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 |  Mar 07 2012, 8:04 AM

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The Volvo V40 small hatchback debuted at the Geneva Auto Show yesterday, but as we reported last week, it won’t be heading to the U.S. market.

The stylish five-door featured a range of six engines, three gasoline and three diesel. The range-topping T5 gas engine actually gets as much torque as the most powerful diesel option in the line at 295 ft-lbs of torque but is more powerful with 254 hp to the diesel’s 177.

Despite that, the oil-burner is sure to be more efficient and probably a better seller as a result, though there are more efficient options on both the gas and diesle sides. The low-end options are  a 1.6-liter inline four in either gas or diesel making 150 hp and 240 ft-lbs of torque or 115 hp and 210 ft-lbs respectively.

The V40 would be a tight-fitting car to some, and probably more expensive than currently-available competition.

Size aside, the Volvo is available with the range of safety features customers know the brand for. Drivers may choose such flagship features as blind spot detection, lane assistance and pedestrian detection among the long list of others.

Drivers more concerned with what’s happening inside their car than on the road will probably appreciate those features. Perhaps more so than that, they might also enjoy the car’s seven mood light settings which are good for adding an extra, though totally unnecessary customization.

The exterior features distinct Volvo style with a wide front, sharp lines and the typical pinched tail lights we’ve come to expect from the brand.

It’s unfortunate that there won’t be any of them for sale in the U.S., but the niche they meet is already well-filled by economy cars like the Ford Focus which offer more interior room and luggage capacity with similar styling.

Sure, it’s not a Volvo, but history has shown us time and time again that luxury hatchbacks struggle in America more often than not.

GALLERY: 2013 Volvo V40

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GALLERY: 2013 Volvo V40

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 |  Mar 07 2012, 7:51 AM

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The world’s most fuel efficient SUV, the Volkswagen Cross Coupe TDI, just debuted at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.

For the first time, an automaker combined an electric hybrid drivetrain with a diesel engine, opening the door to two of the most effective and mass-produced fuel technologies working as one.

As a result, Volkswagen claims the Cross Coupe TDI can get up to 130 mpg. The powertrain takes advantage of two electric motors that work simultaneously with a turbo direct-injected diesel engine. Despite being so efficient, even with all-wheel drive, the truck has 302 hp and a top speed of almost 137 mph, which is impressive for such a high compression-ratio engine.

The Cross Coupe TDI pictured above also accelerates from 0-60 mph in about 6.5 seconds. Despite that power, it can still run in all-electric mode to offer zero-emissions driving for almost 28 miles.

That isn’t very far, but bear in mind that the idea behind the Cross Coup isn’t to be a range-extended EV, but a super-efficient all-wheel drive, which it achieves brilliantly.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Cross Coupe TDI

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 |  Mar 07 2012, 7:25 AM

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Along with exotic supercars from “conventional” brands like Ferrari and Lamborghini, the Geneva Motor Show is famous for more obscure models from marques like Koenigsegg and, of course, Pagani.

Having recently unveiled the successor to the beautiful Zonda, the catfish-faced Huayra, Pagani used the Swiss venue to debut a carbon edition of that very car. Coated in an exposed and high-gloss carbon fiber body, it’s an outrageous machine and is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo AMG V12 making 700 hp and over 700 lb-ft of torque.

Be sure to check out all the other exotics, like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and Lamborghini Aventador J at the Geneva Motor Show coverage page here.

GALLERY: Pagani Huayra Carbon Edition

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GALLERY: Pagani Huayra

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 |  Mar 07 2012, 6:35 AM

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Alongside the scene stealing F12 Berlinetta, Ferrari also chose the Geneva Motor Show as the venue for the unveiling of its updated front mid-engined California, which is lighter, more powerful and faster than its predecessor.

Still powered by a 4.3-liter V8, tuning tricks and a less restrictive exhaust boost power by an extra 30 ponies, from 460 to a total of 490 horses. Torque stands at a meaty 372 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to shaving some 66 lbs of mass, due to a revised lightweight alloy chassis, performance is improved, with a projected 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 3.8 seconds.

Although the idea of tracking a convertible may seem a bit odd to some, Ferrari has added a “Handling Speciale” option to the new California, which adds stiffer springs and faster reacting magneto rheological shock absorbers, thanks to a specially calibrated ECU that tailors damping to match the individual driver and road conditions. Quicker ratio steering is also part of the package and combined with the car’s F1-Trac traction control system, will help result in a highly capable corner carver, topless coachwork or not.

