Friday, 10 March 2017

Geneva motor show: EVs, autonomous tech, and the end of GM in Europe

Electric powertrains and driver-assist features have been the cutting edge in automotive technology for a while now, and at this year's Geneva International Motor Show both were more in evidence than ever.

There were the obligatory supercars, of course, from Ferrari's 812 Superfast and Lamborghini's Huracan Performante to McLaren's 720S, with styling that was less than universally loved. Aston Martin's Adrian Newey-masterminded AM-RB 001 now sported the name Valkyrie and showed off a profile so slender it seems hard to imagine a 6.5-litre V12 and a driver will both fit inside. There were also debuts for the production version of Techrules' Ren turbine-powered range-extender EV and the (Williams-engineered) Vanda Dendrobium prototype from Singapore, which may make limited production. Even Tata got in on the performance car act, with the Racemo sports car powered by a 187bhp (140kW) 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo engine.

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