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This concept previews a compact production coupé from Renault that would be a direct rival for the new VW Scirocco, so it was interesting to spot a couple of Renault designers looking closely at the VW, taking notes.
Design Director Lowie Vermeersch said to us: "We like cars that are long and low". And the Sintesi is just that. At 4800mm long, it is slightly shorter than a Mercedes-Benz E-class, but at 1280mm it is slightly lower than a Porsche 911.
Saab first showed a 9-X concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2001, a sports estate car that introduced new Saab design themes. It was also the first new Saab designed under then recently-appointed Director of Design, Michael Mauer.
The Concept A-Star previews a new 109g/km C02 model from Suzuki that is based on the Suzuki Splash/Opel Agila launched last year. Significantly, it will form a key part of their commitment to lower C02 emissions and will be built by Maruti Suzuki in India.
Previewed as a concept in Detroit 2007, the XC60 is Volvo's bid to compete with compact SUVs such as the BMW X3 and Land-Rover Freelander.
Toyota showed the Urban Cruiser concept at Geneva in 2006, but that time the car was clearly an SUV crossover.
Making its European show debut in Geneva, the Nano transformed the normally empty Tata stand into one of the busiest at the show. While we were looking at the car, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Walter de' Silva and Henrik Fisker were scrutinizing the two cars on display.
This is the fifth year of showing a concept model from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Turin. This latest - the Maserati Chicane - is a very competent piece of work, displaying a degree of professionalism that wouldn't disgrace many OEM stands, yet the concept car was designed by two students of the 5th RSP Master in Transportation Design, Dmytro Zyubyairov and Oscar Palladino.
Hyundai's HED-5 ‘i-Mode' six-seat MPV appears large in person and features certain polarizing features, which seem to mix three concepts into one. Convex and concave surfaces combine with a wedged side profile and a rounded front and rear, to give the appearance of a bow under pressure.
Based on the Continental GT Speed and using the same mechanicals, the Bentley GTZ is Zagato Atelier's take on the luxury GT.