Small is big in the automotive world lately as new and existing manufacturers scramble to downsize in the face of tough emissions regulations and changing consumer tastes. At this week's Geneva auto show, we took a look at some of the latest micro cars destined for forecourts around the world. Check out our photos.
The Ford Fiesta is back! Redesigned by Ford of Europe, this new offering is ready to stake its claim in the affordable car realm. Brian Cooley takes a first look at the 2008 Geneva auto show.
Sure, your neighbor may have already put in his order for the next year's hybrid coupe, but what's he using to mow the lawn? Now you can scoff at his old pollution machine while you roll out your shiny new solar-powered model--and best of all, you can watch it do its thing while sipping a martini on the deck.
Not only does the "Automower Solar Hybrid" combine solar energy and electricity while navigating itself around the perimeter, according to Sweden's Husqvarna, but it's also 90 percent recyclable and has no exhaust emissions. The company … Read more
Looking like the stunted offspring of a Porsche 911, the PGO Cevennes Turbo-CNG is the latest face of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles in Europe. The roadster is motivated by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which gets it from standing to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds via a six-speed manual transmission.
With an underfloor gas tank, which can be filled with natural gas or biogass, Cevennes Turbo-CNG gets a (literal) gas mileage of around 32 mpg and a range of 300 miles on a full tank. The model will be put into production by its French manufacturer later … Read more
The brand-new Volvo XC60 combines safe and sexy as only Volvo would think to combine them, packing in some seriously advanced crash-prevention technology. CNET's Brian Cooley takes a closer look at the swoopy Swedish SUV at Geneva.
In an age of downsizing and crossing over, Infiniti is bucking trend with the launch of the FX50 SUV here at the Geneva auto show. The second-generation FX gets a complete exterior redesign to look a whole lot more menacing than the current FX range, especially at the front end, where its new headlight and grille arrangement gives it the impression of wanting to eat other road users alive. And eat them alive it just might do, as the updated model comes with a monstrous 5-liter V-8, which Infiniti says is capable of more than 380 horsepower. (A V-6 version … Read more
Is this the wackiest car on Earth? Yep. With its rotating body, pivoting wheels, and space-age profile, the Pivo 2 may represent the future of personal transportation. Then again, it might just be that Nissan's designers are starting to feel the strain of all those late nights. Check out our video.
Alfa Romeo is set to return to the U.S. soon. While you wait, Brian Cooley thought you'd like to see the car you can't get in the U.S. right now, but probably should. Take a look at the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, as well as a few other offerings from the Italian automaker.
Haven't seen Lancia 'round these parts in a couple of decades, but its new Delta is high tech and typically quirky.
At the 2008 Geneva auto show, Brian Cooley takes a look at BMW's new Diesel Hybrid system on the X5: a clean-burning engine that still surprisingly packs a lot of punch.