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Geneva Motor Show 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 April 2012

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The 82nd Geneva motor show gave display to a wide array of vibrant concepts and production models, from evolutions of electric and hybrid drive to a radical Bentley SUV and the rebirth of an icon in Peugeot's 208 GTi concept; manufacturers were certainly playing to their strengths. The show was a nice, easy introduction to the year. It was less intense than Frankfurt, less chaotic than Paris, less American than Detroit. It was the start of spring on neutral ground for every manufacturer, and gave a preview of the cars we can look forward to driving in the coming months. 

Volume and luxury brands alike used the Geneva auto show to launch downsized cars, light and fuel-efficient but still packing power and emotional appeal.  Audi's new A3 will face a challenge from a Mercedes' reworked A class that loses its boxy design in favor of a sporty look.
Ford and Fiat showed their latest entries in Europe's expanding small minivan segment. The two automakers take different approaches to win customers; the Ford B-Max has a pillarless design and rear sliding doors to ease access to the cabin for the target group of young families, while Fiat riff on the theme of the retro-styled 500 minicar with larger five- and seven-seat versions collectively called the 500L.


Amongst the concept cars exhibited at Geneva, DVN liked the Bertone Nuccio, the Giugiaro Brivido, the Hyundai i-Oniq , the Nissan Invitation and Hi Cross, and the SsangYong XIV wich deserved to be seen.
Renault unveiled their neat-looking Clio-sized Zoe, another of their battery-powered cars, revealing a strategy of pitching battery electrics as private buyers' second cars.
Tata, a quiet attendee at Geneva for at least 15 years, carried on being discreetly revolutionary as has been their way for years. Their important offering was the Megapixel, a slightly bigger and better-looking development of last year's Pixel concept, both based on the low-priced Nano made in India.

The coming revolution in car content is connectivity: the ability to pair your car with a smartphone and operate the car as an extension of home or office. At the outset of the show, the Opel Ampera was crowned Car of the Year in Europe by a panel of 59 automotive journalists from 23 European countries. The GM victory displaced VW's smallest car, the new Up.