Well, the Geneva Motor Show is going hot and heavy, with a lot of new models, upgrades, and a new optimism, writes Brian Byrne. Not everything is reported here, but we'll catch up later with what's left out. Meanwhile, it's the most comprehensive coverage on any Irish motoring website.
The powertrains will be familiar, medium output versions of the 1.2 turbocharged petrol and 1.5 diesels from the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and well proven they are too.
The car was tricked out in map terrain contours in pink against white, a pink anti scuff protection on the roof rail, and snow/mud chains with pink cross-links. Not sure who they were aiming it, but was eyecatching, and linked to the revised Multispace itself. The Grip Control traction management has already proved itself useful in other models from the PSA group.
Probably not to take the limelight from the DS brand liftoff, the company otherwise showed the upgraded C4 range, alongside the C4 Cactus, C1 and C4 Picassos.
No details of the powertrain have been released. Previous 'EXP' designated Bentley concepts have resulted in production vehicles. An SUV previously concepted will become the Benlay SUV next year.
Bentley currently sells the Continental Flying Spur four-door sedan, Continental GT coupe and the flagship Mulsanne sedan.
The twin turbocharged V6 engine is linked to three electric motors and has a 9-speed dual clutch transmission, and the overall powertrain is AWD. The body is a mix of modern advanced materials, including aluminium and composite on an aluminium space-frame.
The rear direct-drive electric motor, housed between the engine and transmission, supports acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance. The NSX's front wheels are driven by twin independent high-output electric motors which deliver instantaneous torque response and dynamic left-to-right torque distribution.
Honda's City-Brake Active system will be fitted as standard on the Civic Type R, which goes on sale in its first European markets this summer.
The style designs might well have the people at their Audi branch looking a little worried, while the inclusion of a PHEV powertrain with over 370hp across the 3.0 V6/two electric motors system suggests supercar ambition way beyond Golf GTI. With the equivalent of a claimed 118mpg equivalent in fuel consumption.
Power will be from a brace of 2.1 diesels, as well as petrol engine options, with a 130hp diesel being the most popular, and most frugal.
We wait with interest for the production derivative.
All home comforts — and many that nobody ever gets at home— are available to the pampered people in the back.
The promise is of comfort too. Expect the 1.0 3-pot that works so well in the new Corsa. There's a lot of electronic technology options too. It arrives in Ireland in June.
This is their third production model, the 3 City, a small SUV/crossover with high ground clearance (to get through the rutted streets of the untended city streets, presumably).
Highlight is the new 600hp V6 Ford GT supercar, all carbon fibre and aluminium construction, which will be sold in unspecified limited volumes. It is flanked by the new 320hp Focus RS, the 250hp Fiesta ST now also with a 185hp diesel, and, of course, the new Mustang, coming to Europe officially this summer for the first time.
A 160hp Ford R2 rally car based on the Fiesta will be the first 1.0 vehicle to be homologated in its competition class. Ford plans to deliver 12 new performance vehicles through 2020.
Likely in some form by 2020, though probably sooner, it is bigger than the Leon-based crossover coming next year, aimed at Ford's Kuga, and has the prospect of some of the VW group's more powerful engine systems.
An edgy competitor for the Ford Edge, maybe?
An FWD petrol version will launch in May, and a 1.6 diesel and an AWD variant will be introduced in July.
Power from the prime 3.0 diesel is 258hp, with a total system output of 373hp, and the vehicle can travel up to 50km on electric power, with a total range from the powertrain of some 1,400km.
The electric component can be fully charged in 2.5 hours, and the car will be available to order in RHD markets by the end of the year.
Official CO2 figures are less than 50g/km, and the car can accelerate to 100km/h in six seconds. In normal D mode in the tiptronic automatic, the Q7 e-tron will go into coast mode when the accelerator is lifted, but will slip to regenerative deceleration if the onboard radar detects a slower vehicle, a junction, or a city speed limit.
Most braking is by the electric motor, the hydraulics only coming into play under hard braking needs.
The 1.0 petrol engine has also been tweaked so that it meets Euro 6 standards.
It is going into production and will be Infiniti's first entry in the growing compact crossover segment, targeting the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X3.
Power is from a 2.0 turbocharged petrol engine with a 7-speed transmission. For Europe, there will be a diesel.
The car is related to the Mercedes-Benz GLA in a platform sharing agreement between Daimler and Nissan.
It will be built alongside the Q30 hatchback sibling at Nissan’s Sunderland factory in England. Half of the production will be sold in Europe, from the summer. The Q30 is due near the end of the year.
It's not for the road, will be seen only at the kind of track meets where very wealthy sports car people play with their toys.
A 7.0 V12 pumps the car along with 800hp, the very light carbon fibre chassis and body making the best use of the power.
Apart from the style, there's a brand new 2.4 diesel engine with lots of pulling power, but with a 17 percent better fuel consumption than the power unit in the outgoing model.
More important, the Evoque is now getting the first versions of the new 2.0 engines developed by Land Rover themselves under the Ingenium name.
The car also gets some interior revamping.
Land Rover also confirmed the Evoque Convertible at the show. It will go on sale in 2016, and the project was confirmed by releasing a film that showed the vehicle driving below the streets of London in the 26-mile network of Crossrail tunnels.
Power will be from 1.5 and 2.0 diesels, the larger one for the AWD cars. Transmission options are 6-speed manual or automatic.
The car is designed to represent 60 years of cooperation between the famous design house and the equally famous supercar makers.
There's a hybrid version of the new SUV too.
There's also a refined styling up front, and improved interior.
This is the 'Adventure' edition, in G4 Phoenix Orange, a special black grille, leather upholstery and a whole lot of other goodies. All hail the offroad king!
The GT-inspired cabin features a higher quality, sportier ambience, with its own unique black, white and grey upholstery. Power will come from the brand's all-new 1.0 'T-GDI' turbocharged petrol engine, producing 120hp as well as an upgraded version of the cee'd's existing 1.6 CRDi diesel engine, with power increased from 128hp to 133hp.
Built in light carbon fibre, it wasn't a difficult engineering job to form the open-top from the beautiful coupe. The results, though, are outstanding.
Different lights are another distinguishing feature from the coupe.