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Geneva motor show: EVs, autonomous tech, and the end of GM in Europe

March 10th, 2017

Electric powertrains and driver-assist features have been the cutting edge in automotive technology for a while now, and at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show both were more in evidence than ever.

There were the obligatory supercars, of course, from Ferrari’s 812 Superfast and Lamborghini’s Huracan Performante to McLaren’s 720S, with styling that was less than universally loved. Aston Martin’s Adrian Newey-masterminded AM-RB 001 now sported the name Valkyrie and showed off a profile so slender it seems hard to imagine a 6.5-litre V12 and a driver will both fit inside. There were also debuts for the production version of Techrules’ Ren turbine-powered range-extender EV and the (Williams-engineered) Vanda Dendrobium prototype from Singapore, which may make limited production. Even Tata got in on the performance car act, with the Racemo sports car powered by a 187bhp (140kW) 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo engine.

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2016 Geneva Motor Show: Supercars, concepts… and cars you can actually afford

March 3rd, 2016

You might think the Volkswagen group would be wise to keep a low profile at the moment, in the wake of the devastating diesel engine emissions scandal that has yet to play out to its conclusion. But no, the news from the Geneva motor show is dominated by VW group in the shape of its new hypercar, the Bugatti Chiron.

The replacement for the remarkable but frankly absurd Veyron is all the more remarkable, not least for managing to get built at all in a time when VW has pledged to restrict itself to essential, core activities. It’s remarkable, too, in that it takes virtually every Veyron metric and bests it.

Bugatti Chiron

The Chiron is (slightly) longer and wider, significantly taller, and about 150kg heavier than the Veyron, despite weight-saving measures including the use of a full carbon composite structure, a carbon intake manifold and engine cover, titanium brake callipers, and a titanium exhaust system.

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