Geneva Motor show: New Audi A3 and Bentley’s SUV
Not to be outdone its sister brands Audi, Seat and Skoda also showcased new offerings. Audi has the new A3, which will come to Ireland later this year. Slightly wider than the current model, it’s more of an evolution in terms of looks, while retaining the brand’s reputation for interior fit and finish. It is based on VW Group’s new mid-size platform that will underpin the next-generation Golf and weighs in 80kgs lighter than the current model. The big news for Irish buyers is that the 1.6-litre diesel version will come with emissions of just 99g/km and fuel economy of 3.8L/100km. In 2014 a plug-in hybrid version will be added to the range.
Amid a myriad of kooky concept cars Bentley created the most talked-about car on the Geneva show floor with its first impression of what the brand’s upcoming SUV will look like.
Due in 2015 and based on a reworked version of Audi’s Q7 platform European visitors baulked at the bling and excess of the car, not to mention its downright ugliness. However, in a clear demonstration of the differing tastes of European and Asian markets, Chinese car fans seemed to love it. And there’s no doubt that Premiership footballers will be queuing up to buy.
Kitted out with its own cutlery and delph for those picnic days at the Epsom Derby, it’s for buyers really eager to flaunt their wealth. An early contender for the ugliest car of the decade.