At present, Ferrari has only confirmed European sales, though given the appeal of a car like this and the name, US availability seems a given, though exactly when that will happen is still to be determined.

As one expects of such a machine, a variety of options, including paint colors, upholstery patterns and even two-toning are available to help make your California stand apart from the  herd.

GALLERY: Ferrari California Handling Speciale

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GALLERY: Ferrari California Handling Speciale

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 |  Mar 07 2012, 5:50 AM

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Essentially a proper replacement for the second generation Multipla, the Fiat 500L is a bit better looking than its predecessor, though is still a worthy contender for the Ugg-box crown.  

A new entry into the hotly contested multi-purpose vehicle market in Europe, the 500L is considerably bigger than its siblings, much in the same way the original, pioneering 1956 Fiat 600 Multipla was compared with the Seicento that spawned it.

As for Fiat’s latest compact MPV, it will go on sale in Europe this fall, powered by a choice of 1.4-liter regular and Twin Air four-cylinder engines, plus a 1.3-liter turbocharged MultiJet series II motor. As with most vehicles in the segment in Europe, the 500L will be available with both manual and automatic transaxles and possibly the semi-auto Dualogic found in other Fiat 500 models.

With the new Fiat 500 representing the first vehicle from the Italian automaker to arrive on North American shores since 1982 (1985 if you count the Pininfarina 124 Spider), there’s definitely a chance the L model will make it here too, though with US Fiat sales so far having fallen short of estimates, it might be a while before you see the L in North American showrooms.

 GALLERY: Fiat 500L

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GALLERY: Fiat 500L

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2012 Geneva Motor Show Coverage Here

 |  Mar 07 2012, 5:35 AM

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Standing out, and for perhaps not all the right reasons, the Bentley EXP 9 F concept is a hard-to-miss debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Unveiled as part of the luxurious British brand’s expansion plans, it’s obvious that Bentley is thinking about growth in emerging markets like India and China with this potential new model. Of course, it’s certain to be popular in America, not to mention with Russian oligarchs and African dictators.

Find out more about the new Bentley SUV concept in AutoGuide’s first look video below.

GALLERY: Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept

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 |  Mar 07 2012, 5:21 AM

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The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, sporting an innovative new plug-in hybrid system with an electric all-wheel drive feature.

The unveiling of the new Outlander also symbolizes the beginning of an all-new generation of vehicles from Mitsubishi, where the Japanese automaker hopes to become a greener and more global brand. If you’re wondering why the new Outlander looks so different than other Mitsubishi creations in the past, wonder no more. You’re looking at the new design language from the Japanese automaker, which they say is “still being formulated.” (We hope so).

While the new Outlander is exciting and all, the more exciting news is the fact that it’ll be Mitsubishi’s first model to sport their EV-based plug-in hybrid (P-HEV) system. The Outlander with P-HEV is essentially an electric vehicle but is supplanted by a gasoline engine when needed – much like how Chevrolet is branding its Volt these days in their commercials.

What makes it different though is that it’ll be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production, and thanks to its unique drivetrain combination of a front electric motor with rear electric motor, plus front engine, drivers will have the choice of three driving modes to choose from. There will be a Pure mode, which utilizes a Twin Motor 4WD EV setup, while the Series mode is a Twin Motor 4WD EV supported by an internal combustion engine (ICE). Lastly is the Parallel mode, which is the Twin Motor 4WD EV supplemented by a FWD-powered ICE.

The P-HEV system will allow the Outlander to travel 31 miles in 4WD electric mode alone. But the versatility that the Outlander offers is what might attract buyers to Mitsubishi’s new system. Drivers will be able to control the use of battery power and when they want to focus more on battery charging.

Standard engine options for the new Outlander will be a 2.0L gasoline engine with 147-hp and 144 lb-ft of torque. A 2.2L DiD Clean Diesel is also available with 147-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque with a manual transmission, or 265 lb-ft of torque with an automatic.

No pricing was announced yet for the new Outlander, but we’ll be sure to catch more when the vehicle gets officially unveiled on the show floor.

GALLERY: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander

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 |  Mar 07 2012, 3:23 AM

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Mixing exclusive luxury and thrilling performance, Maserati chose the 2012 Geneva Auto Show to debut its new GranTurismo Sport.

