One of our favorite aspects of the Geneva auto show each year is the weird and wonderful design concepts that that that the event attracts. This year's show played host to an array of novel ideas including a self-cleaning windshield, a "hybrid" convertible roof, and a new in-car communications language. Check out our photo gallery.
Mercedes-Benz had a slew of new and updated models to unveil at this year's Geneva auto show. Apart from the S-Class sedan, almost every car in its lineup got some kind of update or replacement, including an all-new SL class, a four-wheel-drive version of its CL coupe, and the worldwide debut of the CLC-class coupe. Check out our photo gallery from the show floor.
The Garmin Nuvi series has earned a reputation as a solid line of portable navigation systems, offering accurate routing, good design, and ease of use. We've seen it in the entry-level Garmin Nuvi 200 and the more advanced Garmin Nuvi 660. So we expected much of the same from the Garmin Nuvi 750, and for the most part, it delivered, but it also disappointed us in some ways. The simple design and interface are still there, and we were happy with the text-to-speech directions and accuracy of the routes. We also really like the added "Where Am I?&… Read more
Audi's big news from this year's Geneva auto show is the release of its updated A4 Avant. The all-wheel drive wagon is six inches longer than its predecessor, giving it more than 50 cubic feet of storage space. The Avant comes with a choice of two direct-injection gasoline and three diesel engines: the top-of-the-range V-6 is good for 265 horsepower. The Avant is based on the same layout as the updated A4 sedan that we saw in Frankfurt last year, and features the same suspension configuration and the same Audi drive select system, which lets drivers influence how … Read more
Amid all the news coming from the Geneva auto show, Scion slipped out a news release on what it will unveil at the upcoming New York auto show. The company released few details on the new concept, other than to write in the news release: "The sporty interpretation of the box concept was developed by Tokyo Design Division which studied global, youth-inspired trends." That statement could describe almost any Scion model.
We are looking forward to seeing the concept at the New York show because Scion concepts are few and far between. The picture Scion released is only … Read more
The Chevy Volt and the Tesla Roadster might be getting all the press in the States, but in Europe there are a few more contenders in the electric-car market. Check out our roundup of the, ahem, current crop of new electric cars at the 2008 Geneva auto show.
John Cooper has been a name that makes the hearts of Mini enthusiasts beat a little quicker for more than a generation. At this year's Geneva auto show, the two most recent Mini Cooper models--the Mini Cooper and the Mini Cooper Clubman--get the full John Cooper Works treatment, complete with new engines and a lots of race-inspired trim. Check out our photo gallery.
Industrial giant General Electric has invested approximately $4 million into Think Global, the Norwegian company that specializes in electric town cars.
The investment exists, in part, to aid another investment by GE in lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems. GE has invested $20 million into A123, which is working with General Motors on the Chevy Volt. Think, which has been getting its lithium-ion batteries from a company called EnerDel, has now signed a deal to also get batteries from A123.
There is a lot of talk of connected cars of late, but there are currently no OEM auto manufacturers that offer unrestricted Web access. BMW is planning to be the first to do so with an upgraded version of its ConnectedDrive system on show here in a BMW X6 the 2008 Geneva auto show. Like many other telematics systems, ConnectedDrive currently provide assistance and car services via a cellular GPRS connection, with some restricted access to the internet. Starting this year, the service will expand to offer drivers unrestricted browsing of the Web. The system on show in Geneva is … Read more
Tired of changing those wiper blades every six to eight months? Fioravante's wiperless windshield could keep your glass dry and clean. Brian Cooley takes a look at this new technology from the show floor at the 2008 Geneva auto show.