2010 Geneva Auto Show Preview

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While not the largest, the Geneva Auto Show is easily the most prestigious auto show in the world, attracting debuts of high performance models from some of the world’s most exotic and revered brands. 2010 is shaping up to be no different.

Major debuts include a Ferrari hybrid concept based on the 500 GTB flagship, the 2011 BMW M5 and a new high-performance version of the Lamborghini Gallardo, referred to as either the LP57-4 SuperVeloce or the LP570-4 Superleggera.

We’re also excited to see what the European tuners have on offer, with Mercedes-tuner Carlsson debuting its new C25, an SL65-based supercar and VW/Audi-tuner ABT Sportsline showing a 600-hp Audi R8 GTR, an R8 Spyder, A8 and a modified Volkswagen Golf R.

And speaking of the R, Volkswagen is set to announce a new R high-performance division at the show, with rumors of a Jetta R concept set for its debut.

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Ferrari Readying 599 Hybrid Concept

Ferrari will show a hybrid concept at the Geneva Auto Show, based on the Italian automaker’s 599 flagship. Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo made the announcement while unveiling the company’s latest Formula One race car. Di Montezemolo also stated that this prototype is slated for production but did not give any timeline…..

Porsche GT3 R Hybrid Race Car Headed for Geneva Debut

Porsche will bring hybrid technology to the race track when it debuts the 911 GT3 R hybrid at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Based on the GT3 chassis, the race car is powered by a traditional 4.0-liter flat-six engine making 480-hp at the rear wheels..

Lexus CT200h Teased Ahead of Geneva Auto Show Debut

Lexus will unveil the first full-hybrid premium compact car at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Called the CT200h, it is inspired by the LF-Ch concept that the automaker debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year…

Nissan Juke To Get 188-hp Turbocharged Direct-Injection 4-Cylinder

Nissan’s upcoming Juke crossover isn’t going to win any awards for style, but the vehicle’s engine is an exciting bit of technology. When the Juke goes on sale in North America later this year it will likely feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with direct-injection technology – GTDI (gasoline turbocharged direct injection) for short…

Audi A1 Officially Unveiled as MINI Cooper Rival for Europe

Audi has just released info and photos on its new sub-compact premium model, the A1. Designed to rival the MINI Cooper, the A1 features Audi’s new trademark oversized grille, although from other angles it’s noticeably less cool…

2011 MINI Countryman Crossover Officially Revealed After Pictures Leaked

A day after pictures of its new crossover were leaked out to the web, MINI has officially released details and photographs of the 2011 MINI Countryman. Originally scheduled to be unveiled at next month’s Geneva Auto Show, the Countryman was originally supposed appear at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show but was unfortunately delayed…

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Volkswagen CrossPolo Adds Tough Exterior to Sporty Hatch

March 1, 2010 | Joining the sporty Polo GTI model at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show will be the crossover-styled CrossPolo. With new front and rear bumpers, side skirts and fender flares, all in a black plastic, the sporty hatch gets a rugged off-road look…

Facelifted Nissan Pathfinder and Navara (Frontier) Debut for Europe

March 1, 2010 | Nissan will unveil its facelifted and updated Pathfinder and Navara (Frontier) models for the European market at the Geneva Auto Show later this week…

Volkswagen CrossGolf Adds Crossover Styled Sixth Model to Golf Range

March 1, 2010 | Set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show later this week is a new and sixth version of the popular Volkswagen Golf, infused with the style of a crossover…

Audi A1-Based E-Tron Concept Rumored for Geneva Debut

February 28, 2010 | With Audi having already provided all the details and pictures on its new A1 model that’s set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show this week, the German automaker seems to have a little surprise up its sleeve. And we do mean little…

Abarth 500C, Punto Evo Set to Debut

February 27, 2010 | Fiat’s performance-minded Abarth brand will unveil two new models, based off of Fiat products that were introduced last year. Up first is the Abarth 500C, an upgraded version of the Fiat 500C (the C, standing for convertible)…

Leaked: Ferrari 599 Hybrid Revealed Ahead of Geneva Debut

February 27, 2010 | Several images of Ferrari’s upcoming 599 Hybrid concept have leaked online ahead of the car’s official debut at the Geneva Auto Show next week…

Koenigsegg Agera Pumped Up to 910-Horsepower

February 26, 2010 | Thanks to photos and information from GTSpirit, we’re able to bring you the very latest supercar from Koenigsegg – the Agera. Looking mostly similar to the CCX, the Agera appears to be some sort of special edition version of the Swedish supercar…

Novitec Rosso “848 Race” Takes Ferrari 599 to Another Level

February 26, 2010 | Novitec Rosso has struck once again with an even more powerful version of the Ferrari 599 GTB. Thanks to some new turbine blades on the superchargers, some modified piping and a retuned ECU, the twin-supercharged V12 engine has been bumped from the last 808-hp tuning phase all the way up to 848-hp…

