2004 Geneva Motor Show — MSN Autos

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Exciting convertibles debut at the auto show in snowy

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette debuted in Geneva, with the first power top since

Meanwhile, Volvo made in Geneva by unveiling the first car designed totally by women. the YCC—for Your Car Concept—it a minivan and doesn’t have a seat in it.

Instead, it includes new such as Easy-Clean paint properties akin to a nonstick pan to repel dirt, door that rotate downward doors open so legs brush against them, a that tells in advance if a parking space is big enough for the an Autopark system that the steering to get the car into the space, and contoured front seat and floor mats that the interior look.

Women everything male car buyers and a lot more, said Hans-Olov president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

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Elsewhere at the Mercedes-Benz. Audi. BMW and Bentley new luxury models that are due in the and DaimlerChrysler displayed products and the U.S. introduction of its smart which should occur in according to company officials. new vehicles at the show sported interior touches. Would you interior trim that’s It exists—on a new Nissan concept.

are the details:

Convertibles Aplenty

It was the Swiss scene: a full-grown St. in the back seat of a car. this St. Bernard was in a MINI, and MINI was a convertible.

Debuting its first convertible on the car, MINI took honors in Geneva. The new model, in U.S. showrooms in late is the same size as the current MINI. The ragtop’s automatic drop top also has a sliding feature at the front that a sunroof driving style.

no tonneau cover, because the top compactly behind the rear officials said. The rear of the car has redone so there’s a tailgate, in when the trunk is open. seats split and fold allowing for a sizable pass-through the car, even with the top Yes, the rear window is

Chevrolet for the first time the convertible version of its sixth-generation Due in showrooms late this this is the first Corvette a power top since 1962. are five layers of fabric, and a time of 18 seconds.

Of course may seem like an eternity compared with the approximately 4 it takes for the car to go from 0 to 60 miles an What do you expect from a two-seater that’s faster any production Vette in history?

showed the SRT version of its convertible two-seater. This new Crossfire and its coupe sibling, become the in the Chrysler brand to get the Street and Technology label that up to this point, only on Dodges.

As expected, the Crossfire cars have something under the hood: A 330-horsepower supercharged V6. This compares the non-supercharged 3.2-liter V6 capable of 215 that’s in the base Crossfire.

New SLK and Lamborghini

Mercedes-Benz drove out its SLK that arrives in showrooms year.

The two-seat car that news with its retractable in the 1990s has a new 272-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 for the first time, a V8. It’s an AMG V8 5.5-liter displacement, and it’s of 360 horses.

Leave it to Mercedes to add a few new to make open-air driving fun. The optional Airscarf neck-level heating and wards off of nasty, cold air. A new automatic transmission provides acceleration in the new SLK AMG.

The most unveiling was Lamborghini’s Murcielago As two heavy walls parted at the display, the two-seater was exposed—hanging inside what looked a vault.

The United States be the first to get this special whose 6.2-liter 580-horsepower V12 it the fastest series production in the world, Lamborghini promises. The date is sometime in the second of this year.


Two other convertibles were publicly for the first time in Both were concept

Rolls-Royce created an experimental to explore future design and put the old EX label on it. Rolls hasn’t had an EX the 45 EX in 1958.

The new 100EX—100 marks the 100th anniversary this thoroughly modern and, nautical. The large two-door a nautical theme with teak decking on the rear Doors have rear in the style of many pre-war cars, and the hood is all brushed contrasting with dark paint. Under this is a naturally aspirated 9.0-liter

The Volkswagen display attracted the group of onlookers. Tucked at the of the VW stand was the Concept C convertible. The didn’t hold a press but that didn’t stop the from coming.

A midsize two-door, the Concept C has a novel integrated into the power This sunroof makes for unusual shuffling of roof when the top goes up or down. something to behold.

Volvo and

Declaring we’re part of an industry dominated by men but wanting to a growing group of women car officials at Volvo Cars the industry’s first concept car by women.

The sleek YCC features two doors and innovations that its designers and project managers appeal to women, as well as to

While the YCC is a concept only, YCC features, such as Ergovision uses a body scan to set a proper driving position, find their way into Volvo vehicles, officials

Having a team of women the decisions on a concept car had never done before in the industry, as far as officials are aware. There been cars over the that were designed by men as cars. These include La in the 1950s and a Mazda show car with customized interior in the decade.

Volvo’s team of female chief designers and female project managers for the YCC was The women insisted that its origins, the YCC isn’t a woman’s car. This is your car, exterior designer Rosen told the majority-male media.

Some of the YCC features, however, to feed stereotypes about For example, the YCC hood doesn’t readily. A low, one-piece that’s uninterrupted by body this hood is intended to be only by a trained technician at a

Some instruments inside the car could provide telltale information for the driver are simplified, to Rosen. The car has a diagnostic and communication that allows it to link a dealership when necessary and its own service appointment.


Mercedes showed its freshened and added to the line with its V8-powered C-Class, the new C55 AMG. The AMG with 5.5-liter V8, is capable of 367 Its hood, grille, headlamps and end all possess distinctive styling.

also previewed its new CLS-Class. on the E-Class platform, this new has stylish coupe looks but doors. It will be available six and eight-cylinder engines. A more clearcoat paint is on every CLS Inside, four-zone automatic control is a standard feature.

took the wraps off its new-generation A6, features a new, more grille and improved body This is the first Audi to optional adaptive headlights can help drivers see around and corners. New V6 and V8 engines bring power.

BMW showed its new, 5-Series wagon. With of six- and eight-cylinder engines, the new has more cargo room its predecessor, adds BMW’s steering system and updates the iDrive control system. For the time, the 5-Series wagon a remote-open feature on the rear

Bentley displayed its 2005 which has exterior styling akin to that of the Continental GT. The interior also has been

Interior Designs

New interiors attention in Geneva.

The red fabric in Nissan’s Qashqai concept vehicle has some sort of pattern on it. It isn’t an accident. wanted this look as a of the London street scenes pass each day on their way to at Nissan’s design center in As far as they know, no other has tried to incorporate graffiti in a before.

Also intriguing in the is where this fabric is—and isn’t—located. It runs the middle and right side of the and the right-side doors. But it’s to be seen on the left side of the This, too, was purposeful—an at asymmetrical design.

The women at Volvo have some interior touches, too. seats are a streamlined, Scandinavian and can look luxurious when with oh-so-soft contoured pads and matched with wool floor mats. Or the environment can be more casual fabric seat pads flowers and wildly designed mats that the women called carrot field the long, stringy threads the green tops of carrot

Opel’s Trixx concept can really make someone like a third wheel. the third-row seat in the back, only for sometime use in this vehicle, must be inflated.

Hybrid GT and Radical Racer

Toyota worked in conjunction Giorgetto Giugiaro’s famed Design studio to create the Volta concept car, to honor the great Italian and pioneer of electric power. sleek, exotic-looking coupe has a fiber chassis and body

The Volta also contains a version of Toyota’s Hybrid system, combining a 3.3-liter V6 and two electric motors for a total of 408 horsepower. The same basic will power the 2005 RX 400h hybrid luxury utility.

Finally, the Formula-like, Motor Triathlon Race Car was and built by Toyota’s European studio. Its designers call it a zero-emission concept performance The MTRC has four-wheel drive and is by a fuel cell.

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