2011 Geneva Motor Show
Busy press days at the Geneva Motor Show uncovered a showroom full of new models, a few familiar faces, and even a real surprise or two.
Perhaps most surprising, given the high price of global gas, performance took center stage, starting with world debuts of three feisty Italians: The love it or hate it Ferrari FF, billed as the most powerful and versatile 4-seater, and the first all-wheel-drive Ferrari ever.
The wildly-styled Lamborghini Aventador is a long-awaited replacement for the Murcielago and packs a 700 horsepower punch.
The Alfa Romeo 4C concept may be tiny in stature, but drew some of the largest and most passionate crowds at the show.
Mostly curious crowds surrounded the Lancia and Fiat renditions of the Chrysler 200, 300, Dodge Caravan and Journey. They show the Fiat and Chrysler tie is a true two-way street.
Of keen interest for the American market, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a pair of new stars in Geneva: the all-new 3rd-generation SLK Roadster has more grown-up appeal and a trick glass roof that darkens at the touch of a button.
The recently redesigned C-Class welcomes a new Coupe to its lineup, with compact proportions and aggressively sporty character.
Electric vehicles making news in Geneva range from the why bother? Rolls-Royce 102EX to the why not? Smart Forspeed and our favorite, the Volkswagen Bulli reborn microbus, to which we say why wait?
The Nissan ESFLOW electric sports car uses Leaf components and hints at a possible zero-emission Z-car of the future, while Porsche trotted out a hybrid from its distant past to help introduce the new Panamera Hybrid sedan.
We took a shine to four concepts: Audi looked to the sporty 4-door future with the stunning A3 sedan show car. Saab celebrated its own rebirth with the appropriately-named Phoenix. Infiniti made a big impression with the front-drive Etherea luxury sedan concept, and MINI went smaller than ever with the funky Rocketman.