The Audi stand was uncharacteristically subdued. My prediction of a surprise at the show (Audi often springs one) proved wide of the mark. 'We need to focus on production cars this time,' according to an Audi spokesman. Expect a busy Frankfurt motor show later this year, I'd say.
18.10 The Renault Captur has captured
Leo Wilkinson's attention:
I counted nine Capturs on the Renault stand. Better looking than the closely related Clio, I'd say, although it's quite colour-dependent. The ones in orange looked good, the one with dark bodywork and an orange roof less so.
Either way, it made the Peugeot 2008 (a direct rival) on the adjacent stand look dowdy.
18.07 More thoughts from the Telegraph's
Leo Wilkinson on the Vauxhall Cascada four-seater convertible. Just don't call it an Astra!
Vauxhall is desperate for us not to think of the Cascada as an Astra convertible, but it's hard not when that's what it looks like. Under the skin it shares plenty with the Insignia, too, and it's handsome enough, albeit rather high-waisted.
17.57 Paul Hudson has found another Alfa Romeo at the Geneva motor show, only this time it's a conept of a car that could replace the old 166.
Away from the Alfa stand, though not far, was the Gloria design study for a large Alfa Romeo saloon to replace the old 166.
A production version could be based on the same platform as the forthcoming Maserati Ghibli, and be on sale by 2015.
Paul Hudson on the Suzuki SX4, the long overdue replacement for the company's small crossover SUV:
The new SX4 Crossover made its debut at Geneva. Based on an all-new platform, the car is aimed at popular crossovers such as the Nissan Qashqai and will go on sale in the UK by October. Prices and final specifications won't be announced until the summer, but expect them to be competitive with the stated rival.
It will be available with either a Fiat-sourced 1.6-litre turbodiesel or a 1.6-litre petrol engine made by Suzuki. The target CO2 figures are 110g/km and 125g/km respectively.
Front- and four-wheel drive versions will be sold, the latter featuring four modes operated by a large button behind the gear lever.
Suzuki also claims class-leading boot space, at 430 litres, as well as competitive fuel consumption figures.
It will also import small numbers of four-wheel-drive Swift supermini towards the end of the year.
17.47 More from Andrew English, who has been admiring the Rolls-Royce Wraith at Geneva.
17.40 Even more video from the Geneva motor show. This time it's
Andrew English, who reports on Toyota's i-Road concept car. As you'll see, it's the next best thing to the new LaFerrari...
17.37 In this video,
Paul Hudson gets a good look at Alfa Romeo's 4C production car at the Geneva motor show.
17.33 More Aston Martin-themed news from Geneva is that the company will build a pair of open-top two seaters to celebrate its centenary, according to a report on Autocar's website. They will be based on the V12 Vantage and be called the CC100. For a more practical Aston, Bertone has updated its Jet shooting brake, based on the Vanquish.
17.28 Over on Aston Martin's stand is the Vanquish Centenary edition to celebrate (surprise, surprise) 100 years of the company. Think posh paint and lots of goodies and you're on the right track. Plus, the new
Rapide S four-door.
16.59 And that's not all Citroën has on display at the Geneva motor show, says
The new C3 is also on show, with its refreshed lights front and rear as well as improved interiors.
Although it’s getting a little long in the tooth, a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol model emitting only 87g/km keeps it right up to date.
Citroën is also showing its Hybrid Air drivetrain, this time in a new C3. The French manufacturer says a production car using the ‘run on air’ technology could be on sale in about two years, delivering 100mpg with CO2 emissions of only 69g/km.
16.56 It wouldn't be a motor show without a few concept cars. This time it's Citroën's turn to oblige, although its Technospace is so sensible it's almost ready to go into production, says
The Technospace concept is the precursor to the new C4 Picasso MPV, which is due in the UK this September or October.
At first it will be available in five-door form, with a seven-seater variant to follow.
The engine line-up will broadly follow that of the current model, with a couple of diesels of varying outputs and a couple of petrol units. More important for buyers is the headline figure of 87g/km of CO2, thanks mainly to a weight reduction of 140kg along with some engine tweakery.
