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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.


Mulally: How Less Will Mean More When Ford Cuts Nameplate Count

by on Sep.30, 2010

Fewer nameplates but more product, says Ford CEO Alan Mulally.

While Ford Motor Co. will slash by as much as a third the number of individual nameplates it offers around the world, consumers will likely have more, rather than less products to choose from, said the maker’s CEO Alan Mulally, following the unveiling of the all-new Ford Focus at a Paris Motor Show preview.

The former Boeing executive spoke with to clarify comments made during a speech in London, earlier this week, in which Mulally outlined plans to continue the ongoing cutback in Ford’s product count as it sharpens its focus on its core brands.

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Since joining the company, just four years ago, Mulally has reduced the number of nameplates in the Ford stable from 97 to 37, so far largely by selling off European luxury brands Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo.  But the cuts won’t stop there.


First Look: Jaguar C-X75

Maker unveils plug-in hybrid supercar in Paris.

by on Sep.30, 2010

Jaguar claims its C-X75 battery supercar can hit 205 mph.

Jaguar is charging into the Paris Motor Show – quite literally – with an electric supercar concept dubbed the C-X75.

Using four separate wheel motors to produce a combined 770 horsepower and a blistering 1,180 lb-ft of torque, Jaguar claims the striking 2-seater will be capable of hitting 205 mph, and launching from 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62.5 mph) in just 3.4 seconds.

The Jaguar C-X75 differs from some other recent battery supercar concepts in that it has an onboard power source to keep the vehicle going once its batteries run down.

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The sleekly aerodynamic C-X75 concept, meanwhile, is designed to showcase the British marque’s new design language, according to Mike O’Driscoll, Jaguar’s Managing Director.


First Look: Opel GTC Paris

Near production-ready concept to become next Opel Astra.

by on Sep.28, 2010

Nearly production ready, the Opel GTC Paris concept.

Let’s make it clear up front: there are no plans to bring the Opel GTC Paris to the U.S.  Let’s quickly add: too bad.  The striking three door concept vehicle making its debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, later this week, is just the sort of design that could help kick-start the moribund American hatchback market.

Luckily for European buyers the show car does have a future in the Opel line-up, where it is set to become the next-generation Astra.

The nearly production—ready Opel GTC Paris will take its place on the German maker’s stand at the Mondial de l’Automobile alongside the updated Astra Sports Tourer.


In concept trim, the 5-seat GTC Paris pushes the design edge with a Liquid Metal Red paint scheme that highlights a sculpted body accented by LED lamps, 21-inch alloy wheels with carbon fiber inserts and twin tailpipes.


First Look: Porsche Speedster

Classic look for a limited-edition 911 spin-off.

by on Sep.21, 2010

The Porsche Speedster is back - in limited-edition form - for the first time in 18 years.

Porsche is bringing back the classic 911 Speedster, a legendary car often associated with the sports car elite, like Steve McQueen, for a limited run next year.

Only the third version of the Speedster ever offered, the retro chop-top design will help mark the end of the current 911 – known to Porsche aficionados as the 997.  Only 356 Porsche Speedsters will be built, a subtle historical reference to the 356 Speedster originally introduced in 1953.

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The new version, which will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month, will be easy to spot.


First Look: Kia Electric Pop

Battery car to make Paris debut next month.

by on Aug.18, 2010

Kia isn't saying much about its battery-powered Electric Pop concept, which makes a Paris Motor Show debut, next month.

It’s that time of year.  The biennial Paris Motor Show is little more than six weeks away and automakers are beginning to give us some hints of what they’ll be pulling the wraps off at the Mondial de l’Automobile.

The list starts with Kia, which has provided us these teaser shots of something it has dubbed the Electric Pop, which will make its formal debut on September 30th.


Other than that, the maker isn’t saying much.  Its terse release advises us that, “Kia’s three-metre three-seater boasts zero-emissions and brings innovative design chic to the city car segment with its dramatic styling.”   End of story.  At least the official one.