2012 Geneva Motor Show Highlights: Neutral Ground, Opulence And Excess Page 3

March 6, 2012
New Audi A3 Hatchback live photos, 2012 Geneva Motor Show

New Audi A3 Hatchback live photos, 2012 Geneva Motor Show

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We've waited a long time for a completely redesigned Audi A3, and it's finally here. The all-new version that has bowed at Geneva finally brings this compact hatch up-to-date with the freshened design cues of the rest of the Audi lineup—including a version of Audi's MMI screen-based interface, appearing in this model for the first time. Euro-market models will get a mix of strong direct-injection four-cylinder gasoline engines, or a version of the torquey TDI (turbo-diesel) four-cylinder, and while U.S. details haven't yet been announced, we're expecting some of the same here. Look for a five-door version to join this three-door model by the time of its U.S. arrival late next year, or more likely early in 2013.

2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class

2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class

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Mercedes-Benz has brought some forward thinking a more youthful design, and premium materials into its compact A Class models, completely redesigned and introduced at Geneva. Expect direct-injection four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines with auto start/stop for most of the lineup—as well as turbodiesels for Europe. This fashionable Mercedes-Benz A Class hatch is potentially headed to the U.S., and shows signs of seriously targeting younger buyers, as it includes a next-generation screen interface and an integrated version of Apple's Siri speech-processing technology.

Two other small wagon models made their debut at Geneva. The completely new Euro-market version of the Hyundai i30 wagon—based on the new Elantra—could make a fashionable new Elantra Touring model for the U.S. But Hyundai, like GM, which showed its Cruze Wagon at Geneva, insists that no wagon version is in the cards for this side of the pond.

Ford Tourneo Custom Concept

Ford Tourneo Custom Concept

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One global product we will be getting this time around is the new Ford Transit full-size van. The Tourneo concept shown at Geneva reviews the next generation of Ford's Transit vans—and this one is bound to fully replace Ford's aged E-Series (Econoline) models. Ford coordinated the concept's showing with an announcement that it would install the EcoBoost V-6 into U.S. Transits.

There's plenty more from the Geneva show not covered here. Visit our companion site Motor Authority for more details, as well as live photos and more information from the show floor.

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