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The Geneva Motor Show 2011 opens up the European car-fairs. The first premieres and innovations of the Geneva Motor Show have already been fixed. Here’s a first glance.

Volkswagen presents the VW Up and Golf Cabrio in Geneva in 2011
The city car from Vw – Volkswagen will introduce the production version of VW Up at the Geneva Motor Show. The electric version of VW Up, however, will not come before 2013 on the market. Also, the Wolfsburg brand will come with the convertible version of the Golf and the new VW Beetle. The new “Beetle” will share the technical platform from the current VW Golf …



Opel Astra GTC – the Astra Coupé
Opel promises to bring more dynamics on the new Opel Astra GTC, which was already seen at the Paris Motor Show as a study. The three-door model comes with wider track and dynamically styled body. With the GTC will also label the GSI to be revived. The 210 hp Astra will then compete directly against the GTI. Top Model is back on Astra GTC OPC with 240 hp. The highlight from Opel at the Geneva Motor Show will be the new Zafira.

Opel Astra GTC


Geneva Motor Show 2011: Mercedes SLK and C-Class Coupé
The Stuttgart brand will present the new-generation Mercedes SLK. The roadster will lose its Formula 1 nose and will follow the styling of the Mercedes AMG SLS.


The lights are arranged differently and the front bumper will feature some LED daytime running lights. For the first time a diesel engine in the Mercedes SLK is used.
In addition, Mercedes will bring the C-Class Coupé at the Geneva Motor Show. The two-door gets a more arrow-shaped hood, a modified front spoiler and redesigned headlights. To stand up to competition from Bayern the new C Class Coupe will feature start and stop systems, automatic distance control, and traffic sign recognition.


Hyundai will be present at Geneva Motor Show in 2011 with a European premiere – the i40 station wagon version.
The station wagon Hyundai i40 will hit the market somewhere in June 2011. The car will be powered by a 1.7-liter diesel engine that will provide two different power levels. The cargo space on the new station wagon will be similar to that one found on the Passat Variant.


The Kia Picanto is replaced in 2011 by a new facelift. The new model will lose his baby schema for a more aggressive look. The new model has been styled by Kia’s European design team based in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer – whom Kia poached from Audi.
While Kia has yet to offer any technical details on the new Picanto, it’s likely that it will shared the underpinnings of Hyundai’s diminutive i10 city car – also a potential entrant into the Australian market.


Audi: Hybrids, S7 and RS3
The Audi S7, the sports version of the Audi A7 Sportback that was presented several months ago will celebrate its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in spring 2011. The S7 is expected to be powered by a supercharged 4.0 L V8 engine rated at an estimated 500 hp, giving the car an estimated 185 mph top speed, electronically limited to 155 mph.


As for a transmission choice, the S7 is likely to use a 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch setup, with the A7 using an 8-speed automatic.
The performance-minded S7 sedan should arrive in Audi dealers in late 2011 or early 2012.
Audi’s Q5 hybrid is also coming to Geneva. Audi claims the vehicle will have power comparable to a V6, coupled with fuel consumption like that of a four-cylinder Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) turbodiesel engine vehicle. Under the bonnet is Audi’s turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-litre TFSI unit, good for 208bhp and 258lb ft, the latter available from 1500 to 4200rpm. There’s no manual ‘box or dual-clutch transmission, but an eight-speed automatic, with a disk-shaped electric motor in place of the torque converter. The motor itself produces 33kW and 155lb ft, and also acts as a starter motor and a generator. The total output for the system is 241bhp and 354lb ft.