At the end of our virtual tour of the fair, the focus is on two dream cars at a reasonably feasible price and a refreshing small car concept from France. Ford shows us the new, even sharper Mustang in Geneva, matching the 50th anniversary of the original model.
And somehow you finally heard the pleading of the fans. The new Mustang will be, for the first time in a long time, not about free importers, but to be officially around the corner from the Ford dealer. The Mustang will be available as a coupe and as a convertible. For Europe, a supercharged four-cylinder with 2.3 liters of displacement and 309 PS under the hood to work. Whether it will make the babbling 5 liter V8, the only engine for the true fan, in the official price lists, I dare to doubt.
Either way, the Mustang looks sharp and is one of the eye-catchers of Geneva.
Alfa 4C Spider
Alfa! In the exhibition catalog he is announced as 4C Targa, the naming was just as provisional as the picture in the catalog. Since Alfa could not deliver, the normal 4C was shown, with the note for the reader, that one should try his imagination.
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That says a lot about the condition of the brand, presumably the 4C will listen to the traditional name Spider. Because the name Targa is already occupied by Porsche. Alfa Romeo has died beautifully for years, which is sad. Alfa 4C and 4C Spider are beautiful cars, they are built by Maserati and brought to the fan base in small doses ... which will hardly be enough to revitalize the brand.
The widely announced comeback is regularly announced and canceled, it is a drama without end. Fiat is simply drying up one of the most legendary brands in the world. The 4C Spider or Targa, whatever the name is, is one of Geneva's most attractive cars.
The little one with the rear engine
Small cars sound like reason, less fun and usually move below my perceptual limits. There are exceptions. An invigorating small car concept comes from France. The new Twingo comes with rear engine and rear-wheel drive. Not bad for a small car. But the concept is not a French idea, but the cooperation with Smart owed. The new Smart four-door will use the same platform. The Twingo, in the first edition a design revolution, in the second edition arbitrary, gets in the third generation by a new, sharper profile.
The rear engine promises us a handling like the kart, as well as a lot of space on the smallest area and a small turning circle. Modern assistance systems take the horror of the past from the vehicle with engine in the trunk.
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The new Twingo is thus a smart alternative for the city, a source of fun for the country road. And proof that driving pleasure doesn't necessarily have to be linked to a large budget.
As a hot Gordini version, the rear engine Twingo would have real fan potential and would be the true successor of the legendary, rear-wheel drive R8 Gordini from the 60er years. Hello Renault, yes please, bring the world back but a Gordini who deserves the name!
Geneva was fun for us, even if there was little that was groundbreaking. The manufacturers are doing well, at least for the Germans. There is little desire to burn your fingers with revolutionary concepts. If we had one wish, then we would like a Saab booth next year. Because we plan to be there again in 2015 when Geneva calls!
Images: mark & yves for saabblog.net