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Aston Martin, MG Rover, Honda, Lexus and Toyota debuts at Geneva

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The Rover 75 Tourer, the first compact-executive estate car from the company, is among a host of unveilings due to take place at next week's Geneva motor show.

The wraps will also be coming off the new Honda Civic Type-R, the Lexus SC430, IS300 saloon and SportCross, Toyota Avensis Verso and the 90bhp Mini.

The Rover 75 Tourer will be entering production at Longbridge in May, with first customer deliveries from June in the UK and from September to European markets.

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The Honda Civic Type-R is powered by a new 2.0 litre DOHC i-VTEC developing 200PS pushing the car to 60mph in seven seconds with the use of a new six-speed gearbox. It comes with a chin spoiler, side sill garnish, rear under-spoiler, larger roof spoiler together with 17-inch alloys.

Production is expected to start in the autumn and sales in October. Prices will be announced in the summer.

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The Lexus SC430 is the production version of the concept car, which was shown at last year's Paris and Birmingham motor shows and designed as a luxury cabriolet with an integrated aluminium retractable roof. It's powered by a 283bhp, 4.3-litre V8 engine with Variable Valve Timing-intelligent (VVT-i), coupled to five-speed automatic transmission.

The Lexus IS300 comes with a straight six VVT-i 3.0-litre engine and a new five-speed automatic with an E-shift, push-button gear-change system.

The IS300 SportCross is know as a 'crossover' concept, bringing what Lexus calls radical styling to the IS300, but shares the powertrain and front-end styling. It will enter showrooms in the autumn.

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Toyota's all-new Avensis Verso is based on a new platform and will be offered in a choice of 2.0-litre VVT-i petrol engine or 2.0-litre common rail turbo diesel, with 43.5mpg combined cycle economy.

Avensis Verso will be offered with disc brakes as standard with brake assist, computerised anti-lock and electronic brake force distribution. Driver and passenger airbags are standard, as are remote control central locking with alarm system and engine immobiliser.

It will go on sale in the summer.

Aston Martin will premier the V12 Vanquish, the most sophisticated and technologically advanced model ever built by the company. It will be priced £158,000. Interest levels have been so high since first details of the car were released in October that dealers are predicting a three year waiting time when sales begin in early summer.

The Vanquish is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 460bhp Aston engine with a 200mph top speed. The six speed transmission is controlled through a Formula 1-style paddle gears on the steering wheel.

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BMW will unveil the entry level 90bhp Mini, which goes on sale in the UK on July 7.

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