Trade fair studies: this is how the car design of the future is adapted

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This is how the car design of the future is adapted

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Rinspeed always brings a study to the Geneva Salon. This year the Micromax, the…

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… should show how you can stay mobile in overcrowded cities.

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Alfa Romeo had the luxury coupe Gloria Concept drawn by design students. As a drive would be…

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… six- and eight-cylinder engines are conceivable.

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Toyota is testing the audience’s reactions with the FT 86,…

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… the Roadster is the open version of the GT 86 Coupe. If the car is in Geneva, it will probably go into series production.

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The Viziv Concept shows how Subaru would like to design cars in the future. Incidentally, the study leads…

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… the crossover trend continues.

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Spyker shows an athlete who could compete with the Porsche 911 while…

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… the over-car of the salon comes from Sant’Agata in Italy. The Lamborghini Veneno is brutal,…

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… especially from behind. The furrowed rear is supposed to generate downforce.

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The Lamborghini delivers 750 hp and will cost three million euros.

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The time of radiant visions seems to be over for the time being. That is why the manufacturers are mainly showing studies at the Geneva Motor Show that are intended to prepare customers for new models. Or they test reactions.

W.if he really wants to see something visionary at the Geneva Motor Show, he has to look. And even then, the yield is not directly abundant. It almost seems as if the era of great designs and revolutionary mobility concepts is over. Perhaps the pressure of having to serve globalized markets more and more rapidly leaves less and less room for fantasies.

Geneva was traditionally a place for creative spinning mills, a place where designers were allowed to look into the future for many years. Those who want to put it positively say that the studies from 2013 are closer to buyers than those from previous years. That is also a value in itself.

One of the people who presents something spectacular at every edition of the fair is the Swiss supplier and small series manufacturer Rinspeed – not least because that keeps the company talking. This year Rinspeed is showing the Micromax city bus, a co-production with Harman, Linde, Eberspacher, Continental and Evonik, among others.

The smart vehicle has an electric drive, it makes its passengers half sit and half stand. There is space for four people and loads of cargo in the 3.70 meter short vehicle. In addition, the Micromax is part of a mobility concept, car pools can be formed via smartphone app, and the routes specified by the navigation system are dynamically adapted.

Toyota’s covered scooter for two

Toyota is also showing an unusual vehicle in Geneva. The iRoad concept vehicle is somewhat reminiscent of BMW’s former C1 cabin motorcycle, but the Japanese has two seats and three wheels, and it also drives electrically. Toyota sees “Active Lean"-Technology with which the covered scooter can assume an automatic lean angle in curves.

Toyota is also showing the concept convertible FT 86, which was developed from the current GT 86 sports coupe. The open version is powered by the two-liter boxer engine from the coupe, with an output of 200 hp.

The manufacturer tests the audience response with the convertible; if it is positive, the variant called "FT 86" is built. Supplier Magna Steyr is also showing technology for open cars – a new, lightweight fabric folding roof that could be imagined for the revised Peugeot RCZ, for example.

Subaru and Citroen show future designs

And of course the topic of “crossover” also plays a role. All-wheel drive specialist Subaru is showing the Viziv Concept on Lake Geneva, an outlook on future technologies and forms of the brand. The long-legged two-door model with four seats and a plug-in diesel hybrid engine is to be given a so-called symmetrical all-wheel drive – i.e. a conventional boxer engine for the front axle and an electric motor for the rear axle.

Kia has also brought a sporty, brawny coupe with a mini-SUV look to Switzerland as a study. The Koreans call the mobile the Provo Concept, a small all-wheel-drive hybrid with 204 hp, the electric motor of which is supposed to deliver an additional 45 hp of thrust when accelerating or cornering.

The Technospace concept car from Citroen, on the other hand, is a preview of the new C4 Picasso. In Geneva, the French show what the interior could look like in the future: lots of light, bright materials, particularly comfortable seats for the new travel van and, among other things, a 12-inch HD panorama screen.

Ideas from the next generation of designers

Sbarro is also one of those people who keep bringing visionaries back to Geneva. This time the company has the React’E.V. brought along. Sbarro runs a school project for young designers, and the electric racer is also influenced by it. The classy lightweight is not only a showpiece for the trade fair, it will also take part in the Monte Carlo New Energy Rally.

The budding designers at the IED design school in Turin drew for Alfa Romeo, and the result is the Gloria Concept luxury coupe study. The vehicle of the Fiat subsidiary, as reported by “Auto, Motor und Sport”, is likely to be powered by either a V6 petrol engine or a V8 biturbo engine; it is aimed at the North American and Asian markets.

Spyker is a manufacturer that works with a revived traditional name. After the money for a trade fair appearance was too tight last year, the Vanator is proudly presented this year. The lightweight athlete is a new beginning, which is priced to play in the league of upscale Porsche 911s. 125,000 euros could be the price if the vanator goes into series production.

And then there is the over-car at the fair: Only three examples of the Lamborghini Venen are to be built, probably for customers who otherwise really already have everything. You get a car with an aggressive razor blade design, with a twelve-cylinder that develops 750 hp from 6.5 liters of displacement. The wage is a zero-to-100 value of 2.8 seconds, the price is three million euros, plus taxes, of course.

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