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Geneva motor show preview

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The Geneva motor show is generally considered to be one of the most important international motor shows on the calendar with a lot of automakers looking to launch or unveil their new models there. Here's a short list of what to expect there this year.

 

Take one small hatchback, give it a high-revving small engine, keep the weight as low as possible and you end up with a recipe for a fun hot-hatch. That's exactly what Peugeot did with the 205 GTi and that's what this new 208 GTi concept aims to do too. It's got all the styling cues to set it apart from the normal 208 all right, There's a French flag (the union jack if you're buying in the UK) on the front bumper, aluminium GTi badges all around and large wheels with red brake calipers showing through.

Providing the go for this car is a 1.6-litre engine, which doesn't seem like much now, but couple that with the light weight of the car and a slick shifting six-speed gearbox and you've got yourself a fun hatch. The sporty cues carry on to the inside of the car also, with perforated Napa leather adorning the seats with red accent stitching to round out the package. Now this is one car we definitely comes over when Peugeot comes to India.


At AutoExpo this year, we caught a glimpse of the SsangYong XIV-1 crossover concept which was quite the crowd puller for them. They’re planning on bringing another crossover with a smilar name to Geneva this year. Called the XIV-2, this is a convertible crossover concept which aims to combine the utility of an SUV with the fun of a convertible. The top is a targa-style cloth roof with one-touch operation, so you can have that wind in your hair feeling within seconds of clicking the retract button. What’s more, the open top also allows you to carry large cargo if the need arises. The car comes with a choice of two engines, a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel which will give the car enough poke while still being economical.