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Green Car Preview: 2014 Geneva Motor Show Concepts & Production Models

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The 2014 Geneva Motor Show is almost upon us, and true to form there's much higher green car content than at other recent shows.

Geneva has cultivated an image of forward-thinking vehicles and manufacturers are all too happy to oblige when the Swiss show rolls along.

This year includes everything from production city cars through fuel-efficient crossovers to another unique exhibit from Swiss make Rinspeed--this year, its offering is Tesla-based...

Below you'll find details on all the green concept vehicles at the show, and on the next page you can check out the latest production vehicles.

 

Concept cars

Hyundai Intrado

The Intrado is the first Hyundai designed under the watch of Hyundai and Kia design boss Peter Schreyer, and it shows in the car's crisp styling and neat details. Under the skin it's interesting too--the Intrado uses a fuel cell powertrain that combines a 36 kWh battery pack (according to Hyundai, at least--that seems large to us). On a full tank of hydrogen, range is 372 miles.

 

Mazda Hazumi

Mazda's 2 subcompact is getting a little long in the tooth these days, but the Hazumi concept due at Geneva will give us our clearest indication yet of what the next model will look like. There are few details at this stage but expect a range of fuel-efficient Skyactiv power units and some sharp, attractive styling.

 

MINI Clubman Concept

MINI might be calling the Clubman a "concept" but it only takes a glance to see this thing is almost production-ready. Some of the wilder interior and exterior details may not survive but otherwise the new four-door MINI is essentially the car we'll eventually see on the roads. It's much more practical than the previous Clubman and engine choices are sure to include the brand's new 1.5-liter three-cylinder powerplant.

 

Rinspeed XchangE

Your eyes aren't deceiving you--this really is a Tesla Model S with a few styling tweaks here and there. But there's more to it than that--Rinspeed's take on the Tesla is an autonomous vehicle, with swiveling seats, ambiance lighting and a steering wheel that can slide to the center of the dashboard. Typical Rinspeed wackiness...


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