Geneva Motor Show posts (and there are lots of 'em)

This year's Geneva Motor Show is now open to the public and this year's show reflected the cautious optimism of the auto industry. There was a lot on display in both concept and production forms with new technologies and ideas spread around for all to see. There were new production cars (like the Lambo Aventador - right) and lots of concepts (like the Renault Captur below) that showed that designers and engineers have lots of ideas to make our automotive futures interesting and bright. Most of the Geneva posts are here listed with titles (with link to the individual post), pic, and the beginning of the post. See them all after the jump. Enjoy!


Geneva posts:
Each listing (the title is a link to the post) shows a pic and the beginning of the post.


Alfa Romeo makes big splash with 4C Concept. Look at it. It's a thing of beauty. And it's going into production in 2012. Yes sports fans, the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept is gonna get built. Alfa calls the 4C a compact supercar, cuz the car is smaller than the pics suggest. Remember the Alfa Spiders of days gone by and you've got the...


New Aston Martin Virage debuts. Ah the Grand Touring car. A Grand Tourer is a car that is fast, but not the fastest; handles the curves, but can handle pot-holed streets with out causing pain; and, most importantly, looks really, really, really good doing it. That is the new Aston Martin Virage and Virage Volante (Volante is Aston Martin speak for convertible). The Virage fits into the...


Audi reveals A3 sedan concept in Geneva. Audi makes some of the nicest cars around with interiors that many carmakers can only dream about. The A3 hasn't been a big hit in the US due to the model's five-door hatchback styling. Americans seem to prefer sedans (although that may be changing). What you see here is Audi's...


Bentley Supersports "Ice Speed Record" Convertible debuts. This car gives the phrase "go anywhere in style" new meaning. Bentley is debuting the new Supersports Convertible in Geneva in celebration of the new droptop's setting of a world "ice speed" record in Finland. Only 100 examples of the "Ice Speed Record" convertible will be produced featuring all-wheel-drive, the 631-hp FlexFuel...


Bertone Jaguar B99 concept shows how a proper British 3-Series fighter should (could?) look. One can only hope that after just one look at the Bertone B99 concept at the Geneva Motor Show, that the good folks at Jaguar said, "let's go talk to them." You could get lost in the deep red-wine-colored flanks of what can only be described...


BMW ActiveE to debut in Geneva. (Video post.) BMW's ActiveE will charge into Geneva as the next salvo in BMW's quest to gain first-hand electric vehicle (EV) experience. As with the Mini E, a few customers and fleet operators (1,000 total) will be given the opportunity to drive the 1-Series-based ActiveE and provide feedback to the German giant. I do like the electronics-inspired graphic...



BMW creates new sub-brand. And no, BMW is not going to make submarines. It all started with the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad - this naming convention using the lower case i to signify the latest and technologically advanced new products. And now BMW is the latest to use the "i" designation (logo shown left). The new BMW i-Series of vehicles covers those cars that don't fit in as a typical BMW. BMW's new MegaCity electric vehicle becomes the i3 and the plug-in hybrid supercar that is based on the Vision EfficientDynamics concept will become the i8 (although this supercar could definitely be a true BMW)...


Ford debuts new B-Max. Ford announced that the new C-Max people mover would be coming to the US in regular, Hybrid, and plug-in hybrid (Energi) forms and now the C-Max's littler brother, the B-Max, is debuting in Geneva. While the C-Max shares a platform with the new Focus, the B-Max is based on the new Fiesta. While...


Ford debuts new Ranger Wildtrack in Geneva. Ford's new Ranger Wildtrack truck is showing its tailgate at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Ranger is a global design that will be sold everywhere, except the US. Some say that Ford's US engineers couldn't agree on specs for a new Ranger, others say that a new Ranger would take...


Infiniti Etherea reimagines compact-sized luxury. I previously discussed the Etherea Concept by Infiniti, but was underwhelmed by the (glamour) pics provided so I'm leading this post with the video, which does the car justice. Now that Etherea has been shown in Geneva, a little more info has surfaced. First and foremost, the Etherea has a chance at production in some form. Some of the elements are probably not cost effective (like the grille glow lights), but the overall look is spot-on and...