A 4.7-liter V8 pushes the car with 460 hp and almost 384 ft-lbs of torque to a top speed of more than 184 mph. Getting there, according to the company, can be completely comfortable or sharply responsive if sport mode is activated. Maserati achieves that ride with its proprietary continuous dampening control.

Customers may choose between two transmissions: a six-speed automatic or a six-speed electro-actuated gearbox, though the former sacrifices 0.1 seconds while racing from 0-60 mph.

The GranTurismo Sport also has an updated exterior, restyled for a sportier appearance with aggressive-looking sides and a deep-reaching oval grille. The front bumper was redesigned to improve airflow to help front brake cooling with generous scoops that direct air to the front wheels.

As is the trend with so many other automakers, the Italian marque added LED accents to the headlights for an updated style boost. Aside from LEDs, 20-inch wheels further augment the coupe’s styling to sit over paint-matching Brembo calipers.

The blue color those calipers match is new for the brand and meant to compliment the redesigned body style.

Maserati also rethought the interior and gave the front and rear seats a more ergonomic design.

GALLERY: 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport

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 |  Mar 07 2012, 2:32 AM

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Looking like it was chiseled from a solid piece of brushed aluminum, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta has been officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today.

Quite possibly the most beautiful piece of automotive art work on display at the Swiss auto expo, its looks are matched only by its power with a 6.3-liter V12 engine that makes an outrageous 730 hp.

For more on Ferrari’s latest model, watch AutoGuide’s first look video below.

GALLERY: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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 |  Mar 07 2012, 2:18 AM

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The third variant of the world’s favorite Chevrolet has made its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Chevrolet Cruze station wagon will join the existing sedan and hatchback which together have sold more than 1-million globally since its launch in 2009.

Unfortunately America won’t be watching creative commercials featuring the Cruze station wagon as it won’t be heading to our shores, which is why the station wagon variant is making its debut in Switzerland. Europeans will have plenty of engines to choose from: 1.6L and 1.8L gasoline engines, a 1.4L turbo gasoline, a new 1.7L diesel, and an improved 2.0L diesel. The 1.4L, 1.7L diesel, and 2.0L diesel all come with start/stop technology as standard, while all engines are Euro-5 complaint.

The station wagon measures in at 184.1 inches and is 6.5 inches longer than the hatchback variant and 3.1 inches longer than the sedan model. As expected, the exterior of the Cruze station wagon shows off a tapering single-arch roofline with Chevy reminding us that it’ll come with roof racks as standard.

GALLERY: Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 5:40 PM

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Infiniti is preparing to build a flagship performance car – or at least they’re thinking about it. Unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show, the Infiniti Emerg-E is our first look at just what that halo model might be.

Powered by twin-electric motors with a 3-cylinder range extender gasoline engine, Infiniti is promising some impressive things with this stunning concept car. For more details and an up-close look at the Emerg-E, watch out First Look video below.

GALLERY: Infiniti Emerg-E Concept

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 3:45 PM

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Jaguar has just unveiled their XF Sportbrake wagon at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralph Speth is already speaking about the future of the British automaker.

According to the CEO, the rumors of a new, baby Jaguar will come to an end at the upcoming 2012 New York International Auto Show when a formal announcement will be made. In addition, Speth confirmed that the Jaguar C-X75 project is still on the plate. To debunk some rumors, Speth confirmed that the new coupe will not be called the “XE”, but wouldn’t reveal to Motor Trend what the name will be.

In the same interview, Speth elaborated that the C-X75 is still under development, but since it is a high-end, low-volume vehicle, it won’t be ready anytime soon. The C-X75 is expected to pack an all-new, high-tech drivetrain. The market will also see at least four more new products from Jaguar in the near future in addition to the new coupe and XF Sportbrake. The British automaker hinted at the Geneva Motor Show that they’ll be more variant models similar to the Sportbrake than actual all-new vehicles.

Lastly, Jaguar elaborated on its engine development hoping to build a new, dedicated factory just for small powerplants. Both Jaguar and Land Rover hope to bring engine production in-house rather than having to purchase engines from other automakers such as Ford. It appears that the British automakers are working on their own four- and six-cylinder engines in both gas and diesel versions. And of course, like all other automakers are right now, Jaguar will tap into hybrid powertrains, it’s just unsure how big of a role hybrids will play in Jaguar’s lineup.

GALLERY: Jaguar XF Sportbrake

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 2:13 PM

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And with talk of adding a new edition to the Nissan lineup of crossovers in Europe, namely the Juke, Murano and Qashqai, that means a production version of the Hi-Cross will pick up where the boxy X-Trail left off.

