All of the key players from the global automobile industry will be gathering at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show, which opens today and runs until March 13, 2016. This includes all the major manufacturers, plus the top automotive designers and preparation specialists, who will be presenting more than 120 World and European Premiers.
The Motor Show was officially opened by the Swiss Federal Counsellor and Head of the Department of the Interior, Mr. Alain Berset, accompanied by the President of the Geneva Republic and State Council, Mr. Francois Longchamp and Mr. Maurice Turrettini, President of the Motor Show, plus numerous other representatives from the Swiss political, economic, and industrial sectors. The general public can attend during the 11 days of the Motor Show from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. during weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the weekends.
“All of the major manufacturers plus numerous top designers and preparation specialists will be present for the 86th edition, a sign of the confidence that the automobile world has in this event year after year and that reaffirms our place among the 5 most important automobile expositions in the world and the quality of its organisation,” affirmed Mr. Maurice Turrettini, President of the Geneva International Motor Show. Mr. André Hefti, Managing Director, added “We will have some 200 exhibitors from 30 countries. They will occupy the total 77,323 square metres of the 7 exhibition halls of Palexpo. Between 650,000 and 700,000 visitors will be attending during the eleven days of the event, which makes the Motor Show the most important exhibition in Switzerland.”
“SuisseEnergie”, the promotional platform of the Swiss National Energy office and presenting sponsor of the 2016 Motor Show, has developed an app called “Salon Car Collector” which enables visitors interested in energy-efficient vehicles to easily find their way to them. Here is a brief look at some of the greenest world premieres.
Hyundai Motor is introducing the All-New IONIQ line-up consisting of IONIQ Hybrid, Electric and Plug-in. The Hybrid and Plug-in both feature the new Kappa 1.6 GDI, direct injection petrol, four-cylinder engine with a thermal efficiency of 40 percent, delivering 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque.
The IONIQ Hybrid’s electric motor delivers 32 kW with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats. In combination with the 1.6-GDI engine, IONIQ Hybrid offers a system output of 103.6 kW and up to 265 Nm of torque accelerating to a top speed of 185 km/h with targeted CO2 emissions as low as 79 g/km (combined).
Drivers choosing the IONIQ Plug-in can safely rely on over 50 kilometres of estimated pure electric driving range powered by the potent 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The 45kW electric motor together with the 1.6 GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine targets CO2 emissions as low as 32 g/km.
The IONIQ Electric offers pure e-mobility through a 28 kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery for an estimated range of over 250 km. The instantly available maximum torque of 295 Nm is delivered by the electric motor with maximum output of 88 kW through the single-speed reducer transmission accelerating the car up to 165 km/h.
A highlight of the ŠKODA VisionS (SUV) concept vehicle is its plug-in hybrid drive: with 165 kW, the show car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds with a top speed of almost 200 km/h. 1.9 litres of petrol is all the car needs to travel 100 km (45g CO2/km). The ŠKODA VisionS can go up to 50 km on electric alone, and will travel up to 1000 km with both systems combined.
The internal combustion engine is a 1.4 TSI with 115 kW and 250 Nm of torque. This works alongside an e-motor that provides 40 kW of continuous power and 220 Nm peak torque. It is integrated into the six-speed DSG, which directs the power to the front wheels. A second electric motor with up to 85 kW and 270 Nm of torque drives the rear axle. This works independently of the front axle drive, meaning the show car has a smart four-wheel drive, which requires no mechanical coupling. The three engines cooperate in a highly flexible manner: The driver of the ŠKODA VisionS can choose between several modes of operation – from purely electric drive to charge modes, always with the goal of maximum efficiency. The lithium-ion battery with a 12.4kWh capacity is positioned in front of the rear axle.
The new up! leaves nothing to be desired in terms of powertrain, with a choice between powerful gasoline engines (with an available 66 kW unit), efficient natural gas or innovative electric power units. A number of models will be appearing – there are three equipment lines, a cross-version and the spacious, 2-seater load up! – as well as new exterior colours, seat fabrics, dashpads and decorative decal designs which give each up! its own individual character. Another novelty is the smartphone integration, allowing access to navigation, music and vehicle data when used with the Volkswagen app. In addition, the “up! beats”, with a 300-watt sound system designed in collaboration with US audio specialists BeatsAudio™, joins the lineup.
As the first street-legal low-voltage EV of the Quant series, the Quantino with nanoFlowcell® powertrain is premiering in its “near standard” configuration at the Motor Show. Starting its career as a mere concept vehicle in 2015, the Quantino has been completely revised. Rated at just 48 volts and with an output of 80 kW split between four electric motors, the all-wheel drive Quantino represents a significant improvement on the one-fill, one-charge range achievable with electric vehicles. The production of the modular-designed Quantino in a small-batch run is essentially possible, with a feasibility study due this year to provide the basis for the final decision.
Taking inspiration from 1930’s aero-engine race cars, classic motorcycles and 1950’s fantasy automatons, the all-electric Morgan EV3 prototype looks at the world of zero emissions motoring from an entirely different perspective. It embraces new technology, delivers responsible driving excitement and continues to celebrate traditional British motor manufacturing. Following a soft launch of the Phase 1 EV3 mule vehicle in 2015, Morgan will showcase the final ‘pre-production phase’ car which reveals the restyled body and interior. Weighing less than 500kg, the all-electric 3 Wheeler has a range of 150 miles. Encased within the tubular space frame chassis is a 20 KWh Lithium Battery and a liquid cooled 46 kW motor driving the rear wheel.