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ALFA ROMEO

Alfa Romeo shows its 4C Targa, thought to have a smaller version of the Ferrari 458's folding top, in addition to a possible glass-rear panel to show off the engine. We also expect the Mito QV and Giulietta QV, the top trim of each line.

 

AUDI

Audi's big news is the third-generation TT coupe's world debut. The new two-plus-two coupe retains the signature Bauhaus-inspired design, but it rides on a new platform based on parent company Volkswagen's MQB (modular transverse architecture) structure, similar to the latest A3.

 

The new TT has revised versions of its predecessor's transverse four- and five-cylinder gasoline engines with the choice of either standard manual or optional dual-clutch gearboxes and front- or all-wheel drive. Look for the TT to make its way to the U.S. this year.

The Audi S1 makes its premiere as well. Meant to compete with the Mini Cooper S,, the S1 has a 2.0-liter, 228-hp turbo-four with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive. It should hit 62 mph in 5.8 seconds. Audi wants to establish the larger S3 as its entry-level U.S. performance car, so don't hold your breath for the S1 to go on sale here.

BMW

BMW's headliner is the new 2-series Active Tourer. The tall five-seat hatchback is BMW's first-ever front-drive production car. It goes on sale in Europe later this year with North American sales starting in early '15. Power comes from new three- and four-cylinder gas and diesel engines, which were revealed with the new Mini Cooper/Cooper S.

 

Another new BMW in Geneva is the 4-series Gran Coupe -- a four-door coupe. Think a smaller 6-series Gran-Coupe. The third model in the new 4-series line has a swoopy four-door body with a large liftback tailgate.

 

CITROËN

Fronting Citroën's stand is the C3 Cactus, a back-to-basics crossover planned to hit European showrooms later this year. Also look for a new C1 hatch, set to battle the likes of the Volkswagen up!

FERRARI

Ferrari tries to steal the show with a new California. The most-affordable Ferrari has a new turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 developing 560 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque, 184 lb-ft more than the predecessor's naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8. The car should hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Top speed is a whopping 196 mph.

 

FORD

A facelifted Focus takes center stage for Ford. Among the visual changes will be a new, Fiesta-style front end with reshaped headlamps.

 

HONDA

Honda challenges its European rivals with a new Civic Type R. The front-drive VW Golf GTI fighter is believed to have a 2.0-liter turbo-four developing about 280 hp.

 

HYUNDAI

The Hyundai Intrado concept previews lightweight materials and the future design language of the South Korean automaker. The crossover also has a new hydrogen fuel-cell setup.

 

JAGUAR

The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake -- spied a few times recently -- makes its public debut. Like the XFR, we expect the Sportbrake to have a 5.0-liter V8. It could arrive in showrooms this year.

 

JEEP

Jeep unveils a crucial new entry-level model. The small SUV is based on parent company Fiat's upcoming 500X and offers either front- or four-wheel drive.

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