Best of Geneva 2012
Oh boy. If you get even a little bit excited about cars, there were a lot of sexy new machines to admire in Geneva. (And, admire them from affar, because most of them we'll never be able to afford.) But, there was also an emphasis on SUVs (booooo!) and wagons (hurrah!). Geneva proved once again why it's one of the most important events on the international auto show circuit. From Fiat to Ford to Ferrari, these are our highlights of the show:
2012 Infiniti Emerg-E concept
Meet the Infiniti Emerg-E. Perhaps they’re jealous of Acura’s new NSX supercar and the Lexus LFA, but whatever the reason, we’re glad Infiniti finally unveiled a sexy sports car of their own.
2013 Hyundai i30 Wagon/Elantra GT
A station-wagon version of the Hyundai i30 (Elantra here in Canada) made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show today.
The new wagon is longer than the old Elantra Touring. With the rear seats folded down, it'll swallow up to 1,642-litres of cargo, or 528-litres with the seats up. Compare that to the five-door model, which can fit 378-litres of groceries and sports gear.
2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
The production-ready Mercedes-Benz A-Class appeared in three different trim levels at the Geneva show today.
The idea was to showcase just how many options buyers can load up the little A-Class with. It may be small, but the interior is easily a match for, if not nicer than, the C-Class. Expect to pay for it though, with this little machine coming in somewhere around the $36,000 - $45,000 range.
2013 Ford Escape (Kuga in Europe)
What you're looking at is the new Ford Escape compact SUV that will come to Canada.
Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show today under its European "Kuga" nameplate, the new SUV sports lots of high-tech features. Perhaps the most potentially useful is the touches automatic opening trunk.
2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Meet the 2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake - a wagon by any other name. It made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show today.
It will surely be the latest object of desire for North American car critics, all of whom will likely be denied this particular Jag as it will be Europe-only we suspect. You may see a lowered Crossover, but car critics see a vehicle that offers all the carrying capacity (if not more) of a Crossover without the top-heavy handling and stodgy driving experience.
2014 Ford B-MAX study
The clever little Ford B-MAX debuted at the Geneva Motor Show today with a striking design feature.
The front doors open regularly, while the rear doors slide back. All normal so far. But when all the doors are open, it's clear there is no "B" pillar that usually sits beside the front seats. The side of the car is completely open, leaving lots of room for passengers to climb in and out. Ford says this doesn't compromise safety.
2013 Fiat 500L
The Fiat lineup got a little more practical with the introduction of the five-door 500L hatchback at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Try as we might to play it cool, a new Ferrari still gets us all hot and bothered - especially when it's a new flagship like this F12 Berlinetta.
Ferrari is calling this the fastest and most powerful "regular production vehicle" in its history. So, except for all the super-fast and rare ones, this is the fastest. Being a big, front-engined Ferrari GT car, the Berlinetta gets a naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V12 engine.