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Sports cars revving up the event’s appeal.

by on Mar.03, 2015

The 85th Geneva Motor Show is in full swing at the Palexpo in Switzerland. This year’s show will feature more than 130 worldwide or European debuts of vehicles and other related items, and sports cars seem to be leading the charge.

However, the show has also become well known for its alternative fuel vehicles, in particular electric vehicles as well as innovative compact and subcompact cars. Geneva also features cutting-edge vehicles that begin life in Europe, but eventually find their way to U.S. shores so you don’t want miss out on any of the news.

TheDetroitBureau.com is blanketing the show to bring you the newest vehicle introductions and important tidbits from auto executives. We are updating the page regularly so please check in often to make sure you don’t miss anything. Read the rest of this entry »

Ford Offers Up More – But Not Everything – On New Focus RS and GT Supercar

Both models get public previews as Geneva Motor Show opens doors.

by on Mar.03, 2015

The new Ford Focus RS will put out at least 320 horsepower and be built at one plant in France.

Ford intends to take on some of the toughest competitors in the hot-hatch market when it launches an all-new version of the Focus RS for 2016. And after giving a select group of media a preview last month, the Detroit maker will be rolling out the five-door pocket rocket for public viewing this week at the Geneva Motor Show.

In a limited-access background session, senior members of the Ford performance and product development team offered some more background on the Focus RS – as well as the upcoming Ford ultracar, the reborn GT. But they continued to hold back some key details, apparently not wanting to give key competitors like Volkswagen, Honda and Subaru, a chance to prepare for what’s coming.

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“There’s quite a bit of fine-tuning that goes in right until the final hour,” stressed Jamal Hameedi, the chief engineer for Ford’s new Global Performance Vehicle unit. Read the rest of this entry »

VW Aims to Take Lead in Automotive Technology

Maker bills itself an “innovation think tank,” says R&D budget hit €11.5 billion in 2014.

by on Mar.03, 2015

VW CEO Martin Winterkorn wants the maker to be more than the sales leader worldwide. He wants it to the technological leader too.

Already aiming to take the lead in global sales, Volkswagen AG also wants to be the industry’s technology leader, CEO Martin Winterkorn declared during a Geneva Motor Show news conference, and he says the company is ready to back that up with hard cash.

VW invested €11.5 billion, or nearly $13 billion in its “Future Tracks” program last year, a pace of research and development that it apparently has no plans to slow down. The maker is offering up a number of examples of where that money went this week during a series of product debuts at the annual Geneva show from each of its more than a dozen different brands.

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“Volkswagen is an innovation think tank,” proclaimed Winterkorn during a Monday night news conference ahead of the opening of the Geneva show. “We develop technologies that point the way well into the future.” Read the rest of this entry »

Infiniti QX30 Concept Makes its Geneva Debut

Production version set to roll out by year-end.

by on Mar.03, 2015

The QX30 Concept foreshadows an entry in the premium compact segment that provides a stylish alternative to the existing offer in this segment.

Infiniti has been doing the fan dance in recent weeks, dropping one tantalizing tidbit about the new QX30 after another. Finally, at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, it has gone the full monty.

Officially, what the maker unveiled is being dubbed a “concept vehicle.” No surprise, that’s part of the process for Infiniti. But what we see is darn close to what you’ll get when the new compact crossover hits showrooms later this year.

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“QX30 Concept foreshadows an entry in the premium compact segment that provides a stylish alternative to the existing offer in this segment,” said Roland Krueger, Infiniti president and CEO. “The vehicle embodies our conviction to give customers the freedom to go wherever they want, whenever they want – in a style that turns heads and makes a statement, in a way that expresses their individualized character.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bentley Explores its Future with EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept

New 2-seater could retune British maker’s approach to performance and design.

by on Mar.03, 2015

Bentley is reshaping its image a bit with the introduction of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

There’s no doubt that Bentley can build beautiful, fast, powerful and extremely expensive automobiles. But they’re also heavy and not necessarily state-of-the-art technology. Which is why the new EXP 10 Speed 6 concept the British marque has unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show is likely to garner a lot of attention in the months ahead.

Unlike the current Speed model, the EXP 10 is a true two-seater, and it appears aimed at some of the high-line brands more traditionally associated with extreme performance, like Aston Martin, McLaren and Ferrari.

