Aston Martin and other cars shake, stir Geneva Motor Show – USA TODAY
When it comes to elegance, nothing beats the Geneva Motor Show, and this year is no exception.
Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce are among the luxury brands making their appearance. And there is even room for a few mainstream introductions as well. Many of the models will show up at U.S. auto shows, or go direct to dealers’ showroom floors, in coming months.
Here’s some of this year’s most important introductions.
Aston Martin DB11
Aston Martin is looking to rock the luxury auto market as it launched the new DB11 grand tourer at the Geneva Motor Show. The introduction marked Aston’s first remake of the DB model, known as favorite for superspy James Bond, in 13 years.
The 5.2 liter, twin-turbocharged V-12 engine puts out 600 horsepower. The DB11’s bonded aluminum platform, which Aston Martin says makes the car lighter and stronger, helps the GT rocket from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds with a top speed of over 200 mph, the British automaker says.
The DB11 draws some design concepts from the prototype DB10 that was built especially for the latest Bond movie, Spectre. Only the rims on the DB11 are nearly identical to its movie predecessor. And if you look closely, the name of the Potenza tire designed for the car is called the S007.
Compared to the DB9, however the 11 is “a new design. There’s no carry over. It’s a new interior, new engine, new gearbox, new platform,” says Matthew Clarke, head of communications for Aston Martin the Americas.
“It really sort of signifies this new era for Aston Martin,” says Laura Schwab, president of Aston Martin the Americas.
Toyota takes a radical styling turn with the new C-HR small crossover that made its debut Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s expected to come to the U.S.
The C-HR was shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show late last year as a Scion. Now that the Scion brand is going away, Toyota has rebadged it for its own division. It will compete in the growing subcompact SUV segment that has rivals like Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax and Fiat 500X.
In Geneva, the C-HR picks up many of the same coupe-like styling touches that made it a stand out as a concept. There’s a bold front end, unique LED lights and a wide stance that denotes ruggedness. It should be both roomy and stylish.
For Europe, Toyota is showing it as a hybrid — with an battery electric powered backed by a 1.8-liter gas engine.
The C-HR will be equipped, at least in Europe, with a full suite of safety tech. They will include a system to alert the driver if the car wanders out of its lane, to read road signs, detect pedestrians and keep a safe distance from the car ahead when cruise control is engaged.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
Though it is still frigid outside in much of the U.S., Mercedes-Benz is ready for fun in the sun with new convertible version of its C-Class.
The open-air car just had its formal unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show.
Unlike many convertibles, Mercedes says the C-Class Cabriolet will have neck-level heating vents and an optional “automatic draft stop system” aimed at keeping more warm air in the cabin when the top is down.
“Our new C-Class Cabriolet is the entry into the world of premium cabriolets from Mercedes-Benz,” says Thomas Weber, Mercedes’ development chief, in a statement. “It offers unadulterated open-air driving pleasure all year round.”
Coming late this summer, the C-Class convertible will have a new nine-speed automatic transmission and a new infotainment system. Its profile will be basically the same as the C-Class coupe.