A new mini-car and a large seven-seat SUV are the surprise stars on the Subaru stand at this year's 75th Geneva International Motor Show.

The stylish Subaru R1 mini-car has just gone on sale in Japan while the Porsche Cayenne-sized B9 Tribeca had its debut at the recent Detroit Motor Show with first US deliveries due in the summer.

Neither are planned for Europe although market research studies are about to begin to gauge public reaction.

Subaru will hold a press conference on the first press day of the show - Tuesday, 1 March at 8.45 am.

Subaru R1

Aimed at the Japanese 'K-Car' market, the 660cc R1 offers all-wheel
drive and intelligent continuously-variable automatic transmission as
technical highlights, clothed in a stylish, streamlined body described
as resembling an eggshell.

The black and red interior is especially luxurious and of high-quality
and the car is primarily designed as a two-seater.

The two-wheel drive version is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in
Japan and qualifies as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle, exceeding
government demands for a
50 per cent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels.

Subaru B9 Tribeca

Spearheading a new design direction for Subaru, the new B9 Tribeca is
a large seven-seat SUV similar in size to a Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5.

The Tribeca features all-wheel drive and a horizontally-opposed
six-cylinder 3.0 litre 'boxer' engine similar to the range-topping

To be built in Subaru's plant in Indiana, the Tribeca will initially
be restricted to the US, Canadian and Chilean markets only.

It was engineered to continue Subaru's excellent reputation for
outstanding handling, road-holding and active safety and further
extends the 'crossover' family which also includes the Outback and


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