2013 GENEVA SHOW STARS
Car makers from the Far East are displaying novel ideas rather than new metal for the showroom.
After putting the i-MiEV city car on the road, Mitsubishi wants to offer a slightly bigger car with longer mileage. The CA-MiEV comes with a 109hp electric motor that can travel up to 300km on single charge.
We think: A range-extending hybrid still sounds more realistic.
The GR-HEV points to three things: clues to how the next-generation Triton could look, a new 2.5-litre diesel-turbo engine and an electrified hybrid variation of it capable of spewing out just 149g/km.
We think: See the vehicle for yourself at this month's Bangkok motor show.
Similarly to Subaru, SsangYong wants to convey a new family face for its cars in the coming years. The SIV-1 possibly previews a refresh for the Korando SUV, too.
We think: Too bad the new Stavic can't look like this.
This crossover concept is showing the new design language for future Subarus, as well as a 2.0-litre plug-in diesel-electric hybrid driving all four wheels.
We think: Whatever, just make Subarus good-looking once and for all.
South Korea's second-largest maker is dreaming up an ambitious plan to build a fashionable B-segment hatchback to rival the likes of the Mini. The Provo's power comes from a 249hp 1.6-litre diesel-electric hybrid.
We think: Kia's German designer is really showing his grit.
The three-wheel, two-seat i-Road is designed to be as agile to drive as a motorcycle, self-balances in corners and is capable of running on pure electricity for 50km.
We think: Segway may be inspired to do something similar.
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- Writer: Richard Leu
Position: Motoring news Editor