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There is something slightly ironic about the Hornet being shown in Geneva. After a dearth of forward looking, compact and modern American car design at Detroit, here is one of the big US brands showing just that; a very American but very innovative and appealing small car. The chunky exterior has various Dodge cues such as the DLO and most notably the surface that rolls forwards from the shoulde
Italian design school IED presented a full scale milled mockup of a joint project conducted with Lancia. The Haizea ('wind' in Basque) is a 4.7meter mid-engined vehicle with a strong cab-forward profile and electric motor assist for the front wheels. The side view is characterized by a long front overhang and lean-forward snout to the car, with a correspondingly short lean-forward rear overhang. S
In many ways the Aero X is a classic superficial concept car; a sleek sports coupe with little relevance to any forthcoming Saab production car. But it is also a great signifier that this beleaguered brand is still on the map and a luscious design in its own right.
Although lacking the ultimate impact and beauty of the Saab Aero X Concept, the Altica is a deeply impressive concept car, packed full of innovative and interesting design features and executed to an exceptionally high standard.
This is the international debut of the production Roomster, a car that stems from the Roomster concept shown at Frankfurt in 2003 and the legacy of recently departed head of design Thomas Ingenlath (now head of advanced design at Volkswagen).
Speaking at the show with Satoru Tai, Vice President of Nissan Design Europe, he explained how the Terranaut aims to be less aggressive than most SUVs and features ?Cartier-like? jewel type lamps at the front a rear ? not dissimilar perhaps to the Nissan Foria concept shown at Tokyo.
The Concept A is Volkswagen's teaser for a forthcoming Golf crossover, containing elements of sports coupe and SUV, in some ways not unlike the Renault Egeus concept shown at Frankfurt last year.
Up close, the Rosso Monza red example on the stand looks more modern and with crisper edges than it appears in photos.
This is a joint venture between Suzuki and Fiat, with production at Suzuki?s new Magyar Suzuki plant in Hungary that already produces the Swift and Ignis models for Europe.
The S-MAX shares much in common with the new Galaxy but aims to have greater dynamic appeal and retain a closer connection with Ford of Europe's new 'Kinetic Design' ethos, as previewed on the SAV and Iosis concepts from last year.