Throughout The Car Industry
Categories: Auto Shows
Unlike last year's hot Mini concept—the Beachcomber—the Rocketman is a rather modest concept that looks like it could hit production tomorrow. And it's a Mini through and through: a small, efficient, three-door hatch that makes the most out of its tiny interior. The Rocketman does offer some unique features and technologies, though.
Fresh off its "Cram It In The Boot" campaign, it looks like Mini is ready to pull it out of the boot. The Rocketman uses a unique, slide-out "drawer" to increase the capacity of the hatch and offer extra storage. From the snowboard pictured inside, it looks almost like an integrated gear rack that lets you get the most out of your Mini without any aftermarket attention.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Technology
Tags: Mini, Rocketman, concepts, BMW, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, compacts
When Bentley announced that it had broken the world ice speed record in a tuned-up Continental Supersports, it indicated that it would celebrate the record with a special edition model. That model will be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and, by Bentley's own admission, will be the most powerful Bentley ever. With the 2012 Bentley Continental GT introduced last fall, Geneva seems like the perfect time to present an all-new Continental Supersports. Some new rumors point to possible specs for the limited edtiion Super-Bentley.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Bentley, Continental GT, Supersports, limited edition, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, W12 engine
Car companies really need to learn a little more quickly. Sure, I understand that they want to build anticipation as much as possible. But if they don't want their big reveals to be scooped by big leaks, they need to start moving faster in the fast-paced, connected world of today. Otherwise, every major official reveal is bound to take a back seat to a major leak-reveal.
Like Pagani before it, Lamborghini was in the midst of a slow teaser campaign, revealing the Aventador LP700-4 piece by tantalizing piece—like a Raging Bull version of a burlesque dancer. But instead of focusing on new, official pictures of the Aventador's chassis (snooze), media folks are free to focus on something far more engaging: the first picture of a fully uncovered Aventador LP700-4.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Lamborghini, Lambo, Aventador, supercar, Aventador LP700-4, leaks
You know electrics are going to be the wave of the future when luxury-boat players like Rolls Royce start getting involved. Rolls will present what it's calling the world's first battery-powered ultra-luxury vehicle in the form of a Phantom EV prototype code-named 102EX. And like nearly every other new vehicle and concept of late, it will launch at the Geneva Motor Show.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Exotics
Tags: Rolls Royce, Phantom, EV, electric, green, 2011 Geneva Motor Show
To introduce a radical idea to hybrid technology. That, in a nutshell, is why Porsche is building the Panamera S Hybrid. Or, at least, that's what Porsche's marketing team came up with for a new Panamera promo video. Which brings me to another point: there's a new Panamera S Hybrid promo video. In fact, there are two. After announcing the car last week, Porsche is now on to advertising the Panamera S Hybrid before its 2011 Geneva Motor Show debut.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Hybrid / Green, Videos, Exotics
Tags: Porsche, Panamera, Panamera S Hybrid, hybrids, green, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, videos
One of the most interesting subplots of the Geneva Motor Show is the return of De Tomaso, a once highly-regarded sports car manufacturer that has been absent since 2004. In fact, had the new De Tomaso decided to come back with a revival of its hot, popular Pantera sports car, it might have been one of the biggest stories of the show. As it is, De Tomaso chose a four-door crossover for its comeback, so it'll have to take a back seat to flashier, more exciting Geneva cars like the Lamborghini Aventador and Pagani Huayra.
But we're still plenty excited to see De Tomaso back among the list of active Italian brands. And we're happy to get our eyes on the first photo of the SLC.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Reports
Tags: De Tomaso, SLC, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, pictures,
Lamborghini may really be dragging its heels in teasing the Aventador LP700-4 leading up to Geneva, but luckily the leaky auto-media infrastructure is moving a little quicker. While the Raging Bull has been content to present the Aventador one piece at a time over months upon months, photos, and videos have been leaking like a condemned building, giving us a much better look at the new top dog in Sant'Agata Bolognese.
The latest video, which was first leaked on Dutch website Autogespot.com, comes at a time when official Lamborghini media releases left us staring at the light, but not particularly visually stunning, Aventador chassis. It's two minutes worth of fast action with some of the best looks at both the exterior and interior of the Aventador that we've seen. Unfortunately, that headache-inducing squiggly camo is still all over the body, but it's still an exciting look of the 700-hp supercar speeding through a snow-covered Italian countryside.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Videos, Exotics
Tags: Lamborghini, Aventador, Aventador LP700-4, Jota, videos, leaks, 2011 Geneva Motor Show
We thought Pagani dragged things out, but Lamborghini is really nursing it. I guess a new Lambo flagship is enough of a rarity to forgive the slow, slow, slow reveal, but I just want to see the damn car already—uncovered, from every angle.
But Lamborghini isn't giving it up so easy. Instead, it continues to tease the Aventador piece by beautiful piece. We got the official details on the powertrain all the way back in November, and most recently, Lambo has given the world a closer look at the lightweight, composite chassis that will hold drivers up for the most exciting ride of their lives.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Technology, Exotics
Tags: Lamborghini, supercars, Lambo, Aventador, Aventador LP700-4, 2011 Geneva Motor Show
Nissan has previewed an all-electric sports car concept that it will debut in Geneva. Called ESFLOW, the new concept combines a dual-motor powertrain with lightweight components and sporty styling.
Designed to "prove it's possible to remain environmentally sympathetic without having to give up the joy of driving," the ESFLOW is based upon the technology available in the Leaf, albeit modified to ensure a sportier ride. It features two rear-mounted electric motors that are centrally located above the rear axle.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: Nissan, concepts, electric, EV, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, ESFLOW
Problem: German supercar-maker Gumpert makes a powerful, visceral, two-seat hypercar known as the Apollo. While exhilarating in terms of capabilities, its raw, unrefined interior and exterior haven't been all that appealing to the type of pampered clientele that could actually afford one.
Solution: The Tornante, a more attractive two-seater designed with the help of Italian design firm Touring Superleggera. The new Gumpert brings a higher level of aesthetics, comfort, and sophistication without losing too much of the sheer, unapologizing performance of the Apollo.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Exotics
Tags: Gumpert, supercars, tourers, Tornante, Touring Superleggera, hypercar
Well, that was fast. About a week after it teased an unnamed Geneva concept, Infiniti released full picture details of the car. And as was rumored, it's called the Etherea and takes off on the stylish Essence concept that Infiniti presented in 2009.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars
Tags: Infiniti, concepts, Etheria, Mercedes Benz, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Essence concept