2005 Geneva Motor Show Index by TCC Team (2/13/2005)
A mini-MPV concept from Hyundai, the first Lexus diesel, an all-new luxury Citroen and the convertible version of the Ferrari F430 are the latest additions to the list of new cars to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, which opens to the public on March 3. They join new production cars from Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Mazda, Subaru, and Bentley, plus concepts from Nissan and others yet to be announced, in a flow of introductions that underline the Salon de l’automobile’s standing as the world’s most truly international auto show.
Mazda MiataMazda has issued a tease picture of the all-new Miata (sold in Europe as the MX5) clad in the disguise-panels designed to spoil the day of spy photographers such as TCC's Brenda Priddy. The wraps will come off (literally) at a press conference to be held on Tuesday March 1 at the Geneva show. Naturally, TCC will be there to bring news and pictures as they happen over in
2005 Hyundai HED-1 conceptEnlarge Photo
Lexus will bow to the importance
2005 Citroen C6Enlarge Photo
The C6 lacks the radical elements of styling and engineering that marked the DS, but it promises to be a worthy successor as a smooth and comfortable freeway cruiser. Powered by new V-6 engines, a 3.0-liter gasoline unit providing 215 hp and a 208-hp 2.7-liter diesel, both linked to six-speed gearboxes, the car features a new active suspension design with variable dampers. Comfortable cruising is high on the designers’ list of priorities for the C6, and the interior is meant to make the occupants feel at home — Citroen describes the ambience, which is influenced by modern furniture design, as “a rolling living room.” One feature that isn’t from the past is the provision of a head-up display for the driver.
Exterior styling has the family style of other Citroens introduced since the company took the line of returning to its roots and providing cars for individualist. There’s a hint of the DS in the car’s smooth lines and the lack of a trunk as a prominent feature of the overall design.
Ferrari F430 Spider
2005 Ferrari F430 SpiderEnlarge Photo