The C4 Picasso is the first car based on Peugeot-Citroën’s new ENP2 chassis platform. Citroën claims class-leading luggage space of 537 litres.
16.45 After a long day,
Andrew English concedes defeat in trying to find the official price of Volkswagen's XL1. That's not to say he, like others, can't guess, however:
The last try. Back to the VW stand. 'What would you pay?' asks one onlooker to his colleague.
'If it’s more that £70,000, they’ll never sell them all,' he replies.
70 grand it is, sold to the gentleman in the funny hat.
16.37 More from
Paul Hudson on Hyundai at the Geneva motor show:
Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel-cell car is the first assembly line car – others, such as Honda’s FCX Clarity, have made production but only on a limited scale.
It has a range of 350 miles on liquid hydrogen stored at 700 bar. The one at Geneva rolled off the line only weeks ago. The plan is to build 1,000 before 2015, of which 300 or so will come to Europe. Hyundai UK wants its allocation to be available for rental to UK businesses and fleets, as well as government agencies.
If all goes well, production will increase to 10,000 or more after 2015, providing Hyundai can make it cheaply enough to be attractive.
There was also the i30 Connectivity study, showcasing how drivers can interact with technology. Due to an intermittent wi-fi service in the hall, demonstrations frequently had to be halted…
Paul Hudson says that Hyundai's ix35 facelift is a case "blink and you'll miss it", he's not kidding. It appears there are no photos to be found of this car, which goes on sale in September with lower CO2 emssions and marginally higher prices than the outgoing ix35. We did, however, find this one of Hyundai's i20-based World Rally Car.
16.28 The Telegraph's Acting Head of Motoring,
Paul Hudson, is impressed with Infiniti's new G50 saloon:
The big news for Infiniti is the handsome Q50 four-door saloon, which won't scare the neighbours like existing Infinitis. It's is available to order now for September delivery, costing from £27,500 in the UK
Two drivetrains are offered, a 2.2-litre diesel with six-speed manual gearbox and a petrol/electric hybrid, which uses an updated form of 3.5-litre V6 engine and battery drive as used in the current M saloon. Rear-wheel drive is standard with the option of all-wheel drive on the hybrid.
A 2.0-litre, four-cyclinder petrol is expected later, but might not reach the UK. This line-up should also be far less thirsty than existing Infinitis.
Stated rivals for the diesl are the BMW 320d and Mercedes C220 CDI. The interior is also more conventional, less glitzy than current cars.
16.21 Great shot here of the interior of
Volkswagen's XL1, with its quirky staggered seating arrangement. Just look at all that carbon-fibre - further proof, not that any were needed, that this little car is nothing like a typical supermini.
16.00 Another motor show, another special edition Bugatti Veyron. This time it's the Venet, which features a paint job by French artist Bernar Venet. Look close enough and you'll see some of the mathematical equations used by the Veyron's engineers during the car's extensive development.
15.54 Leo Wilkinson has found another new Vauxhall at the Geneva motor show, only unlike the Adam Rocks this one's a production car.
15.44 Slightly more affordable, but perhaps equally as desirable, is the production version of Alfa Romeo's 4C. Here's what
Paul Hudson makes of it:
Alfa Romeo has unveiled the production version of its gorgeous 4C mini-supercar, precisely two years after the concept version appeared at Geneva.
It features an uprated version of the existing Giulietta drivetrain, meaning a 1.8-litre petrol turbo unit developing 240bhp, driving the rear wheels via a TCT transmission with auto or manual modes.
The launch version, of which about 400 will be available in Europe, costs 60,000 euros, or about £47,000. Prices for the standard car will be released later.
Its 240bhp might not sound a lot, but the overall weight is only 895kg thanks to a carbon-fibre tub.
The 4C will be built by Maserati in Modena.
15.40 Speaking of supercars (which we seem to be doing a lot at this particular Geneva motor show), here's
Leo Wilkinson's take on the Lamborghini Veneno:
15.34 Don't forget to take part in our supercar poll if you haven't already done so. It's a close-run thing between Ferrari, McLaren and Lamborghini at the moment, with the Porsche 918 Spyder falling behind.
