Geneva Auto Show: Expect new models even as sales plunge

March 3rd, 2009
Fiat 500 Cabrio

Fiat 500 Cabrio

With the latest news about the continuing free-fall of auto sales, the Geneva Auto Show is happening at a time of definitive change in the worldwide auto industry.

Still, expect to see around 30 exciting world debuts, including the long-awaited Mercedes-Benz E-class coupe, Fiat’s 500 Cabriolet, Audi’s TT RS (with a stunning 2.5-liter, 300-hp turbocharged engine) and the BMW 5-series GT.
 
Porsche will show their new 911 GT3 and Cayenne diesel SUV.

ford-ranger-geneva

Ford Ranger diesel

We’ll finally get a good look at the intriguing Aston Martin V12 Vantage, while Ford plans on showing their new European Ranger; which will offer fuel-efficient 2.5- and 3.0-liter turbo diesel engines.

Perhaps my early favorite is Maserati’s new GranTurismo S, which is equipped with a 4.7-liter V8 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. iPod interface included.

If that’s not enough extravagance or luxury for you, keep an eye on the 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports, the 2.5-ton beast that’ll run to 60 in 3.6 seconds.

Yeah, the auto market stinks. But seeing new models and feeling the excitement that goes with them provides a glimmer of hope that things will turn out OK.

Are there any debuts at this year’s Geneva Auto Show that excite you?

-tgriffith

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  1. Colin
    March 4th, 2009 at 10:42 | #1

    I’ve always been a big fan of the Audi TT, and the RS is a great addition to the line-up. Too bad media outlets are reporting that the RS won’t make it to the US.

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