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2011 Geneva Motor Show

  • Daihatsu A-Concept

    Life is so unfair sometimes. Car companies have been dangling the carrot of smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles in front of us for a few years now and though we've managed to grab vehicles like the MINI, Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta (and the Chevrolet Spark is on the way), we're still denied many of the small, high-MPG vehicles found in markets across the world. Here at GreenCarReports we've come up with a list of some of the cars we'd love to buy - if only the carmakers let us. Daihatsu A-Concept: MPG and dimensions unknown As a concept car there are no figures set in stone for Japanese...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Bulli Concept live photos
    Concepts To Make Electric Cars Cool: VW Bulli, Nissan Esflow

    The 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March brought a number of new models out of the closet. But for the green car fan, two concepts were the gems of the show: the return of the legendary Volkswagen Microbus, and an electric sports car from Nissan that just might be affordable. Bulli for the Microbus The...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    2011 Chevrolet Volt: Quick Drive Impressions

    The 2011 Geneva Motor Show has come and gone and was a real treat for electric car fans. Not only could you get close to cars like the 2011 Nissan Leaf and smart fortwo electric drive, but some were even available to test. One of the cars attracting a lot of attention was the 2011 Chevrolet Volt...

  • IED Abarth scorpION Concept
    Abarth ScorpION: The Electric Car With A Sting In Its Tail

    What happens when you give an Italian design studio free reign to create an electric car wearing one of Italy's most celebrated badges? You get the Abarth ScorpION concept, by IED. Unusually the ScorpION wasn't present on Abarth's own stand amongst the hotted-up Fiat 500s and a single seater series...

  • Renault Twizy Z.E. electric vehicle
    2012 Renault Twizy: A Closer Look, And Do We Need It?

    Is it a car? Is it a scooter? No: It's a Twizy, which could be considered a combination of the two. If you're following the world of electric cars with a keen eye then you'll no doubt be aware that French manufacturer Renault is taking electric vehicles quite seriously, just like its Japanese...

  • Tata Pixel Concept, 2011 Geneva Motor Show
    Video: Tata Pixel Concept's 'Spin On The Spot' Parking

    It's not coming to the States--at least not for several years--but the Tata Pixel concept shown at last week's Geneva Motor Show is worth paying attention to. It shows how a more upscale four-seat urban car could be built on the underpinnings of the tiny Tata Nano, the world's cheapest new car. One...

  • Mia Electric microbus

    If you read our guest post by actor, TV presenter and electric car convert Robert Llewellyn, you may have noticed his mention of a little electric microbus by the name of "Mia". Sitting in the middle of halls 4 and 5 with major manufacturers like Honda, Toyota, Renault and Ferrari in all directions, the little cars were punching above their weight and attracting a surprising amount of attention. You'd be forgiven if your first thought when approaching the stand was along the lines of "here we go again". Small and unusual electric cars come and go with regularity, and indeed had you spent long...

  • Moduléo adaptable electric car, 2011 Geneva Motor Show
    Silly Little Electric Cars Doing Damage To The Industry?

    Tucked away in a little corner just off Hall 6 at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, something weird and frightening lurked. Hiding behind the shiny stands of Kia and Smart and sitting in what looked like a poorly-carpeted entrance foyer, a collection of electric motoring misfits vied for the attention of...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    8 Reasons Why Gearheads Shouldn't Hate Electric Cars

    Of all those that electric cars have to impress, the toughest crowd to crack has to be gearheads. Brought up on a diet of power, speed, noise and passion, it's tough to get into the clean, green and silent world of electric cars. And we should know - here at AllCarsElectric we aren't just electric...

  • BMW ActiveE at 2011 Geneva Motor Show, photo by Robert Llewellyn
    2011 Geneva Motor Show Through A Convert's Eyes: Guest Post

    by Robert Llewellyn I was only there for one day, and I'm still recovering; car shows are fairly energy sapping events. Everyone I met in Halle 7 said the same thing, "Oh, Geneva is the best one. It's not too big, you can get around and see everything." Remind me never to go to the really big ones...

  • Opel Ampera
    Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera: What Are The Differences?

    Chevrolet's Volt has only been on sale for a short while but sales are respectable and Chevrolet have pulled out all the stops to build a quality product and bridge the technology gap between the vehicles that everyone is used to and the new generation of electric cars. In Europe, General Motors'...

