Index: 2002 Geneva Motor Show by TCC Team (3/5/2002)
2002 BMW CS1 concept
2002 BMW CS1 conceptEnlarge Photo
The very big news at the Geneva show will be on the BMW stand, where the company is showing its CS1 concept. A smooth little four-seat convertible, the CS1 is interesting because it’s said to be a direct pointer to the small ‘1-Series’ car that the Munich company is planning to put into production in 2004. Designed to attack the vast European market segment currently dominated by the VW Golf, the 1-Series will, if the CS1 is any guide, be unique in having a front-engine rear-drive format. According to BMW, the CS1 marks a new trend in the company’s styling policy. Current BMW’s have a family resemblance, with the 3-, 5- and 7-Series cars all having shapes that are reminiscent of one another. In the future, each Series will have its own design identity, although the CS1 is notable for its readily identifiable BMW grille. It’s unlikely that the twin ‘kidney’ air intakes will disappear.
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Rover 25 Supermini
Vying for the title of the most colorful car in Geneva will be the Rover 25 supermini customized by British fashion designer Matthew Williamson. Wiliamson has dressed such celebs as Madonna, Elizabeth Hurley, Kate Moss and Jade Jagger, but you have to wonder whether the girls would go for what is called an ‘art car’ that features gold bodywork with pink instead of chrome accents. But the exterior looks restrained when compared with the interior, which has pink plush seats, tapestry-patterned door trims and carpets, and enough pink leather to dress a Gay Pride marching band. On a more serious note, MG Rover is promising to unveil a concept that will point the way to a new medium-size sedan based on a shortened floorpan from its Rover 75.
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2003 Citroen C8Enlarge Photo
Citroen C3 and C8
French manufacturer Citroen will show the production version of its new C3 supermini, which has just gone on sale in France, and at the opposite end of the scale it will display the C8 minivan. The C8 is the second generation of a joint-venture between Peugeot-Citroen of France and Italy’s Fiat, and it will appear carrying all three badges.
As well as two smart two-seat concept cars, Peugeot will be showing the new version of its 307 sedan, the car selected as Europe’s Car of the Year for 2001. Called the 307 SW, for Station Wagon, the car follows the hottest current trend in Europe, that of small- to medium-size sedans made into people movers with space for all the family. The SW features three rows of seats, and to some eyes looks better than its sedan sibling.
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Bentley GT Coupé
It won’t officially be in Geneva, but it would not surprise industry watchers if Bentley had a secret display area on its stand or close by to show the favored few a mock-up of the new ‘small’ car it will launch next year. The GT Coupé will break cover before the end of this year, but exactly when is not yet clear. The company has stirred the pot by issuing a teaser photograph hinting at the shape of a car that will combine the craftsmanship and luxury Bentley learned from Rolls-Royce with the hair-curling performance it is now making a vital attribute of the brand. The descriptions TheCarConnection has published of its new Arnage T show the kind of performance the GT Coupé should offer – a 175-mph top speed and 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds.