Tag Archives: Marc Lachapelle

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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Infiniti Essence Concept – a quantum leap hybrid

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Infiniti will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary in North American this year and was celebrating its first in Europe in Geneva, where CEO Carlos Ghosn introduced Nissan’s luxury brand last year. What better way to underline this landmark than to unveil a spectacular concept car. The Infiniti Essence is an achingly beautiful rear-wheel-drive grand touring coupé that seats two in lavish luxury, propelled by a 592-horsepower gas-electric parallel hybrid powertrain. It is said to prefigure upcoming Infiniti models in style, performance and refinement, technical and otherwise. Continue reading

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Dacia Duster Concept – the unlikely débutante

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The odds of seeing the names Dacia and Duster used together rival those of winning the 6/49 jackpot with a single ticket. Dacia is a Romanian carmaker that sold crudely-built replicas of old Renault models in Canada in the 80s and Duster is the name of a hallowed family of muscle cars sold under Chrysler’s defunct Plymouth brand in the 70s. Things have changed drastically at Dacia since Renault bought the company in 1999 and sales have almost tripled since the launch of the solid, no-frills Logan model in 2004, growing from 96,300 units sold in twelve countries to 257,000 units available in almost fifty last year. Continue reading

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Evolution of the Nissan Z

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It was the Sixties. Muscle cars and American V8 power ruled over North America and Japanese manufacturers were still bit players. Nissan was called Datsun on this continent at the time and in 1969, it launched an all-new sports car as a 1970 model. Continue reading

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New Genesis Coupe priced to win

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Korea’s number one carmaker is on a solid streak. Shortly after winning the overall Car of the Year award from AJAC with its Genesis luxury sedan, Hyundai unveiled the 2010 Genesis Coupe, its next contender, at the CIAS. Continue reading

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