Jeep’s all-new small SUV, the Renegade, has just made its world debut in Geneva. It will be sold in more than 100 markets across the globe, and is the latest result of the Chrysler/Fiat hook-up. It was designed in the US, but will be built in Italy using a Fiat platform. The same one used in the upcoming Fiat 500X.
The Renegade will be available with a broad range of small displacement gasoline and diesel engines, although the range on offer will depend on your location. For example out of the seven engines the car will be sold with across the world, the US will only get two. There will also be a variety of transmissions for the new Renegade, including both manuals and automatics. And of course it will be available in either 2 or 4 wheel-drive versions. A top spec Trailhawk model will get additional off-road goodies.
The Jeep Renegade is designed to be more efficient, affordable and cheaper to run than your average SUV. Jeep is hoping to attract younger buyers with its new offering, and also increase their market share with a more entry-level vehicle.
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At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Nissan pulled the covers off the new flagship of the Juke range. Called the Nissan Juke NISMO RS, the new model features improvements in power, handling and styling.
The Nismo RS’s 1.6-litre DIG-T engine has been tuned to boost power to 218 horsepower from 200 horsepower, while torque in two-wheel drive/manual transmission versions is increased from an already healthy 250Nm to 280Nm. To ensure the chassis can successfully transfer the extra torque to the road, 2WD models also benefit from the addition of a mechanical Limited Slip Differential on the driven front wheels. An LSD is not required in four-wheel drive versions which have Torque Vectoring, Nissan’s Xtronic transmission and 250Nm of torque.
The Juke Nismo RS’s exterior now features lower front and rear bumpers, wider wings and sill side skirts, plus a dark chrome V-motion grille and a tailgate spoiler.
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At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Maserati unveiled what is arguably one of the most important concept vehicles for the company in recent years. The Maserati Alfieri isn’t just a “look at what we can do” vehicle. It’s more of a “get used to it, because this is what our cars are gonna look like soon” type of vehicle.
The concept, which is based on a GranTurismo MC Stradale chassis but with a 24 cm (9.5 inch) shorter wheelbase, was designed at the Maserati Centro Stile in Turin by a group of young designers. It’s name, Alfieri, pays homage to Alfieri Maserati, the best know of the Maserati brothers, and the man who founded “Officine Alfiere Maserati” 100 years ago. And that brings up the other reason for the car. It’s a 100 year anniversary present from Maserati to, well, Maserati.
The Maserati Alfieri concept was inspired by past models, like the 1954 A6 GCS-53, the 1957 3500 GT, the 1959 5000 GT and the 1969 Indy. Maserati say that while the car is clearly a concept, it was designed so as to make sure it was production feasible.
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The European Design Institute (IED) based in Turin, Italy, produces talented car designers. 16 of these soon-to-be car designers worked on this concept – called the Hyundai PassoCorto – to make it a reality in time for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The group was led by Pininfarina designer Luca Borgono. The brief was to create a full-size model of a sports car that would appeal to Generation Y. Basically young adults. The project started with each student coming up with their own design. From these the best two were selected, and the resulting concept is a combination of this pair.
The PassoCorto was developed in collaboration with Hyundai’s European design center, and is powered by a 266 horsepower, 1.6 litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine which is mounted in the center of the car.
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The Mazda Hazumi concept, which the company is debuting at the Geneva Motor Show this week, is a fairly accurate preview of the production version of the new Mazda2.
Sure it’s got bigger wheels than the car which will turn up in the showrooms, plus those mirrors won’t be fitted to a production car anytime soon, and there might be some other minor changes to the trim, but more or less, this is the new Mazda2.
Powering the Mazda Hazumi is a new small capacity diesel engine. This SKYACTIV-D 1.5-litre unit is designed to achieve ultra-efficient internal combustion, just like the larger SKYACTIV engines. In the HAZUMI it manages to produce CO2 emissions under 90 g/km and it will also comply with stringent Euro 6 requirements without after-treatment systems such as a NOX trap or selective catalytic reduction.
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Gumpert’s first car, the Apollo was devastatingly quick. Hard to drive, but stupidly fast. One thing it wasn’t was pretty. It looked good in a functional, no-nonsense sort of way, and you could forgive its aesthetic failings due to its sheer performance. Their second car might not have that luxury…
Now that Gumpert have stepped back from the abyss of bankruptcy, they’ve decided that the best way forward is to attend the Geneva Motor Show with a brand-new prototype which they’ll be producing later this year. unfortunately it’s one of the ugliest prototypes outside of a Chinese auto show.
Called the Gumpert Explosion, the new car is a two-seat coupe with awkward proportions, a fussy front end, a droopy back end and a soggy-looking middle.
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The Audi TT is one of the most iconic modern sports cars. The first generation car was the real headline grabber. It won numerous design awards across the globe, and despite being 16 years-old this year (although design work began on the car a surprising 20 years ago) it still looks the part.
Audi are hoping that the 3rd generation TT will be as big a design hit as the first car. The initial signs are promising. Obviously everybody kinda knew what to expect, and Audi weren’t going to play too risky with the styling – the TT is too important a model for that. But I think what they’ve come up with is a car which wear’s the company’s currently rather clinical and sterile design language rather well. The TTS looks particularly appealing with its more aggressive bodywork and superior trim.
The front of the new TT is dominated by the large single frame grille which is much broader and flatter than that of the previous model. The narrow headlights are intended to give the car a serious appearance. Xenon units are fitted as standard, with LED headlight available as optional extras.
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On the Honda stand at the Geneva Motor Show, the company is displaying a concept version of next year’s production Civic Type R.
It’s a steriod-infused little hot hatch with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 280 horsepower. It’s definitely not subtle on the outside, with spoilers and vents all over the place. In fact it’s the most extreme Type R the company has ever built. It’s more of a road legal version of the Civic race car than a mildly worked over version of the standard Civic.
The concept was put together by a team of just three guys at the company’s Swindon design center in the UK. It took six months to build.
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Koenigsegg, the other Swedish auto manufacturer, have just dropped the first round of information on their latest completely insane hypercar.
Called the Koenigsegg One:1, the car stands a very good chance of claiming the title of the world’s fastest production car. That’s because of it’s truly ridiculous power-to-weight ratio. It weighs in at 1,360 kgs (2,998 lbs) wet, which is very, very light. Add to that the fact its turbocharged 5.0 litre V8 produces an earth shattering 1,360 horsepower, and you don’t need to be a maths genius to figure out that means each horsepower only has to propel 1 kg. You also don’t need to be a wordsmith to work out the meaning of the One:1 name.
1,360 horsepower also has another significance. It’s equal to 1 Megawatt. Amazingly Koenigsegg say they could have got more power out of the engine by turning up the boost. But instead they chose to make the car more drivable and with a flatter torque curve. That’s probably a good call.
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The EDAG Group is a large German company who provide numerous vehicle manufacturers with engineering assistance and a range of services including factory, process and plant development, automation engineering and product cost management. They don’t just deal with automakers either, and have worked with the aerospace, commercial vehicle and rail industries.
So when they come up with a crazy, futuristic floating concept vehicle, it’s not quite so irrelevant as you might think. They’re just looking way into the future, using the extensive knowledge they already have to try and predict the future of manufacturing.
The EDAG Genesis will make its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It’s not really supposed to showcase a particular vehicle, more an engineering concept, the idea that a component, module, or even a complete, one-piece vehicle body could be produced in one single production process. The simplest way to put it, is 3D printing an entire car.
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