Chevrolet Cruze hatchback production version - 2011 Geneva
The Cruze hatchback is meant to make the model, and the Chevrolet brand, a true competitor in the most important segment in the European market.
Trading on the Cruze' racing credentials, having won the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) last year, Chevrolet touts it's top-selling global nameplate as well-suited to European driving tastes. Its body-frame integral system (BFI) and chassis-tuning providing for a tight, sport ride for the 5-door hatch.
The Cruze hatchback features a 400 liter boot capacity and a 60/40 split rear seating, as is typical of European hatches.
Ferrari FF Concept - 2011 Geneva
Love it or hate it, the car is arguably Ferrari's most practical car. It
features as much cargo space as a Mazda2 sedan, with 450 liters (15.9 cubic
feet), a number that nearly doubles when the rear seats are folded down.
Being that it is a Ferrari, the car still has to offer exhilarating
performance. On its way to a 335 km/h (208 mph) top speed, it races from
the line to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds, according to the automaker. A
seven-speed double-clutch transmission and new Ruote Motrici four-wheel
drive pretty much guarantee that every time behind the wheel will be a
BRABUS 700 Biturbo based on Mercedes SLS AMG - 2011 Geneva
The Brabus 700 Biturbo, based on the
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, has hit the floor at the Geneva auto show today.
Engineers at the German tuner have devised their own twin-turbo system to fit to the SLS's V8 engine to
achieve an output of 700 PS (514 kW / 690 bhp) and 850 Nm (626 lb-ft) of
torque. The B63 bi-turbo system features
a left-turning charger attached to the left side of the engine, as opposed
to most right-charging, right-side fitted twin-turbochargers. This type of fitting allows for
improved gas flow and dynamics.
Brabus also provides an intercooling system, performance Exhaust manifold, sport air filter system, does
an ECU remap and fits its own forged pistons that reduce the compression
ratio to 9.0:1.
Bertone Jaguar B99 concept - 2011 Geneva
Bertone has unveiled the Jaguar B99 concept at the Geneva Motor Show.
Looking like a cross between the Ford Interceptor concept and
previous-generation XJ, the aluminum-bodied B99 measures 4.5m long, 1.95m
wide, and 1.35m tall. Up front, the concept has an aggressive front fascia,
a bold grille, and the iconic "leaper" hood ornament. Further back, there's
a gun-slit greenhouse, "suicide" rear doors, and tastefully restrained
chrome accents. In the rear, the car echoes the front-end with a gloss
black "grille" and taillights that mimic the headlights.
Inside, the cabin is minimalist but elegant as there's premium leather
upholstery, aluminum accents, and wood trim. Furthermore, the interior is
outffited a full-length center console, rear tray tables, and a high-tech
2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
A show car version of the new Cruze hatchback will be Chevrolet's star
attraction at this year's edition of the Paris motorshow, which kicks off
on September 30. Even though GM uses the term 'show car', the five-door
hatchback version of the Cruze is virtually production ready minus some
show-floor bling such as the blue hue on the headlamps, big wheels and the
LED daytime running lights.
While keeping the front end and taut body lines of the sedan model, the
refreshingly stylish hatch comes with a sweeping coupe-like roofline and a
unique rear end treatment. GM has not yet issued any photos of the cabin,
but don't expect any changes over the four-door saloon.
According to the automaker, cargo capacity for the Cruze hatchback is close
to 400 liters and will feature 60/40 split rear seating.
The available engine range will most likely be identical to the sedan that
is currently offered in Europe with two petrol engines, a 113HP 1.6-liter
and a 141HP 1.8-liter, plus a 123HP 2.0-liter turbo diesel.
The new Cruze 5-door hatchback will go on sale across Europe mid 2011 with
prices announced nearer the launch date. More markets will get the car
shortly after, though GM has not said if North America will be one of them.
Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe,
beleives the addition of a hatchback version to the range will further
bolster the car's sales.
"Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets," said Brannon. "The total
compact segment in Europe represents around 4.8 million units which is over
a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of
that volume. We therefore expect to see increased business in a number of
regions, while sending out a signal that Chevrolet is now a serious
mainstream player in Europe."
The Cruze hatch is one of four world Chevrolet premieres at the Paris show
and will join the new Orlando MPV, Captiva SUV facelift and the new Aveo.
Chevy Cruze hatchback roadtest
Met alleen een sedan red je het niet op de Nederlandse markt. Daarom komt
de Cruze hatchback als geroepen voor Chevrolet. Maar willen wij consumenten
hem ook voor de deur hebben? Dat zoeken we uit!