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Mercedes May Enter U.S. Pickup Market, After All

If so, American production is likely, says senior Mercedes exec.

by on Feb.24, 2017

The underlying platform for the X-Class comes from Nissan, everything else is pure Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz will roll its Concept X truck into the Geneva Motor Show early next month, the prototype for its all-new X-Class pickup.

Developed on a platform provided by alliance partner Nissan, the midsize X-Class was intended for markets in Europe, South Africa, Australia and South America, but Mercedes has, until now, said it had no intention of bringing the new truck to the world’s largest pickup market, the United States. But it appears to be rethinking that decision.

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“In the past year the (U.S.) mid-sized truck market has come back a bit,” Volker Mornhingweg, head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans division, at a Friday news conference. Pointing to the success of two revived General Motors models, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, Mornhinweg said, “We are watching developments very closely, and we will take a decision at the appropriate time.”

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Mercedes to Drop New E-Class Convertible, Four AMG Models in Geneva

34 models and a VR look at others to come.

by on Feb.23, 2017

Mercedes plans to unveil 34 new models during the Geneva Motor Show using virtual reality, including this new C-Class cabriolet.

For those who want to look a few years into the future, Mercedes-Benz plans to turn to virtual reality at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The German automaker says it will use a customized VR system to let media and other show-goers see what it’s planning for the new Mercedes-EQ battery-electric sub-brand.

But there’ll be plenty of sheet metal on the Swiss show stand, as well. In fact, Mercedes will have a tough time squeezing everything into its short news conference in Geneva, as it rolls out an assortment of 34 different concept and production models, ranging from the Concept X-Class to the limited-edition Maybach G650 Landaulet utility vehicle.

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Also on tap: four all-new AMG models, as well as the latest-generation E-Class Cabriolet. The midsize convertible will line up along the latest-generation sedan, wagon and coupe models to complete the new E-Class line-up. (more…)

Land Rover Velar to Add Coupe-Like Model to Range Rover Line

New premium ute aimed at the likes of BMW X6.

by on Feb.22, 2017

Land Rover wil show off its new coupe-like SUV, the Velar, at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Land Rover is ramping up its aggressive product proliferation strategy, the British maker set to reveal an all-new coupe-like SUV at the upcoming Geneva Motors Show.

Set to slot in-between the top-line Range Rover and more mainstream Evoque models, the new Range Rover Velar will become the fourth model in Land Rover’s premium line-up. The maker is offering a first teaser image but only a handful of details. It promises to reveal more on March 1st, with the Velar itself set to make its American debut at the New York International Auto Show in April.

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“We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover,” Land Rover Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern said in a statement accompanying this teaser image. “It brings a new dimension of glamor modernity and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything.” (more…)

Mitsubishi Eclipse Returning – as Crossover

Renamed the Eclipse Cross, it debuts in Geneva.

by on Feb.15, 2017

Mitsubishi is looking to take advantage of the popularity of crossovers with the new Eclipse, which is now called the Eclipse Cross.

After a five-year absence, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is set to make its return – or more precisely, what Mitsubishi will now call the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

And as that slight name change might suggest, the vehicle making its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show will take the form of a compact crossover-utility vehicle, rather than the sporty coupe that was pulled from the market at the end of the 2012 model-year.

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“The Eclipse Cross’s beautiful, dynamic form serves to bring about the same sense of excitement and inspiration as the diamond ring seen immediately before and after a total solar eclipse does,” the maker said, in a florid release teasing next month’s Geneva debut. (more…)

Lexus to Reveal New LS 500h Hybrid in Geneva

New body, new platform, new powertrain.

by on Feb.14, 2017

The new 2018 Lexus LS 500h will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

We got our first look at the next-generation Lexus LS during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Now, the automaker says it will roll out the hybrid version of its flagship sedan during the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Like the gasoline-powered version, the 2018 Lexus LS 500h will adopt a new and much more aggressive body language. But the Japanese luxury brand is keeping mum about what it has in store under that more shapely hood, offering only this one teaser image.

