Geneva Motor Show
A busy day at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show uncovered a showroom full of new models and a stylish look into the global automotive future.
While many carmakers are going green, performance and high style took center stage here, starting with the world debuts of two feisty Italians: The Ferrari F12 is the latest front-engined V12 coupe to wear the prancing horse badge, and delivers a 740-horsepower punch through a 7-speed transmission. The wildly-styled Lamborghini Aventador J is a one-off topless two-seater guaranteed to raise your heart rate.
The FIAT 500L Microvan comes up well short of those two in pure power, but is long on practical space, and drew some of the largest crowds at the show.
Another mini-minivan is the Fiesta-based Ford B-Max, with dual sliding doors granting all-access to the rear seats.
Jaguar’s XF Sportbrake adds wagon versatility to the leaping cat lineup, while The Chevrolet Cruze Wagon does the same for a more populist model , but neither is destined for the U.S.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled a pair of new stars in Geneva: The all-new A-Class brings style and luxury to the subcompact niche, with a variety of body styles planned including one for the U.S. in 2014. The SL63 AMG applies the superstar treatment, and 557-horsepower, to the latest iteration of Mercedes’ classic two-seat roadster.
While it’s just a concept for now, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict the Bentley EXP 9F SUV would find favor as the bling ride of athletes and rap stars everywhere.
Luxury rival Rolls-Royce unveiled a Series II Phantom sedan, but you’ll have to look hard to spot what’s new.
While Porsche trotted out an updated Boxster Roadster with a new all-aluminum body.
Better late than never, BMW enters the sporty 4-door fray with this stunning 6 series Gran Coupe, its shape a near dead-ringer for the equally appealing M6 Coupe parked next to it.
The Hyundai I-oniq concept is an electric sports hatchback with range-extending gas engine.
And Infiniti opened a few eyes with their own range-extender, this stunning Emerg-e electric sports car concept.
And Land Rover opened a few eyes with this open-air take on the Evoque crossover.
As always at Geneva, a whirlwind tour of the automotive world.