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Switzerland: Geneva Motor Show offers cars of all shapes and sizes

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March 6, 2013 at 19:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Switzerland: Geneva Motor Show offers cars of all shapes and sizes

Along with the fastest, biggest and most expensive, the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland had a lot to offer lovers of the strange and quirky, featuring models such as the Volkswagen XL1 and the Renault Twizy.

The XL1 is Volkswagen's stab at building the world's most fuel-efficient production car. Running on a plug-in hybrid system and drawing power from a lithium-ion battery, the XL1 does an impressive 261mpg. That's London to Liverpool on a single gallon of diesel.

Renault's two seat electric Twizy model is an ultra-compact vehicle, with a length of just 2.32m and a width of 1.19m. Weighing just 450kg including its 100kg battery pack, the Twizy qualifies as a quadricycle under EU regulations, rather than a full automobile. A three and a half hour charge via mains electricity will take you 62 miles in the Twizy before requiring a recharge.

Another new model featured at the Geneva show was the Peugeot Onyx. First shown at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012, the Onyx Concept is built on a carbon shell with a 3.7l V8 HDi engine mounted in a rear central position mated to a six-speed gearbox. The car features 'newspaper wood', produced from compressed used newspaper and used to shape the dashboard and centre console. Worth over £1m (approx. €1.57m), the Peugeot Onyx does 0-60 in three seconds.

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Switzerland: Geneva Motor Show offers cars of all shapes and sizes

Along with the fastest, biggest and most expensive, the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland had a lot to offer lovers of the strange and quirky, featuring models such as the Volkswagen XL1 and the Renault Twizy.

The XL1 is Volkswagen's stab at building the world's most fuel-efficient production car. Running on a plug-in hybrid system and drawing power from a lithium-ion battery, the XL1 does an impressive 261mpg. That's London to Liverpool on a single gallon of diesel.

Renault's two seat electric Twizy model is an ultra-compact vehicle, with a length of just 2.32m and a width of 1.19m. Weighing just 450kg including its 100kg battery pack, the Twizy qualifies as a quadricycle under EU regulations, rather than a full automobile. A three and a half hour charge via mains electricity will take you 62 miles in the Twizy before requiring a recharge.

Another new model featured at the Geneva show was the Peugeot Onyx. First shown at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012, the Onyx Concept is built on a carbon shell with a 3.7l V8 HDi engine mounted in a rear central position mated to a six-speed gearbox. The car features 'newspaper wood', produced from compressed used newspaper and used to shape the dashboard and centre console. Worth over £1m (approx. €1.57m), the Peugeot Onyx does 0-60 in three seconds.