15.27 Once again we don't want to get carried away with all of these supercars. How about a nice Honda Civic estate to bring things back down to earth? Andrew English reports:
If you liked the old Honda Civic estate, you could have been forgiven for feeling abandoned by the company as for the last two Civic models it hasn’t offered an estate version. Honda’s product planning strategy occasionally resembles a drunk’s route back from the pub. At one time it was trying to push Civic estate buyers into its CR-V soft roader model, but they understandably revolted.
The small estate market is a good one, it leverages a platform, folk like them and it encourages designers to get creative about carrying dogs, children and stuff without ending up with something that looks like a compact pantechnicon.
The new Civic estate will be built at Honda’s Swindon plant, it goes on sale late this year and will cost between £750 and £1,000 more than the standard Civic model.
15.19 Wow, that really was soon. Here it is, then, the £866,000 McLaren P1.
Leo Wilkinson gives his verdict:
15.18 The new LaFerrari will of course have some rather tough competition from Woking, in the shape of the equally bonkers McLaren P1. Here it is at Geneva, and we've got a short video review from the show to follow soon.
15.13 Have you just watched the LaFerrari video below? Then you will have seen more of the car than
Andrew English, who reports from the Ferrari stand:
It’s two hours since the Ferrari press conference for LaFerrari, the Enzo replacement. The stand is packed with well wishers, hacks, various minor television personalities and me. There may be a car there. I think I can see a tyre. In a deafeningly loud broadcast, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said LaFerrari will be 'the future of our brand.'
Its hybrid driveline produces almost 50 per less CO2 than the original 2002 Enzo model, it’s fast and its red. That’s about all we can say from the Ferrari stand in Geneva. You might regard this as one time when it’s better to be next to a computer with internet access than in a show hall.
15.10 Here's a promo video for
Ferrari's fastest ever road car, demonstrating its Hy-Kers hybrid drivetrain and active aerodynamics. There are also lots of nice V12 noises to savour.
15.04 Another extremely desirable new car almost certain to be overlooked is the BMW M6 Gran Coupé - not here though. With a twin-turbocharged V8, handsome styling and one of the finest interiors around, this would be a great daily runner. You might want a company fuel card, though.
14.57 If there's a problem with all of this shiny new metal, it's that otherwise interesting cars might get overlooked. Take the next generation
Nissan Note. No, it can't travel in excess of 217mph, and nor does it do 314mpg, but this supermini/mini-MPV is likely to be a big hit in Britain, and will be built here too, in Nissan's Sunderland plant. Production begins in the summer.
14.51 Let us not forget that
Volkswagen's Golf took home the Car of the Year crown yesterday at the Geneva motor show, finishing ahead of the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ and Volvo V40. In fact, it didn't just beat the opposition, it thrashed them, as
Andrew English reports:
In taking this year’s Car of the Year title with 414 points out of the 1,450 on offer, Volkswagen’s seventh-generation family hatch amassed more than twice as many points as the second-placed car, the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ.
14.43 Vauxhall has created a concept version of its new supermini for the Geneva motor show, as spotted by
14.29 Andrew English tries - and fails - once again to discover the price of VW's innovative XL1:
XL1 price report II. Back to VW stand, meet Ulrich Hackenberg, chief of research for the whole Volkswagen Group and man responsible for the XL1. “What’s the price going to be Dr Hackenberg?” I ask. He grins and raises both hands to the sky. Strike two.
14.24 Talking of auterity, here's the Dacia Logan estate, courtesy of
14.21 Fiat doesn't have any new cars at the 2013 Geneva motor show, so instead Andrew English caught up with the company's chairman,
Sergio Marchionne, to talk about the European crisis and austerity. Here's what Marchionne had to say:
I don’t share my colleagues’ view that the European market will be at these [depressed] levels for the next four to five years. A lot depends on the political will of the Europeans to find a way out of the quagmire. I expect it to be tough, but with the will, there could be a recovery.
The capacity demand issue in Europe is a difficult thing. We’ve been running underutilised in our Italian plants for some time. Some competitors have been courageous in closing capacity and we closed a plant in Sicily two years ago. It’s difficult to say, is it enough, as we don’t know what demand will be.
