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Geneva Motor Show 2013 Debuts Many Innovative Cars

Car enthusiasts had their eyes on the Geneva Motor Show 2013 this past week to see what was new in the auto industry. The auto industry also seemed to have their eyes on something as well: the future. There was no shortage of concept cars from manufacturers who ensured that high style matched their innovative ideas. Trends continued to focus on efficiency, sleek styling and of course, power and speed. Some of the futuristic vehicles included(1):

Toyota i-Road

You’d be forgiven for mistaking this as an Apple product. Despite the unoriginal name, this car is packed with other innovative aspects. Andrew English of The Telegraph had described it as, “technologically advanced as the Ferrari LaFerrari (see below), if not as glamorous.”(2)

Most notable is its small size. Toyota considers it to be one of their “urban transport solutions.” Another unique feature on the i-Road is the single rear wheel. Having only three wheels in total, the i-Road utilizes an Active Lean system and pivots similar to a motorbike.

The Toyota i-Drive also hits on one of the other auto trends of the year: it’s green. This environmentally friendly vehicle runs on a highly efficient electric motor.

McLaren P1

Called “one of the most anticipated cars of the year, perhaps of the whole decade,” the McLaren P1 is where crossroads racing dreams meet day-to-day drivability Utilizing technology straight from Formula One racing, the McLaren P1 boasts both a V-8 engine and an electric motor.

Motorauthority.com reports the McLaren P1 has a peak output of 903 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 is rated at 727 horsepower with 530 pound-feet of torque. And the electric motor adds 176 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque.

Ferrari LaFerrari

Sharing similar specs with the McLaren P1, the Ferrari LaFerrari was the other most anticipated car of the show. Most of the buildup focused around the fact that not much was known about the car before its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Like the McLaren P1, it features a powertrain with a hybrid setup, which is a first for the Italian company.

Packed with 950 horsepower, LaFerrari goes from zero to 60 in under three seconds and estimates to max out at 230 mph.

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

Rolls-Royce continues to be the epitome of luxury with their newest car they debuted this week. The 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith was recognized for reaching high marks in both sport and styling.

On the style front, the Wraith featured rearward-opening coach doors, elegant interiors and fastback styling. However, lavish styling is not unexpected of Rolls-Royce.

What’s unique is the system, which uses satellite data to automatically select which gear is appropriate for the road ahead. It also has a 616-horsepower V-12 engine that can accelerate 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

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1 http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1082794_motor-authoritys-top-ten-debuts-of-the-2013-geneva-motor-show
2 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/motor-shows/geneva-motor-show/9913523/Geneva-motor-show-2013-top-five-concept-cars.html

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