Monthly Archives: March 2009

Italy’s I.DE.A Institute to Intro ERA Concept in Geneva

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Other than the wild and wacky Tokyo auto show, Geneva is the auto event where dreams become reality, or at least take on 3D metal and plastic form. In this particular case the creator is the I.DE.A Institute, an engineering and consultancy company based in Turin, Italy. Continue reading

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Mazda3 i-stop

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Engine stop-start systems are becoming more common and not only on hybrid-powered vehicles. Until now, carmakers had used the conventional starter or a starter-generator to restart the engine. Now Mazda engineers have come up with a simple, ingenious and effective way to do it better. Continue reading

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Top 5 production Geneva debuts, with something to say

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Chosen, semi-randomly, by Michael Goetz Continue reading

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Spyker C8 Aileron – Calgary bound

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At the 79th Geneva Motor Show, the Dutch car builder Spyker unveiled their new car, and it is a stunner. It’s called the C8 Aileron. While mechanically this new version isn’t any different from their previous offering, hence it still has an Audi sourced 4.2-liter, V8, producing 400 hp. Thanks to its 354 lb/ft of torque it can propel from 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds, and onto a top speed of 300 km/h. Continue reading

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Aston Martin – Three Divas on Stage

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Aston Martin was showing three new cars in Geneva, in addition to the Lagonda Concept (see other story). Profitable for the past four years and led by a dynamic private consortium since 2007, it has obviously not been hit by the recessionary tide wave, yet. The guys from Newport Pagnell are even mounting an assault on Le Mans with a brace of Lola-Aston Martin LMP1 racers to try and repeat Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori’s historic win in a DBR1, on its fiftieth anniversary. Continue reading

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Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic

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Maserati is committed to introduce a new model at every international auto show. That’s got to be a challenge for a specialty marque, like Maserati. So some shows will apt to get the “minor” revision reveals, and such was the case at Geneva. The new model on display was the GranTurismo S Automatic Continue reading

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Alfa Romeo 159

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Alfa Romeo chose Geneva to debut the mid-cycle updates to its beautiful 159 series of sedans and wagons. The car line is Alfa’s entry in Europe’s high-volume C-segment but sales are wanting; the new Giulia is expected to replace the 159 sometime late next year. Continue reading

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