Geneva 2013 motor show
2013 Geneva International Motor Show
It's all about style at the Geneva show and 2013 looks set to continue that trend
19 December 2012
THE 2013 Geneva motor show came to a close after two weeks of hot concepts and new releases in the Swiss city.
If there was a theme for the show, it would have been sports cars, with a number of major car-makers kicking off the show by revealing some sexy new models.
One of the biggest reveals of the show was the bizarrely named Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar that combined a 590kW 6.3-litre V12 engine with a 120kW electric motor for a total output of 708kW.
Not to be outdone, fellow Italian supercar-maker Lamborghini got the jump on Ferrari by ripping the covers off the wild Aventador-based Veneno concept with a 6.5-litre V12 that pushes the car to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds.
McLaren previewed the production version of its P1 hybrid hypercar, that can race to 100km in under three seconds but can run on electric power for around 20kms.
Other sporty numbers to get a showing included the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible and Porsche’s 911 GT3.
It may not be a supercar but one of the more talked-about unveilings at this year’s show was the Toyota 86 Open Concept that will go into production as the convertible version of the critically acclaimed 86 sports car.
On the luxury car front, Rolls-Royce used Geneva 2013 to show the world its first new car in four years, the 6.6-litre V12-powered Wraith coupe.
Once the more expensive models had their time in the sun, a number of more practical concepts were revealed including the Mitsubishi GR-HEV utility that previews the next generation Triton.
The Volkswagen Group showed off a couple of its upcoming wagons, with Skoda unveiling the Octavia wagon and Volkswagen giving the Golf load-lugger its first official outing.
Check out the stories from the show by clicking on the links to the right.
THE 2013 Geneva motor show is just around the corner and it is going to be a big one.
One of the stars will surely be the McLaren P1 hybrid supercar that is powered by a twin-turbo V8 with electrical assistance and has a 0-300km/h sprint figure of less than 17 seconds.
Alfa Romeo will rip the covers off its new mid-engined 4C sports car that will find its way into Australian showrooms next year.
In the uber-luxury stakes, Rolls Royce will finally unveil its Wraith coupe after an extensive teaser campaign and Bentley will have the first public showing of the new Flying Spur limo.
Jeep plans to show its controversially-styled Alfa Romeo Giulietta-based Cherokee all-wheel drive while Mitsubishi will unveil its diesel-electric GR-HEV Sport Utility Hybrid Truck concept that will point to the next Triton ute.
Keep and eye on GoAuto as we bring you all of the action straight from the motor show floor.
GENEVA is the show where style rules, and the 83rd International Motor Show in 2013 is sure to be no different.
Sports cars such as the Opel Cascada will be to the fore, along with similar models from Europe’s finest car-makers.
Renault will show its Clio-based Captur mini-SUV and Chinese brand Qoros will reveal its first ever production car in the form of the GQ3 sedan.
Uber-luxury marque Rolls-Royce will rip the covers off its Ghost-based Wraith coupe, that is set to be the most powerful and dynamic car in the brand's long history.
GoAuto will have more stories leading up to and during the show, so keep checking GoAuto.com.au for updates
Green and mean: McLaren P1 hybrid set to appear at Geneva.
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