Jaguar pulled the covers off its all-new XF - 18 metres above the Thames. The world’s longest hire-wire water crossing showcased the XF’s lightweight credentials – its new aluminium body is 190kgs lighter than its predecessor. Less weight means better efficiency, says Jaguar, with the new car offering over 70mpg. Power comes from a choice of engines ranging from a 2.0-litre diesel to a 380PS, 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine. Further details for the all-new Jaguar XF will be revealed at the New York Auto Show in April.
The Infiniti QX30 concept made its global world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The premium compact crossover hints at its off-road capabilities with a high-riding stance and huge 21-inch wheels, while incorporating flowing styling cues from other Infiniti concepts. Aston Martin surprised everyone in Geneva with its DBX all-electric, all-wheel drive crossover concept. The DBX features a deliberate use of non-automotive standard materials on the inside, with Nubuck leather and spaceship style hi-tech equipment. Nissan revealed its Sway concept, designed to shake up the compact hatchback segment with its 'edgy' styling, characterised by bold contours and flared arches. The interior is easily accessible thanks to rear-hinged back doors and no central B-pillar. Bentley unveiled the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept – a high performance two seater powered by a new, advanced hybrid powertrain. With its short front overhang, long bonnet and low grille, the Speed 6’s design is said to be influenced by the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages and wings.
Jaguar Land Rover will once again supply the 007 franchise with vehicles for the latest Bond adventure, SPECTRE. The Jaguar C-X75 concept will be joined by a beefy Range Rover Sport SVR and Land Rover Defender Big Foot in the new movie. The Big Foots were constructed by the Special Ops department, with huge 37-inch diameter off-road tyres, while the C-X75 will feature in a spectacular car chase through Rome alongside the new Aston Martin DB10.
The new Bentley Continental GT V8 S will make its Goodwood Festival of Speed debut in the Supercar paddock this summer. Faster and more responsive with a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 192 mph, the crowds will be treated to the twin-turbo 4-litre V8's full throttle soundtrack twice daily during the Supercar runs. The GT is to be joined on the hill by a car known as 'Old Number 1'. The Speed Six Bentley, which won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930, will be reunited with vintage team-mates 'Old Number 2' and 'Old Number 3'.
Luxury show Top Marques Monaco is set to return this week for its twelfth year. Predominantly a supercar show, it also features luxury goods from other sectors including high-end watches, state-of-the-art superboats and even a 24-carat gold lingerie set! VIP guests can drive some of the world's most exclusive Hypercars on the famous Monaco F1 street circuit, from the Spania GTA to the 700 horsepower Mazzanti Evantra. The sky's the limit at Top Marques Monaco and it's only a short hop from the UK if you grab a ride in the '007' branded Agusta Westland helicopter!
The heir to the Lamborghini Gallardo, the Huracan LP 610-4, made its Show debut in Geneva. Powered by a 610 bhp, 5.2-litre normally-aspirated V10 engine, it can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 202 mph. As is the tradition with Lamborghini, the Huracan derives its name from the world of bullfighting and features typically dramatic styling. It is to be produced at the Sant'Agata plant on a newly-equipped production line. Delivery to the first customers is planned for spring 2014.
The Porsche Macan is making its UK debut in a specially constructed window display at the exclusive Harrods department store in London's Knightsbridge. Porsche's first ever compact SUV is appearing alongside the new 911 Turbo S and the Panamera S E-Hybrid until the 5th February, treating passers-by to the only opportunity to view the car until it reaches UK showrooms in April. Available to order now, prices for the V6-engined Macan range from £43,300 to £59,300.