Genava Motor Show: under the best auspices

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  1. Motor Show: under the best auspices


    The 77th International Motor Show, which will be held from March 8 to 18, looks certain to be promising: an avalanche of premieres, new exhibitors – notably Russian and Chinese -, new facilities to enhance visitors’ comfort and novel attractions are on the programme.
    Bringing together more than 250 exhibitors on a net surface area of nearly 77,000 square metres, the Motor Show will once again be occupying all Geneva Palexpo’s available surface area.

    Following the two press days on which more than 5,000 media representatives from all over the world will flock to Palexpo, the Show will be inaugurated on Thursday March 8 in the presence of, notably, Mrs. Micheline Calmy-Rey, President of the Swiss Confederation.

    Around 700,000 visitors are expected from all five continents – generally 40% of them are foreigners from 80 countries – during the 11 days that the Show is open to the public.

    Over 80 world and European premieres are announced in the vehicles sector alone, along with the presence of new exhibitors, including China’s Brilliance, KTM, Russo-Baltic, or the born-again brands Abarth and Donkervoort.

    In keeping with the new trends already observed, pride of place will be given to the development of technologies offering alternative energies. Dream cars and first models launching production series of important manufacturers will of course be present.

    The accessories, spare parts and equipment sector alone is the industry’s largest annual exhibition in Switzerland and offers both the public at large and trade visitors a host of new products.

    For the visitors, following the widening of the aisles and the introduction of electronic ticketing, a re-organization of the entrance hall will allow access to the cloakrooms, toilets and the brasserie one hour before the doors officially open, thereby reducing the queues. A new restaurant, the Everest, will be open on the upper floor, at the entrance to Hall 5, while the snack stands have been grouped together in one location between Halls 6 and 7 and in another along the western wall of Halls 1 and 2. Finally, if the weather is fine, the public will be able to go out and get a breath of fresh air in the Sarasin park without leaving the Show’s premises.
  2. Motor Show: under the best auspices

    Green Days in Geneva
    Eco-friendly, fuel-efficient cars will star at show

    AutoWeek | Published 02/26/07, 4:01 pm et

    At the Geneva auto show next week, carmakers will demonstrate how they are making cars more fuel efficient.

    Automakers are being pressured by European Union legislators to curb CO2, the gas mainly blamed for global warming. And they need to show that they are developing more environmentally friendly powertrains.

    BMW debuts a 1-series three-door variant with a stop-start system and brake energy regeneration that will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

    Toyota and Honda will show concepts for potential future hybrid cars. Toyota's Hybrid X study previews a possible new design language for its hybrid cars. Honda's concept is a small sports car with a hybrid powertrain, aiming to show that sports cars don't have to be gas guzzlers.

    Dodge will offer the Demon concept, a two-seat convertible that, if built, would sell for about $15,000.

    The show's preview days for the press and industry are March 6 and 7.


    Audi's A5 takes design director Walter de' Silva's much-praised styling language a step further.

    While the car keeps Audi's signature large single-frame grille, the A5's front lights are smaller and more sculpted. The car also has more angular lines on the hood and doors. It is expected that the design will be a starting point for future Audis.

    The four-seat vehicle is scheduled to arrive this summer and will be positioned between the A4 but just below the A6. The A5 will compete against the BMW 3-series coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLK class. Audi plans to produce about 35,000 A5s annually at its plant in Ingolstadt, Germany.


    Less than three years after its launch as BMW's entry car, the 1 series gets a new variant: a sporty three-door model. BMW also will unveil a stop-start system that will be standard on all 1-series models except the 130i. Another feature on the 1 series that will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is a brake-energy regeneration system.

    Last year the 1 series overtook the 5 series to become BMW's No. 2 selling car in Europe, after the 3 series. BMW sold 132,129 units of the 1 series and 125,381 of the 5 series, according to JATO Dynamics.

    With new body styles such as the three-door version, which goes on sale next month, and a coupe, scheduled to arrive in Europe this year and in the United States next year, BMW hopes to sell even more 1 series.


    Dodge calls its Demon rear-drive concept a "compact, nimble roadster with an attitude." The two-seat Demon previews a car Dodge could launch to challenge the Mazda MX-5 roadster and the new Opel/Vauxhall GT (a sibling of the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice). But Chrysler executives say the car, if built, would be priced around $15,000.

    The Demon is 156.3 inches long and powered by a 170-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.