TechArt to Debut Panamera-Based Concept One, Plus 660-hp GT Street R

February 26, 2010 | German Porsche tuner TechArt has two new projects in store for the Geneva Auto Show, one powerful and traditional, and one that takes the tuner in a whole new direction. First up is the Concept One, based on the Panamera Turbo…

MercedesSport Individualization Program Lets Benz Owners Add Personality

February 26, 2010 | Mercedes is continuing to put the focus clearly on its E-Class lineup and is preparing to launch a new MercedesSport line of individualization parts and accessories for these newest models at the Geneva Auto Show…

BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid

February 26, 2010 | Along with the first officially showing of the new 5 Series, BMW will have on display the Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid at the Geneva Auto Show next week. Following closely after the ActiveHybrid 7 Series and ActiveHybrid X6, the hybrid 5er gets a third hybrid setup…

Lexus CT200h Officially Revealed With Worldwide Sales to Begin in This Year

February 26, 2010 | After a leaked brochure earlier this week, Lexus has has now officially revealed the CT200h hybrid hatchback with news of “worldwide sales.” ..

Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Gets Chevy Volt Range, With Porsche Acceleration

February 25, 2010 | Lotus has just teased us with a single image of a concept car that just has to be a concept, because it’s too good to be true. Based on the new Evora, it’s called the 414E Hybrid and makes 400-hp. But it’s better than that!..

Leaked: Mitsubishi ASX (Outlander Sport) Images Emerge Ahead of Geneva Debut

February 25, 2010 | Images and details of the new Mitsubishi ASX (to be called the Outlander Sport in North America) have leaked online before the car’s Geneva Auto Show debut next week…

Pagani Zonda Tricolore a Stunning Tribute to Italy’s Airforce

February 25, 2010 | In a salute to the the Frecce Tricolore, Italay’s famous air force acrobatics team, Pagani has released a new special edition version of its incredible Zonda supercar…

Hyundai i-Flow Concept a Hybrid Diesel That Gets 78-mpg

February 25, 2010 | Hyundai has just revealed the first photo that shows its new i-Flow concept in full. The concept car is set to be revealed at next week’s Geneva Auto Show and is a look ahead at the future of the Sonata in Europe…

2011 Porsche Cayenne Unveiled Ahead of Geneva Debut

February 25, 2010 | Porsche has just released several photos and full specs on the new second-generation 2011 Cayenne SUV, ahead of its official launch at the Geneva Auto Show next week…

ABT Sportsline Teases R8 GTR Ahead of Debut

February 24, 2010 | Ahead of its debut at the Geneva Auto Show next week, ABT Sportsline has released a few teaser images of its hard-core version of the V10-powered R8 5.2…

BMW M3 Competition Package Adds Track Appeal

February 24, 2010 | It’s no CSL, but BMW will unveil a new Competition Package for the M3 at the Geneva Auto Show next week. Included are stunning 19×9-inch wheels, a 10mm lowered suspension and a new Sport traction control setting that allows a bit more slip…

Lexus CT200h Brochure Shows New European Hybrid Hatch Ahead of Geneva Debut

February 24, 2010 | With a debut set for next week, a brochure of the European Lexus CT200h hybrid hatchback has leaked out online, although details are still hard to come by…

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S Awards Edition Set for Geneva Debut

February 23, 2010 | Maserati is a company that makes very few different models, but plenty of special editions, ensuring that practically every buyer gets an original…

Mansory to Unveil Ghastly Rolls-Royce Ghost With 720-hp

February 23, 2010 | It looks as though German exotic and luxury car tuner Mansory has got its hands on a new Rolls-Royce Ghost, which it will display at the Geneva Auto Show next week. The visual result is typically Mansory with lots of gold, including gold 22-inch wheels. Also in gold are several details, including the massive front grille…

Cadillac Re-Launches In Europe; Adds CTS Coupe, SportWagon and SRX to Lineup

February 22, 2010 | Cadillac has announced that it will re-launch itself as a brand in Europe under the new Cadillac Europe division name. The new Cadillac sees Europe as an important market (as suggested by the CTS SportWagon) and so the new models and brand will be announced at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show…

First “Naomi for Haiti” Lotus Evora Fetches $496,000 at Charity Auction

February 22, 2010 | Over the weekend, the first three of eight “Naomi for Haiti” special edition Lotus Evora sports cars were auctioned off, with the first car fetching $496,000…

Mercedes F800 Style Concept Previews Second-Gen CLS

February 22, 2010 | Ahead of its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in just over a week’s time, Mercedes has unwrapped the F800 Style concept, which was foreshadowed in the Design Concept sculpture at the Detroit show…

