The annual Geneva Motor Show is well known for being a platform used by manufacturers to debut their latest and greatest new cars, and 2012 was no exception. From once-off concept cars to production cars we can expect to see on our roads within the next few months, this year’s auto show was a flurry of excitement.
This year manufacturers took social networking by storm and did a very good job at making those that could not attend, part of the experience. For those of you that completely missed the auto show this year, I have selected my Top 5 reveals for 2012, from those we can actually purchase.
#1: Mercedes-Benz A-Class
This new hatch is hot indeed, and might be exactly what Merc needed! Gone is the “old man’s car” stigma that they’ve struggled to shed for decades. This new “hot-hatch” deserves a place on our roads, with young drivers holding the steering wheels. The new A-Class will be powered by 4 cylinder diesel and petrol engines ranging from 1.6 to 2.0 litres. Let’s hope Merc makes it affordable enough to put in the hands of the generation they desperately need to convince.
#2: BMW M5 Coupe
Only topped by supercars we will probably never see on our roads, this must be the most beautiful car at the Geneva Motor Show this year. Powered by a 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8, this piece of art will propel you from 0-100 in just 4.2 seconds. BMW sure knows how to create an “one day when I’m big” car. Featured in what seems to be the colour of Geneva this year, one cannot help but admire.
#3: Volvo V40
Although I have featured the new V40 from behind, it required some forward thinking on Volvo’s part. Up against the likes of Audi’s A3 and BMW’s 1 Series, Volvo did a good job at not following the boring trends these two cars have set. The V40 will be powered by the notorious turbocharged straight-five, coupled with a 6 Speed manual or automatic gearbox. It hits 100km/h in 6.7 seconds, and like all Volvo’s, come packed with safety features.
#4: Ford Fiesta ST
The Fiesta ST has been a long time in the making, and it looks like Ford made it worth the wait. Although I would have liked to see it with wider wheel arches, Ford hit the nail on the head and will be making a lot of young hearts very happy with this “entry-level” hot hatch. Powered by Ford’s 1.6 EcoBoost straight-four, delivering 132kW and 240Nm of torque, 0-100 comes in at just under 7 seconds. Enough to scare quite a few cars on the road!
#5: Kia Cee’d
Kia keeps pulling rabbits out of its hat. First the new Picanto then the Rio, and now the Rio’s bigger brother, the Cee’d. What Kia has done in terms of design and build quality within the last year is to be applauded. Once again they have presented us with a great looking hatch which is sure to change the mid-size market.
There you have it, the 5 reveals at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show that struck me most. BUT, there is one more car I have to share. It is not for sale.
The Lamborghini Aventador J.
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