Tag Archives: Marc Lachapelle

Ford Ranger Euro

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It has been one of the longest running, single generation vehicles in the North American market. The current Ford Ranger pick-up truck that is still being sold in North American showrooms, has been with us since 1993. In the last 16 years, Ford of America has done little to change the vehicle, limiting it to just minor cosmetic and mechanical changes. 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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Lagonda Concept – Resurrection or Heresy?

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Aston Martin stunned the press in Geneva not so much by confirming the return of the Lagonda brand – which had been announced by CEO Ulrich Bez in Paris last September – as by unveiling a bold, bodacious Lagonda Concept that basically is… a luxury SUV. To top it off, one powered by a V12 gasoline engine. The outcry of purists was instantaneous. How could Aston Martin build any kind of vehicle with ‘utility’ in its job definition? Continue reading

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Magna Steyr mila ev concept – Turn-key electric platform

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Concepts are all about visual impact and yet, the most important elements of Magna Steyr’s ‘mila ev’ concept are the bits you cannot see. In fact, the concept is simply a showcase for the fully-developed propulsion platform that lies beneath. Continue reading

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Mini John Cooper Works Convertible and friends

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Mini rolled out its quickest and sportiest convertible yet in Geneva. In addition to the structural, safety and functional upgrades of its second-generation siblings, the new John Cooper Works Convertible gets a version of the engine that was developed for the Mini Challenge racing series. Continue reading

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Maybach Zeppelin – powerful fragrances

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Bucking the economic doldrums, Daimler AG’s ultra-luxury brand Maybach unveiled even more opulent models in Geneva. The Zeppelin versions are the most regal yet, featuring special two-tone exterior and interior trim and plenty of optional extras, including a sophisticated perfume atomiser, a world first in a production car. Continue reading

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Mazda3 MPS – a.k.a. New Mazdaspeed3

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After unveiling the second-generation Mazda3 at the LA auto show last November, Mazda chose Geneva to introduce the new version of its performance variant. The stage name says Mazda3 MPS but make no mistake; this is the new Mazdaspeed3 that should soon reach Canadian shores and stores with little or no change, as for the previous model. Continue reading

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Bentley Continental Supersports – Mean and Green

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Long gone are the days of ponderous Bentleys. The new Continental Supersports is the most powerful, fastest and cleanest car in Bentley’s 90-year history. What started as a two-year exploration into reducing weight and increasing power and torque of the carmaker’s sales hit, the Continental GT, became a production model named after the first Bentley to reach 100 mph, back in 1925. Continue reading

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Rinspeed iChange – transformation artist

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The Geneva show would not be complete without the latest creation from Swiss tuner, inventor and dreamer Frank Rinderknecht, the mind behind Rinspeed. This year, as a following act to the sQuba submersible car, he brought out the iChange, a low-riding, electric-powered, streamlined sports car that can be transformed from a one-seater to a three-passenger flyer at the touch of a button. The idea being that transportation needs vary greatly and that the ideal vehicle is one that be quickly adapted. Continue reading

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Hyundai i20 three-door – chic petite

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After unveiling the five-door version of its i20 subcompact at the Mondial 2008 in Paris last fall and seeing it launch successfully on the European market, Hyundai has followed up in Geneva with the introduction of a spunky and cheery three-door i20. Continue reading

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