Let’s go green
ENVIRONMENTAL responsibility is driving a new generation of cars and many of the latest technologies will be displayed at the show.
Mercedes-Benz has new-age green diesels, Volvo has a plug-in hybrid version of its latest V60 wagon, Jaguar shows its diesel approach with the latest mid-sized XF, and a number of other brands — including BMW with the Vision ED — have concept cars with a green flavour.
Lexus has its newest hybrid concept car, the LF-Gh, while parent company Toyota has its Prius C and Prius V concept cars which will be displayed with the third-generation Prius as part of the extended Prius family at the motor show.
The Prius C and V were first displayed at the Detroit Motor Show in January and, just like the American event, real-world feedback from visitors in Melbourne will help the decision makers in Japan when they assess production plans.
‘‘Prius V is a family-oriented fiveseater designed to meet the needs of growing families with active lifestyles,’’ Toyota sales and marketing chief Dave Buttner says.
‘‘The V stands for versatility which provides an added dimension to the Prius core values of great fuel economy, low emissions, proven technology and environmental stewardship.’’
Petrol-electric hybrids, dieselelectric hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles will all be on display as carmakers fight for attention.
Event director Russ Tyrie says: ‘‘The variety of technologies on display is going to be quite exciting.
‘‘A number of them will prove that alternative fuel technology, and a more environmental focus does not have to be boring — in fact, quite the opposite.’’
Ready to make a big splash: the JOSS coupe supercar will be tested in a wind tunnel.
New-gen: The Toyota Prius will be on show along with Prius concepts.