100 new models to debut at Geneva Show

100 new models to debut at Geneva Show

At least 100 new models are to be shown for the first time at next month's Geneva International Motor Show, which will be held between the 7th and 17th March.

The Geneva International Motor Show, in its 83rd year and with 900 vehicles on display, is to include a large number of electric and hybrid drive-trains, with many models certain to wow visitors to the show.

One particularly interesting plug-in hybrid model is the Volkswagen XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle, which has just been confirmed for mass production. The XL1 will be the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, returning approximately 313 mpg, when production begins at VW's Osnabrueck factory in Germany.

The car has been designed for absolute efficiency, and whilst weighing only 795kg, the aerodynamics of the body shell have been optimised to bring the drag coefficient down to just 0.18 Cd. The two seater is powered by a plug-in hybrid system that allows zero emission travel of up to 50 km in all-electric mode; the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover a distance of over 1km.

The XL1 plug-in hybrid system comprises of a 2 cylinder TDI engine and a 20kW electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery. Combined, the VW XL1 will emit just 21gCO2/km, whilst still being able to reach top speeds of around 100 mph and accelerate to 62mph in 12.7 seconds.

Audi will also offer the first glimpse of their new plug-in hybrid model at the show – the new A3 e-tron. This petrol electric hybrid will be capable of efficient driving with 188 mpg and CO2 exhaust emissions of 35g/km according to ECE standards.

A modified 1.4 litre TFSI engine coupled with a 75kW electric motor will produce a combined power output of 204PS, and combined torque of 350PS. This means a 0 to 62 mph time of around 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 138 mph.

The Audi A3 e-tron can run exclusively on electric power for up to 31 miles at speeds of up to 80mph, or can be powered by petrol alone. Alternatively, the hybrid mode brings both units into play, and the driver can choose to run these simultaneously. When the driver stops accelerating in this mode both motors temporarily deactivate, eliminating motor braking torque and allowing the car to glide to conserve fuel and recuperate energy.

There will be no shortage of other cutting edge technologies used in new models to create the best fuel efficiency and performance possible at the Geneva Show this year. Keep an eye on our news page for more up to date information as the show gets underway.

John Ironmonger

Author:John Ironmonger
Date Updated:22nd Feb 2013

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