MOTOR SHOW: Generation Geneva - The show's most important business cars
23 April 2013
A mixture of all-new models, concept cars and updates caught the eye at this year's Geneva motor show. Paul Barker, Jack Carfrae and Rachel Burgess take a look at the crucial corporate cars revealed in Switzerland.
Top 10 all-new models
1 Lexus IS
What is it? The new premium upper medium saloon from Lexus.
Why is it interesting to business? At 99g/km in SE trim, the new IS300h is the first compact xecutive model to break through the 100g/km barrier and combines a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor.
When is it on sale? July 2013.
Any other business? Beware the trim levels, as the IS300h emits 103g/km in Luxury trim and 109g/km in F-sport and Premium specification. There is also a 2.5-litre V6 IS250 model at 199g/km.
2 BMW 3-series GT
What is it? Following in the footsteps of the mostly unloved 5-series GT, the 3-series version is the new, longer, taller hatchback variant in the range, joining the saloon and touring iterations.
Why is it interesting to business? BMW is after the Audi A5 Sportback and the forthcoming Mercedes CLA. The idea is to have more functionality - for example, it has the same rear space as a 5-series saloon - while offering something different to a conventional four-door or estate.
When is it on sale? May 2013.
Any other business? It's about £1500 more than the Touring but has extras such as wheel upgrades.
3 Nissan Note
What is it? Nissan's new crack at the heart of the supermini sector.
Why is it interesting to business? Rather than a supermini-MPV, Nissan claims the new Note is now a core rival for the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.
When is it on sale? October 2013.
Any other business? The Safety Shield package of blind-spot detection, lane departure warning and moving object detection will be standard on top-spec models, and optional on mid-trim. It works using cameras rather than sensors, and incorporates a wash and dry system to keep the lens clear.
4 Infiniti Q50
What is it? Infiniti's first credible attack on the core fleet sector.
Why is it interesting to business? A 114g/km diesel engine sourced from Mercedes gives the Q50 a genuine chance of appealing to buyers of the BMW 3-series and Audi A4 in particular. The firm is also focusing on the technological offering of the Q50, with a range of features designed to appeal to tech-savvy company car drivers.
When is it on sale? September 2013.
Any other business? Infiniti is adding another four new dealers this year, and five more in 2014.
5 Ford Ecosport
What is it?Compact SUV that's big in the South American market but hasn't made it to Europe until now.
Why is it interesting to business? The Ecosport will sit beneath the new Kuga small 4x4 and offer superior running costs and a lower price point in exchange for a bit less room. It will be powered by Ford's 125hp 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine and a new 90hp 1.5-litre diesel unit. The latter engine is tipped to offer "class-leading" fuel economy.
When is it on sale? Late 2013.
Any other business? Ford will also introduce the Edge - a large SUV that will sit above the Kuga.