The best motor show…. in the world …. is on right now in Geneva. The movers and shakers from the automotive world are all there, except for you and I. Sadly, I’m writing this from my sofa in Australia and you’re reading it when you should be working, wherever you are (other than Geneva) 🙂
Here are the hits and misses from my point of view…..
HIT: Rear Driven Fun Frenchie
This is the Renault Twingo:
And this is the back end of the Renault Twingo:
The Twingo is a rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive 4-seater city car and people in certain markets will be able to buy it with a 90hp turbocharged engine (if they upgrade from the standard 70hp engine). Sadly, there are no plans for an RenaultSport version….. yet.
People are reportedly quite keen to drive it.
MISS: Rumour Mongering
OK, so what do you think this Saab person* is doing checking out the Volvo stand at Geneva?
OMG! There was someone from Saab at Geneva!!!
HIT: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
My goodness, it just gets better, doesn’t it? The bug-eyed but beautiful Alfa Romeo 4C has just taken its top off and the results are Alf-tacular. It even has non-buggish headlamps, which I sincerely hope make it to the production model.
Speaking of which, Alfa Romeo say they’ll make it in 2015, so I’ll be looking for one around 2025 when I can (hopefully) afford it.
MISS: Alfa pass on the MX-5/Spider
Being a bit of an automotive nationalist, I can understand why Sergio Marchionne might decide to pass on using whatever it was they were co-developing with Mazda as an Alfa Romeo Spider. The word is that it might be used as a Fiat or Abarth product instead because Marchionne says that an Alfa Romeo should never be made outside of Italy.
But I think the collaboration with Mazda had the potential to make a very exciting Alfa Romeo that would have been reasonably accessible. It’s OK to move Alfa upmarket, but that shouldn’t rule out genuine opportunities to do great things in collaboration with others.
HIT: Porsche 919 racing kit
This is Mark Webber’s new Le Mans ride, the Porsche 919 Hybrid racer – and as an aside, with Red Bull and golden child Sebby V struggling in early F1 practice, how happy do you reckon Webber is right now to be piloting this Porker?
Those stripes look a little strange, don’t they? Well, check out this view of the car from above.
MISS: Silver Maserati Alfieri
The Maserati Alfieri concept car is pretty enough, but I wonder if it might have benefitted from a deep red, or a deep metallic brown.
HIT: Abarth 695 Biposto
I’ve only ever driven a regular Fiat 500 but I loved it. OK, it was a cabriolet. And I drove it around Mallorca, where I could have fallen in love with a Pontiac Aztec. But still, the little 500 does capture the heart.
The Abarth took the little 500 to another level. Now the Abarth 695 Biposto is coming to send it over the top – for a price, of course.
- Under 1,000kg
- Titanium roll cage
- Brembo brakes
- Sub-6 second 0-100 sprint
And it looks the business, too.
MISS: Alfa Romeo Disco Volante in Green
No. Just no.
I don’t care that it’s gorgeous. It shouldn’t be green and gold. It should be either red, or white, or nothing.
HIT: Pagani Potato Cutter
Interestingly, Pagani’s drawcard at Geneva isn’t a Hyuaphwooaaar, or whatever it’s called. It’s a Zonda, called the Zonda Revolucion.
Even more interestingly, if you drive the front corner of the car into a bag of spuds at high speed, you can make chips for the whole neighbourhood.
MISS: Ford Loses Focus
It might end up being a cracking drive for the money, but the 2015 Ford Focus doesn’t look anywhere near as nicely proportioned as previous generations. I guess we’ll have to see what they do with the hot versions.
HIT: Koenigsegg One:1
Because it has a megawatt of power. Because it looks absolutely stunning inside and out and will drive even better than it looks. Because it’s made by the nicest bloke in motoring, Christian von Koenigsegg. It’s a hit.
MISS: Audi Uglies
I’m sure that many will disagree, but the new Audi TT and S1 leave me colder than a mother-in-law’s kiss (sorry Maman, but it’s just a saying, aimed at those horrible mother-in-laws that everyone else seems to have 🙂 )
HIT: Mazda Hazumi
I was torn between showing this and the angry little Toyota city car. I chose this because the Toyota looks like it should be in a movie and then quickly forgotten. Plus, I like Mazda more than I like Toyota.
This concept is regarded as a preview of the next Mazda 2 and if the production version looks as good as this one, Mazda will be set to keep hold of their top-3 billing here in Australia.
MISS: Melting Bugatti
Aren’t we all just a bit over the Bugatti Veyron? Wonderful piece of engineering, but it’s becoming a bit of a parody of itself, I think. In an effort to move the last ones off the lot, Bugatti keep coming up with special editions (like Koenigsegg, but with less sincerity and more arrogance).
This one – named Rembrant – is very chocolatey. They should have called it Homer. Whatever you call it, just don’t park it in the sun, OK?
*No, that wasn’t really a Saab person at Geneva. It was a friend of Mark W, who supplied the photo.