2005 Geneva Motor Show Index by TCC Team (2/13/2005)
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 62.6 inches.
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 system.
2005 Opel Zafira
Opel Astra OPC
2005 Opel Astra OPC
2005 BMW 7-Series
Mitsubishi Colt Coupé-cabriolet
2005 Mitsubishi Colt CC
Mitsubish Grandis DI-D
2005 Mitsubishi Grandis
2005 Renault Z17 concept
2005 Renault Z17 concept
show the Z17 concept car, which will get its real name during its world
2005 Nissan Navara
2005 Nissan Navara
Nissan will show a pickup version of the Pathfinder, called Navara (it's the U.S. Frontier). The truck has been developed side by side with the Pathfinder. The Navara has rear-wheel drive, but can be switched into four-wheel drive by the push on a button. The Navara will be powered by a common-rail diesel engine.
Aston Martin DB8
In 2003, Aston Martin unveiled the
AMV8 concept car in
2005 IED Concept
2005 IED Concept
IED, the Instituto Europeo di Design, will unveil a
design study reminiscent of the Fiat X1/9 from the '70s. The concept car is a
2+2 and is based on the Fiat Punto, a production car that is quite popular in
The study is designed and built by students from the IED. The modern version of the X1/9 has a wheelbase of 101 inches, is 160 inches long, 70.5 wide and 50.8 inches high. The coupe convertible has a unique roof that will be shown in
Ford Focus ST
2005 Ford Focus ST
Ford has not given us many details yet, but the ST Focus (Sport Technologies) will be equipped with a Duratec 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine that delivers 220 hp. We assume this is the same engine that Volvo uses in the S40/V50 with the same configuration and power output. In the ST Focus, this engine is mated to a six-speed stick shift. The fast version stands on 18-inch aluminium wheels with 225/40 rubber.
The body has been enhanced with a larger front bumper, while the grille is different than in the standard Focus, with a longer and less high upper part and a more aggressive looking opening under. On the rear the ST is immediately recognizable by the roof spoiler, a different bumper and two chrome exhaust pipes
The cockpit is equipped with bucket seats, an extra instrument panel on top of the dashboard with gauges for turbo pressure, oil pressure and oil temperature. In the ST the instrument panel has an opal color. Aluminium is used for the shift knob and pedals and the finish of gauges and ventilation openings.
The ST Focus will hit the markets by the end of 2005.
2005 Rinspeed Senseo concept
The Senso runs on natural gas and "senses" the driver by measuring his (or her) biometric data, then exerts a positive effect with the help of patterns, colors, music and fragrances. The idea behind this is that a person who is relaxed and wide-awake simply drives better and more safely.
A sensory system, that forms the heart of the Senso, consists of several sensors that gather data about the condition of the driver. A biometric Polar watch measures the pulse, a mobile eye camera monitors driving behavior and a HP onboard computer evaluates the data and establishes the driver’s state of mind. Upon that the driver receives various impulses to the senses that put him in a state of relaxed attentiveness.
The idea of the so-called communicating surfaces comes
from Andreas Fischer, a designer of the Institute for Computer Sciences at the
In the Senso, four small Sharp LCD monitors emit stimulating (orange/yellow), relaxing (blue/violet) or neutral (green) color patterns into the driver's line of vision. They are integrated into the futuristically designed interior paneling, which lights up (depending on the applied voltage) over the entire area and bathes the cockpit in dazzle-free ambient light.
Important for the realization of this system is the innovative electroluminescent film technology developed by Bayer MaterialScience and the Swiss electronics specialist Lumitec. The glowing material can be made into any shape and does not need electric bulbs or LEDs.
The optical stimuli are reinforced by especially composed sounds stored digitally on a computer. In addition to the eyes and ears, the nose is stimulated, too – by scents that flow into the car through the ventilators. For a calming effect there is vanilla-mandarin, while citrus-grapefruit is more stimulating. Even the tactile senses are included: should the central computer establish any symptoms of tiredness in the driver, electric motors integrated in the seat will shake him awake by vibrating.
Of course, Rinspeed took care of the radical design inside and out. The exterior has a two-fold structure at the rear end, while in the cockpit the driver is positioned in the middle of the front row, flanked by two Recaro seats. The body is made of recyclable composite and the windscreen is made of polycarbonate, as is the rear end. The advantages of this material are that it is half as light as glass and is more break-resistant.
Rinspeed uses a modified 3.2-liter boxer engine from the Porsche Boxster S that runs on gasoline or natural gas and that is teamed to a six-speed transmission driving the rear wheels. The Senso accelerates from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph.
An intelligent in.pro.Sat system sends automatically an emergency call via the GSM network in case of an accident, robbery or theft. The optional