2005 Geneva Motor Show Index by TCC
U.S. customers will have to
wait for the new Mercedes B-Class until the dollar gets any stronger, but this
summer the car will hit the market in Europe and Canada as planned. With the B-Class
Mercedes-Benz will compete in the midi-MPV segment with models such as the
highly successful Renault Scénic and the Opel Zafira.
The Compact Sports Tourer, as Mercedes also calls the
B-Class, has a flexible interior. The second row can be folded down or removed
and the front passenger seat can be folded down as well. In that case you can
take goods with you with a length of 116 inches. The floor of the luggage
compartment can be adjusted in height. The capacity is 19.2 cu. ft and can be
extended to 79.2 cu. ft.
The B-Class has
a wheelbase 8.2 inches longer than the A-Class and has the same sandwich concept
with the positioning of the powertrain partly in front of and beneath the cabin.
The five door version has a length of 168.1 inches, width of 69.3 inches, and height of
The Compact Sports Tourer will
be available with six engines, of which two are diesels with power in the
range from 96 hp to 193 hp the latter in the B200 Turbo. This version accelerates
from 0-60 in just 7.4 seconds. The B200
Turbo and both CDI diesel versions will be equipped with a six-speed gearbox. A
new Autotronic Continuous variable transmission is available for all versions.
An evolution of the ESP system
(Electronic Stability Program) incorporates an extra function that is called
Steer Control. This adjusts the power steering under critical conditions to
stabilize the car. Furthermore, the B-Class has a new selective damping
Opel, General Motor’s European division, will unveil the
completely new Zafira. The successor model has seven seats, just like before.
The Flex7-system has been redesigned so that it will be easier to reconfigure
the seating arrangement in the Zafira. The model has grown nearly six inches to
176 inches long. GM expects a lot of the new Zafira in the highly competitive
Opel Astra OPC
Another Opel to debut in Geneva
is the Astra OPC,
the production version of the HPC concept car. The OPC is a version from the
and has a 2.0-liter
turbo engine with 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The fast Astra should accelerate
from 0-60 mph in less than seven seconds. The car will also feature IDS (Intelligent
Driving System) with electronic damper adjustment, 18-inch wheels, and a body kit
with bumper spoiler, foglamps, and side skirts.
BMW facelifted the 7-Series
and updated the engine range at the same time, except for the V-12 in the 760i.
With redesigned kidneys on the grille, new headlights and a new bumper, the front
of the 7-Series is subtly changed. Also at the rear there have been changes,
of which the most significant is the softening of the rear decklid, the part that
was most criticized by the public. The car also has a more luxurious interior
and the iDrive controller has been refined.
Mitsubishi Colt Coupé-cabriolet
With new versions of the Colt,
which came to the market as a five-door model and was joined by a three-door
version in the beginning of this year, Mitsubishi hopes to get some market share
in the popular segment in Europe
The coupe-convertible is the open version of the new Colt and although it is
still a concept car, we may expect —
if Mitsubishi is still with us —
to see the
coupe-convertible in 2006. The version, which is based on the five-door Colt,
has been developed together with Pininfarina and will be built by the Italian
coachbuilders in their Turin