We have not made any money in Europe for a number of years. Fiat, Ford, GM and PSA Peugeot Citroën suffered a total of $7bn in operating losses in the last year, so God forbid there’s a big structural failure, but this isn’t a situation that can continue. I think there’s less than a 50 per cent chance of a failure, because we will almost certainly have state intervention.
I think there will be something of a recovery by 2014, once Europe gets its act together. People are underestimating the social effect of austerity in Europe. Those who keep arguing that austerity is the way to salvation miss the point that it messes up people’s lives.”
14.13 You can also read
14.09 The Telegraph's
Andrew English was among the first journalists in the world to drive the VW XL1 production car yesterday. Here's an extract from his full review:
There’s a simple instrument binnacle from the VW Up in front of the driver, a selection of Polo/Up switches on the centre console and a Garmin unit giving sat-nav, engine and fuel economy information. Two six footers will fit comfortably, with 120 litres of luggage space under the boot behind the engine.
Out of town and at higher speeds the XL1 starts to calm down. Stark figures don’t adequately describe the urgency of the chirruping engine and whirring motor giving their all, which is more like a sci-fi car chase scene. Torque is limited to save the delicate transmission, but the XL1 goes quite as fast as you would ever want to on 115/80/15in tyres. The suspension tames the roads better at speed and road noise is muted. You never quite get used to that engine starting, though, which alternately sounds like a far-off woodpecker or an SDS drill in the ear canal.
13.55 Andrew English tracks down the Volkswagen XL1 eco car at the Geneva motor show. Here are his thoughts:
13.54 Volkswagen isn't the only member of the, er, Volkswagen Group to have an estate at Geneva. Leo Wilkinson has also been admiring the new >Skoda Octavia Estate
>Skoda Octavia Estate:
The Skoda Octavia looked less Audi-like in estate form, I thought. The rear is very similar to the Superb Estate.
13.27 Here's a glimpse into the LaFerrari's interior:
13.24 If you've been putting off your decision to purchase a £1million >LaFerrari
>LaFerraribecause you hadn't seen the rear styling, then these shots should help you make up your mind.
13.06 These images show the coupé roofline of the new Rolls-Royce Wraith, which also happens to be the company's most powerful ever model thanks to its 624bhp V12.
12.58 At the Geneva motor show, Lamborghini CEO
Stephan Wilkelmann talks about the 750bhp, £2.6m Veneno, as well as how the company is performing:
12.45 The Telegraph's
Leo Wilkinson on Bentley's new Flying Spur. As he says in this video, its styling isn't going to convince everybody.
12.39 From one very fast car to one quite fast car, here's
Leo Wilkinson's take on the Kia Procee'd GT:
The Procee'd GT was introduced by a video of it being driven around by two beardy, long-haired types, as is the fashion these days. It goes on sale in July in the UK, but although the five-door Cee'd GT arrives at the same time in Europe, we won't get it in Britain until early 2014. It seems that the marketing team want to give the Procee'd it's day in the sun, and get a second bite of the cherry with the five-door.
12.35 A couple more images of Lamborghini's £2.6m Veneno, which looks even more extraordinary than the initial press pictures suggested. Even company CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, looks a bit wary of it...
12.30 Leo Wilkinson's thoughts on the >Kia Provo
>Kia Provoconcept car, which makes its debut at Geneva and could signal the Korean manufacturer's intention to build a rival to the Nissan Juke:
The Kia Provo looked very cute, I thought. Benny Oeyen, Vice President for marketing and product planning, says it 'points to Kia's future B-segment plans,' although I suspect any production version will be toned down significantly. It's also likely go be quite a bit longer and taller, but it could get a version of the concept car's hybrid powertrain.
12.24 More from the Renault stand, where the Telegraph's
Leo Wilkinson isn't convinced by the French company's Scenic replacement:
12.18 Andrew English has tracked down one of the more eccentric Geneva offerings, the Sbarro School Espera:
Something to do with hope and you’ll need all of that to get into this Maserati-based hot rod done in just eight weeks by Franco’s students. Which is rather strange as it’s supposed to be a study of (amongst other things), ergonomics.
