The Geneva Motor Show 2012 is in full swing, with some well-known names showing off only the most absurd concept cars (*COUGH*Bentley*COUGH*). But, so far, Geneva 2012 can be regarded as a massive success, with a lot of positive news coming from the industry’s favourite Swiss show. Last week saw Nissan announce 2,000 new jobs will be created at its Sunderland plant thanks to its new Invitation model, whilst the Lamborghini Aventador J has undoubtedly been one of the stars of the show so far.
Wait until the show is over before you compare new cars, is our advice! Below is a round-up of the most notable stories from the week beginning 12 March 2012:
The New Ford Fiesta ST
The new Ford Fiesta ST will be available from 2013
The Ford Fiesta has been an incredible success for the company (it's one of our most popular models when people compare Ford leasing quotes). The new ST model should be available to buy in UK early 2013, costing approximately £18,000. But how does it improve on the previous model? It releases 20 per cent less CO2 emissions, its output is boosted to 178bhp and 177 torques, and it’s also 20 per cent more powerful, overall. The Fiesta ST can reach 0-62mph in under seven seconds, has three doors, handles very well, looks fantastic and is bound to be a sure-fire hit when it’s released.
The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Rumour has it the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta will cost 250000 pounds
'Tearing up the track' is such a horrible, filthy cliché, but we seriously can’t imagine the Ferrari F12 doing anything else. That’s because of its 6.3-litre engine that produces a whopping produces 730bhp, making it the most powerful road-worthy Ferrari ever to roll off the production line. It’s lighter than the 599 model, comprising of over 12 different alloy types to reduce its overall weight by 20 per cent. And, like only the largest playground bully, it shows off what it can do by reaching 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds. Boaster.
The New Renault Zoe
Will the Renault Zoe be the mother of all electric cars
Ford has already shown off its first ever consumer electric car at Geneva 12 with the Ford Focus Electric, and now it's Renault's turn to show off its green credentials. The Renault Zoe is hoping to get a jump on its competitors by releasing in the Autumn in the UK, at the very agreeable price of £13,650.
It might be worth waiting a while before you compare new Renault prices. The Zoe is a very snazzy-looking supermini that can reach up to 130 miles on its official cycle – more than any other electric vehicle currently on the market. The downside? The battery will cost around £70 a month to charge. Renault’s argument for not including it in the overall price is that people roughly spend the same amount of money on petrol each month, justifying the price. Does that sit well with you?
The Koenigsegg Agera R
The magnificent Koenigsegg Agera R scared many from the show floor
Nestled in one of the corners on the show floor was a one-off hypercar, a Swedish car intent on making everyone tremble before it with its completely over-the-top growl. The Koenigsegg Agera R is a 5.0-litre V8 with a big ol’ 1,115bhp engine. Though it’s the kind of car that sends people into an instant state of disbelief and makes them question the very futility of man’s existence, we have to admit it is a pretty stunning piece of machinery. We'll see if we can get it on a contract hire basis for you, just bear with us (they aren't picking up the phone)...