At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, carmakers showcased lots of nextgeneration hybrid technology but mostly avoided defaulting to the brown-wrapper eco look. Also, there was some astonishingly hot stuff, such as an Infiniti we really hope they build.
HYUNDAI I-ONIQ CONCEPT
What: A swoopy hybrid study with 120 kilometres of electric range, plus a 1,0-litre three-cylinder engine. Size: Honda Civic. Details: It’s pretty, but the design hints too strongly of other brands to see it on the streets in this wrapper.
2013 MERCEDES A-CLASS
What: A Baby Benz to firmly cement the notion that small equals luxury (and eat Mini’s lunch). Size: Ford Focusish. Details: A diesel and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox may also arrive.
NISSAN HI-CROSS CONCEPT
What: A hybrid crossover with a 2,0-litre four and an electric motor. Size: ix35. Details: This hybrid dances to both FWD and AWD beats, perhaps giving Nissan a cheaper way to hybridise all its crossovers.
Go to New on the block (July 2012 issue) to download wallpaper images of selected cars.