12.11 Paul Hudson, the Telegraph's Acting Head of Motoring, gives his verdict on BMW's 3-series Gran Turismo in this Telegraph video:
12.01 Also unveiled at the Geneva motor show today was the Rolls-Royce Wraith, a £225,000 coupé version of the Ghost. The Daily Telegraph's
Hayley Dixon reports on the car's impressive new technology, which uses GPS to read the road ahead:
A company spokesman said that the technology featured in one of its sleekest machines anticipates the driver’s next move based on location and driving style, then 'selects the most appropriate gear for the terrain ahead.'
The driver keeps ultimate control of the car’s automatic gearbox through the brakes and accelerator.
The latest technology is also used in the car’s steering and suspension and in its voice-activated controls.
11.54 Leo Wilkinson has been on the Peugeot stand at the Geneva motor show, where everything feels a bit familiar:
Definite sense of déjà vu on the Peugeot stand. The Onyx concept from Paris was there, and the production versions of the 2008 and 208 GTi and XY are identical to the 'concept' visions we've seen many times before.
The 2008 is one of many compact SUVs at the show and it's probably the least striking of the lot - looks more like a small estate car. In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking it's a direct replacement for the 207 SW.
11.47 Don't forget to stay tuned for this afternoon's review of the 314mpg VW XL1 production car. Here it is on display at the Geneva motor show today:
11.38 Of course, the Geneva motor show isn't just about silly supercars. The Telegraph's Andrew English has tracked down something very sensible from VW:
Now based on the MQB chassis from this year’s Car of the Year, the Mark VII Golf, the estate has a similar range of engines and a bigger boot. Slightly better looking load lugging from Wolfsburg, which goes on sale in the UK in June for October delivery.
11.28 Time for a poll, inspired by the quartet of very expensive supercars at the Geneva motor show:
11.22 Head over to over >full story on the LaFerrari >Lamborghini Veneno
>full story on the LaFerrarifor all the details on this extraordinary car. Rumour has it, the latest Ferrari flagship will cost £1 million. You could have two for the price of a new
Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari's president, on the new car, which is Ferrari's fastest ever road-legal model:
We chose to call this model LaFerrari because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence. Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, styling and the sheer thrill of driving.
Aimed at our collectors, this is a truly extraordinary car which encompasses advanced solutions that, in the future, will find their way on to the rest of the range, and it represents the benchmark for the entire automotive industry. LaFerrari is the finest expression of our company's unique, unparalleled engineering and design know-how, including that acquired in Formula 1.
11.10 Here it is, and despite what some thought the Enzo's successor is not called the F150, but >LaFerrari
>LaFerrari. Silly name, but a very serious drivetrain, with a 6.2-litre V12 and electric motor combining to produce 950bhp and a top speed in excess of 217mph.
11.04 Leo Wilkinson has been inspecting the >McLaren P1
>McLaren P1supercar at the Geneva motor show. Any moment now its rival from Maranello will be unveiled. Full details to follow soon:
10.57 You might have seen this car on a recent episode of >Top Gear
>Top Gearon BBC2. It's a Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro. So, a full-size version of a scale model that was based on a full-size car. Confusing, but fun.
10.48 In Jaguar Land Rover's press conference at Geneva, the company's chief executive,
Dr Ralf Speth, spoke about the company's announcement of 650 new jobs at its UK engine plant:
Jaguar Land Rover's new engine manufacturing centre in the UK is a clear demonstration of our business strategy guiding our investment plans.
Not only does it bring our engine supply back to our production doorstep, but it gives us a significant new resource as we continue to innovate with new products and markets.
10.43 Good news from Jaguar Land Rover at the Geneva motor show, which is creating >650 jobs at its UK engine plant
>650 jobs at its UK engine plant, says
Emily Gosden, the Telegraph's Energy and Utilities reporter:
The company said it would invest more than £500m in the centre near Wolverhampton over the next two years, compared with initial plans set out in 2011 for £355m investment and 750 jobs.
The jobs at the plant will be highly skilled engineering and manufacturing roles, while thousands of jobs are also expected to be created in the supply chain for the new facility.
The engine centre, which is due to open later this year, will see JLR build its own "technologically advanced, lightweight 4-cylinder low emission diesel and petrol engines".