ItalDesign pens the VWs of the future. When I first saw the pics for the Giugiaro Tex, my first thought was "is this the new Scirocco?" It just might be, now that ItalDesign (and CEO and Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro) is part of the Volkswagen Group. You may remember that ItalDesign penned the first Golf (then Rabbit in the US) and that was a groundbreaking design that changed small cars...


Kia shows new fourth-gen Rio in Geneva. Kia rocked the Geneva stage with the debut of the fourth-generation Rio sub-compact. To say that the new car is an improvement over the old(er) Rio is an understatement of epic proportions. The new Rio is thoroughly modern, good-looking, and seems more upscale than the current...


The all-new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.  Aventador. Just saying the name makes you stand straight and fling your hand skyward like the matador that you are. Yes Lamborghini names their supercars after famous bulls and Aventador was known as a courageous fighter in the arena. But what you get with the Aventador LP 700-4 is 700 hp from an all new 6.5-liter V12 that utilizes a...


 New Lancia Ypsilon - Could this be the Chrysler 100?. Looking like a nuova PT Cruiser from the front, the new Lancia Ypsilon took to the Geneva stage. The Ypsilon is a member of that growing segment of upscale, premium compacts like the Mini and Audi A1 and to a lesser extent the Fiat 500 (we don't get the A1, yet). Why...


Land Rover gets "green." Luxury automakers have been in a bit of a quandary of late as they ponder their futures facing worldwide efficiency regulations that larger vehicles have a hard time meeting. Since Land Rover sells mostly large, off-road capable vehicles, their future was looking bleak indeed. At this year's Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover is showing several vehicles that will take the company boldly into the future. The vehicle pictured...

 Maserati debuts GranCabrio Sport. What we have here is the convertible version of the GranTurismo Sport, also known as another car I can't afford but still lust after. The GranCabrio (GranTurismo Convertible in the US) is one of the prettiest cars on the market today and the Sport edition ratchets up the fast a notch or two. Your extra bucks gets you a 4.7-liter V8 that puts out 450 hp...


More Mazda Minagi pics and info (older post). There isn't much more to say. Let's see... it's a good-looking crossover concept, it showcases Mazda's SkyActiv technologies, it showcases Mazda's new KODO design philosphy, oh, and it's going into production. I really like the sculpting on the sides and the way the wing on the...


Mercedes shows new C-Class Coupe.  When Mercedes came out with the CLK-Class coupes years ago, many folks thought of the car as a BMW 3-Series Coupe competitor even though the Merc was larger. Last year, Mercedes brought their coupe naming convention in line with the rest of their line-up and the new CLK became the E-Class Coupe which left a hole in the automaker's...


Mini Rocketman takes to the Geneva Stage. Mini's Rocketman Concept takes to the Geneva Motor Show with some new ideas and a few evolutions of Mini standards. The Rocketman is smaller than current production Minis and is closer in size to the original. The Rocketman uses lightweight materials to keep the poundage low for improved efficiency (94 mpg imp.) and lowered emissions. In fact, the carbon fiber construction materials can be seen inside and outside the car. The Rocketman seats 3+1 with three standard seats and one jump seat behind the driver that is for occasional use. The clear roof has bracing that calls to mind the UK's Union Jack and lighting further reinforces the effect. The side doors include the sills to allow for easy entry and exit and special hinges allow the...


Nissan Leaf EV drivetrain charges into the Esflow Electric Sports Car. What you see here is more than a Nissan Leaf in fancy duds. Nissan is showing how the Leaf EV technology can be spread over a wide range of vehicles with the new Esflow concept for the Geneva Motor Show. The Esflow Electric Sports Car (as Nissan calls it) uses the drivetrain from the Leaf EV that's been put into a bespoke body/chassis made of lightweight materials to increase performance and range. The Esflow is...



Opel Ampera has official "coming out" party in Geneva. I've said it before and I'll say it again, "why is the Ampera soooo much better looking than the Volt?" Chevy really needs to retire the whole split grille with the giant golden bow-tie thing. The Ampera's front end is attractive and the changes to the rear (larger spoiler, bumper accents, revised tail-lamps) give the car a more upscale look, which is a good thing cuz Opel is charging close to...



