2006 Geneva Motor Show
Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team
Brings New 911 Turbo
The upcoming Geneva Motor Show
will be the setting for the launch of Porsche’s sixth-generation 911 Turbo. The
new Turbo model will show up at the Palexpo in March, powered by a 480-hp
version of the classic Porsche flat-six engine, up 60 hp in this edition.
Porsche says the new model will zip to 60 mph in less than 3.9 seconds when also
outfitted with the standard six-speed manual transmission — and even quicker
with the six-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, in 3.7 seconds or less.
With either transmission, top speed is limited to about 190 mph. The Turbo will
be available in Europe in the summer;
plans and prices have yet to be
VW Concept A
will bring its new Concept A to the Geneva Motor Show as a concept crossover
that could give away some details of the upcoming
ute. The Concept
A blends sport-ute with sportscar, VW says, from its chrome-framed grille on
back. The four-door (the back doors are rear-hinged) has a sleek roofline that
ends in a hatchback that’s split into tailgate and liftgate sections. A soft top
pulls back to open the cabin to the elements, and the Concept A rides on massive
20-inch wheels. Power for the concept comes from a 150-hp version of VW’s new
Twincharger four; a six-speed manual gearbox puts power through all-wheel drive.
The concept could host a turbodiesel engine or the 200-hp FSI turbo four, VW
admits. Inside, four bucket seats are surrounded in black patent leather; the
console sports a Multi-Media Interface (MMI) like those on some Audi models.
Dodge is preparing to enter the
European market with the Caliber and the Nitro. But there is more in the
pipeline, perhaps something like the Hornet concept coming to
. The Hornet is a
concept car for a new small car, the size so popular in
. At 151.4 inches long, the Hornet would be exactly
the right size for the class. The concept has a bold design and stands on
19-inch wheels — obviously not normal in this class. Under the hood is a
supercharged 1.6-liter gas engine with 170 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque that,
Dodge says, will thrust the Hornet from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
been active so far this year with concept cars. In
Detroit the HCD-9 Talus was unveiled, as
designed by the team of Joel Piaskowski, of Hyundai’s Californian design center.
Geneva Hyundai will show the Genus, which comes from its European Design center
Genus is a concept for a premium crossover vehicle, a segment that is growing
fast in Europe as it is in the U.S. Hyundai says the Genus combines the sporty
driving qualities of a coupe and the practicality of a station wagon.
Motors will show the Cee´d
concept car in Geneva. It is based on its successor to the Cerato that Kia will
build beginning this December at its European assembly plant in Slovakia. The
production model will make its debut in Paris in September. Although the concept
car was designed as a teaser, it is pretty close to the production version of
the upcoming car in the C-segment, which we saw during a peek preview inSeoul
last year and which has been especially
developed for the European market. The Cee´d has several design elements of the
Sorento and the small Picanto, but with extended wheel arches and 19-inch wheels
it looks bolder than the production version will be.
have two new production vehicles on stage in Geneva
: a facelifted
Sorento SUV gets an updated version of the existing 2.5 CRDi diesel engine, and
a power increase from 140 hp to 170 hp. The existing 194-hp 3.5-liter V-6 will
be replaced by a 3.3-liter V-6 with 235 hp. The most significant changes on the
exterior are the reshaped headlamps and taillights. Kia has updated the interior
and now uses better materials, while the rear seats are easier to fold down.
Carnival is completely new and Kia will show its European version in
North America this model is known as the Sedona, and comes
for now in long-wheelbase form. The new Carnival is a short version that still will seat seven
passengers. The third row has seats that can slide back and forth, independently
of each other. Kia will offer the Carnival with both gas and diesel engines.
The new shorter Carnival will emerge as a short-wheelbase Sedona in the U.S.
later this year.