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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…)

Ford Pumps Up Fiesta with ST200 Edition

Hot hatch upgrade debuting in Geneva.

by on Feb.29, 2016

The new Ford Fiesta ST200 can make up to 217 horsepower in its overboost mode.

Ford is heating up the hot hatch wars with the Geneva Motor Show debut of the new Fiesta ST200.

Already one of the sportiest entries in the subcompact class, the new Ford Fiesta ST200 gets a big pump in performance out of its 1.6-liter EcoBoost enging, generating up to 212 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque in overboost mode.

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“The ST200 takes this special drivers’ car to a new level of power and performance,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “I think it’s a future classic in the.”


Ford Unveils New Kuga at Tech Congress

Automakers focusing reaching tech crowd with debuts.

by on Feb.22, 2016

Ford debuted the new Kuga at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, rather than at the Geneva Motor Show.

With the auto show circuit underway, most would expect Ford’s latest new model introduction to come at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Not so, as the new Ford Kuga SUV debuted at the Mobile World Congress today.

The new European SUV along with an announcement that the automaker’s latest Sync iteration, Sync 3, is coming to Europe later this year, at the show in Barcelona, Spain, is just one more example of the importance makers place on technology shows to capture the attention of buyers.

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Ford CEO Mark Fields not only rolled out the new car, he also said the company would triple the amount it invests in new technologies that not only make for safer, more entertaining vehicles, but ultimately will lead to the production of self-driving cars. (more…)

2016 Geneva Motor Show Who’s Who

The big previews coming to Europe’s first big auto show of 2016.

by on Feb.16, 2016

The long-awaited Bugatti Chiron will finally make its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Switzerland prides itself on being neutral ground, and that’s something the auto industry appreciates, as well. That’s why the annual Geneva Motor Show has grown from a small, backwater event into the first big car show in Europe each year – indeed one of the most important in the world.

And this year will be no exception. With little more than two weeks to go before thousands of journalists and industry executives converge on the City by the Lake, the preliminary schedule for what is officially known Mondial de l’Automobile is already a crowded one.

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As neutral ground, expect to see all of the major European makers staging big debuts – from the Opel GT Concept to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe to the Volkswagen Golf facelift. Imports like Hyundai, Kia and Toyota will have a strong presence, as well. There’ll be luxury makers – Bugatti debuting the new Chiron – as well as plenty of green machines.


Mercedes-Benz Debuting C-Class Cabriolet in Geneva

Maker looking to expand drop-top line-up.

by on Feb.15, 2016

Mercedes-Benz teased its anticipated C-Class cabriolet, which will debut in Geneva, will hit showrooms this fall.

With March comes thoughts of warmer spring days and nice drives with the roof down and Mercedes-Benz will be playing on those desires with its new C-Class Cabriolet.

The new four-seater droptop is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. In fact, the German maker’s looking to make a splash with a series of convertibles at the Swiss show.

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The already shown SL and SLC roadsters that made their premier in Los Angeles and Detroit auto shows will be there as well as the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet. The SLC is taking the place of the SLK and gets a significant facelift for 2017. (more…)

Rinspeed Reveals Ʃtos Concept Ahead of Geneva

Autonomous concept features foldaway steering wheel, lounge-like cabin.

by on Feb.15, 2016

Rinspeed provided an early look at its new Ʃtos concept it plans to bring to the Geneva Motor Show.

We’ve seen some wild and wacky designs come out of the studios of Swiss automotive house Rinspeed over the year, vehicles like the MicroMax car/bus hybrid, and the Dock+Go “backpack on wheels.”

So, by comparison, Rinspeed’s latest concept seems almost tame, at least at first glance. The biggest challenge with getting our mind around the autonomous concept is how to pronounce its name, Ʃtos. No, your computer screen isn’t acting up. As anyone who spent time in a fraternity back in college might tell you, that’s the Greek letter sigma. But should we call this the Rinspeed “Sigma-tos”?

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However you choose to pronounce it, the concept coming to this year’s Geneva Motor Show is meant to address some of the issues raised by the emergence of the autonomous vehicles that many experts believe we’ll begin to see on public roads early in the coming decade. (more…)

200 MPH Jaguar F-Type SVR to Make Geneva Debut

New model looks to do 0 to 60 in less than four seconds.

by on Jan.27, 2016

The new Jaguar F-Type SVR is expected to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Jaguar is set to crack the 200 mph barrier with the debut of the new F-Type SVR at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The British maker has acknowledged the upcoming debut of the sports car’s latest iteration. What it’s not quite ready to confirm is that the Jaguar F-Type SVR will match the 0 to 60 times of the limited-edition Project 7 hypercar. That would mean something on the order of 3.6 seconds, according to reports out of the UK.

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“The new F-Type SVR is the first series production Jaguar car to be developed by Special Vehicle Operations and benefits from everything we know about precision engineering, performance and design,” said John Edwards, managing director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. (more…)

Bentley Ready to Conquer the World With Bentayga SUV

"The fastest, most powerful, most luxurious, most exclusive SUV in the world.”

by on Sep.09, 2015

The Bentayga will top out at 186 mph, slightly faster than a Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

A good SUV should be able to surmount just about any impediment. The new Bentley Bentayga is showing itself adept at overcoming one of the biggest obstacles of them all, pushing into pricing territory far beyond any SUV currently on the market.

First teased in the form of a concept car more than three years ago, the new Bentley Bentayga will make its formal debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, but was given an advanced preview of the vehicle Bentley is calling “the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious, most exclusive SUV in the world.”

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Even though it’s still months from reaching Bentley showrooms around the world, the Bentayga is already having a significant impact, helping convince virtually every other premium luxury brand – from Aston Martin to Lamborghini to Rolls-Royce – that they also need to add utility vehicles to their line-ups.