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Geneva Motor Show cancelled

This year’s Geneva International Motor Show has been cancelled after the Swiss government issued a ban on events involving more than 1,000 people. The organisers have confirmed the cancellation.
The motor show was expected to open its doors on Tuesday with a media day including a number of world premieres.
Fleet Europe will cover news that was expected to be announced at the Geneva Motor Show on this website from next week onwards.
Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck

These electric concept cars are game-changers

Geneva had lined up 3 concepts of electric cars that next year will turn into very interesting models – for your own fleet or for fleets of shared vehicles. Each of them for very specific reasons: some make electric driving a lot more affordable, others set new benchmarks in terms of electric range and charging speed.

BMW i4. This is more or less what BMW’s all-electric four-door coupé will look like when it comes to market in 2021. The German OEM promises high levels of automated driving, but also an 80kWh battery which should yield 600km of WLTP range. 30 minutes should suffice to reach 80% state of charge. If the price is right, this might be a Tesla-killer.

Dacia Spring Electric. With this new all-electric urban crossover, Renault Group has the firm intention of offering the cheapest EV on the market next year. It is the size of a Zoé and uses the platform and technology of the Renault City K-ZE, a model that has been on the market in China since 2019. The electric range should be about 200km.

Microlino. Admittedly, this is not a real car, but an ultra-light vehicle for last-mile applications. It actually bears a lot of resemblance to the Citroën Ami, but it is clearly more life-style oriented than purely functional. As such, it will also appeal to those who can afford a weekend fun mobile. After a troubled start, Microlino hopes to start building its bubble car later this year.

…not in Geneva, but in your fleet later this year

Audi A3 Sportback. Aesthetically, the fourth-generation A3 won’t shock anybody, but it’s packed with advanced driver assistance and connectivity technologies enabling it to communicate with infrastructure and increase the level of autonomous driving.  Power comes from a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with CNG and plug-in hybrid powertrains following later.

 Mercedes E-Class. The looks of this facelifted icon are now more in line with the rest of the Mercedes range. Drivetrains have been overhauled: it now offers 7 plug-in hybrids (with either petrol or diesel), a mild hybrid variant and various diesel and petrol engines. The E-Class has the latest MBUX infotainment system and new assisted driving features.

Cupra Formentor. Seat’s performance sister brand introduces its very own C-segment crossover. It comes with the same electrified turbo-charged 1.4 petrol as its Czech cousin, which enables it to drive 50km on e-power – a bit less than the Octavia due to added aerodynamic drag. Deliveries start by the end of the year.
Authored by: Dieter Quartier

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