More debuts rumored ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Ford is to unveil a new vehicle at this year's Geneva Motor Show, it confirmed February 8, joining other major automakers planning debuts at the event.

The US automaker is set to reveal a "groundbreaking all-new vehicle" on the first day of the show, which begins with a press preview on March 1 and runs through March 13.

Although Ford has been tight-lipped on the new product, it's believed by many to be an MPV based on the Ford Fiesta, rumored to have been in the works for several years and set for an early 2012 release.

Other cars gracing the Blue Oval's stand will be the Vertrek SUV concept showcased last month in Detroit, the Ford Fusion Electric unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show and a plug-in hybrid model based on the C-MAX MPV.

Ford's CEO Alan Mulally will address the media from Germany, where he will be giving the keynote at the massive CeBIT technology conference, although the vehicles themselves will be introduced by Ford's Europe boss Stephen T. Odell.

Geneva is one of the largest shows in the automotive calendar and normally sees a series of product debuts from manufacturers all over the world.

Other names known to be readying new products include Toyota, set to reveal a hybrid version of its Yaris subcompact and Hyundai, which recently released the first pictures of its new i40 sedan.

Aimed at the premium segment currently dominated by the Ford Mondeo, the i40 is set to go on sale in June 2011, with Hyundai promising "high-end features and vehicle quality" at accessible prices.

BMW is also rumored to be readying a baby roadster, which will sit below the brand's current Z4 and could take the name Z2.

The Geneva Motor Show is open to the public March 3-13 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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