A quick look at the Geneva Motor Show

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The Geneva Motor Show is done and dusted for 2016. It was my second Geneva show, having first attended there as a ‘civilian’ in 2011, just before going to work for Saab Automobile. This time I was there as an employee of Koenigsegg Automotive AB. How times change. Opinions here are my own, of course. It was busy, as you might expect. I barely had any time to post things online as I was so busy talking to people from the press. It’s great to meet the press and it’s productive in the sense of relationships and setting future appointments […]

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Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition – Launched!

Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition

My most anticipated vehicle launch from the Geneva Motor Show has taken place – the Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition is now on show. I add ‘Launch Edition’ on the end there because Alfa have put together a special offering for the first buyers of the vehicle that’s intended to re-cast Alfa Romeo as a worldwide brand (see the Launch Edition press release, below). There’s a lot to like about the Alfa Romeo 4C, but I want to finish this article on a positive note, so I’m going to start with something I don’t like – at all. Photo from […]

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Spyker B6 Venator – Wow Factor 10!

Spyker B6 Venator

Holy schmozzoli. Victor Muller’s done it! I thought the first rendering we saw of the new Spyker B6 Venator Concept looked pretty nice. Now that we can see the car in the metal at the Geneva show, it looks like the real deal. It’s been built, it’s intended for production next year and most importantly, it looks absolutely sensational. Here’s the thing that most people don’t get about Spyker cars until they look into them. This is not a pure sports car. It’s a very sporting luxury car. The motoring press was talking up the Spyker B6 Venator as a […]

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Are Supercars Getting Too Vulgar?

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I hate being Mr Negative-Pants, but some of the images I’m seeing at the start at the Geneva Motor Show are making me a little uneasy. I subscribe to the Richard Hammond theory that supercars are meant to be stupendous, they’re meant to be an event. But isn’t this going a little too far? This is the new Ferrari, which is officially referred to simply as LaFerrari. True. I don’t mind the name at all, actually. What I’m having trouble with is the compartmentalised design: What am I talking about, you say? It looks like the car has been designed […]

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Damn, I Miss The Car Industry!!

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The Geneva Motor Show has begun with a few early reveals, mostly courtesy of the VW-owned group of companies. Pictures of the new Lamborghini Veneno are already online from Lambo’s press presentation. The same hall shows an Audi RS6 Avant and the space-age Volkswagen XL1 eco-mobile as well (just say no). Right: The crystal meth at Lamborghini’s design studio has had the desired effect. A number of former Saab colleagues and friends are at Geneva this year. Of course, my former boss Victor Muller will be showing a new concept – the Spyker B6 Venator, which I’d love to see […]

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Kia Provo Looks Kind Of Saabish

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Remember that Saab 9x that Saab fans got soooooooo excited about a decade+ ago only to have our hopes snuffed out by the realities of the automotive business? The Saab 9x had 4WD, a potent turbocharged engine, a wedgy SUV-style body (well before small SUV’s were seriously considered anything other than utilitarian) and a futuristic interior. We drooled over the body shape and the promise of comfort, sporty driving and practicality. We got excited at the massive leap the Saab 9x would have represented not just for Saab, but for the automotive industry in general. — Small premium coupe SUV’s […]

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Spyker B6 Venator – New at Geneva

Spyker B6 Venator

Spyker missed the Geneva Motor Show in 2012 due to upheaval caused by the Saab bankruptcy. Spyker chief Victor Muller was busy enough trying to keep the company afloat, let along preparing for a motor show. This year, Spyker are back. They’ve got something new to show, too – the Spyker B6 Venator concept car. Spyker have so far just teased the press with a few abstract images showing the upper shape and the tail lights of the car. Victor Muller spoke with the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, however, and let a few more clues out – along […]

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Koenigsegg Hundra celebrates 100th Koenigsegg at Geneva Motor Show

Koenigsegg Hundra Ghost

Koenigsegg has teased its 2013 Geneva Motor Show entry with a few photos and a press release. The Koenigsegg Hundra is an Agera that’s been custom built with 24-carat gold inlay, clear-coat carbonfibre, Koenigsegg’s own revolutionary carbonfibre wheels and a host of other goodies. The good news for me is that there’s some small, teeny-tiny chance of owning it one day (if I win some humungous lottery) – because it’s right hand drive 🙂 The press release and images: —— Koenigsegg from 0-100 in 10 Years 2002 – After eight painstaking years of constant development, the small striving Koenigsegg team […]

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The Most Interesting Cars of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

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The most interesting motor show of any given year – the Geneva Motor Show – is almost upon us. These are the cars from the debut list maintained by Just Auto that have got my motor running. Some are genuine interest and some are passing interest, but all have something interesting about them. Sorry Volvo, I just couldn’t get you on the list. Something new from Polestar might have been good. —— Alfa Romeo 4C: carbon components, 1.7 turbo, to be built by Maserati in Modena Alfa Romeo Gloria concept: full scale model created by I.E.D. students Aston Martin Rapide […]

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