Audi RS5 Gets 450-hp V8

February 22, 2010 | After photos of the car leaked over the weekend, Audi has now confirmed that the RS5 will in fact debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 2nd and, as we suggested, it will be powered by a 4.2-liter V8…

Leaked: Audi RS5 Images Appear Online Ahead of Geneva Debut

February 20, 2010 | Ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Auto Show next month, a complete brochure for the Audi RS5 has leaked online showing the muscular coupe in all its bright red glory…

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible Unleashed

February 18, 2010 | No auto show would be complete without the obligatory special edition/limited edition/crazy horsepower Bentley debut. The 2010 Geneva Auto Show will have one and, surprise, it’s a Continental…

Leaked: 2011 Porsche Cayenne Appears on Porsche Website Ahead of Geneva Debut

February 18, 2010 | Porsche is preparing to launch its all-new second-generation Cayenne at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, but a single image of the SUV has found its way onto the net, courtesy Porsche…

New Nissan Global Small Car Teaser Video Released Ahead of Geneva Debut

February 18, 2010 | With several teaser images already released of Nissan’s upcoming global small car, the Japanese automaker has now released a video highlighting some of the vehicle’s attributes…

Volkswagen Polo GTI Revealed Ahead of Geneva Debut

February 17, 2010 | Volkswagen has released three images of the 2010 Polo GTI, which will be introduced at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show in March…

Jaguar XKR Special Edition Goes Faster, Looks Meaner

February 17, 2010 | At the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, Jaguar will unveil a new Special Edition version of the XKR. Technically, the Special Edition model is a combination of two new option packs, the Speed Pack and the Black Pack…

2011 Lotus Elise and Elise SC Get New Design With Improved Aerodynamics

February 16, 2010 | For 2011 Lotus has decided to give its hallmark sports car, the Elise, a mild update. Upgrades for both the standard Elise and Elise SC include revised body work with a new rear bumper, engine cover and a more aggressive front clamshell…

Hyundai i-Flow Concept Previews Sonata Replacement for Europe

February 15, 2010 | Hyundai has just released a single sketch of the i-Flow Concept, which it will officially unveil at the Geneva Auto Show next month. The i-Flow is a look at what the company’s next D-segment (mid-size) car for the European market will be…

Leaked: 2011 Toyota RAV4 Euro-Spec Uncovered Ahead of Geneva Debut

February 15, 2010 | Toyota, a company that is notoriously good at keeping its vehicles secret until the very last minute, has apparently let down its guard, with a few pictures of the facelifted 2011 RAV4 finding their way onto the net. With a new grille and headlights, the cute-ute gets a little less cute a it more muscular…

Video: Porsche GT3 R Hybrid Hits the Track

February 15, 2010 | Porsche has just released a short clip of its upcoming GT3 R Hybrid race car, that it plans to debut at the Geneva Auto Show next month…

Nissan Juke To Get 188-hp Turbocharged Direct-Injection 4-Cylinder

February 15, 2010 | Nissan’s upcoming Juke crossover isn’t going to win any awards for style, but the vehicle’s engine is an exciting bit of technology. When the Juke goes on sale in North America later this year it will likely feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with direct-injection technology – GTDI (gasoline turbocharged direct injection) for short…

Lexus CT200h Teased Ahead of Geneva Auto Show Debut

February 12, 2010 | Lexus will unveil the first full-hybrid premium compact car at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Called the CT200h, it is inspired by the LF-Ch concept that the automaker debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year…

2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Shown Ahead of Geneva Unveiling

February 12, 2010 | Ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Auto Show in early March, Volkswagen has decided to show-off its all-new 2011 Touareg SUV. Well, to be more specific, VW has decided to show us the new Touareg in Hybrid trim…

Porsche GT3 R Hybrid Race Car Headed for Geneva Debut

February 10, 2010 | Porsche will bring hybrid technology to the race track when it debuts the 911 GT3 R hybrid at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Based on the GT3 chassis, the race car is powered by a traditional 4.0-liter flat-six engine making 480-hp at the rear wheels..

Audi A1 Officially Unveiled as MINI Cooper Rival for Europe

February 10, 2010 | Audi has just released info and photos on its new sub-compact premium model, the A1. Designed to rival the MINI Cooper, the A1 features Audi’s new trademark oversized grille, although from other angles it’s noticeably less cool…

2011 Volvo S60 Set to Debut With 300-hp T6 Engine

February 9, 2010 | Volvo will debut its new 2011 S60 model at the Geneva Auto Show this March, just over a year since the S60 concept first appeared at the Detroit Auto Show back in 2009 and a decade after the original S60 was introduced…

Nissan 370Z Black Edition Headed to Europe

February 8, 2010 | With the 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition set to debut at the Chicago Auto Show in just a few days, Nissan has announced a special European version of the sports car, debuting at the Geneva Auto Show in March…

