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Top 10 Cars at 2008 Geneva Motor Show

The International Geneva Motor Show (Salon International de l'Auto) is an annual automobile show held in March in the Swiss city of Geneva. The show began in 1905. The show is held at the Geneva Palexpo, a giant convention center placed side by side with the International Airport. The Salon is scheduled by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, which believes it a major international automobile show. This year's show is being held on 4 - 16 March 2008.

Geneva 2008: Ford Fiesta

Here is the Top 10 cars and concepts from 2008 Geneva Motor Show in no particular order.

Geneva 2008: Ford Fiesta

Geneva 2008: Ford Fiesta

A five-door edition of the brand-new Ford Fiesta is on the show at Geneva alongside the already-seen three-door.

As previewed by the verve concept car, the sixth-generation Fiesta assumes a strong resemblance to the most recent Mondeo, S-Max, coming Kuga and other modern Ford models.

A sister model to the recently-launched new Mazda 2, it is a similar length to the outgoing model, but is lighter in weight, and got a more rigid structure. Ford is promising much-improved quality, more upmarket cabins and high comfort levels as well as acuter handling. The suspension has been revised for a smoother ride and noise levels have been decreased. New characteristics include electrically-assisted power steering.

Engines for the new range are 1.25-litre (60bhp and 80bhp), 1.4-litre (91bhp) and 1.6 (115bhp) petrol units, the latter with variable-valve timing, plus the continuing 1.4 TDCi diesel (68bhp and 90bhp). Later in the year, a version giving carbon dioxide emissions of under 100g/km, badged Fiesta ECOnetic, will join the range. All models have got a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a four-speed auto optional in selected editions.

The new Fiesta has a more coupe-like side profile than its predecessor, as suggested by the sporty Verve, and inside much of its design has been derived from the Verve's as well. The instrument panel, said to have been inspired by cellphones, is similar to the concept, and the new Convers+ control system with color display screen is also fitted in a few models. Further new technologies on offer include keyless entry and push-button ignition, as well as full Bluetooth connectivity with voice controls, and audio systems with MP3, USB and other auxiliary inputs.

Production starts this fall, and more specialized details and United Kingdom pricing will be declared nearer the time. The Fiesta will be built at the start in Cologne, and from early in 2009 in Valencia also, but ultimately it could be produced in regionally-adapted variations elsewhere in the world - Ford is planning sales in Asia, South Africa, Australia and throughout the U.S.A. as well as in Europe.

Geneva 2008: Renault Megane Concept

Geneva 2008: Renault Megane Concept

Renault concepts
are all about fashion, attractive design detail and overall balance. This is epitomized by the Megane Concept’s sleek and curvaceous styling, which makes the concept simultaneously sporting and sophisticated. Aluminum finish detailing and strip-like headlights show brilliant attention to detail. Its party piece is the full-length, power-operated horizontally split scissor doors, that open alike butterfly wings above the auto. Renault says this Coupe Concept points the way to “pleasure cars” in Renault’s next lineup.

Geneva 2008: Renault Megane Concept 

Geneva 2008: Giugiaro Quaranta

Geneva 2008: Giugiaro Quaranta

Annually the famed design house of Italdesign-Giugiaro brings an attention-getting concept to the Geneva Motor Show, and this year was no exception. The Quaranta is a glossy, exotic-looking sport car that not only stands out in appearance, but in engineering as well. A hybrid powertrain drives all four wheels and is supplemented with solar power. The mid-mounted rear engine offers excellent performance but still provides a roomy interior that can accommodate 3 grownups and a kid as well as providing a large space for baggage.  Easily one of the most exciting family cars we’ve ever seen.

Geneva 2008: Giugiaro Quaranta 

Geneva 2008: Pininfarina Sintesi

Geneva 2008: Pininfarina Sintesi

An object of exceeding beauty and classical styling, Pininfarina’s Sintesi is inspired from design elements of the company's Birdcage 75th supercar and Nido city vehicle prototypes that have previously been showed at auto shows. The concept is a “synthesis of the brand’s values, their love for work and passion for innovation, of beauty driven by functionality, of sportiness and elegance.” More than just a beautiful face, it embraces advanced technologies that allow Pininfarina to explore mobility, active safety and packaging solutions. The concept is powered by 4 fuel cells supplying 20kW of power per wheel with additional battery charge coming from solar panels and regenerative braking. The company claims a 0-62 miles per hour time of 7.5 seconds and top speed of 155 miles per hour, once used in Sport mode.

