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8 superb cars that will make you drool

Last updated on: February 28, 2012 08:31 IST

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Critically acclaimed the most prestigious International Automobile exhibition, Geneva International Motor Show (Salon International de l' Auto) will be held from March 8 to 18 at Geneva Palexpo.

180 premiers, 280 exhibitors, more than 30 major manufacturers, 10,000 media representatives from 80 countries, 70 press conferences and more than 700,000 visitors will come together.

A jury panel of 59 automobile journalists will unveil the car of the year for the first time in Geneva. The must see Green pavilion will bring you latest hybrid and electric cars.

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New Fiat 500

The Italian car manufacturer will endow the car with many new features that befits a family car.

A '4-door' compact car, Fiat 500 L (Fiat 500 Large) is built on the chassis of Punto, Renault Zoe, an electric car, and the luxury Ferrari California.

It is set to go on sale in late 2012; however there is no information about it's launch in India.

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The new model boasts of esque split A-pillar, a step-down roofline, very deep side window line that steps down behind the door mirror and its detailed roof panel and naive rear lamps.

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The 500L is 4,140mm long, 1,780mm wide and 1,660mm high - significantly bigger than a hatch in all directions.

Fiat claims that the increased dimensions give the new model of Fiat 500, a MPV passenger space combined with the flavor of a small SUV on the road.

An innovative concept in shape and functionality will make this car a perfect eye catcher in Geneva Motor Show.

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Ford B-Max

A 5 seater mini MPV of upto four meters in length will make a debut at Geneva Motor Show. 

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Some head turning features of Ford B- Max are its sliding doors, foldable front and back passenger seats, direct injection 1 Lt of 3 cylinder EcoBoost turbo petrol unit, VVT Technology powered engine, remarkable safety features and high performance.

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The new Ford B-Max will replace the not so impressive, Ford Fusion in Europe.

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New Honda CR-V

A pioneer small SUV, Honda CR-V is based on a design that looks extracted from Honda Civic sedan.

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It already comes with many luxury features like an easily controllable instrumental panel, wide cargo space, foldable picnic table under the trunk carpet, acutely designed clutch to engage rear wheels in harsh situations.

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To add to the perks, Honda CR-V has stunning interiors, powerful engine and many safety features like front seat airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and vehicle stability assist with traction control.

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The all-new fourth generation European Honda CR-V, which is all set to go on sale in Autumn 2012.

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As compared to the previous generation, the model sports a bolder front fascia.

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The lower front bumper wraps smartly upward to convey SUV capability, while the lower front bumper design now integrates more smoothly into the face for improved aerodynamics.

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Mini Clubvan Concept

Mini, the marquee of BMW, will hold a world premiere of Mini Clubvan concept at Geneva.

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The Mini Clubman-based concept car (it uses the platform of Clubman) combines the driving fun with increased load-carrying capability.

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However, the closed-off load area behind the front seats and the opaque rear side windows of the new concept set it apart from the Mini Clubman.

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The Clubvan has a seating capacity of two and the load area reaches from the split rear doors right up to the partition grille behind the two seats.

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Six attachment loops recessed into the load compartment floor use elasticised straps to arrest items of varying dimensions in place - without the risk of sliding them around.

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The partition grille, which is affixed safely to the car body, ensures that items stowed in the load compartment are kept safely away from the front seats.

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Skoda Citigo

Already on sale in the Czech Republic since late 2011 and based on VW Up platform, the Skoda Citigo will debut as a five-door version at the Geneva Motors Show. Citigo is perfect choice for those looking for a compact city car.

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Features like photo and document holder, a bag hook on the glove compartment and a top score of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test have made Citigo a lovely car to drive.

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Powered by a three-cylinder petrol engine, the new Citigo received the coveted 'Czech Republic's Car of the Year 2012' award.

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Citigo will be launched in a three-door and five-door version in the European markets from mid-May 2012.

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New Mitsubishi Outlander

New Mitsubishi Outlander's pictures have already surfaced and the SUV will be burning stage in the grandiose event in Geneva.

The new Outlander will be larger, more efficient and better loaded than the existing Outlander.

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It features a choice of three motors, two which will go on sale later this year. A new 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.2-litre diesel motor will be on offer to begin with.

While Mitsubishi haven't revealed neither power nor torque figures, the company has signaled that it will come with either a 6-speed manual or a new 6-speed auto, replacing the current CVT 9Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox.

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Speculated to be offered in India also, the two motors will come with two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive version.

Since Mitsubishi carries the assembly of Outlander in India itself, one can expect the same for the new one also, importantly and most likely with a diesel motor option.

Mitsubishi India can tag it between the range of Rs 22-25 lakh, ex-showroom.

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New Honda Civic

This upcoming sedan is making news in India, although at the moment the carmaker has decided to introduce the 1.6 litre diesel engine that will be housed in Civic.

Apparently, Honda Civic diesel will be the first diesel car from Honda. At the international motor shoe in Geneva, Honda will showcase their Earth Dreams Technology.

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The diesel motor in Civic will be the lightest in its class delivering edging performance and economy.

The engine will belt out 120PS of power at 4000rpm and 300Nm of torque.

Direct injection, higher thermal efficiency by reducing the thickness of the cylinder block and boiling down the cylinder spacing of the engines, more fuel efficiency (10%) are the few highlights of new engine.

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New Skoda Superb

The 2012 Skoda Superb has undergone a makeover.

This includes changes in the headlights and some details of the front and rear bumpers along with the front grille.

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The new Superb will arrive in the UK in September.

It is expected to be priced to rival the Ford Mondeo as Skoda seeks to go more mainstream in a bid to increase sales.



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