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Previewing the 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Arguably the most important motor show of the year opens on 1 March in Geneva. What will debut?

The Geneva show is particularly relevant to the UK automotive industry as it focuses on European vehicles. This year a host of big names are planning international debuts, including Bugatti, Jaguar, Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche. Visitors to the show will be able to enjoy first views of forthcoming production versions as well as some outrageous concepts and exhibitions of new technology.

Most important cars at the Geneva Motor Show

Alpina B7

A modified [BMW 7 Series](http://www.raccars.co.uk/used-bmw/7 Series/), the Alpina B7 is expected to contain the same twin turbo 4.4 litre V8 used in the B5 and B6 models, tuned to squeeze out some extra horsepower.

Aston Martin DB11

Teaser images of Aston Martin's new range topper have already shown us what to expect but Geneva will mark the car's official public debut in super sleek production format. The DB11 will be available with a new 600bhp twin turbo 5.2 litre V12 among its engine options.

Audi Q2

Previously known as the Q1, Audi's smallest SUV is set to be the premium equivalent of the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke.

Audi RS Q3 Performance

The hottest version of the Q3 SUV gets an extra 27bhp over the standard RS Q3 and some extra torque too, which takes it from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and an unlimited top speed of 167mph.

Bugatti Chiron

The much anticipated successor to the legendary Veyron, the Chiron is expected to draw in the crowds as it makes its debut in Geneva. The hybrid supercar produces about 1,479bhp and can reach 270mph.

Citroen Spacetourer Hyphen

A concept version of the Spacetourer MPV, the rugged Hyphen will be introduced at Geneva as part of a badge engineered trio including the Peugeot Traveller and Toyota Proace.

Fiat Tipo

Fiat is bringing back the Fiat Tipo name for a new hatchback which it is hoping will be a big seller in Europe. The new Tipo will use the brand's Multiair and Multijet II petrol and diesel engines.

Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai's answer to the Toyota Prius will be available with three power trains: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicle. The hybrid version will use a 1.6 litre petrol engine backed up by an electric motor.

Jaguar F-Type SVR

This high performance version of the F-Type coupe from JLR's Special Vehicle Operations department can reach 200mph, thanks to a 567bhp 5.0 litre V8.

Lamborghini Centenario

Lamborghini will produce 40 units of this £1.64 million supercar to celebrate the 100th birthday of Ferruccio Lamborghini, the company's founder. According to Lamborghini however, it has already sold all of them.

Maserati Levante

An important new entrant to the new, burgeoning luxury SUV sector, Maserati expects its first SUV to increase sales volumes dramatically. The Maserati will be a rival to the Porsche Cayenne and will be seen in Geneva in production format for the first time, although heavily disguised test mules have been seen out and about.

Unnamed Pininfarina

The Italian design house is promising a new performance car which is as yet unnamed and has only been seen in obscure teaser images.

Renault Scenic

The new Scenic graduates from a useful but dull MPV to resemble one of the new SUVs. After years of cutting its UK line up to almost non-existent levels, Renault will be releasing the new Scenic here later in 2016.

VW Group SUVs

The VW Group is planning a major push on SUVs across its family of brands. The first of a new trio of SUVs from Seat, the Ateca is based upon the Seat Leon hatchback and hopes to take on the mighty Nissan Qashqai. It will be joined by a large Skoda SUV based upon the VW CrossBlue concept. The Yeti's big brother is as yet unnamed but industry rumour suggests the Skoda Kodiak. Both will be at Geneva.

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