Ah, the Auto Show season is in full swing, and starting this week, all eyes will be pointing to the 80th International Motor Show in Geneva, and there will be some significant debuts at this show, starting on March 4th.
Lets start out with the Italian Design Firm, Pinninfarina, which will debut an Alfa Romeo Concept Based Roadster, with design cues that mirror the BMW Z4. This is to cooincide with Alfa Romeo’s 100th Anniversary, and should follow recent Pinninfarina designs such as the Maserati GranTurismo, and the Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano. Rumors that this concept will become an actual production of an Alfa Romeo Roadster, set to make it over here in the US. We are all hoping for that.
Setting the sports car world upside down, Ferrari is set to unveil a Hybrid. Yes, a Hybrid Sports Car, that will be based on the Ferrari 599GTB. Rumors swirl around this particular car, including the fact that it may be AWD. This is an effort by Ferrari to keep up with ever tightening efficiency standards both in Europe and in North America. Much like Porsche, who took a different road to profitability with the SUV, this car should appeal to both the Ferrari aficionados as well as the Hollywood Green Fashionistas, and should help generate enough funding so that Ferrari can keep producing real Sports Cars.
Two Mazdas will make their world debut at Geneva, the facelifted Mazda 6, and the redesigned Mazda 5. All I have to say is this: It’s a whole lotta Meh!
Finally, there is the debut of the Audi A1. This is a model that never made it accross the Atlantic to North America, but Audi promises that this time, market conditions make it right to export this little rocket to the states. News coming from Europe states that this Mini fighter will have a Hybrid system, but we hope that a conventional powertrain will be offered.
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