The first engines are expected to come off the production line in 2015.
10.39 Telegraph Motoring's
Leo Wilkinson has been seeing red at Peugeot's Geneva show stand:
10.36 More from
Andrew English at the Geneva motor show, although it's aircraft rather than cars that are on his mind:
It was on this very day 77 years ago that a Supermarine Spitfire made its first flight at Eastleigh airfield near Southampton. We didn’t feel this anniversary should go uncommemorated and have therefore worn a Spitfire badge to all press conferences, which has mildly confused some of the German manufacturers.
10.28 Having driven VW's XL1 (review to follow later today),
Andrew English is determined to find out how much it'll cost. Only he's not having much luck:
XL1 price report. Been to VW stand where every executive avoids your eye and the development team are astonished that the eco-champion XL1 was omitted from the presentation. “We put the Golf estate in instead,” a German PR told me. Seems bonkers; everyone knows what a Golf is, everyone knows what an estate is, so VW spends 10 minutes explaining, erm what they are. No price on the XL1, although one PR reports a conversation with the Holger Boch, the XL1 project head where Boch asked what he thought they should charge. This is not good.
10.24 Just dug out some pictures of the classic 911 (possibly even the 901) and the latest GT3 from Porsche's preview evening. Leo Wilkinson had a point when he said the new car looked "horribly garish by comparison". Mind you, with the 911 turning 50 this year it's no surprise that it's taken on a little middle-age spread.
10.19 Paul Hudson reports on the presence of >Qoros
>Qorosand its new 3 Sedan at the Geneva motor show:
Not merely the launch of a car, but the launch of a brand. China-based Qoros has been built over four years with copious amounts of European know-how and backing from the giant Chery car corporation of China.
Its first product is the 3 Sedan, making its world premiere at Geneva. The platform will feature under several models, a few of which were also unveiled at Geneva in concept form.
Engines are turbocharged and naturally aspirated petrol units, with manual transmissions as standard and an auto optional.
10.14 Leo WIlkinson on Porsche's mistake at the unveiling of its new GT3 at the Geneva motor show:
Porsche made the mistake of wheeling out a gorgeous vintage 911 - when the new GT3 joined it on stage it looked horribly garish by comparison, with its glaring white paintwork and huge spoilers.
I expect it will be nothing less than phenomenal to drive, of course, and should live up to Porsche's description of it as "the sportiest 911 of all time."
Interesting aside from Matthias Muller, Porsche president and CEO: two-thirds of all 911s are still on the road today.
09.51 And here is the car in question, the >BMW 3-series GT
>BMW 3-series GT:
09.42 Another newcomer to BMW's range is the 3-series GT, a hatchback version of the ever-popular executive car. It's styling, however, has divided opinion.
Paul Hudson has more:
According to BMW, the 3-series GT puts the customer first, thanks to higher seating positions and greater legroom front and rear than the 3 saloon/Touring.
There’s an increased wheelbase , while at 520 litres the load space is 25 litres greater than that of the 3 Touring estate.
No panels are shared with existing 3-seires, although interior is more familiar.
Three petrol engines and two diesels at launch, with between 140- and 306bhp. The lowest CO2 emission is 119g/km.
09.33 Paul Hudson, the Telegraph's Acting Head of Motoring, has been admiring BMW's i3, as well as the launch blurb that goes with it:
BMW’s bid for world domination in the urban mobility sector, the i3 concept coupe is essentially the production i3 battery-electric car due later this year.
It’s a chunky car, short and relatively tall, powered by lithium-ion batteries developing the equivalent of 170bhp, so performance should be lively.
According to the launch blurb, 'Sheer driving pleasure can be derived with zero emissions'.
09.28 It's easy to forget that, despite all this shiny new metal at Geneva, the European car market is actually in pretty bad shape, as
Andrew English describes in his >Geneva motor show preview
>Geneva motor show preview:
Oh my days, have you seen Europe's January sales figures? They're 8.7 per cent down, the lowest figures since 1990, and that follows a 2012 figure down 8.2 per cent. With the exception of us (almost inexplicably, British registrations were up 11.5 per cent), Estonia and Poland, everyone else in Europe bought (a lot) fewer cars.