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That said, some details about the new hybrid have begun leaking out. And expectations are that Lexus will try to boost the performance quotient with the new 500h, in keeping with broader market trends, rather than focusing solely on fuel efficiency. (more…)

Singaporean Hypercar Takes Aim at Bugatti Performance Numbers

Flowery Dendrobium set to bloom at Geneva Motor Show.

by on Jan.18, 2017

The Vanda Dendrobium is named after a genus of orchids native to Singapore.

It looks like something Batman might drive, hails from Singapore and has the nearly unpronounceable name Dendrobium, but start-up Vanda Electrics is betting there’s a market for the new battery hypercar it’s set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The concept model making its debut on March 7th will join a rapidly growing list of high-performance and exotic plug-based models that have been announced in recent months – from the all-electric Faraday Future FF91 to the hybrid-assisted Formula One hypercar under development by Mercedes-Benz.

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Vanda’s website suggests it was “set up to look into the future of electric transportation.” Until now, that has had it focusing on relatively mundane projects like a 25 mph urban delivery vehicle and an e-scooter. But while the Singapore-based company’s teaser release provides few details, it last year hinted it was working on an electric exotic that could hit 250 mph.

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Kia Bringing Picanto to Geneva Motor Show

New A-segment offering jumping into crowded pool.

by on Jan.06, 2017

Kia's new replacement for the Rio, the Picanto, will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

After an early tease of the Picanto – the replacement for the Rio – Kia decided to provide a little more insight about the new hatchback and where it can be seen this car show season — as well as new pictures.

Kia is unveiling its new Stinger sports car in Detroit and plans to follow that up with the Picano debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The released pics show the Picanto in GT-styling.

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Created by Kia’s design centers in Namyang, Korea, and Frankfurt, Germany, the new Picanto brings youthful and energetic character to the A-segment, claims the automaker. However, city cars are hanging in there despite low gas prices. (more…)

Porsche Bringing Panamera Shooting Brake to Geneva

Utility, power and performance.

by on Sep.13, 2016

Porsche is set to bring the shooting brake version of the Panamera to the the Geneva Motor Show.

If the minivan is the station wagon of the 1990s and beyond, that must mean that a station wagon is the sports car of today. Porsche appears to think so as it’s preparing to introduce a shooting brake version of its Panamera next spring.

The “shooting brake” or as Americans would know it better, the station wagon, is making a bit of a comeback, mostly in high end brands like Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volvo, which introduced new wagons in the last year.

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Prior to that, Ferrari with the FF and 2016 GTC4Lusso and Jaguar with the XF Sport Brake have been putting wagons on the road. There’s even a rendering of an Aston Martin model. (more…)

Alfa’s Long-Awaited Giulia Finally Hits the Stage

The new sedan expected in U.S. later this year.

by on Mar.02, 2016

Alfa Romeo's Harald Wester unveils the new Giulia models at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

The long-awaited expansion of Alfa Romeo’s Giulia line-up beyond the Quadrifoglio is finally here as the rest of the family, albeit a little toned down, bowed at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Quadrifoglio is the brand’s high-end, high-performance sedan in the group, replete with big vents, spoiler and other aggressive-looking add-ons. However, the three-car group also includes the Giulia and the Super to go with the performance beast.

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The other two get simpler, more conservative versions of the exterior, and a choice of less powerful engines. The Quadrifoglio is powered by 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 putting out 505 horsepower. The 2.0-liter V6 also available produces a very respectable 276 hp. (more…)

McLaren Expanding Line-up to Include 570GT

Maker showing latest iteration in Geneva.

by on Feb.29, 2016

The 570GT gets the same 562 horsepower twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 as its 570S sibling for 2017.

McLaren continues to rise from the ashes with the second of what is expected to be three vehicles in the 570 family – the 570GT – just in time for the Geneva Motor Show.

Actually, it’s the third of three, but only the 570GT and 570S are sold in the U.S. The 570GT gets the same 562 horsepower twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 as its sibling, the 570S, but it also gets a new roof and rear, including a spoiler and an aerodynamic package.

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However, the best upgrade may be the “touring deck.” The “deck” is really more of a “boot,” the universal term for “trunk” by English-speaking Europeans. The side-hinged glass door gives the owner access to a good-sized cargo area (7.8 cubic feet) behind the seats in the two-person cabin. (more…)