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2015 Geneva Motor Show review

The next wave of new cars destined for UK showrooms have been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

As the first major motor show of the year, Geneva is the place where all manufacturers choose to make a splash by unveiling production models, showing their future intent with concepts or announcing strategic plans.

Manufacturers also use the event to show dealers new and next generation cars ahead of their showroom debuts. Dealers doing the rounds this year included a large Honda contingent there to see the new HR-V, Jazz, Civic Type-R and NSX, whilst SsangYong dealers were invited to the show to see the Tivoli B-segment crossover which could significantly grow the brand’s UK volumes.

Here’s a round-up of some of the most important new cars heading for UK showrooms over the coming months.

Vauxhall Viva

Vauxhall’s small car range will grow again in summer 2015 with the arrival of the Viva, a new entry-level model to sit below the Adam and Corsa.

Reviving a model name not seen for 35 years, the Viva fills the gap left by the unloved Agila and will give some dealers an opportunity to prospect old Chevrolet customers.

The newcomer is stylish looking and could succeed in winning younger customers from the likes of the Toyota Aygo. The interior is particularly smart with cues evolved directly from the Adam. The car is also intended to be practical – carrying five people but also available as a more spacious four-seater.

At launch the Viva will be powered by the 1-litre 75PS petrol engine already seen in other models but according to Vauxhall specifically developed for the Viva. Pricing of the Viva is pitched to attract first-time buyers costing from £7,995. UK sales start in June with Vauxhall expecting 15,000-20,000 in its first full year.

SsangYong Tivoli

SsangYong dealers travelled to Geneva for the unveiling of the Tivoli, the brand’s first B-segment SUV. The new car, the first to be developed under Mahindra & Mahindra ownership, will compete directly against the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka and Renault Captur and will be available with a choice of a 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engine and front wheel and four wheel drive. The car is expected to be priced from around £13,000 when UK sales begin in June.

“The Tivoli is a hugely important car for us. We’ve got the right car in the right sector and it will give us more visibility. We hope to take more than our fair share with this car,” said Paul Williams, SsangYong’s UK chief executive.

Mazda CX-3

Mazda dealers will be hoping to replicate the success of the CX-5 crossover with the smaller CX-3, which goes on sale in the UK in June priced from £17,595.

The B-segment car will compete against the likes of the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka and Renault Captur as well as the forthcoming Honda HR-V.

As befitting all new Mazdas, the CX-3 benefits from the brand’s SkyActiv technology with a choice of two petrol engines and a diesel. Front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive powertrains will also be available.

All cars will include a seven-inch colour touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth and a multifunction steering wheel, while Mazda is claiming a segment first for its Active Driving Display head-up display, offered on SportNav versions of the car.

For more information on the SsangYong Tivoli please click here

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