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Geneva Motor Show Goes Eco

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Geneva Motor Show (Pictured: 950-hp LaFerrari hybrid supercar)

The 2013 Geneva Motor Show hosts an historic lineup of green cars, ranging from million-dollar models like the LaFerrari hybrid and the McLaren P1 concept to fuel-sippers like Volkswagen’s XL1 and the electric Audi A3 e-tron. The PALExpo is packed with green luxury cars, eco micro vehicles, hybrids, air cars, natural gas delivery vans, and all the latest in that growing segment known as green transport. Anyone who thinks hybrids are boring would be silenced by the LaFerrari, which tops out at a police-chase worthy 220 mph, aided along by more than 950 horsepower. What some call the world’s only wingless jet, LaFerrari flies from zip to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

Geneva Motor Show: Video

Once nothing more than a starry-eyed executive’s dream, the Volkswagen XL1 on display at the Geneva Motor Show is a wonder to behold. Offering more than 250 mpg, the ultra-lightweight, odd-looking car is one of the hits of this year’s event. Volkswagen spokespersons admit that the XL1 is the future for the German automaker’s green vehicles. With doors that look like something from a science fiction film, and a body style that echoes some of the best 1980s concept cars, XL1 is all at once nostalgic and futuristic. The short video clip below discusses the car and its impact on the marketplace. As the narrator sagely notes, XL1 might not be the sexiest car at the Geneva event, but it could very well be the most important model in the bunch.

Geneva Motor Show

For details about the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show, see the event’s official website, below. The show’s organizers are updating the site 24 hours per day, and offer longer-form stories on some of the unique models on display. The news section carries a complete listing of the show’s concept cars like the Kia Provo, Toyota’s i-Road, the stunning Spyker B6 Venetor and the Giugiaro Parcour. It is addictive reading, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Larry Bell writes about cars, gadgets, business, and history. He has been a professional writer and editor for over 20 years and enjoys all car-related topics, especially electric and hybrid vehicle news. Larry covers the auto industry for MPA and often reports live from the floor of major shows in Detroit, LA, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and elsewhere.

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