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Think of the EXP 10 Speed 6 as “one vision for Bentley’s future,” suggested Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, during a Geneva preview. But there he left things dangling, adding that, “It could be a future model line, alongside the Continental GT and redefining the pinnacle of another market sector, and the styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 could influence the expansion of the Bentley family.” Read the rest of this entry »

GMC Readying New Advertising Campaign

Brand moves away from commercial bent in ads.

by on Mar.02, 2015

GMC unveiled a series of three new commercials featuring a new focus for the brand.

For the first time in 15 years, GMC will no longer just be “professional grade” as the brand begins fleshing its long-standing advertising pitch. The new campaign, which features three new ads, moves to elevate the visibility of the brand while helping to better define it.

Duncan Aldred, GMC vice president of sales and marketing, said the new campaign is part of a coordinated product and communication effort that will double GM’s investment in the GMC brand over the next decade and, hopefully, grow sales.

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The product initiative will focus on the consumer side of the brand – including the luxury Denali sub-brand – rather than on the commercial side of the business, which had been GMC’s bailiwick prior to the truck and sport utility vehicle boom of the 1990s. Read the rest of this entry »

VW Passat Captures Euro Car of the Year

German automaker continues reeling in the honors.

by on Mar.02, 2015

The Volkswagen Passat captured the 2015 European Car of the Year award at the Geneva Motor Show.

If Volkswagen can rack up sales this year like it’s racking up awards, they could set records. The German maker nabbed another honor when European auto editors named the Passat was named 2015 European Car of the Year at the Geneva Motor Show.

The large sedan beat out six other finalists including the Citroen C4 Cactus, Renault Twingo, Mercedes C-Class, Ford Mondeo, Nissan Qashqai and BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. The Passat succeeds the Peugeot 308 compact, which took the crown from Volkswagen’s Golf in 2013.

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The Passat is the largest sedan in the company’s line-up. In a bit of irony, the European press honored the company’s largest sedan while the North American motoring scribes named the considerably smaller Golf this year’s Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Read the rest of this entry »

Volkswagen Pulls the Wraps Off New Sport Coupe Concept GTE

Geneva show car “marks beginning of new design era.”

by on Mar.02, 2015

Volkswagen launched its new Sport Coupe Concept GTE at the Geneva Motor Show to show the maker's future design direction.

Volkswagen has long opted for a simple, straightforward and unadorned styling language, but with the launch of its new Sport Coupe Concept GTE at the Geneva Motor Show, the German maker is sending a clear message about how it plans to shift design direction.

With its crisp creases and curvaceous roofline, VW suggests it has “visibly sharpened” its look – while giving a very clear hint of its plans for what is expected to be the replacement of its outgoing CC model.

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What’s under the new skin is also intended to show a shift in direction for the Volkswagen brand. The GTE badge has been reserved for battery-based models and, with the Sport Coupe Concept, VW has gone with a plug-in hybrid system that can deliver high-performance thrills while still minimizing its environmental impact. Read the rest of this entry »

Geneva Brings Debut of Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce

The “purist incarnation of a Lamborghini to date,” claims maker.

by on Mar.02, 2015

The new Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce boasts a V-12 pumping out 750 horsepower and a top speed of 220 mph.

Take all the Lamborghinis that have come and gone since Ferruccio Lamborghini launched his eponymous company back in 1963. Now boil them down and what might you come up with? According to the Italian automaker, it’d have to be the new Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce, which it claims is “the most pure incarnation of a Lamborghini to date.”

It certainly is one of the fastest and most powerful, its big V-12 pumping out 750 horsepower, enough to launch the Superveloce to a top speed of 350 kmh – or just about 220 mph.

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The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce made its debut on Monday night during a sneak preview ahead of the official opening of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The unveiling comes four years after the introduction of the original Lamborghini Aventador. Read the rest of this entry »

Land Rover Confirms Plans to Produce Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Set to go on sale in 2016.

by on Mar.02, 2015

Land Rover has been testing its new Range Rover Evoque Convertible in the tunnels of London's massive unfinished subway project.

Apparently, the folks working on London’s massive new subway program, the 26-mile Crossrail tunnels, know how to keep a secret. Even as they’ve been working away on Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, 130 feet underground, British maker Land Rover has been using the partially completed tunnels to test out its new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

The maker today confirmed the unusual SUV convertible will go on sale in 2016, though it isn’t saying much more about the project beyond what one can pick out in a short film taken while the Evoque Convertible was being driven through the Crossrail tunnels.

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“The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in unchartered territory,” said Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover Programs. Read the rest of this entry »