… continue from Part 2.
Mazda will be showing off their new design theme called “Kodo”, which means sould of motion, through their compact crossover concept Mazda Minagi.
The CUV will be powered by a Skyactiv engine and transmission. Mazda claims that the Minagi is built from light weight materials to boost fuel economy. The four-door Minagi is expected to reach production as the CX-5, giving Mazda a rival to models such as the VW Tiguan.
This year Mercedes-Benz is trying to woe younger customers with two ‘younger’ cars, the new C-class coupe and the SLK roadster.
The C-class coupe is basically a chopped up version of the C-class sedan. Chop off the middle and throw away the back doors, voila, a C-class coupe, which looks brilliant! This version of C-class will be offered with an array of active safety and fuel-saving features to help it better compete with the BMW 3-series coupe and Audi A5.
This 3rd-generation SLK gets a certain degree of styling from the much superior SLS AMG and it looks gorgeous. Its light weight roof enables the it to transform to a coupe in just seconds. Also, check out the world’s first Magic Sky Control panoramic glass-roof in the video.
Mini does have a weird way of naming their cars, the named their latest creation, Rocketman. “He” will have “his” world debut as a concept at Geneva.
It seems Mini has realized that they have to return to its roots with an ultra-compact car. This particular “man” is smaller than today’s regular Mini and it is said to be a urban-based model to compete with the Smart ForTwo. It could go on sale in 2013. Then, what’s next? Caveman? Policeman? Lizardman? Ultraman?
Mitsubishi is getting boring. Their theme for this auto show is “compact”, “affordability”, and “high fuel efficiency”. They probably going to hire a group of Japanese chanting and yelling “compact! affordability! high fuel efficiency!” at their booth.
They call it Mitsubishi Concept Global Small. It will feature a fuel efficient 1.0-liter / 1.2-liter engine equipped with a regenerative braking system and start-stop technology, as well as a new-generation CVT and low rolling resistance tires. Ok, next!
Nissan will be displaying something really interesting, the Esflow. This car will eventually be a potential RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) ELECTRIC sports car. Yes. Fully electric. It has the same lithium-ion battery packs that are used in the Leaf.
The Esflow’s aluminum chassis has been built around the drivetrain and lightweight seats built into the car’s rear bulkhead so they don’t need a heavy frame. The company says the electric motors produce enough torque in an instant for the car to reach 100km/h (62 mph) in under 5 seconds. For all you know, Nissan’s R&D department is filing the Esflow in “KIV” tray, and then focusing on perfecting their R35 GT-R supercar.
French automaker Peugeot is being either very secretive on what they are about to show us, or just purely clueless on what to show us in the Geneva auto show.
They have only released images of a facelifted 308, and yes! They have removed the hideous huge front grille, finally! The car is also lighter and will be offered with 1.6-liter diesel engine with stop-start and battery regeneration that reduce CO2 emissions to 98g/km. Anyway, thanks for removing the grille.
Porsche is slowly converting their cars to vegetarians. They will be unveiling their hybrid version of four-door sedan Panamera. The car uses hybrid technology already fitted in the Cayenne SUV.
Porsche says the Panamera S Hybrid can complete the standard sprint to 100 kph in 6.0 seconds, and reach a top speed at 270 kph. The range in purely electric mode is approximately 2 km with electric driving possible up to 85 kph, depending on the driving situation.
..more cars in Part 4 coming soon! Stay tuned!