The Geneva Motor Show is the time of the year when we put on our Saab jackets but take off the Saab glasses to be open to the rest of the automotive world. From the Qoros 3 one says in Sweden, he has Saab genes under the Chinese plate. We'll see if that's the case.
Around 30 former Saab and Volvo managers work for the label from China. The Qoros 3 was, thanks to a lot of knowledge from Sweden, the safest car of the year 2013 in the Euro NCAP crash test. A good start for the newcomer.
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This year there was another Qoros derivative, derived from the sedan. The hatchback - and the fact that there is a hatchback alone - makes us curious about the booth. The rush of journalists was not quite as huge as in the previous year, which may be due to the fact that the new creation is pleasing, but also a bit boring. The hatchback is a vehicle with a tailgate, as felt by 3 million others. Not flashy, but nice and a little arbitrary. Just mainstream. Future Qoros drivers don't have to worry about attracting attention, they move invisibly in the crowd of Hyundais, Kias, Nissans and Mazdas. And that's probably what you want.
A look into the interior shows that Qoros has made good use of the past few months. What us 2013 still in need of improvement This is now routinely processed and meets the expectations of the brand.
In China, Qoros is building successfully and with a focus on quality at its dealer network, and in Bratislava there is the first European distribution partner. Slovakia is a pilot market, and with the expansion in Europe they want to take their time. Sweden, where one is madly proud of the native genes in the Qoros, should first 2016 on the plan. However, there is no auto journalist there, and bets are that in autumn the first Qoros will be on the national shows.
More interesting and innovative than the hatchback on the day of the fair seemed to be another Qoros new release. At least in the Chinese power press, the Qoros bike was celebrated, and I'm sure more pictures were taken of the electric bike than the car. All this reminds a bit of Saab, also there was once an exciting styled bike to buy. And with Eric Geers, the former Saab press chief, you could see a familiar face on the stand.
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Because Qoros is really proud of the safety genes, the stand featured a Qoros 3 cutaway model. That's not revolutionary, Saab had something similar at the show a few decades ago. By the way, the bike is not a Qoros development. But there are very deep relationships with the manufacturer Greyp Bikes from Croatia. Adriano Mudri, the designer of the Qoros eBIQE project, is also Qoro's exterior designer and design director at Grepy.
Neither of us has driven a Qoros yet. Only when we know what it feels like can you say whether a good product has been created in European-Chinese cooperation.
Enter: because you are looking for a very safe, well-equipped car at an affordable price for the family.
Get out: because the Qoros eBIQE project is the funnier, more exciting, and sportier alternative to the slightly bland hatchback.
Images: mark & yves for saabblog.net