Detroit and Geneva Motor Shows - What is happening around the world?

15th Mar 2013 by Admin

With Detroit and Geneva Motor shows each year, we get to see what is in the plan for car manufactures. This year in Detroit we saw combination of new models and new concepts including:

Nissan – who have promised to introduce one new product every six weeks until 2016, began the year with their concept car: (iOS users click here to view on YouTube).

  • Resonance Hybrid Concept – aimed at redefining the crossover segment and what the next generation Murano might look like. It is longer and wider than the current Nissan Murano and is powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and an electric motor.

Jeep – with two vehicles

  • 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT – designed to still look contemporary a few years into the model production, it is expected to boast a new eight-speed automatic transmission (similar to the Chrysler 300), the 6.4ltr V8 engine remains but with a 45% increase in fuel efficiency plus added safety equipment including forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross path detection.
    Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
  • Jeep Compass – will offer some new options, including a six-speed automatic transmission, a 2ltr or 2.4ltr motor plus added safety with new side airbags as well as a rear view camera.
    2014 Jeep Compass

Audi gained some attention at the show with:

  • Audi SQ5 – latest version of the Q5 line of crossover vehicles. It will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and will reportedly be able to achieve 0-100km/h in the low-five-second range. Suspension upgrades will lower the vehicle and improve its road-going ability.
    Audi SQ5
  • Audi R8 - Will get numerous improvements, including a newly developed seven-speed S tronic transmission but still with option for the gated 6-speed manual transmission.
    Audi R8
  • 2014 RS 5 Cabriolet – this high-end soft-top has nearly identical performance numbers as the coupe. The exterior and interior retains the essence of the RS 5 Coupe. The top opens and closes in about 15sec and 17secs respectively, even at 60km/h.
    Audi RS5
  • Audi RS7 Sportback – with Quattro all-wheel drive as standard plus a 553 horsepower, 4.0-liter TFSI engine, mated with an 8-speed transmission, achieves 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and weighs 25kg less than the S7. The Audi RS7 Sportback will arrive in Australia in the first quarter of 2014.
    Audi RS7

At the March Geneva Motor Show, as expected, the Europeans stepped up with:

Volvo - offering four new model deigns:

  • S80 - sedan gets a number of new exterior touches including new front and rear bumpers, daytime running lights on the nose, and classic Volvo taillights at the rear. Interior gets leather seats and buyers will get the choice of a comfort chassis or a lowered sport version when the 19-inch Bor wheels are selected.
    Volvo S80
  • XC70 - gains daytime lights like the S80, a new front grille, off-road additions including skid plates, a larger "below the belt" cladding and new taillights.
    Volvo XC70
  • S60 - gets the same upgrades as the S80. Inside, new colors will be offered as well as new surfaces and wood inlays. Similar to the S80, the S60 can be optioned with a sport, touring or dynamic suspension.
    Volvo S60
  • XC60 - The XC60 crossover gets a new hood, headlights and grille. Inside, new wood inlays, a new headliner, cloth-covered B pillars and new silk-finish metal frames around the air vents. Corner Traction Control, Volvo’s torque-vectoring system is now standard on the model.
    Volvo XC60

All Volvos have the option of the company’s new infotainment system, Sensus, which uses the car’s 7-inch touchscreen for display and features a "beam-scanned" screen that can be used with winter gloves.

The new models are expected to arrive in Australia towards the end of this year.

Nissan Leaf - now the world’s best-selling electric vehicle has been updated and reengineered featuring improved range to 199km, reduced charging times down to four hours plus more than 100 other updates.

Land Rover Electric – The defender swaps the diesel motor for a 70kW/330Nm electric motor, a 27kWh lithium-ion battery and a single-speed transmission. The EV Defender also features a modified version of the brand’s Terrain Response system, which is designed to maximise traction in all conditions.

Alfa Romeo 4C – the exciting new sports car has been revealed at the Geneva motor show. The four-metre-long 4C, is said to weigh less than 1000kg, and will be propelled by a new 1.75-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine, and dual-clutch transmission.

Audi – Also making a visit to Geneva with its hybrid A3 and the first RS rated SUV, quipped with 228kW/420Nm version of Audi’s 2.5-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine it is expected in Australia in the first quarter of 2014.

Skoda Octavia wagon – is longer, wider and vastly more spacious, making it class-leading in terms of rear-seat legroom and boot space.

Suzuki SX4 – is another concept car gone into production. The longer, wider and taller Suzuki is based on the S-Cross concept car released last year.

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