Geneva motor show 2015: Best of the rest
06 March 2015
Paul Barker, Tom Seymour and Tristan Young take a look at the best of the rest in Switzerland.
Citroen has now spun its premium DS models off into a separate brand, with the facelifted DS5 the first to remove all trace of Citroen badging. Otherwise, a new grille and interior tweaks, including a new seven-inch touchscreen, are the main changes.
Nissan revealed a supermini hatchback concept that previews the next-generation Micra, with design more in line with Nissan's Juke small SUV.
Hyundai i20 Coupe
A three-door coupe version of Hyundai's new supermini adds a bit of sporty flair to the brand, which is usually the more grown-up of the two mainstream South Korean siblings (the other being Kia). The new model is priced from £12,725 and goes on sale on 26 March with a 106g/km 1.4-litre diesel.
Vauxhall Corsa VXR
The new performance king of the Vauxhall range arrives in the UK in May, featuring a 205hp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. A 0-60mph time of just 6.5 seconds is reflected in the 174g/km emissions figure that could be prohibitive for many fleets.
The slow-selling Avensis has gained a substantial facelift. While the front and rear lights are new, the majority of the changes have gone into the interior and the engines. The cabin styling and quality, particularly, is a huge leap forward over the current model. The Avensis also gains a new 1.6 diesel that generates CO2 emissions of just 108g/km, while a new 2.0-litre diesel engine comes in at 119g/km.
Ssangyong's Nissan Juke rival is surprisingly stylish in production form and keeps a lot of the features seen on the concept XIV-Adventure model at the Paris motor show last year. It will launch this summer with a 1.6-litre diesel two-wheel drive model available with emissions at 109g/km.
VW Caddy Life
The Caddy Life passenger version of the new Caddy van was in attendance at the event ahead of a launch later this year. Unlike the van, also due to be launched in 2015, the Life will only come with Euro6 engines, as the new emissions rules are applicable to passenger cars a year earlier than light commercials.
Audi Q7 E-tron
The new Q7 large SUV arrives this year, and the plug-in E-tron model will follow early in 2016. Audi is promising that emissions will be under 50g/km, with a provisional figure of 46g/km.
Suzuki revealed two concepts that will both lead to new models: the iK2 (left) will arrive next year and will sit above the Swift in size, bridging the gap for the brand between supermini and lower medium, while the iM4 (below) is Suzuki's take on a city car crossover, which will sit alongside the new Celerio.
Infiniti wants to get in on the premium small 4x4 market to rival the Audi Q3, and despite being shown as a concept here, the QX30 will make it to the UK in production form next year. Infiniti admits that its fleet offering is still in its infancy in the UK, but having a small 4x4 will help fill out its range, which includes the Q50 upper medium saloon.