Geneva Motor Show

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The 80th Geneva Motor Show takes place from 4-14 March this year and the manufacturers are lining up to show off their latest offerings.

Beleaguered Toyota is hoping to draw attention away from its accelerator and braking woes with the world premiere of the production-ready Auris HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive). This model marks a milestone in the company’s programme to introduce its full hybrid powertrain technology across its entire model range by the early 2020s, though whether its current problems and admission of having ‘grown too quickly’ will affect the timescale remains to be seen.

The company will also be giving the European premiere of the production version of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid and the all-electric FT-EV II concept, along with a new version of its successful RAV4 model. Look out also for the Toyota FT-8 sports concept car.

Meanwhile, Jaguar is to unveil the latest evolution of its supercharged XKR coupé at the show. This XKR delivers a significantly raised maximum speed – up to 174 mph from 155 mph  – and bold styling changes that create an evocative and unique supercharged Jaguar (it says here).

Jaguar XKR

Jaguar XKR

The XKR Coupé will have two new optional performance and styling packs – Speed Pack and Black Pack. The Speed Pack allows customers to extend the car’s top speed from 155 mph (250 km/h) to an electronically limited 174 mph (280 km/h) by recalibrating the engine and transmission. To ensure the XKR with Speed Pack remains stable at high speeds, the coupé uses a revised front aerodynamic splitter and larger rear spoiler to provide increased balance and a reduction in lift. The XKR’s computerised Active Differential Control also adjusts to reduce steering sensitivity at very high speeds, further improving stability and driver control.

The new optional Black Pack allows drivers, according to the blurb, ‘to own a bold and purposeful Jaguar with undeniable visual impact thanks to menacing gloss black wheels and exterior detailing’. That’ll be a different paint job then.

Peugeot will be unleashing its two concept cars, the ‘5 by Peugeot’ luxury saloon and the SR1 Sports Coupé. The pair will share centre stage with the Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupé, displayed just weeks before it goes on sale, together with the What Car? Award-winning duo of the 3008 Crossover and 5008 MPV.

Powered by Peugeot’s HYbrid4 diesel hybrid technology, the 5 by Peugeot produces 200 bhp and zero emissions when in electric mode. This technology also provides fuel economy of over 74 mpg and emissions of just 99 g/km without any compromise in performance or refinement.

Geneva will also see the unveiling of Peugeot’s e-HDi micro-hybrid technology to be launched in 2011, which provides reductions in fuel consumption and emissions of up to 15% in urban use, and the 3008 HYbrid4 plug-in to be launched in 2012, with CO2 emissions of just 50 g/km.

Finally, Audi will be debuting its new V8-powered RS 5 Coupe, the latest evolution of its Quattro technology – thirty years after the original Audi Quattro captured the imagination of the public at the Geneva show. The car goes from 0-2 mph in just 4.6 secs and has a governed top speed of 155 mph.

Expect plenty more news from Geneva over the next couple of weeks.