As for the US, well Nissan dealers said they didn’t want the X-Trail when it was first introduced in 2005, but given how fast things change in the auto business, what might have seemed like a good idea then, probably isn’t now or in the near future, so such a vehicle might have a fighting chance this time around.

Nissan says the Hi-Cross showcases the future direction of corporate vehicle design, though it does have an aura of Infiniti FX about it, thanks to its coke bottle contours. Although a compact, the Hi-Cross boasts three-row seating, giving it considerable interior flexibility as well as great potential sales appeal.

Utilizing a development of Nissan’s new Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) drivetrain, the Hi-CROSS combines a 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and compact lithium ion battery system. The result is said to provide the performance of a 2.5-liter motor with the fuel economy and emissions of a much smaller engine.

As for the transmission, well it probably isn’t surprising that a version of Nissan’s XTRONIC CVT is employed, though smaller pulleys and a new belt have been incorporated to improve efficiency, while a “one motor, two clutch” system allows the gasoline engine to be engaged and uncoupled at will.

Although Nissan’s Deputy Division General Manager of Product Strategy François Bancon, says the Hi-CROSS is “purely a concept car, exploring potential ideas for the future,” it does seem rather advanced for such a machine, plus the segment it’s aimed at is currently one of the most lucrative of all, which begs the question; could a production model be announced in New York or Paris? Watch this space.

GALLERY: Nissan Hi-Cross Concept

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 12:32 PM

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Audi officially unveiled its 2013 RS4 Avant today at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The powerful-but-practical station wagon is powered by the same naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8 as the RS5 coupe, making 450 hp and 317 fl-lbs of torque. The car’s top speed is intentionally limited to 155 mph, though customers may request that be raised to 174 mph in case they’re worried that time for grocery runs may be short.

The RS4 Avant comes with permanent Quattro all-wheel drive, as is true with every car bearing the RS badge, though the rear wheels get more power via a 40:60 ratio to deliver a sportier feel.

Audi used aluminum in much of the chassis to save weight, including components in the five-link suspension and trapezoidal rear-link suspension.

Customers may choose between the standard 19-inch wheels or the 20-inch versions shown above.

It wasn’t so long ago that such numbers would drum up serious excitement, but the RS4 will probably face stiff competition in the near future against the BMW M3. The two cars have similar power ratings now, but the Bimmer is close to a refresh and likely to get similar turbo-treatment as other cars from the Bavarian automaker have recently received.

Then again, the more conservative nature could easily be more appealing to mature clients who crave power and family compatibility all in one car.

 GALLERY: 2013 Audi RS4 Avant

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GALLERY: 2013 Audi RS4 Avant

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 12:04 PM

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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG roadster debuted today at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, though it failed to steal attention from most of the crowd.

The group favorite was the 2013 A Class lineup, but that didn’t stop us from having a little fan-time next to the brand’s new-and-improved SL 63 AMG, which is a lot cooler than any A Class could dream of being.

Those new improvements include 30 percent greater fuel efficiency over its predecessor, boosted output and an almost 309-lb lighter curb weight thanks to generously distributed aluminum throughout the body.

For the first time, the SL63 AMG is available with both a  537- and 564-hp rating from the 5.5-liter biturbo V8 making 590- and 664 ft-lbs of torque respectively.

Customers may pick from 19-inch stock aluminum wheels or optional 20-inch upgrades. Inside those wheels, the car gets a newly-developed AMG high-performance compound brake system with six-piston calipers in the front and single-piston floating calipers in the rear.

The car is laden with carbon fiber, on the exterior, interior and even the engine cover.

U.S. pricing has yet to be announced but the car is expected to launch in May.

Watch the Mercedes-Benz SL 63 first look video below.

GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Roadster

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GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Roadster

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 11:11 AM

Mercedes-Benz revealed its refreshed 2013 A Class lineup today at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show to an enthusiastic mob of gawkers and dignitaries.

The scene was something you might normally expect around an outrageous car like the Lamborghini Aventador J, but it wasn’t. Instead, the Euro folk were jazzed about Mercedes’ new line of small cars that have yet to make it stateside despite repeated promises by the brand to do so.

Those fortunate enough to live in a part of the world where these baby-Benzes cruise the streets can look forward to choosing between a 1.6- and 1.8-liter gasoline engines ranging from 107 to 154 horsepower and a diesel option.

