1.3.2016Geneva Motor Show 2016
Next Green Car is at the Geneva Motor Show 2016 to cover all the new car launches at the most prestigious event on the motor show calendar. We will be updating this page throughout the day so keep checking back for more news as it unfolds.
Nissan Intelligent Mobility
Where many manufacturers has new models or concept cars to present at the Geneva Motor Show, Nissan had more advanced ideas in mind. The focus of Nissan's presentation at Geneva was Nissan Intelligent Mobility - a project that will work on electrification and connected cars.
Kia Niro and Optima
Kia launched three new European models at the Geneva Motor Show, with two of them offering an electrified drivetrain - and the third expected to feature a plug-in model in due course. The Kia Niro, Optima PHEV and Optima Sportswagon were all officially shown off at Geneva and include a hybrid crossover, plug-in hybrid saloon and diesel estate respectively.
Certainly one of the most interesting cars to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show was Morgan's EV3. Based on the popular 3 Wheeler, the EV3 replaces the external V-twin petrol engine with a liquid cooled 46kW electric motor.
With its world debut taking place at Geneva, Renault has brought the Scenic compact MPV right up to date. Efficient engines will match the best in class for emissions and fuel economy at the very least, while a Hybrid Assist model - arriving later in the year - will take the Scenic to the very top of its sector.
Volvo's stylish V90 estate was given its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, and helps usher in a new era of safe and efficient models - with electrification a key development for the Swedish firm.
Audi has launched the Q2 - a new compact crossover that looks set to kick-start a new premium micro-sector. The Q2 will feature a range of small and efficient petrol and diesel engines from launch, expected to be later this summer.
The new Prius was always going to be an important car for Toyota but there is the possibility that the new C-HR could be even more so. Using Prius architecture and hybrid power train, the C-HR will be extremely efficient and really mix up the rapidly growing compact crossover market.
One of the undoubted stars of the show is DS Automobiles' E-Tense all-electric Grand Tourer. With a range of almost 200 miles and more that 400hp on tap, the involvement of DS in Formula E bodes well for electric drivetrain development. What is confirmed is that a number of styling details will become part of the future DS brand design.
Skoda Vision S
Skoda's design study looks set to be one of those concepts that proves hugely influential for the company. With stable-mate Seat launching its new Ateca, along with a new Tiguan from VW, the Vision S is expected to make it into production to some degree. The stylish SUV importantly boasts a PHEV power train for a 45 g/km CO2 emissions rating - and with the VW Group's commitment to an electric future, don't bet against a plug-in production version of the Vision S in the future.
Kicking off Next Green Car's coverage of Geneva is one of the most important cars of the year - Hyundai's Ioniq. Three green models in one, the Ioniq will be available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure EV specifications, giving the company a challenger in all major green markets instantly. Emissions come in at 32 and 79 g/km Co2 for the plug-in and hybrid respectively, while the Ioniq Electric will have a range of around 155 miles. the Toyota Prius, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Nissan Leaf all have a new affordable challenger, which can only be good for car buyers.