    Dodge is starting to succeed in Europe. It sold 10,970 units in Europe last year, according to JATO Dynamics, up from 311 vehicles in 2005. About 97 percent of those sales were of the Caliber hatchback, which was launched last spring.
    Ford's new Mondeo receives kinetic design language and will be built as a four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and station wagon.

    Ford of Europe has given the Mondeo a sleeker design and new technology and has made it bigger to help the car compete in a segment that buyers are abandoning for SUVs and crossovers. The design is the latest expression of Ford of Europe's kinetic design language, which appeared on the S-Max SUV/minivan crossover.

    The Mondeo will offer adaptive cruise control as an option, one of the first examples of this technology moving down from luxury cars. The Mondeo is roomy, with a wheelbase 3.9 inches longer than its predecessor's. Since its launch in 1993, Ford has built more than 4 million Mondeos at its plant in Genk, Belgium.

    Ford launches production versions of all three Mondeo body styles in Geneva: a four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and station wagon. The car goes on sale in May. Entry-level versions will be priced similar to the current model.


    Honda aims to show that sports cars can be environmentally friendly. The Small Hybrid Sport Concept "explores the idea that a car can have a low environmental impact but still deliver all the driving enjoyment expected of a compact sports car," says Honda.

    The sleek coupe was designed at the Japanese carmaker's r&d center in Offenbach, Germany, and previews a potential future Honda small sports car powered by a gasoline-electric powertrain.


    Kia will unveil its cee'd sporty wagon, adding a second model to the five-door hatchback that went on sale in December. The c'eed is Kia's first car designed and manufactured in Europe. It will be built at the Korean automaker's new factory in Zilina, Slovakia.

    The wagon's overall length is increased by 9.3 inches, to 177.2 inches. Kia will market the car's passenger and luggage space.
    Two exhaluted Italian marques - Maserati and Pininfarina - joined forces to create the new GranTurismo coupe.

    Maserati will unveil its GranTurismo coupe at the show.

    The car's interior and exterior were done by the Italian design company Pininfarina. Maserati expects the car, which goes on sale this summer, to help the brand break even in 2007 after 17 years of losses.

    The GranTurismo will be powered by a 4.2-liter V-8 rated at 405 hp, mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission.
    Closely resmbling the 2005 Sassou concept, Mazda's new Mazda2 will share its architecture with the next Ford Fiesta.

    The Mazda2 loses its boxy appearance for a sleeker, sportier look. While most mini- and small cars are growing, the third-generation Mazda2 is smaller. At 152.8 inches long, it is 1.6 inches shorter than its predecessor but 5.9 inches wider, at 66.5 inches.

    The new car closely resembles the Sassou concept shown at the 2005 Frankfurt show.

    Mazda says the car's design is the first evolution of its "zoom-zoom" styling that debuted on the Mazda6 in 2002. When it launches early next year, the Mazda2 will be the first car based on Mazda parent Ford Motor's new architecture for small cars.

    Mazda is leading the development of this architecture, which also will underpin the next Ford Fiesta and Fusion in Europe. The new Mazda2 will be built in the carmaker's Hiroshima, Japan, plant.


    The redesigned Mercedes-Benz C class has a key role to play in helping CEO Dieter Zetsche's aim of boosting the carmaker to No. 1 in quality and customer satisfaction. Mercedes can't afford electronics glitches on the sedan, which accounts for a third on the carmaker's global volume.

    The third-generation C class was put through Mercedes-Benz's biggest test program, with nearly 15 million test miles worldwide. It's also the company's first production vehicle conceptualized and developed based on a digital prototype.

    Two body styles will be offered in Europe. The Avantgarde variant has the Mercedes three-pointed star in the center of the grille, similar to the carmaker's roadsters and coupes. It is aimed at younger buyers.

    Conservative customers likely will choose the Elegance variant with a traditional Mercedes grille and the star on the hood.


    Toyota will introduce a hybrid concept, the Hybrid X. The concept previews a new design language for hybrids while also acting as a technology showcase.
    Volvo made its new V70 more stylish in an effort to keep its customers from switching to minivans, crossovers or SUVs.

    Volvo has made the new V70 station wagon more stylish than its predecessor in an effort to keep its customers switching to minivans, SUVs or crossovers. But Volvo also has tried to retain the car's reputation for practicality with added luggage capacity and a rear seat that includes an integrated, adjustable child booster seat.

    Volvo aims to sell 80 percent of its annual V70 production in Europe. A third of its total global sales are in Sweden. The V70 is based on the S80 sedan.

    The XC70 all-wheel-drive version will also debut in Geneva.

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