The Geneva Auto Show is the first major European auto show of the year and makes full use out of that position. For the 77th edition of the show, over 250 exhibitors from all over the world will be occupying all 828,000 square feet of the Geneva Palexpo's exhibition space while vying for the attention of the expected 700,000-plus show visitors from all over the world.
Over 80 vehicles will be making a world or European premiere during the show's two press days. Notable debuts include the Ford Mondeo, EDAG LUV Concept, Volvo V70, and Fioravanti Thalia. A number of boutique makers and coachbuilders are planning on bringing their latest creations to Geneva as well, including Zagato, Giugiaro, Bertone, and Donkervoort.
Check out the full 2007 Geneva Motor Show article at MotorTrend.com to see the other amazing vehicles the show had to offer!
2007 Ford Mondeo
Featuring completely revised styling inside and out, the Mondeo has morphed into a very upscale-looking sports sedan. Ford's now familiar kinetic styling cues are easily distinguishable and the interior features a brushed stainless-steel looking center console, chrome-rimmed shift gate, and full-color LCD display in the gauge cluster. The new Mondeo will be available with four-door, five-door and station wagon body types. Since its debut in 1993, the Mondeo has been a staple of the Ford of Europe lineup.
2008 Volvo V70
The redesigned Volvo V70 is very similar in appearance to the S80 sedan, although it receives a redesigned front grille and rear sheetmetal that resembles the design of the C30. Power to the front wheels comes from the S80's 235 horsepower V-6.
2008 Volvo XC70
The taller, crossover-esque version of the V70 wagon, the XC70 bears numerous styling elements seen on the XC60 concept that give it a more sculpted and aggressive look. Two engines are available, a new 238 horsepower inline-six and a 185 horsepower diesel inline-five. All wheel drive comes standard.
EDAG LUV Concept
The EDAG LUV may not the ideal vehicle to all, but it's certainly hard to ignore. EDAG uses an undisclosed production luxury SUV as the basis for the LUV and due to the 468 horsepower 6.1-liter Brabus V8 under the hood, as well as the front profile and rising beltline, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class would be logical guess as to its underpinnings. A nautical theme is portrayed with the LUV's stained teak trim and decking, while inside there are a host of technological features for the business professional, including microcomputers built into the headrests.
Hyundai QarmaQ Concept
If you're like us, you probably think there is entirely too much plastic used on today's automobiles. But Hyundai's QarmaQ, a crossover ute design study produced in cooperation with GE Plastics, makes ingenious use of various high-performance composites and thermoplastics that take the place of traditional metal, glass and other materials, more than 30 applications in all. There are five areas where QarmaQ gets the GE Plastics treatment, most notably in what's called the 'Elastic Front,' which uses various techniques and materials to help with pedestrian crash safety -- a big issue in Europe. Other areas include the exterior, with Lexan transparent plastic used instead of glass, as well as multiple areas in the interior, lighting and underhood connectors and wire coatings. And in addition to all the fancy new plastic, it's not a bad looking crossover, to boot.
Volkswagen Golf Variant
Volkswagen has launched the fashionably late wagon variant of the Jetta under the Golf Variant nameplate. Available with a choice of two diesel and two gasoline engines, the Golf Variant boasts an ample 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space that grows to 54.7 cubic feet with the back seats folded. A choice of four engines - two gasoline and two diesel - will be available at launch. Gasoline options will consist of either a 1.4-liter 140 horsepower twincharged four or a 2.0-liter 200 horsepower turbo four. Diesel fans will be able to choose between a 1.9-liter 105 horsepower four and a 2.0-liter 140 horsepower four. Cargo capacity - a wagon's calling card - is an ample 24.4 cubic feet. Folding down the rear seats expands the area to a cavernous 54.7 cubic feet.
Mazda Hakaze Concept
The Mazda Hakaze Concept sits on the structure of the Mazda CX-7 SUV, and has Mazda's 2.3-liter turbo four from the Mazda6 MPS. But it's shorter than the CX-7, lower and surprisingly light. That wipes away the sloth and thirst of a typical SUV. It retains the high eyepoint that SUV drivers love so much, and also allows for surprising space inside. The airiness is exaggerated by a fishbowl of a roof, with huge removable glass panels.