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Vauxhall to unveil new models in Geneva

Vauxhall to unveil new models in Geneva

The forthcoming Geneva Motor Show will be used by Vauxhall as a platform to unveil a number of new models.

Those keeping an eye on proceedings will see the Luton-based manufacturer take the covers of two new production models and a "groundbreaking" new concept car.

With the industry event kicking off on March 6th, the wait is almost over for motoring enthusiasts eager to see what the 280PS Astra VXR will have in store for them.

One of the most eagerly-anticipated hot hatches of all-time, the Astra is set to "wow crowds" ahead of its summer launch.

According to Vauxhall, the new motor will take the Astra name to new height, while drawing on the features of the GTE Mk 1, 2 and 3 and outgoing VXR model.

Vauxhall has not been shy in talking up the model, describing it as the "most powerful Astra ever".

"Based on the GTC's platform and powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, the Astra VXR produces 280PS of power and a mighty 400Nm of torque, enough for it to achieve a top speed of 155mph," the firm explained.

"But while the Astra VXR is based on the new GTC, it has benefited from a raft of bespoke chassis modifications, transforming it into a focused, high-performance coupe."

Geneva 2012 will also see the Vauxhall Mokka unveiled and the firm believes the model shows it is moving in another direction.

With sharp design features and the choice of front and four-wheel drive, the company expects the Mokka to take the small SUV market by storm.

However, it is the RAD e concept that Vauxhall is most excited about.

"Vauxhall/Opel will present the 'RAD e' design study in Geneva - a futuristic e-bike that complements the brand's existing e-mobility strategy and offers a concept of integrated individual and urban mobility," the company added.

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