The new A Class is also 6.3 inches lower than the previous model and is available in an AMG-engineered 250 Sport package.

A Class buyers will also probably appreciate the significant advances in technology integration, including native iPhone support that offers Siri connectivity (Apple’s voice command software).

Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche said while addressing the crowd that the latest integration makes using your iPhone’s features safer while driving by offering use of the device via the car’s controls and a bigger screen.

Safety doesn’t stop there — the car can also have collision prevention and Mercedes’ “pre-safe” system.

While there still isn’t word on the fabled U.S. release, Zetsche said pricing wouldn’t increase on the new model.

Watch our A-Class first look video below.

GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class

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GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 10:34 AM

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M Division BMWs make their mark on the performance segment — hands down, but often at the expense of style, some would argue.

Arguments be damned, BMW is doing its best to alleviate that concern with the 2013 M6 coupe, unveiled today at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.

The long-bodied M coupe offers a sleek, flat design where an M3 or M5 would feel considerably more stout. Despite that sleek styling, the M6 coupe is still an agressive performance machine capable of running from 0 to 100 kmh (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds.

It achieves that time with the same high-revving 4.4-liter V8 as the M5, but with 20 extra horsepower for a total 560 hp.

Despite its considerable grunt, the car is actually supposed to be 30 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor thanks to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, though those numbers are based on the European test cycle which is often unreliable.

Perhaps the most attractive feature is the optional 20-inch M wheels that come with the optional M carbon ceramic brakes and massive 15.6-inch rotors (larger than some cars wheels).

Governing those wheels, an active differential constantly adjusts the power distribution between the rear wheels to ensure maximum power delivery.

Check out AutoGuide’s first look video of the BMW M6 below.

GALLERY: 2013 BMW M6 coupe

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GALLERY: 2013 BMW M6 Coupe

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 9:54 AM

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The 2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe made its public debut today at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The four-door coupe is a first for the brand with a unique shape that features unusually flat proportions for a sedan, hence the “coupe” name.

Under the hood, BMW offers a range of powerful engine options starting with a twin-turbo inline six that makes 320 hp, an inline six-cylinder diesel engine that makes 313 hp and a range-topping, twin-turbo 450-hp V8.

All versions come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission that the company says reduces fuel consumption across the board. Engine start / stop technology also helps reduce consumption. For the most environmentally-friendly driving experience (which is a relative term with any of these engines) drivers can press the “ECO PRO” button to send the 6-Series Gran Coupe into its most efficient mode.

There’s plenty of storage space in the trunk, especially if the rear seats are folded down — more than 16 cubic feet with them up and more than 44.5 cubic feet with the rear seats sitting flat.

Aside from storage space, the interior gets typical BMW luxury treatment with dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a leather interior and a “professional” radio all come standard.

Interested parties can expect the product launch in June of this year with an M Sport available simultaneously.

GALLERY: 2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

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GALLERY: 2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 9:46 AM

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Last year we heard news that Morgan was working on a high-performance electric car, and last month we heard news that the Plus E would be making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Now the Morgan Electric Plus E Concept has been revealed and is hoping to garner enough interest to make its way into production.

The prototype Plus E Concept is based on the Plus 8, but is powered by a Zytek electric motor and a lithium-ion battery giving it a range of 120 miles on a single charge. The electric motor produces 160-hp with 280 lb-ft of torque, which isn’t exactly high-performance but respectable for an electric vehicle. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the 2,756-lb Plus E hits 62-mph in 6 seconds and has a top speed of 115-mph.

The British automaker will be gauging consumer interest at the Geneva Motor Show to determine whether or not they’ll make the Plus E Concept a production model.

“We wanted to see how much fun you can have in an electric sports car, so we have built one to help us find out. The Plus E combines Morgan’s traditional look with high-technology construction and a powertrain that delivers substantial torque instantly at any speed. With the manual gearbox to increase both touring range and driver involvement, it will be a fantastic car to drive,” said Steve Morris, Morgan’s operations director.

GALLERY: Morgan Electric Plus E Concept Official Photos

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 9:41 AM

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When you’ve got a concept car and one that makes it’s world premiere at a European motor show, it’s sometimes difficult to gauge whether or not, A, a production version will materialize and B, if it will make it to other markets, like the US.

In North America, Nissan recently revamped the Versa sedan for 2012 into a car that, let’s be serious, is built to a price and considered by many to be a retrograde step compared with its predecessor. The Versa hatchback, however, continues on totally unchanged, leaving many to question what comes next for the 5-door.