That's a lot fewer Peugeot-Citroëns (down 16 per cent), but, check this out, Ford down 25.5 per cent, Toyota down 16.8 per cent, Alfa Romeo down 37.2 per cent and Lexus down 47.4 per cent. Will the last person at the Lexus factory please turn out the lights?
09.20 Leo Wilkinson checks out the >Kia Provo
>Kia Provoconcept car at the Geneva motor show:
09.18 More thoughts from Telegraph Motoring's
Leo Wilkinson, who attended the VW Group's Geneva preview evening last night. This time it's Spanish car-maker Seat that's caught his attention:
James Muir, president and CEO of Seat described the brand as a "perfect harmony between the rational and emotional."
The three-door Leon SC is Seat's big news at the show, and it looks pretty enough in an Audi A3/Alfa Romeo Brera kind of way.
Interesting that Muir described it as a car that would "help us rebuild our brand" - an unusually honest, downbeat statement on an evening otherwise dominated by tub-thumping.
09.14 As tends to be the way these days, the motor industry PR machine reveals details of the latest new cars long before their motor show debuts. Porsche released all the details of its new >911 GT3 >P1
>911 GT3last night (no manual gearbox this time around, but there is active rear-wheel steering), and McLaren has long since lfted the lid on its
>P1supercar. However, at least one manufacturer has played its cards close to its chest, and that's Ferrari. The Italian supercar maker is set to unveil its new Enzo today, which is more than likely to be the fastest road car in its history. We'll bring you all the details as soon as they emerge.
09.08 As well
as keeping a close eye on this live article throughout today's Geneva press day, don't forget to have a look at our collection of other Geneva motor show stories at our dedicated >Geneva motor show page
>Geneva motor show page.
09.05 Speaking of the little >Volkswagen XL1
Andrew English , Telegraph Motoring Correspondent, was been driving the production version of the 314mpg eco car. We'll be publishing his full review later today, but in the meantime here's an extract to whet your appetite:
More than 120 years after the invention of the first motor car, isn’t it time we changed our view of the supercar? Welcome to the new super, super efficient. And when this remarkable two-seat coupé trundled silently into this year’s Geneva show having traversed the Swiss Alps from Lucerne across the precipitous 5,000ft Brünig and Jaun passes, it was averaging more than 140mpg. Having covered this entire project from its very beginnings, it was your correspondent, along with development engineers, swapping turns at the wheel.
09.00 As well as being up at the crack of dawn this morning, the Telegraph's
Leo Wilkinson was up late to report from the Volkswagen Group's preview night. His star of the evening is one of several cars that could steal the show today: the Volkswagen XL1:
The VW XL1 was the star of the VW Group Geneva preview for me. Four white cars and one red car breezed silently onto the stage and I was staggered at how good they looked. Less toy-like and more futuristic in the metal (or, technically speaking, CFRP).
Up close the lightweight carbon-fibre construction is clear to see. I can imagine the cost of repairing even a small prang might be rather high.
Plug-in hybrids are the way forward, VW says. "All (VW Group) brands will benefit from this technology," said VW boss Martin Winterkorn. Production of 250 confirmed so far.
08.52 Also being unveiled at the Geneva motor show today is >Lamborghini's Veneno >McLaren P1
>Lamborghini's Veneno(below). The Italian supercar-maker is building just three examples of the car, each costing £2.6 million. However, it faces some stiff supercar competition today from the new Ferrari Enzo (unveiled at 11am) and the
Leo Wilkinson, Telegraph Motoring's Assistant Editor, has been checking out the new >Bentley Flying Spur
>Bentley Flying Spur, a four-door version of the Continental GT, but he's not convinced:
A few bemused looks when the Bentley Flying Spur was introduced. General consensus is that it's rather strange looking, with a shoulder crease so sharp and wide you could rest a drink on it.
The rear lights are very similar to those of the EXP-9F, and I think they're reminiscent of the Jaguar XJ40's (the eighties XJ) - not a good thing...
08.40 Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the 2013 Geneva motor show. With dozens of new models and concepts set to be unveiled it's going to be a busy day.
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