This year’s Geneva Motor Show seems to be littered with motoring anniversaries from the Porsche 911
to Italdesign Giugiaro
. Now it’s the Chevrolet Corvette’s turn as it hits 60 years on the market, and Chevrolet’s commemoration is the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Last month, we looked at the coupé
version and now, at Geneva, it’s the turn of the Corvette Stingray convertible.
The Porsche 911 has been around for 50 years. With its classic design and tendency to eat up racing trophies, it’s hard to miss, and Porsche is marking the anniversary at this month’s Geneva Motor Show by unveiling the latest 911 GT3. The new high performance race track version of the 911 features a newly-engineered boxer engine, transmission, body and chassis to create what Porsche calls the “sportiest 911” with “a highly emotional fun factor."
One of the more versatile concepts to come out of last year's Geneva Motor Show was the Magna Steyr MILA Coupic
. The concept used a unique retractable fastback-style roof to facilitate a three-for-one: convertible, sporty crossover and pick-up car. For this year's show, Magna Steyr packaged the concept in a more realistic skin, equipping the View Top roof to the Peugeot RCZ.
The current calendar year is a big one for sports car anniversaries. Chevrolet recognized 60 years of the legendary Corvette with a new Stingray
, and Lamborghini celebrated 50 years with the Veneno special edition
. Koenigsegg hasn't been around nearly as long as those sports car staples, but it is celebrating its 10th year of production with a one-off Agera special edition.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Italdesign Giugiaro opening its doors, and to celebrate the occasion the Italy-based design firm has premiered its Parcour supercar at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Taking its name from the obstacle-clearing sport of parkour and powered by the same powerplant found in the Lamborghini Gallardo, its creators have billed the vehicle as the first all-terrain GT, which fuses the high-performance of a track car with the go-anywhere capabilities of the 4X4.
KTM has displayed the GT version of its X-Bow roadster for the first time at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. While the previously released images
revealed that the new X-Bow would get a practicality boost over the X-Bow R on which it is based with the addition of a windscreen, side windows and doors, we now have full technical details on the Austrian manufacturer's latest street-legal go-kart.
The last time we heard from Dutch sports car outfit Spyker, its affairs were all muddled up with Saab. After a few whirlwind years, Spyker is officially back to pursuing what it's great at: designing distinctive sports cars. The B6 Venator concept marks the beginning of the brand's "global resurgence as a creator of meticulously built automobiles."
You couldn’t accuse Volvo of ignoring those people at risk of encountering the exterior of its vehicles rather than sitting inside them. The Swedish automotive manufacturer has already introduced pedestrian airbags
and an automated braking system designed to avoid hitting pedestrians
. Now Volvo has enhanced the latter to develop the world’s first auto-braking cyclist detection system, which is being presented at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show
Given the popularity of CUVs (crossover utility vehicles) among consumers, it’s not surprising that this segment is popular ground for auto manufacturers developing concept vehicles. Subaru’s latest CUV concept, which it has dished up at this year’s Geneva Auto Show
, is the Viziv. The company describes the Viziv – a name somehow derived from “Vision for Innovation” – as a crossover vehicle with a hybrid powertrain that gives a hint at Subaru’s future design direction and technologies.
The 288 GTO, the F40, the F50, the Enzo, the ... LaFerrari? They really want us to call it that? It's not the strongest model name, but Ferrari's latest creation is its most powerful, technological masterpiece to date. Flirting with 1,000 horsepower, the Ferrari LaFerrari isn't your typical green car, but it is Ferrari's first production hybrid and its most efficient car ever.