And although there’s been no official word so far, during informal discussions with Nissan insiders, AutoGuide has learned that the idea of a subcompact hatchback for our market, a car that’s perhaps sportier and better equipped than the Versa sedan, is very much on the table. The question remains however, exactly what form it will take.

Nissan’s Invitation Concept, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today could lead to that car, though as Andy Palmer, Nissan Executive Vice President stated, the Invitation was conceived very much with Europe in mind and will be built at the automaker’s facility in Sunderland, UK.

Nissan is in a somewhat unique position among Japanese automakers in Europe, as it is currently the most popular Asian brand and heavily invested in the region, with assembly plants and R&D facilities in Britain, Spain and Russia. The Invitation sports an interior that was designed to be “comfortable and practical,” featuring the first application of an Around View Monitoring System in a B-segment car, plus Nissan’s Safety Shield, to ensure the driver has a complete peripheral vision of what’s going on around the vehicle.

As for powertrains, not much information is being released at the moment, Nissan simply stating that the production version of the Invitation, which will be launched in 2013, will sport “class-leading levels of fuel efficiency and emissions.” Figure small displacement direct-injection gasoline and diesel engines to make the cut, along with a manual gearbox and CVT. Given Nissan’s current push toward zero emissions, don’t rule out the possibility of a Hybrid or even EV variant down the road either.

GALLERY: Nissan Invitation Concept

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Gallery: Nissan Invitation Concept

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 9:27 AM

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You don’t get much more extreme than a completely open top Lamborghini Aventador. And as far as cars go you don’t get much more expensive than $2.1 million.

Those are just a few of the features of the new Aventador J, Lambo’s newest and rarest supercar. Unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show, get all the details in AutoGuide’s first look video below.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador J

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 8:30 AM

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After seeing spy photos and leaked photos of the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake over the last few months, the real deal has finally been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

As expected, the station wagon variant of the Jaguar XF is as beautiful in the flesh as it is in photos. In fact, the XF Sportbrake looks surprisingly sporty with its aggressive front-end design while the traditional wagon rear is rather classy.

The stretched variant of the XF sedan is a mere 5-mm longer than the sedan, but also weighs 150 lbs less. But don’t let the overall length fool you, there’s almost two inches more of rear seat headroom thanks to all new sheetmetal from the B-pillar back.

Unfortunately this sporty and versatile XF wagon won’t be making its way to America, since it’s believed that Americans are very anti-wagon. The rear-wheel drive wagon will be available in Europe with Jaguar’s 2.2L four-cylinder, turbo-diesel powerplant and a pair of 3.0L twin-turbo, six-cylinder engine variants with either 237-hp or 271-hp. All engine choices will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

After seeing the XF Sportbrake on the show floor at Geneva, we’re saddened by the fact that it won’t make its way to America. But hopefully this could help persuade the market to be more acceptable toward wagon models in the future.

See the rest of our 2012 Geneva Motor Show coverage here.

GALLERY: Jaguar XF Sportbrake

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GALLERY: Jaguar XF Sportbrake

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 7:39 AM

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Show stopping. At a glamorous event like the Geneva Motor Show, it often takes a lot to really stand apart from the herd, yet in Ferrari’s case, the F12 Berlinetta does just that. With the stand mobbed by members of the press, Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, officially announced the introduction of the latest in a long line of V12 engined hyper cars. 

The F12 Berlinetta replaces the 599 Fiorano and while it shares the same basic format, it’s significantly different, being smaller and lighter, with an all-new lightweight alloy space frame chassis and suspension. The V12, which di Montezemolo described as for “a new generation”, is an evolution of that first seen in the FF, but has been tuned to produce more power  - a walloping 730 hp, while helping the F12 deliver up to 30 percent better fuel economy.

With a 46/54 front/rear weight distribution, a lower center of gravity than the 599, plus what Ferrari calls AeroBridge technology (which directs air from the hood down the sides of the car to increase downforce), fully integrated stability and traction control, plus Active Brake Cooling (which adjusts the flow of air to the brakes depending on temperature), the F12, despite its somewhat conservative styling (which is already generating polarizing views), is a worthy successor to the 599 and a car that can trace its bloodline directly back to the much revered 275 and 365 GTB/4 models.

Watch our Ferrari F12 Berlinetta first look video below.

GALLERY: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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GALLERY: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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