Opel Zafira "Lounge on Wheels" makes Geneva debut. What you see here is the latest minivan/crossover thingy concept from GM division Opel, the Zafira "Lounge on Wheels." Why is this important for the US, you might ask? Well Ford has seen fit to bring its C-Max vehicles to the US, so a version of this vehicle may show up at...


Porsche shows Panamera S Hybrid before Geneva introduction. It's interesting how things can change in just a few years. Porsche went from being the purveyor of rear-engined sports cars to a full-line automaker that has become the preeminent performance hybrid manufacturer. The new Panamera S Hybrid is Porsche's next salvo in the fuel-efficiency wars. The Panamera S Hybrid uses the drivetrain from the recently introduced Cayenne...


Renault Capturs the imagination with new crossover. (Video post.) Bathed in a warm honey glow, Renault's new Captur crossover concept hits the Geneva Motor Show stage. The Captur is Renault's latest take on the crossover and includes many new and interesting features that just may see production. The interior is light and airy for two reasons, the multiple moonroofs and the light tubes and accents that emanate a warm glow from...


Renault R-Space Concept hauls...stuff and individuals. (Video post.) What you see hear is one clever concept that Renault debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. Sort of a mini minivan or people and stuff hauler, the R-Space has "space for every individual." It is cleverly styled and has loads of unique features. Will we see them, some yes. Others probably not, but you never know the way tech...


Rolls-Royce enters the 21st Centruy with the 102EX Phantom Electric Vehicle. If there was ever a car that made sense as an EV (electric vehicle), it's the Rolls-Royce Phantom (especially now that London and other cities have banned gas-powered vehicles from their streets during the business day). What Rolls is showing at the Geneva Motor Show is the limo of the 21st...


Saab rises with PhoeniX concept. Saab is celebrating its first year of independence with a bang that includes the PhoeniX Concept that is being shown at the Geneva Motor Show. The PhoeniX was built on the new platform that is being developed for the next 9-3 sedan. The PhoeniX uses a "right-sized" 200-hp turbo four that...


Suzuki Swift S-concept hints at next car. Suzuki called the new Swift S shown at the Geneva Motor Show a concept, but it it a thinly veiled look at the next Swift. Drop the rear wing, the aggressive lower front and rear fascia, the big wheels, and, probably, the bright yellow pearl paint and you'll have a good idea what to expect. This "concept" would make the basis for an exciting...



Toyota unleashes FT-86 II Concept on the Swiss. It's been a long time coming, this Toyota sports car and here it is, the FT-86 II. The FT-86 II was developed jointly with Subaru and uses Subaru's four-cylinder Boxer engine with a six-speed manual transmission. The FT-86 II has rear-wheel drive and sports coupe good looks. The cool thing about this concept is that it is going into pro...


Volvo ships new Ocean Race Editions. Volvo has announced the new Ocean Race Edition series of vehicles to commemorate Volvo's involvement in ocean racing. The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the world's most gruelling ocean adventures that consists of 9 legs that starts in Alicante on October 29 and finishes in Galway, Ireland...


VW is "Bulli" on the new Transporter/Microbus Concept. I had one. A lot of folks did and I loved mine even though it seemed to go through clutch cables (my fault it turns out). Of course, I'm talking about the VW bus or Microbus as it was called in the US. In Europe it was known as the "Bulli" (no negative connotation intended) and VW's new interpretation of the idea shares the moniker. The new Bulli is a much smaller vehicle and debuts in Geneva...


Summertime fun in the new VW Golf Cabriolet. What can I say, the Volkswagen Cabriolet is back (you can hear teen girls everywhere squealing). That is an unfair stereotypical statement especially since the new Golf Cabriolet has a more "manly" look and features all the equipment available in the regular Golf including the rear LED lights from the GTI. One new feature is the...


 Fiat 500 gets its coupe on (filed here under Zagato). Design house Zagato was given a new Fiat 500 and voila!, we have the 500 CoupĂ© Zagato. The little coupe has traditional Zagato touches like the twin humps in the roof, but the design is a clean one. Sort of an Italian take on the Mini Cooper S Coupe (which we should be seeing in production form very soon). The 17-inch wheels are...