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More Auto Brands Show Off Wares at Geneva Show

More Auto Brands Show Off Wares at Geneva Show

By Jeff Youngs, March 06, 2012
Here's what some global auto brands were highlighting at the Geneva International Auto Show this week:

Infiniti showed audiences in Geneva Emerg-E, a concept mid-engine sports car built with a battery-powered electric motor and range-extending gasoline engine. Infiniti claims a 30-mile range for the plug-in. It was the first Infiniti model to be developed in Europe, according to the company. The luxury marque also is understood to be less than two years away from introducing its own version of the all-electric Leaf, marketed by sibling mainstream brand Nissan.

Mercedes-Benz introduced an all-new A-Class hatchback that will become its first compact model sold in the United States. The third-generation A-Class is longer and wider than predecessors and adopts a fresh, sporty look. It arrives in European showrooms in September and is scheduled to enter an increasingly competitive U.S. small-car luxury market next year.

Nissan introduced the Invitation concept, a subcompact whose production versions it aims to use to target subcompact models such as the Ford Fiesta. The actual car will be very similar to that previewed at Geneva, the company said.

Porsche displayed a revamped Boxster that has more horsepower, and cleaner (lower emissions) engines. With a starting price of $49,500, the new Boxster goes on sale in North America this summer. The Boxster is a halo car for the luxury-performance brand and is considered critical to helping Porsche reach a goal of delivering 140,000 sales this year versus 119,000 worldwide last year.

Land Rover unveiled the next generation of its Evoque SUV: a convertible concept car that the automaker calls the "most sustainable" luxury SUV for the brand ever produced. The topless version of the 2-door Evoque is supposed to highlight the brand's design flair.

Volkswagen debuted for Europe its Cross Coupe concept at Geneva, which is a plug-in hybrid that also includes one of VW's next-generation turbo-diesel engines. It was originally unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show last fall with a gasoline engine. For VW, the Cross Coupe also represents a design departure, featuring an angular tail with a sharply sloped rear window.
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