It's a boat, it's a car, it's a submarine! At the 2008 Geneva auto show, we took a peek at the underwater concept car that's been popping up around the news lately. Equipped with oxygen tanks and a front sensor, this car is definitely an eye-catcher.
The Geneva auto show opened in style today with a host of luxury manufacturers taking the wraps off their cars, including new models from Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Lamborgini, and Rolls Royce. Check out our pick of the supercars from the first day of action.
When Toyota brought the iQ concept car to Frankfurt last year, we knew that a production version of car was on its way. At today's Geneva auto show, Toyota unveiled the showroom-bound version of the ultracompact city car, which will go head-to-head with the Smart Fortwo when it arrives in Europe next year. Measuring less than 3 meters from stem to stern, the Japanese-inspired iQ makes uses of a number of engineering innovations to reduce space.
The most dramatic of these is an underfloor fuel tank that enables the car to have shorter rear overhangs. At the other end, … Read more
When we saw the Volkswagen IROC concept at the Paris Motor Show in 2006, we knew that Volkswagen had a two-door sports hatch up its sleeve, and today the wraps came off. The 2009 Scirocco (IROC was fortunately dispensed with) revives the nameplate after a 16-year absence, and from the look of the display models, the new car has been worth the wait. The Scirocco retains some of the side-profile design cues of the IROC with a rising beltline, plus a hidden B-pillar and a meaty C-pillar holding up a swooping roof.
At the front end, the new Scirocco seems … Read more
Hydrogen fuel-cell projects are usually only the realm of global automakers such as General Motors, Ford Motor, and Honda, with enormous R&D budgets and a few thousand spare engineers. Boutique British carmaker Morgan is bucking the trend, however, with the unveiling of its LifeCar fuel-cell vehicle here in Geneva. The car is powered by four electric motor/generators, which in turn are driven by electricity from a four-stack hydrogen PEM fuel cell provided by QinetiQ, a British defense technology company. Morgan claims that the LifeCar differentiates itself from other fuel-cell cars through improved efficiencies: the fuel cell is … Read more
From a distance it looks just like a regular soccermom-mobile. But the car that BMW put center stage this morning at the Geneva auto show represents the German automaker's vision for fuel-efficient technologies over the next few years. The car is powered by a diesel-electric version of BMW's Adaptive Hybrid system, comprising a four-cylinder variable twin-turbo combustion engine mated to a 15 kilowatt electric motor driven by a lithium ion battery pack. BMW says that this is the first diesel engine in the world achieve an output greater than 100 horsepower per liter.
Also a first for a … Read more
There could not have been a better metaphor. The Pininfarina-designed retractable hardtop version of the Focus Focus on display here on the first morning of the Geneva auto show was unveiled in its full glory before the world's media. However, the salivating auto journalists could not get their hands on the car, which was raised above the show floor on a protected platform. A similar frustration will likely be felt by customers in the United States when they find out that this stylish addition to the Focus lineup will be not be making its way across the Atlantic. The … Read more
Volvo is making bold claims about its new XC60 crossover. The mini-Ute was touted as "the safest Volvo ever" as it was driven out to make its world debut here today at the 2008 Geneva auto show. Volvo justifies this claim with a new active safety technology called City Safety, which is designed to avoid and mitigate the effects of front impacts at low speeds and comes as standard on the XC60. The system uses forward-looking radar sensor mounted in the rear-view mirror to determine the distance to the car ahead and the XC60's speed relative to … Read more
The new Honda Accord just made its world debut here on the first morning of the 2008 Geneva auto show, but we could have sworn we'd seen it somewhere before--with an Acura badge on it. From a distance, the Euro-only Accord is essentially a rebranded version of the new Acura TSX, which is set to debut in the United States later this month. However, beneath the surface, there are few differences.
The first is that the Euro Accord comes in both sedan and station-wagon models. Second, the Accord has some safety tech features that have not been announced for … Read more