The Week That Was: Geneva Motor Show, February VFACTS, 4C Spider Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Mar, 09 2014 | 0 Comments

The 84th annual Geneva Motor Show owned the headlines this week, with a wave of new models and concepts unveiled before and during the show.

New models ranged from the Honda Civic Type-R preview to the Rinspeed XchangE concept; and everything in between.

To see what else the big motor show had to offer, check out our Geneva rundown.

When the curtain comes down on Geneva, attention will turn to the New York Auto Show, April 18-27.

We can expect the World Car of the Year to be announced in New York, along with the award’s individual class winners.

The WCotY finalists in all categories were announced this week, with the Audi A3, BMW 4 Series and the Mazda3 lining up for the top prize.

Alfa Romeo unveiled a new soft top version of its 4C sports car at the Geneva, previewing a 2015 4C Spider.

This example is just a concept, but as Alfa has already confirmed the 4C Spider will go into production in 2015, expect the finished product to look very similar.

Weight-saving measures have kept the deficit over the coupe to just 60kg, but the Spider matches the ‘regular’ 4C’s zero to 100km/h time of 4.5 seconds.

In other news, Maserati unveiled its Alfieri 2+2 Concept in Geneva, previewing a likely GranTurismo Coupe replacement.

Ford announced a new marketing strategy for its local line-up - something that some consider (including TMR) is way overdue - along with an earlier arrival date for the new Mustang.

The February VFACTS new car sales figures were released this week; it was a great month for Mazda and its all-new Mazda3.

The 2015 Mazda2 was previewed in the Hazumi concept at Geneva, powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine.

Volvo detailed its 2014 S60 Polestar performer this week, with a new larger brake package and paddle-shifters among the major upgrades.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander has now arrived in Australia, with refreshed styling, new features and an updated interior.

Nissan used Geneva to show-off its updated Juke SUV, with interior improvements and mechanical updates.

Need a car that can bolt from 0-400km/h in 20 seconds? Koenigsegg’s One:1 hypercar, unveiled in Geneva this week, may be the car for you - but all six units have been sold.

BMW revealed its X4 Sports Active Coupe this week, ahead of an Australian arrival in late 2014.

Jeep’s new compact Renegade SUV was also unveiled, with an Australian debut expected sometime in 2015.

Could a new Corolla Sprinter be on the cards? ‘No comment’ from Toyota at this stage, but we think the evidence for a new two-door Corolla is strong.



Another revolving door at the TMR Garages this week (actually, it’s a big roller door), beginning with the 2014 Volkswagen Golf Wagon 90TSI Comfortline. Check out our review.

We drove the 2014 Citroen DS5 Dsport HDi Diesel Automatic, impressed by its sharp steering and handling, combined with edgy French styling.

Toyota’s new Corolla Sedan arrived in Australia recently, and we drove the refined and surprisingly roomy Ascent Petrol Automatic this week.

The 2014 BMW 435i M Sport Coupe is all yours for $108,500 plus on-roads, and we put the new two-door BMW through its paces.

We found the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Premium Automatic Petrol Sedan to be feature-packed with a smooth ride, but lacking a little in head and seat room.

Finally, for those who have never heard of the Blade S Electric Car, check out our review. Hint: Blade is Australian.

And that’s… the week that was.

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