By Mike Torpey on 2016-03-01 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Geneva Motor Show
SUZUKI has revealed the full production version of the new Baleno supermini at the Geneva Motor Show ahead of its UK launch in June.
Since producing its first car the Suzulight in 1955, Suzuki has produced a string of compact cars with the emphasis on value for money.
And the Baleno, which will vie for sales with rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, boasts a spacious cabin and a new 1.0-litre direct-injection turbo Boiosterjet engine.
There's also a 1.2-litre SHVS - Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki - powertrain featuring engine assist from an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) connected to a lithium ion battery.
BENTLEY has revealed the sporty new Flying Spur V8 S model at the Geneva Motor Show.
Developing a whopping 521bhp from its 4.0-litre twin turbocharged engine, the model sits between the Flying Spur V8 and flagship W12 in the model line-up.
Tuned for power, the engine develops an additional 20bhp compared to the standard V8's 500bhp and allows the Bentley to blast from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 190mph.
Inside, there are piano black wood veneers and a three-spoke sports steering wheel as standard, plus a knurled gear lever and shift paddles while a colour split unique to the V8 S features two-tone seats.
THE newly revamped version of city sensation the Volkswagen up! has taken centre stage on the German manufacturer's stand in Geneva.
It comes with fresh features like newly designed body panels, new colours, new wheels, more individualisation options, extra equipment, a redesigned interior and a new engine.
The latter, a 1.0-litre turbocharged three cylinder unit, is the first turbo for the up! and the most powerful motor available in the model to date.
It develops 89bhp and is capable of hitting 62mph in 10 seconds and on to a top speed of 115mph. CO2 emissions are low at 102g/km.
Other engines comprise the existing 1.0-litre petrol units with 60 or 75bhp - and the zero emission e-up!
NISSAN has revealed two striking special versions of its best-selling crossovers, the Qashqai and X-Trail, at the Geneva show.
They are called the Qashqai Premium Concept and the X-Trail Premium Concept and while separate models, their themes are similar.
Nissan says the Qashqai concept was been created by its European design centre in London, its sibling in Japan.
And the Qashqai has been designed for the ‘Premium Urbanite', who dreams of a weekend absorbing cultural highlights in places like Paris or Rome.
The X-Trail is targeted for the ‘Premium Adventurist', thinking of mountain adventures in the Alps or Pyrenees.
THE Geneva show has seen Renault reveal its new Megane Sport Tourer boasting a choice of boot arrangements, as well as the segment's longest maximum load length.
It looks both stylish and dynamic with its wide track, low stance, aluminium roof bars and chrome trim around the side windows.
The honeycomb mesh of the radiator grilles is specific to the car and the wide lower air inlet is flanked by two air scoops while at the rear, the GT version gets a chrome tailpipe and sculpted diffuser.
Renault says this model is the first in its area of the market to benefit from 4CONTROL technology, giving the car more precise handling on twisty roads and making it more agile in built-up areas.
SUBARU has shown its XV Concept, previewing the design direction for the next generation of the Japanese brand's vehicles - including an all-new XV compact crossover.
The Subaru XV Concept is a design study that highlights the company's next-generation ‘DYNAMIC X SOLID' design philosophy.
The concept's cabin silhouette tapers and tightens slightly as the bodywork flows towards the rear, leaving an impression of energy and athleticism without compromising the XV Concept's crossover practicality.
And the body surfacing is divided by two strong character lines - one extending from the front bumper, along the doors and into the rear shoulder; another rising from the lower half of the doors towards the rear of the car.
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