2013 Geneva Motor Show Preview [Gallery]

The International Geneva Motor Show 2013 (Salon International de l’Auto) opens to the press on March 5. Get all the latest buzz, news and pictures of the new models unveiled by the car manufacturers.

  • Volvo Range. Photo: VolvoVolvo Range. Photo: Volvo
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI. Photo: Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTI. Photo: Volkswagen
  • Volkswagen Cross Up. Photo: VolkswagenVolkswagen Cross Up. Photo: Volkswagen
  • Volkswagen XL1. Photo: VolkswagenVolkswagen XL1. Photo: Volkswagen
  • Seat Leon SC. Photo: Seat Seat Leon SC. Photo: Seat
  • Skoda Octavia Estate. Photo: Skoda Skoda Octavia Estate. Photo: Skoda
  • Renault Captur. Photo: Renault Renault Captur. Photo: Renault
  • Peugeot 2008. Photo: Peugeot Peugeot 2008. Photo: Peugeot
  • Qoros 3. Photo: QorosQoros 3. Photo: Qoros
  • Nissan Note. Photo: NissanNissan Note. Photo: Nissan
  • Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. Photo: MercedesMercedes-Benz A45 AMG. Photo: Mercedes
  • McLaren P1. Photo: McLarenMcLaren P1. Photo: McLaren
  • Citroen Technospace concept car. Photo: Citroen Citroen Technospace concept car. Photo: Citroen
  • BMW 3-series Gran Turismo. Photo: BMWBMW 3-series Gran Turismo. Photo: BMW
  • Bentley Flying Spur. Photo: BentleyBentley Flying Spur. Photo: Bentley
  • Rolls-Royce Wraith. Photo: Rolls-RoyceRolls-Royce Wraith. Photo: Rolls-Royce
  • Audi A3 e-tron. Photo: AudiAudi A3 e-tron. Photo: Audi
  • Audi Q3 RS. Photo: Audi Audi Q3 RS. Photo: Audi
  • Alfa Romeo 4C. Photo: Alfa RomeoAlfa Romeo 4C. Photo: Alfa Romeo

The 2013 Geneva Motor Show runs 7-17 March, with the press days kicking things off from March 5. Here’s an A-Z run down of what you can expect.

While some manufacturers are still keeping their cars close to their chests, we have a good idea of at least the majority of the stand highlights from every brand at this stage – so there’s enough here to get your engines started.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Two years after the Alfa Romeo 4C made its debut at the 2011 Geneva motor show, the production version will be unveiled at the 2013 event. As expected, the production model looks all but identical to the show car: minor changes to the headlights and air intakes, and re-positioned door mirrors, are the only noticeable differences.

Audi Q3 RS

The Audi RS Q3 is the first SUV to get Audi’s high-performance RS makeover. Although Audi recently launched the SQ5 TDI model, the smaller Q3 SUV gets the full RS treatment. Power comes from a 2.5-litre, five-cylinder petrol that develops 306bhp and 310lb ft of torque.

Audi A3 e-tron  

The Audi A3 e-tron is the first European car to use the Volkswagen Group’s new parallel plug-in hybrid system. This plug-in version of Audi’s popular family hatchback uses a 148bhp/184lb ft, 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a 75kW/243lb ft Volkswagen-manufactured electric motor to give an EU Combined fuel consumption figure of 188.3mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 35g/km.

Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley will pull the covers off its new £140,900, 200mph Flying Spur at the Geneva motor show on March 5, and the name is about the only thing that remains unchanged on this sleek four-door saloon. The clue to the changes is in the dropping of the Continental name, denoting a model in its own right rather than a four-door version of the Continental GT coupe.

BMW 3-series Gran Turismo

The BMW 3-series Gran Turismo is a new addition the 3-series range. It’s a more practical hatchback version, in much the same mould as the 5-series Gran Turismo.

Citroën Technospace
The Citroën Technospace concept car shows how the new C4 Picasso will look when it goes on sale this autumn. Underneath, the Technospace uses Citroën’s new EMP2 platform, which is expected to be the basis for a range of future models. Thanks partly to a focus on reducing weight, CO2 emissions for the next C4 Picasso will be as low as 98g/km.


McLaren P1

McLaren will show a production version of its P1 supercar at the Geneva motor show. The British company recently revealed details of the hybrid powertrain of its new P1, which will produce 903bhp and yet emit less than 200g/km of CO2. The P1 achieves this by combining a 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine with an electric motor, the former producing 727bhp at 7,500rpm, and the latter adding 176bhp and mounted directly on to the engine. 

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is a range-topping, high-performance version of the new A-class that will be a rival for cars such as the BMW M135i and Audi S3. Power for the A45 AMG comes from a new turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that develops 355bhp; Mercedes says it’s the most powerful four-cylinder production engine in the world.

Nissan Note

The new Nissan Note is the second-generation version of Nissan’s compact MPV and, like the current car, it will be built in Sunderland. It will be a rival for cars such as the Citroen C3 Picasso and Ford B-Max. Although it’s a similar shape and size to the existing Note, the new model has a bolder look, influenced by the Invitation concept car that was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva motor show.

Qoros models

The first Qoros models will make their debut at Geneva. Qoros Auto Co. was founded in 2007 and it will launch its debut model – the 3 – later this year. Three closely related cars will be on show at Geneva: the 3 Sedan production model and two “concept studies” – the 3 Cross Hybrid Concept and 3 Estate Concept Versatile.

Peugeot 2008 

The Peugeot 2008 is based on the company’s 208 supermini and goes on sale in the late-summer. It will be built in France, China and Brazil, reflecting Peugeot’s global ambitions for this supermini-on-stilts.

Renault Captur

The Renault Captur is another compact SUV that makes its debut at the Geneva show. It’s based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance B platform that underpins the new Clio supermini, and it will be a rival for cars such as the Nissan Juke.

Rolls-Royce Wraith

Rolls-Royce, the British luxury car maker, has confirmed that it will unveil an all-new model at the Geneva motor show in March, called the Wraith. A two-door coupé version of the Ghost, the Wraith is said to be the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce production car there’s ever been.

Skoda Octavia Estate

Prices for the all-new Skoda Octavia Estate, which will makes its debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show, are yet to be confirmed, but it’s expected to cost about £1,000 more than the recently launched hatchback, so an entry point of around £17,000 is likely.

Seat Leon SC 

Although the Seat Leon SC – a new three-door version of the Leon – shares many parts with the five-door it has a 35mm shorter wheelbase, tapered side window line and more sloping rear windscreen that give it a sportier appearance.

Volkswagen Cross Up

The Volkswagen Cross Up is an SUV-style version of the city car that goes on sale in Europe later this year, and which could also be sold in the U.S. Cosmetic changes include black plastic cladding for the wheel arches and sills, door protection strips and metallic trim for the door mirrors and front bumper.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI will make its public debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show. Volkswagen unveiled a “concept” version of the new Golf GTI at the 2012 Paris motor show last September; the production car that will reach showrooms this summer is identical apart from different alloy wheels.

Volkswagen XL1

The Volkswagen XL1 is the culmination of a project to produce a car that could travel 100km (62 miles) on one litre (0.22 gallons) of diesel. The production version that will be at at Geneva looks all but identical to the concept car revealed in 2011. The sleek shape and covered rear wheels help to give an aerodynamic drag figure of just Cd 0.189.

Volvo Range 

The 2014 model year Volvo range gets a range of cosmetic and equipment upgrades, with a new look for all models, and updated entertainment systems. The new cars will make their debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show, and will go on sale in July.

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