  • Ford B-Max Concept
    Green Car Roundup: Production Cars At 2011 Geneva Motor Show

    This year's Geneva Motor Show was absolutely crammed with concept cars. But amidst all the outrageous styling and one-of-a-kind features, several important production cars showed up as well. Not all of them were called production cars, mind you. Toyota, Ford, and Audi all showed off new models...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Bulli Concept live photos

    There are very few vehicles so instantly recognisable world-wide as Volkswagen’s iconic VW microbus. But while examples of the rear-engined classic have unofficially been receiving electric drivetrain transplants for decades courtesy of electric vehicle devotees, we haven’t seen an official concept combining the two ideas. But at this week’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen did just that with its VW Bulli concept, combining an all-electric drivetrain with a modern re-imagining of the Microbus concept so pivotal to the plot-lines of Scooby Doo. Based around the 2011...

  • Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX live photos
    Video: Rolls-Royce 102 EX Phantom Electric, Geneva Motor Show

    An all-electric Rolls-Royce Phantom. Just think about it: If the engineers do their jobs properly, the occupants should sense absolutely no difference in the near-silent, creamy smooth surge of power that wafts them from estate to yacht, or factory to mansion. And now we have video, courtesy of...

  • Tata Pixel Concept, 2011 Geneva Motor Show
    Tata Pixel Concept: Nano's 69-MPG Pal, 2011 Geneva Motor Show

    The world's least expensive new car, India's Tata Nano, is now selling across that country, with plans afoot to offer an upgraded version in Europe this year or in 2012. Meanwhile, carmaker Tata (which owns Jaguar Land Rover) is hardly standing still. At this week's 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Tata...

  • 2012 Renault Fluence Z.E.
    2012 Renault Fluence ZE: 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Quick Drive

    The Geneva motor show has always been known for its green vehicles, but electric cars played a greater part than ever this year. French marque Renault was one of the main players with its range of four production electric vehicles. As part of the "Papillon Vert" (Green Butterfly) exhibition...

  • Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX live photos
    2011 Geneva Motor Show: Rolls-Royce Phantom Electric (VIDEO)

    It costs more than most of us earn in a year and comes from a company which only sold 2,711 cars last year, but the Rolls-Royce 102 EX Phantom Experimental Electric unveiled earlier today at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show has taken luxury electric vehicles to a whole new level. Resplendent with a tan...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Bulli Concept live photos
    Green Car Roundup: 2011 Geneva Motor Show - Concept Cars

    If you're in the States, you may be just starting your day. But in Switzerland, the flurry of activity during the first media day at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is at its peak. With record numbers of concept and production-car launches, our team is shooting photos and posting details as fast as they...

  • Opel Ampera Prototype

    It’s the end of February, which means that winter is almost over for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, and Geneva’s prestigious autoshow is just days away. This year we’ve been given unprecedented access to many of the cars due to debut at this year’s show, but in case you’ve missed them here is our roundup of cars due to debut in Geneva this year. Production Cars 2012 Opel Ampera Production Version It may already be well into production in the U.S., but the European version of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the 2012 Opel Ampera, produced by GM’s European...

  • Land Rover Range_e diesel plug-in hybrid
    2011 Geneva Auto Show: Land Rover Range_e Plug-in Hybrid

    Love them or hate them the veritable Land Rover isn’t exactly the most fuel efficient vehicle on the planet. But at the upcoming 2011 Geneva Motor Show LandRover will be unveiling a concept development vehicle that it hopes will make the brand a little more environmentally conscious. Dubbed...

  • 2012 Toyota Yaris Hybrid teaser photo
    Rumor: Toyota To Show Yaris Hybrid Concept At Geneva Motor Show

    Last year, Toyota promised to launch a dozen new hybrid and plug-in hybrid models by the end of 2012. One of those new hybrid models may be unveiled in concept form at next month's Geneva Motor Show. Two Dutch websites are reporting that the company will use the show for the world debut of a Toyota...

  • 2009 Fisker Karma
    Fisker To Skip Detroit Auto Show, 2011 Karma Next In Geneva

    For next month's Detroit Auto Show, we're making our list and checking it twice. But it turns out that one notable name in green cars is giving the country's largest auto show a miss. Fisker Automotive confirmed to GreenCarReports yesterday that it won't be present at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show...

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