22 February 2012 12:02am
Will Ford's new B-MAX be the cleverest little car this year? The new Fiesta-sized MPV has its central body B-pillars incorporated into the doors so there's a 1.5m long opening on either side of the car. Easy to get in and out of and you should be able to load large items through the side doors too which should make Ikea trips a lot less stressful.
BMW’S M6 COUPE
This is BMW’s fastest and most powerful road car yet. Powered by a 560hp V8 M TwinPower Turbo engine, the M6 is capable of 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. The flagship 6-Series has near 50:50 weight distribution and has an M-specific chassis, so it should handle well when it goes on sale in September. Price £93,795.
MAZDA TO SHOW 6 SALOON IN GENEVA
<a href="http://www.mazda.co.uk/" target="_blank">Mazda</a> is showing its new 6 saloon model at the Geneva motor show next month. Called the Takeri concept, the car should be virtually identical to the production 6 which will go on sale next year. The saloon will feature Mazda’s highly efficient <a href="http://www.mazda.co.uk/showroom/cx-5/driving-performance-skyactiv-technology/" target="_blank">SkyActiv</a> engines and lightweight suspension so it should perform well in terms of emissions and economy.
PEUGEOT HOT HATCH
Peugeot's original hot hatch is on the way back. The 208 GTi – successor to the iconic 205 GTi – has the same 1.6-litre turbocharged engine which powers the RCZ THP 200 sportscar. The three-door hatch has a wider running track at front and rear and a rear roof spoiler to generate downforce. It debuts in Geneva next month.
MASERATI’S TURISMO SPORT
Maserati's beautiful GranTurismo S is being replaced by the sportier GranTurismo Sport. The restyled coupe has a new front bumper design, new LED headlights and more aggressive taillights. The interior has been reworked with redesigned seats and steering wheel. Performance is increased thanks to a V8 engine which is now capable of 460hp.
Just when you thought the Mini brand could not be extended any further, Mini has announced it is introducing a van concept called the Mini Clubvan at next month's Geneva motor show. Essentially a van version of the Mini Clubman model, the van has just two seats and a load bay. It could be on British roads later this year.
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