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Pick of the best

By: Mark Rawcliffe

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Thousands visited the Palexpo Exhibition Centre this month for the 77th Geneva Motor Show to see existing models, concept cars and those soon to be on sale.

There were so many cars, I could fill the paper twice, so here is a summary of those that should be available at a showroom near you soon.


The Audi A5 was launched as a genuine four-seater, two-door coupe, with revised suspension, the latest four wheel drive technology and dynamic cornering light system adaptive headlights. The flagship S5 will be powered by a V8 delivering 354bhp and 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds. Topping the A5 models is the four wheel drive 3.2 litre model. Available for order now, the first deliveries can be expected around June.


Volvo launched the V70 with an improved side impact protection system and Volvo’s whiplash protection head restraints as well as the personal car communicator – a system that recognises through the heartbeat of the driver if he/she is dozing off to sleep. Five engine options are available, including a new three litre turbo engine producing 285bhp. Two diesel engines will compliment the range.


Jaguar unveiled a face lifted XJ, expected to be launched in 2008. A host of changes include a new bumper and the new ‘Growler’ badge complimenting new side power vents and a rear aero spoiler. New additions to the interior include heated front seats, heated front windscreen in some models and a new gear knob.


A three-door version of the 1-Series was launched. Top of the range model, the 130i has a 265bhp engine, brake energy regeneration and an automatic start-stop, allowing the engine to stop when in neutral and then automatically re-start when the clutch is engaged.


The fourth revision of the best selling saloon, the C-Class was unveiled. Available in three trims – Classic, Elegance and Avantgarde, the new C-Class is 55 millimetres longer, has 40 millimetres more shoulder room and new engines producing upwards of 13 per cent more power with lower fuel consumption. The new C-Class we are reliably informed should be in the Algarve at C. Santos early next week, but call first.

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