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New Hyundai Elantra, Fiat 500L among Geneva cars we'll see here

In no particular order, here are seven new cars we'll be seeing in North America soon.

  • Choosing a car at dealership. Thoughtful grey hair man in formalwear leaning at the car and looking away

GENEVA—In no particular order, here are the vehicles that debuted this week here in Switzerland that we’ll be seeing in North America soon.

Hyundai i30

Back home, we’ll call it the Elantra Touring.

Unlike the prestige brands that are doing so well, mass-marketers often use different model designations in different markets.

Why? You’d have to ask them.

Mechanically, the wagon-ish Touring we’ll get will be very similar to the current Elantra sedan. It’s the reigning Canadian and North American Car of the Year; why would you change anything?

BMW 6 Series Gran Sport

The first four-door coupe from BMW is the company’s response to Mercedes’s CLS and Porsche’s Panamera. It rides on a stretched 6-Series platform. Base powerplant will be the twin-turbo six, with twin-turbo V8 and four-wheel drive models to follow.

BMW also showed a new M6 — essentially the M5 hardware in the two-door coupe body.

Fiat 500L four-door

The ‘L’ stands for ‘Large’. But given it’s a 500, ‘Large’ is very much a relative thing.

Its face looks like the 500, but the rest of the car is sort of a cross between a Mini Clubman and, well, a crossover. It does have four doors and four seats.

Details are scarce, but we’ll certainly get the 1.4 litre MultiAir four cylinder that’s in the 500 ‘Small’.

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Motors president Osamu Masuko bragged here that his company began its electric car program way back in 2006. Now, he continued, everybody has an electric, or at least a hybrid, on their stands.

Given the woeful sales, and technical and infrastructure issues these vehicles all face — all 100 percent predictable, by, among others, yours truly — it was ironic that he’d even bring this up, and then use the rest of his allotted time to introduce a big SUV, the replacement for the Outlander.

Looking pretty much exactly like the awkwardly-named PX-MiEV II concept car from last fall’s Tokyo Motor Show, Outlander will offer a variety of powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid.

Porsche Boxster

The new ‘little’ Porsche is all-new, with a larger yet lighter body, re-worked suspension, and hugely revamped interiors along the lines of the Panamera and new 911.

Base (265 hp) and S (315 hp) models will be offered.

The best news is that a comparably-equipped new one costs less than the old one. Now, that’s progress.

Bentley GTC V8

Bentley showed the convertible version of the GT V8 coupe that debuted in Detroit. The twin-turbo variable displacement engine still produces huge power but with better efficiency — by Bentley standards anyway.

Ferrari F12berlinetta

Yes, that’s how they’re spelling it. It’s the replacement for the 599, the latest in a long line of muscular front-engined V12-powered Ferraris.

To me, the car looks bigger than before, but it’s an illusion: it’s shorter, lower and narrower, with a shorter wheelbase, but a redesigned rear suspension and transmission (en bloc with the rear axle) actually create more interior space.

A new 6.3 litre V12, which generates 740 horsepower on 30 per cent less fuel than its predecessor, makes the F12 the fastest road-going Ferrari around the company’s Fiorano test track.

The smaller California has also been upgraded — 30 more horsepower from its V8 engine, 30 fewer kilograms for it to shove around.

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