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2006 Geneva Show Preview, Part II Page 2


 

 

 

Colt CZC and EZ-MIEV

 

2006 Mitsubishi EZ-MIEV

2006 Mitsubishi EZ-MIEV

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Besides the world premiere of the Colt CZC, Mitsubishi’s small coupe-convertible, the Mitsu Concept-EZ MIEV also will bow in Geneva. The Japanese company describes the Concept-EZ as an advanced research concept that shows the long-term vision of the company in powertrains and in design. Mitsubishi developed prototypes based on existing models such as the Lancer Evolution, but the Concept-EZ is the first research concept that incorporates Mitsubishi’s (patented) In-Wheel Electric Vehicle (MIEV). Electric motors have been built in the wheel hubs, so that each wheel can be driven or braked separately. This way there is no heavy transmission, no drive shafts nor a differential. Apart from the low weight, the system also allows a lot of interior space and good driving qualities because of the better weight distribution. The four electric motors combined deliver 110 hp. The energy comes from the lithium-ion package beneath the floor. Drive-by-wire steering also allows more freedom for the designers, who created a flexible interior within the 146-inch-long car. Because the steering wheel is retractable and all seats are foldable, the car could also be used for “lounging.”

 

 

 

Nissan Terranaut

 

2006 Nissan Terranaut

2006 Nissan Terranaut

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Nissan will show the Terranaut, a concept for a mobile laboratory for scientists. The cockpit of the Terranaut offers seating for three persons and has an onboard lab in the rear, with high-tech research apparatus, a computer, and advanced communications technology. The third seat in the back can be rotated in all directions. To create as much room as possible, the Terranaut only has one door on the passenger side. On the other side there are two, one of which is rear-hinged. Because there is no B-pillar, entry and exit is very easy. The concept car stands on 19-inch wheels with special Goodyear tires that can be pressure-controlled from the cockpit. A large glass dome provides a lot of light inside.

 

 

 

 

 

2006 Toyota Urban Cruiser

2006 Toyota Urban Cruiser

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Toyota Urban Cruiser

Toyota shows its Urban Cruiser, a concept car that hints at the successor of the RAV4 three-door model. We expect that Toyota will use the same platform, suspension, and drivetrain of the recently updated Daihatsu Terius for its new small SUV. The Urban Cruiser has been designed in Toyota’s ED2 design studio in Nice, France. The Urban Cruiser will undoubtedly get the most attention at the Toyota stand, where the new Yaris T-Sport will also be presented. No details are known yet about the super-fast small car, but according to Toyota, we can expect the most powerful engine ever built in a Yaris in the T-Sport.

 

 

 

 

 

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

2006 Alfa Romeo Spider

2006 Alfa Romeo Spider

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Alfa Romeo will stage two world premieres in Geneva . The Alfa 159 Sportwagon has the same length and looks as sporty as the sedan, which recently got a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests.

 

The Spider is the second Alfa model to make its debut in Geneva. Its design is inspired by Alfa’s glory years of the Fifties with the Giulietta Spider. The new Spider is a well sized two-seater with elongated rear lights and four exhaust pipes. According to Alfa Romeo, the interior is “gorgeously sophisticated.” Clients can choose from two versions to be equipped with either a 185-hp 2.2-liter diesel engine or with the 3.2-liter gas engine with 260 hp.

 

 

 

Audi allroad

 

Last year, Audi unveiled the allroad concept car in Detroit and the production version based on that concept will bow in Geneva. Since 2000, Audi has produced 90,000 copies of the allroad quattro. The second-generation A6 allroad will be positioned right under the new Q7: like its predecessor, the new allroad will be equipped with full-time all-wheel drive, but we are not sure if this model will get the quattro badges. In April, the new version will be ready for the first press drives and it will hit the market this summer. Two more models are expected to celebrate its world premieres at the Salon: the RS4 Avant, the station wagon edition of the fast RS4, as well as the RS4 Cabrio. The new TT will bow later this spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMW 320si

 

At Geneva, BMW will present its 320si, which will be built in a limited edition of 2600 cars as the base car for homologation for the World Touring Car Championship 2006. The 320si is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 173 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. The sporty 3-Series model reaches a top speed of 140 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds. The regulations of the WTCC do not allow engines with a capacity larger than a 2.0-liter, but BMW has managed to tune the engine to 275 hp. The limited edition is equipped with the M sport package and special race inspired 18-inch aluminium wheels. Production of the BMW 320si starts this spring, but there is a fat chance that this model will be sold out at the moment the Geneva Salon opens its doors for the public on March 2.

2006 BMW Z4M

2006 BMW Z4M

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More news in Geneva will be the Z4 M Coupe that the Bavarian carmaker will use to conquer Porsche. The new model will hit the market in June, at the same time as the Z4 Coupe, and will be serious competition for the Porsche Cayman S. Under its tightly fitted body, the Z4 M has the drivetrain and the suspension of the M3: an in-line 3.2-liter six with 343 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, which should propel the Z4 coupe from zero to 60 in less than five seconds. Expect our first review on the Z4 M with all the details on Wednesday, February 22.

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