Geneva 2008: Pininfarina Sintesi 

Geneva 2008: Volkswagen Scirocco

Geneva 2008: Volkswagen Scirocco

The leaked pre-show photographs of the Scirocco weren't promising. As a fan of the classical coupe of the seventies and eighties, we were discomfited by VW's retreat from the Iroc concept displayed in Paris in 2006.

Thus we were really pleasantly amazed when we saw the auto in the flesh in Geneva. It's glossy, shapely and with a 2.0-litre TSI engine mated to a seven-speed DSG 'box, we promise that it'll be a hoot to drive.

Geneva 2008: SEAT Bocanegra Concept(New Ibiza)

Geneva 2008: SEAT Bocanegra Concept(New Ibiza)

SEAT is set to bring out the Bocanegra Concept on the first press day of the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, and it previews the coming renewal of the production Ibiza model. For those acquainted with the rather homelike looking Ibiza, the Bocanegra (which literally means "black mouth") should be a welcome portent of things to come. SEAT, a subsidiary company of Volkswagen, was always supposed to be the Kia to Volkswagen's Hyundai, but hasn't done a great job of mixing performance and low prices together. Well, it got the latter down. The Bocanegra Concept, nevertheless, sports an aggressive, expressive design that, while not altogether original (we see Euro Focus and BMW 1-Series cues), is a great come forward for the Spanish brand. Sources say the concept's sheetmetal is pretty darn about what the production model will be when it debuts later this year at the Madrid Auto Show, and the hatch will also be provided in a five-door edition. The concept interior, nevertheless, will likely be warmed over for production. Expect a full smattering of motors that you'd also find in any small VW on sale in European Union.

Geneva 2008: Maserati Chicane Concept

Geneva 2008: Maserati Chicane Concept

The GranTurismo S was big news for Maserati in Geneva, but there was another Maserati on show, yet the 2nd one wasn’t really built by the Italian auto company. The Chicane concept was produced by art students attending the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) and was picked out from a number of projects to be showcased at the Geneva show. With the Maserati brand as their inspiration, the students set out to make a vehicle that was “thrilling at first sight” — we’d have to say that they reached their goal. Rumor has it that Maserati is working at a smaller sport coupe — perhaps the bold, curvaceous Chicane concept that could fit the bill and end up being a real Maserati.

Geneva 2008: Toyota Urban Cruiser

Geneva 2008: Toyota Urban Cruiser

A small environmentally responsible SUV based on the Yaris platform, the Toyota Urban Cruiser provides a preview of the production model that will come on sale in the 1st half of 2009 in European Union. Projected as a car for urban dwellers who want all-road capability, the four-meter long, five-door Urban Cruiser aims to address environmental concerns with low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions, aiming to produce less than 140 grams per km. Toyota says the Urban Cruiser is a return to the inspiration of the company’s original, early nineties, three-door RAV4, which began the trend for compact urban-centric SUVs.

Geneva 2008: Saab 9-X BioHybrid

Geneva 2008: Saab 9-X BioHybrid

This is a tremendously important concept for Saab as it gives an indication of the future direction the company is taking with both a design and technology viewpoint. The bold styling makes solid references to the brand’s aircraft manufacturing heritage with its wrap-around windscreen, the sloped roof line as well as the turbine-style 21-inch alloy wheels. Beneath the hood of Saab 9-X BioHybrid is an progressive 1.4-liter turbocharged flex-fuel engine that produces an amazing 200 HP using E85 — a fuel made up of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasolene. Fuel economy is calculated at 48 mpg using gasoline while with E85, CO2 emissions are reduced and fuel economy is still a respectable 37 mpg.

Geneva 2008: Rinspeed sQuba

Geneva 2008: Rinspeed sQuba

This clearly falls into the bizarre camp, but you have to acclaim Swiss company Rinspeed for their audacity and for the sheer entertainment of watching a television presenter talking to camera while wearing a mask and snorkel. Based on the Lotus Elise, Rinspeed sQuba is powered on land and water by 3 electric motors (with “zero emissions” lithium-ion battery technology). Once in the water, it uses 2 rear propellers for propulsion aided by swiveling jet-drive pods on its sides. It lacks a roof which provides almost neutral buoyancy once the vents are open and the cockpit is flooded — when Rinspeed sQuba can swim at a depth of ten meters, with built in air tanks and masks for driver and passenger. It’s equally happy to cruise around on the surface, and looks like a lot of fun.

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