Geneva’s Most Wanted: Chevy Cruze Hatchback or Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport?

February 25th, 2011

2012 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback

As much as we’d like to, most of us won’t be able hop a plane to Geneva next week and check out the latest in international car debuts.

A trip to the Geneva Motor Show should definitely be on any car enthusiast’s bucket list, if not just for the one-of-a-kind concepts and world debuts, then for the chocolate, the Alps and a truly great massage.

If this isn’t your year, worry not. While we can’t bring you the Alps, we can showcase some of the best cars that will strut their stuff in Switzerland.

If there’s one car I’d love to see in the United States, it’s the Chevy Cruze hatchback diesel, set to debut next week. The Cruze truly is an exceptional little car, and GM has confirmed that a diesel version of the sedan will be sold here. While that’s great news, the 5-door hasn’t been approved for North America. Considering the seemingly exponential increase in gas prices lately, this hot little number from Chevy needs to be in U.S. showrooms soon!

Some cars sell regardless of gas prices. The Maserati GranTurismo Convertible is one of them, selling out in the blink of an eye despite its $135K starting price. If one thing kept that car from perfection, it was its 4,300 pound curb weight. Enter the new Sport model.

Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport

2012 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport

Rather than trimming weight, Maserati installed the most powerful V8 it makes: a 444-hp version of the 4.7-liter mill from the GranTurismo MC Stradale. The new engine should make the car feel lighter while slightly increasing fuel mileage. The Italian GranTurismo Convertible Sport, unlike the American Cruze hatchback, will be available in the States. Go figure.

One hundred and eleven years ago, Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche created the world’s first hybrid car. He called it the Semper Vivus, and it featured two combustion engines, an electric motor and could store energy in a battery. Ferdinand would be proud to know that his company has painstakingly recreated that car and will debut it in Geneva, alongside the most efficient Porsche of all time: the new Panamera S Hybrid, which uses a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and an electric motor to create 380 hp and release just 159 g/km CO2.

Do you want to see the Cruze hatchback diesel in the United States?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
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    Gadzooks, it’s another Malibu look-alike for Chevy. The GM stylists have apparently fired the entire styling staff and have hired Zerox instead. Boy, is Chevy going to go down the toilet in another year or two when people get tired of the Maliby look. How many cookie-cutter models is that now– 8, 9, 10? And with GM trying to get Bob Lutz to come back, can it only get worse?

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