The 2014 Geneva Motor show
The International Geneva Motor Show (Salon International de l’Auto) is an annual motor show traditionally held in March in the Swiss city of Geneva. The show is historically located at the Geneva Palexpo, which is conveniently located near to the Geneva Cointrin International Airport. First held in 1905, the Salon has hosted most of the major internal combustion engine models in the history of automobile, along with benzene and steam-powered cars from the beginning of the century. Exotic supercars often take the spotlight during their debuts at the show. The Geneva Motor Show is a huge event for manufacturers to show off their latest models and technology.
There is massive hype and anticipation for this year’s Geneva Motor Show, with lots of new car releases, concept cars and the latest in-car technology.
The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4
The Lamborghini Huracan will be one of the many main attractions at this years Geneva Motor Show. The Huracan has recently been at the centre of global tour for Lamborghini, put on for all their VIP clients. Having already notched up 700 pre-orders the Lamborghini Huracan has hit the ground running even before it is officially revealed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 will be put in the same class as the Ferrari 458 and the McLaren MP4-12C. Pricing is set to start at around £180,000, but with some extra options this can easily rise to over £200,000. These pricy options include luxury interior enhancements, extra special paint schemes, a lifting system and improved suspension.
Now to the engine, this is a mouth-watering naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 from the Lamborghini Gallardo. It is tuned to 610PS (602bhp). To help with balance and performance, the engine is set smack bang in the middle. The new Huracan’s V10 has the direct fuel injection and also the multi-point fuel injection. It has the power to combine both of these systems to increase efficiently. And it also has the ever-popular start-stop system.
The new Lamborghini Huracan can reach speeds of 202mph(325km/h).And it has the blistering power to accelerate from 0-62mph(100km/h) in just 3.2 seconds and from 0-124mph(200km/h) in an impressive 9.9 seconds. The Huracan has a weight of 1,422kg, which represents a power to weight ratio of 2.33kg per horsepower. This model has the new Lamborghini magnetically controlled suspension system, which utilises magneto rheological fluid to quickly change how the suspension acts. This ensures performance and usability. The Huracan shares various components with the yet to be released latest generation Audi R8 allowing both cars to benefit from the Volkswagen group’s sports car technology.
The new Huracan’s interior has various personalised options for more comfort inside the car. It features a huge choice for full electric control and heating of the sports seats in addition to the normal lengthwise alignment and electric backrest. If you need satellite navigation you’ll have to reach into your pocket as it is an optional extra.
There are many aspects of the new Huracan that are technologically advanced. The car benefits from full LED lighting, which creates higher contrast at night. It also has the optional ‘’Lamborghini Dynamic Steering’’ to add to the standard power steering.
New Citroen C4 Cactus
The new Citroen C4 Cactus has been Officially released today at the Geneva Motor Show, it is very close to the Cactus concept presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This production model retains most of its origionality.Thanks to its design, comfort, up to date technology and competitive running costs the C4 Cactus is one of the stars of this years Geneva Motor Show.
Citroen boss Pierre Monferrini explained that the reaction to the concept had been “very positive” and it was a “very important step for us as the concept is a very difficult one to explain without a concept car”. Cactus is an unual name for a car but will become a name used for Citroëns that aim to offer a simple, but affordable car packed with features of what they need and no frivolous extras.
New Honda Civic Type R
The new Honda Civic Type R makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and it has raised a few eyebrows already with its super streamline design. The new type R is set to line up against competitors such as the Ford Focus RS and VW Golf R, rather than the Focus ST and the Golf GTI.
This Honda Type R concept has been built in less than 6 months by a team of just 3 people from Honda’s Swindon design centre, this project was led by a senior project designer called Masaro Hasegawa. He explained that the cars flamboyant design can look quite menacing, but has been developed with aerodynamics in mind.
There is much more to come from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in Part 2