2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006)
2007 Volvo S80
first car in the product offensive is the C70 coupe convertible that was
launched earlier this year. The upcoming S80, unveiled in
The new S80 adopts the sophisticated styling of the VCC concept car that was unveiled in 2003. The interior keeps the simple forms that emerged in the S40 and V50 as well. The S80 also has the first Personal Car Communicator, which allows the driver to check from a distance if the car has been locked and the alarm has been activated. The system even can sense if there is a person in the car.
will be available with the same 315 hp V-8 engine that was introduced recently
in the XC90. For this version all-wheel drive is standard. In
Volvo also has a brand-new in-line six available for the S80. This 3.2-liter powerplant replaces the 2.9-liter six-cylinder and delivers 238 hp. The well-known 2.5-liter turbo five and five-cylinder diesel with 185 hp also will be available.
hopes to sell 50,000 units per year in its main markets North America,
Pininfarina’s Four Models
may not be its own car brand, but it does have four recent models on display in
Audi A6 allroad quattro
2006 Audi A6 allroad quattro
Power for the new allroad comes from one of the four available engines, two petrol and two diesel variants. The direct-injected gas engines are the 3.2-liter FSI V-6 with 255 hp and the 4.2 FSI V-8 with 350 hp. High-torque diesels include the 2.7-liter and 3.0 six-cylinder engines with 180 hp and 233 hp, respectively. The allroad can be ordered with a six-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic transmission.
The suspension has five driving modes: automatic, dynamic, comfort, allroad, and lift. In the dynamic mode, the equivalent of a sports suspension, the body is lowered to a ground clearance of 4.9 inches, while in automatic mode the body is raised by 0.6 inches to a ground clearance of 5.5 inches but is automatically lowered again to the dynamic level if the car is driven for some distance at a speed of over 75 mph. In comfort mode the body is raised higher than in sport mode, while the allroad mode provides a ground clearance of 7.0 inches. When you manually select lift mode, the body is lifted to 7.3 inches of clearance for driving in rough terrain at a speed under 22 mph. Above that speed, the A6 goes automatically into allroad mode.
The A6 allroad quattro will have premium equipment including automatic climate control and 17-inch light-alloy wheels. The 4.2-liter V-8 model will be equipped standard with 18-inch wheels. Adaptive dynamic cornering light, keyless entry, and a parking aid system will be available.
Ford Focus Coupe-Convertible
2006 Ford Focus CC
The new open-air version has been developed together with Pininfarina and will be built by Pininfarina from mid-2006. The steel retractable roof consists of two pieces and folds down with the touch of a button, leaving nearly 18 cubic feet of luggage space.
The Focus CC will be available with a choice of three engines: a 100-hp 1.6-liter and a 145-hp, 2.0-liter four cylinder as well as a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDCi diesel with 136 hp.
2006 Ford S-Max
2006 Ford Galaxy
Compared to its predecessor the new Galaxy MPV has stretched by seven inches in length and 2.3 inches in width; height has decreased more than half an inch. The extra inches are especially beneficial for the interior and the luggage space. The latter has increased 30 percent to 15.3 cubic feet, and can be expanded by folding down the second and third row of seats to 82.1 cubic feet. Ford claims the Galaxy has 31 stowage solutions.
A full-length roof console and an optional glass panorama roof add to the interior’s charm. Like the S-Max, the new Galaxy also has the FoldFlatSystem, which endows it with a completely flat floor when needed. The third row can seat three persons, so that the Galaxy can transport eight passengers. Ford offers a choice of five engines, including a 140-hp diesel.