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Geneva Motor Show Round-Up

Geneva Motor Show Round-Up

By Swansway Motor Group 08-03-2018

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The Geneva Motor Show has seen several new cars revealed; some futuristic concepts, which give a clue as to a brand’s future direction and some which will be in our showrooms within the next 12 months.

Here we preview some you can order right now!


Peugeot 508

Peugeot has opened the order books for a luxury limited edition version of its all-new 508 `fastback’ saloon; called the First Edition, you’ll need to hurry if you want to order one as there are only 200 heading to the UK.

Features of the sleek newcomer include completely automated parking assistance; a colour camera system with 360 degree, all-round view; and night vision, for safer driving in poor visibility, which uses a radar system to scan the road ahead for obstacles. It also has a wireless smartphone charging plate, which keeps your smartphone battery topped up on a long drive.

Peugeot celebrate new 508 model with limited edition model called First Edition

Buyers will not only get four years’ free servicing, but also a thank you gift - a set of wireless headphones. Available with either a petrol or diesel engine, customers can reserve their First Edition with a £250 deposit and expect to take delivery of their car from October.

The 508 will officially go on sale here this summer and although prices are to be confirmed we expect the range to start from around £25,000 and goes up to £35,000 for the range topping hybrids.

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Audi A6

Another to have a Geneva unveiling, the latest generation Audi A6 has a similar hi-tech approach to the new Audi A8 and A7 models, with the focus being on fuel economy and hybrid engines; it’s a new generation of car with increased connectivity, safety and a more automated cockpit.

To save fuel and cut emissions the A6 makes extensive use of aluminium in its construction, cutting its weight, and will have `mild’ hybrid engines. The smaller engines can automatically stop and restart at lower speeds and go into a `coast’ mode at higher speeds such as when going downhill. The bigger V6s will have a battery pack recharged during braking and use the energy stored for acceleration.

New Audi A6 making its appearance at the Geneva Motor Show

Its Sat Nav system can `learn’ regular journeys and can even receive or send real time alerts to other Audi vehicles about congestion or delays allowing a different route can be taken.

Audi promises that the A6 will edge more towards BMW’s standards of driver involvement and handling but also have a smoother, softer ride than before. Order books will open mid-summer and the prices will be broadly similar to the current range, starting at around £35,000.

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Jaguar I-PACE

You may well have heard about the much anticipated all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, but now it’s available to order from Swansway Jaguar Crewe and we can add some facts and figures to this remarkable car which is a genuine breakthrough for JLR.

It starts at £63,500 which is cheaper than the main rival, the Tesla 3 Series; Jaguar says that as well as being able to accelerate from rest to 60 in around four seconds the I-PACE will also have a realistic range of 300 miles on a single charge. The batteries can get an 80 per cent recharge in 45 minutes and for complete peace of mind, it comes with an eight year/100,000 mile warranty. Main service intervals are every two years/21,000 miles.

Beautiful new Jaguar I-PACE debuts at the Geneva Motor Show

One of the undoubted stars of Geneva and one of the most significant new cars we will see this year, its athletic lines cover a remarkably spacious interior. The car is a little shorter overall than the F-PACE but has much more room inside because it doesn’t have to accommodate the bulky engine and transmission components of a conventional car.

Modern materials and driver aids are the predominant theme, so it uses sustainable trim textiles rather than leather and the Sat Nav gives not only directional guides, but also predicts battery range by analysing previous driving behaviour and energy use, and then `reading’ the topography up ahead, to take into account terrain such as hills. Even the optional sunroof is advanced, absorbing infra-red light to cool the interior.

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Honda CR-V

The latest generation Honda CR-V breaks new ground for the model by offering seven seats and hybrid engines and in a telling sign of the way the industry is going, no diesels.

On the outside it all looks pretty familiar, but you can see Civic-inspired details around the light clusters and the door panels are now more sculpted. Inside it has a tidier dashboard and driver area and a touch screen now replaces some of the individual buttons.

Of greater note is the third row of seats, available as an option and Honda claims the CR-V has the easiest access to the third row seats in its class and that they’re the most comfortable on long journeys.

The new Honda CR-V debuts at Geneva Motor Show

It has a bigger boot and the powered tailgate is ideal when you have your hands full of shopping bags. Under the bonnet is the optional hybrid, a petrol engine and two electric motors.

Deliveries are tipped to begin this autumn, with the hybrids joining early next year. Honda has yet to set a price, but the current range comes in at about £23,750 and the new car will have to be very similar in what is a competitive market.

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