Now that the Geneva Auto Show is over, one has to wonder what the manufacturers will do to keep our attention. Mercedes-Benz has unleashed the new S63 AMG Coupé featuring a new tightened dynamic design, increased power output, all-wheel-drive, a lighter fighting-weight and world first suspension system.
We've heard a lot of chatter about autonomous vehicles
over the past several years and seen a variety of hardware. So far, most autonomous cars are rough, experimental versions of current models, with all kinds of added sensor hardware. The recent Geneva Motor Show flipped the autonomous vehicle inside out, showcasing several futuristic design studies that peeked inside the car cabin of the future.
As always, autos were the main focus of this year's Geneva Motor Show
, but a smaller category of vehicle made its presence felt. Electric bikes and scooters, such as the Kia Electric Bicycle
and Qoros eBIQE
, had a strong showing. A third interesting design we found in the halls of the Palexpo, the FEDDZ strikes a balance between electric cargo bike and motor scooter.
We've grown quite accustomed to rugged, 4WD trucks and SUVs over the years. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen was determined to show a few different looks for all-wheel-powered vehicles with off-road intentions. It revealed a utility convertible in the T-ROC concept
and also debuted the Multivan Alltrack concept, an AWD van for "all roads and any track."
In addition to the sporty and strange
, the Geneva Motor Show hosts its fair share of green cars and concepts. This year, everyone from mainstream manufacturers to university teams showed designs built from ultralight components, powered by alternative fuels and otherwise designed around fuel- and emissions-frugal commuting.
We don't usually expect to see niche hypercar marques like Gumpert come back from the near-dead to offer "entry level" models, but that's exactly what the German manufacturer has done. At the Geneva Motor Show, it introduced the Explosion, a more humbly styled and powered sports car than its past offerings, with a price just a touch north of €100,000. Despite drawing power from a modest 2.0-liter engine, the Explosion still shoots off the line to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a mere three seconds.
Ever since we first laid eyes on the Alfa Romeo 4C
, we've been thinking that the top just needs to come down. The ultralight two-seater seems made to drive with the air rushing through your hair, and a convertible version is finally on the way. Alfa Romeo revealed the 4C Spider last week at the Geneva Motor Show
, and while it called it a "Design Preview" on paper, it looks awfully production ready.
It’s easy for a car that’s all sharp lines and flaring wings to catch the eye, but sometimes it’s the ones with the deceptively conservative styling that catch you by surprise. A case in point is Italdesign Giugiaro’s
Clipper MPV concept car, which was unveiled last week at the Geneva Motor Show. The four-wheel drive, six-seater with fully independent all-electric drive sports a design that's based on a study of future cities, and is billed by the maker as a “veritable automotive research design lab.”
It's de rigueur for upmarket brands to have an e-bike in the stable these days, so it was no surprise that aspiring international brand Qoros
should show its eBIQE in Geneva last week. The big surprise was the cloud connectivity and a five inch touchscreen dashboard with an astonishing array of information services. Cheap? NO! Cool? YES!
Ducati has upgraded its devilishly photogenic Diavel
supercruiser with a new 1198cc Testastretta engine, new exhaust, full-LED headlight, reduced emissions, better fuel consumption and more mid-range grunt ... as if it needed it.