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2015 Geneva Motor Show

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The auto industry is frantically gearing up for this year's Geneva Motor Show - the biggest and most important motor show in the automotive calendar. The 85th edition begins on 5 March and this year is expected to host more new offerings and concept cars from major manufacturers than ever before.

Supercars and hot hatches will be in the spotlight this year but there's plenty of mainstream interest too. Here are the key models making debuts at the show:

Audi R8 - the second generation of Audi's supercar will be seen in the flesh for the first time. Sharing components with the Lamborghini Huracan, the R8 is expected to be offered in V8 and V10 formats, while a plug-in hybrid version is set to challenge the BMW i8. Audi will also be showing off the booming second generation RS3 at Geneva.

Ferrari 488 GTB - the replacement for the 458 Italia is even sleeker and comes with a 661bhp unit under the bonnet. The all new engine is the first time Ferrari has used a turbocharger in mid-engined format, which has been a controversial move.

McLaren 675LT - 'LT' for 'Long Tail', a more powerful, lighter and more extreme version of the 650S. Also on show will be the hardcore P1 GTR, a petrol electric, track focused 986bhp monster, carrying a price tag of £1.9 million. Gulp.

Ford Focus RS - the hottest hot hatch from Ford yet, wearing the well known RS badge and with 318bhp to play with. It looks like a serious rival to the VW Golf R, particularly thanks to a very competitive £30,000 price tag.

Renault Kadjar - Renault's recently announced attempt to break the Nissan Qashqai's stranglehold on the crossover market is based upon its successful Captur model.

Skoda Superb - The third generation of Skoda's large saloon promises excellent value for money. Vauxhall Viva - an all new city car wearing the old Viva name is set to be an interesting budget option.

Borgward Far from the mainstream but rather special, Borgward was a well known name in the Fifties which is making a return for the 21st century. The grandson of the brand's founder is at the helm and has released a teaser picture of a retro styled new model in two seater GT form, although very little else is known about the car at this point.

Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Lexus, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Morgan, Porsche and Seat will also have some fresh and interesting new metal on their displays.

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