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How The Geneva Motor Show Is Saving The Planet

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Manufacturers took advantage of the Geneva Motor Show early this month, to show off their latest planet friendly motoring technology. Some of the low emissions cars on display at the show will reach showrooms soon, some were only concepts and may never make production.

BMW 1 Series

The 1 Series has been given a very subtle facelift, which is most noticeable for the inclusion of a new 116d model to the range. Thanks to a 1.5 litre three cylinder diesel unit, the 116d boasts emissions of 94g/km of CO2, which goes even lower, to 89g/km, for the EfficientDynamics variant.

Aston Martin DBX

Debunking once and for all the staid and boring image of clean, green motoring, the DBX achieves zero emissions, thanks to electric motors on each wheel. It uses lithium sulphur cells for power and features all wheel drive and responsive, drive by wire technology, for the most engaging ride. It's lean, mean and thoroughly Aston Martin. The DBX is expected to reach the production line, albeit powered by a V8 petrol unit.

Audi Q7 e-tron

The Q7 e-tron shows how things have changed since SUVs first became known as gas guzzlers. Capable of 166mpg and CO2 emissions of 50g/km, the Q7 e-tron can also get to 62mph within six seconds.

Honda FCV Concept

Powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and an electric motor, this zero emissions concept is set for production in 2016. The fuel cell is smaller, lighter and more powerful than any Honda has previously made.

Hyundai Tucson Plug In Hybrid Concept

Soon to hit the production line, two hybrid concepts were shown by Hyundai. The first added some electric power to a 2.0 litre diesel unit, slightly improving fuel consumption and bringing emissions down to 109g/km. The other features a 1.7 litre diesel engine with an electric motor and produces a very clean 48g/km in CO2.

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II

Both a design study and a guinea pig for Mitsubishi's new plug in hybrid technology, the XR-PHEV II is a small crossover for the next decade. The company hasn't given many details on the petrol electric hybrid powertrain, but claims CO2 emissions of just 40g/km.

Mercedes-Benz Vision e Concept

Featuring probably the most advanced powertrain technology ever to be used in a van, this V-Class variant boasts 94mpg and CO2 emissions of 71g/km. Pure electric range is 31 miles and as a plug in, it can manage an awful lot of deliveries on very little fuel. Set to reach UK forecourts next year.

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