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Eclectic mix at Geneva


The Geneva Motor Show has always been about displaying a diverse array of vehicles.Below are three very different cars, but each one of them is important in their own respect.

ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars unveiled its Ghost Series II to the world. The Ghost Series II delivers the industry-leading technology from Rolls-Royce clad in a subtle redesign. The launch of Ghost Series II is aimed at consolidating the Ghost’s position as the most popular car in the €200 000+ (about R3 million+) class and as a cornerstone of Rolls-Royce’s continuing success.

Changes include resculpted LED headlights encircled by daytime running lights with what the brand calls the tapered ‘wake channel’ on the bonnet, which is meant to mimic that of a jet’s vapour trail or wake of a luxury yacht. The bumpers have also been redesigned to create a stronger stance and a sense of extra width and height.

The Honda Type R Concept has been testing at the Nürburgring in Germany recently and has taken time off of its pursuit for power to wow show goers in its concept form.

The aim with this car is to create an aerodynamic performance hatch. The shape and angle of the standout rear spoiler, for example, has been designed to provide additional downforce as a direct response to information gained through track testing. Additionally, the upper and lower front grilles have been enlarged and air outlets on the bonnet provide cooling for the high-output engine.

The front and rear fenders have been widened to accommodate 20-inch tyres and air outlets are integrated to optimise airflow. When combined, these features deliver maximum cooling, greater grip and ultimately, optimum performance. The Type R will be the first Honda to get the VTecTurbo engine, which is a 2.0-litre unit said to produce in excess of 206kW.

There is a new baby Jeep called the Renegade, which made its debut at the show too. The small SUV will be available with both Active Drive and Active Low 4x4, which provide driving modes for various conditions.

There will be some 16 powertrain options built, of which each will be considered for introduction according to strategic planning. It will be the first small SUV to come with the option of a nine-speed gearbox.

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