Index: 2002 Geneva Motor Show by TCC Team (3/5/2002)
It’s still a few days to go before the 72nd International Motor Show in Geneva opens its doors for the media (March 5-6) and the public (March 7 – March 17). But quite a few car manufacturers are competing already for attention by releasing information before the Geneva Show opens. Here's what TCC will be bringing more of later this week:
The Smart, a highly efficient city car, has turned out to be very popular as a company car — not for executives, but for delivery and rolling advertising. The Smart Crossblade debuted last year in Geneva as a prototype and it will be at the Salon’s stage again as a limited-edition production version — albeit without doors or a roof. Although the Crossblade only has a half-windshield, Smart promises the safety through the roll bar behind the seats. The Crossblade will be equipped with the same three-cylinder engine as the standard Smart, but tuned to 70 hp. Its top speed is limited to 84 mph.
2002 Bertone Proto conceptEnlarge Photo
Carrozzeria Bertone will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a luxury sedan concept called Proto. Again Bertone has relied on the cooperation of SKF, which supplied the drive-by-wire technology for last year’s Filo. We expect the new concept car will have drive-by-wire throttle and steering as in the Filo. Nokia and Bose may play a role in the concept as well, but we will have to wait until the car is unveiled on March 5th.
2003 Ferrari 575MEnlarge Photo
There’s no doubt Ferrari will show its new GT, the 575M, at the Geneva Show, since the car debuted last month alongside the new Ferrari Formula 1 car for a large press crowd in Maranello. The 575M is the first 12-cylinder Ferrari with an F1-like six-speed gearbox. The M does not stand for Maranello, as many people believe, but for modified, to underscore the fact that this car has been heavily modified. The styling of the 550 is left fairly untouched, save for the air intakes in the front, a new spoiler, different wheels, and xenon headlamps. The rocket-like performance of the 575M comes from the 12-cylinder engine found in the 550. With higher capacity, higher compression and new intake manifolds and other changes, power has been increased to 515 hp at 7250 rpm and a maximum torque of 345 ft-lb at 5250 rpm, an increase of 30 hp and nearly 15 lb-ft.
The six-speed gearbox has been placed in the rear axle, and can be operated by buttons on the steering wheel.