Subaru Impreza XV Model to Get Rugged New Look

February 8, 2010 | Subaru will use the 2010 Geneva Auto Show to debut a new Impreza XV model in Europe and judging from the car’s description we think we’ve seen it before. In a brief press release Subaru describes the Impreza model as having many of the items featured on the U.S.-spec Impreza Outback Sport…

2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S Gets 530-hp

February 8, 2010 | As expected, after delivering the 911 Turbo and then producing an updated model with 530-hp, the German sports car experts at Porsche have now revealed the 911 Turbo S with 530-hp – the very same amount produced by the GT2…

2010 World Car of the Year Awards Short List Announced

February 5, 2010 | The 2010 World Car of the Year Awards short list has been announced. The three finalists in each category will be revealed at the Geneva Auto Show in March, with the winners awarded at the New York Auto Show just a few weeks after…

2011 Kia Sportage Unveiled Ahead of Official Debut

February 3, 2010 | Kia has just released the first photos of its upcoming 2011 Sportage crossover, which will officially debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March. With Kia’s new front grille and a muscular new body, the 2011 Sportage is all-new, inside, outside and under the hood…

Leaked: Lamborghini LP570-4 SuperVeloce Unveiled

February 2, 2010 | Ahead of any official announcement from Lamborghini, news and photos of the upcoming LP570-4 model have leaked into the net. Courtesy Romanian auto site Automarket, we have these two images of the ultra-raw LP570-4 SV…

ABT Sportsline to Show Light-Weight Audi R8 GTR With 600-hp

February 2, 2010 | Germany’s largest and best-known Audi/VW-tuner ABT Sportsline will display three finely-tuned new models, as well as an even more hard-core version of the V10-powered R8 5.2…

Mazda MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition Revealed

February 1, 2010 | Mazda doesn’t appear to be keeping any secrets for the Geneva Auto Show in March. The Japanese automaker has already divulged photos and specs on the new Mazda5 and facelifted Mazda6, and now it has given us a first look at the MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition…

Pininfarina to Debut Alfa-Based Spider Concept

January 28, 2010 | Alfa Romeo is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year and has commissioned three concept vehicles that will be on display at the Geneva Auto Show. The first is an expected collaboration between Alfa and Italian design house Pininfarina…

Ferrari Readying 599 Hybrid Concept

January 28, 2010 | Ferrari will show a hybrid concept at the Geneva Auto Show, based on the Italian automaker’s 599 flagship. Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo made the announcement while unveiling the company’s latest Formula One race car. Di Montezemolo also stated that this prototype is slated for production but did not give any timeline…

Mercedes-Tuner Carlsson to Unveil C25 Supercar

January 27, 2010 | One of Germany’s most respected tuners is set to unveil a new Grand Touring supercar at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Based on a Mercedes SL (or SL65 AMG Black Series perhaps), the C25 supercar from Carlsson has a significantly redesigned body as well as some expectedly serious performance under the hood…

Volkswagen to Launch R Performance Division

January 28, 2010 | Volkswagen will launch an “R GmbH” performance division at the Geneva Auto Show in March, dedicated to producing sporty accessory lines and high-performance models of existing cars…

All-New Mazda5 Model Set for Debut in March

January 21, 2010 | Mazda pretty much owns the MPV market on this side of the Atlantic, but it faces stiffer competition in Europe and is about to get more rivals in North America from models like the Ford C-Max and Chevy Orlando…

Spied: Lexus LF-Ch Hybrid Hatchback Production Model Partially Revealed

January 19, 2010 | A collection of amateur spy photos have emerged online showing what appears to be a production version of the Lexus LF-Ch concept, which first debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year…

Mitsubishi ASX Compact Crossover to Debut in March

January 19, 2010 | Mitsubishi has announced that it will officially introduce an all new compact crossover at the Geneva Auto Show. Called the ASX for the European market, it will be sold as the RVR in Japan and is expected to be offered in North America in late 2010 as a 2011 model, slotting just below the recently redesigned Outlander…

2011 MINI Countryman Crossover Officially Revealed After Pictures Leaked

January 20, 2010 | A day after pictures of its new crossover were leaked out to the web, MINI has officially released details and photographs of the 2011 MINI Countryman. Originally scheduled to be unveiled at next month’s Geneva Auto Show, the Countryman was originally supposed appear at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show but was unfortunately delayed…

Facelifted Mazda6 Model Unveiled in Japan

January 21, 2010 | Mazda has just released photos and details of the 2010 Mazda6 model (known as the Atenza in Japan), which has undergone a mid-cycle refresh…

2011 BMW M5 Headed for Geneva Debut With 578-hp

January 14, 2010 | With a new version of the 5 Series now headed to dealerships, BMW is preparing to launch the all-new M5, with the super saloon likely to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March…

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