Geneva Motor Show: Kia lifts the lid on the ex_cee'd convertible concept

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Kia removed the helium-filled chrome organ pipes wraps off their ex_cee'd convertible concept yesterday, showing that all is not staid convention over at the lil' Korean automaker. The ex_cee'd convertible is another attempt to prove to the European market that Kia should be considered a producer of all manner of vehicle; from sedate appliances to youth-oriented runabouts. The concept seemed to be well received by both the suits and the press, but the nearly invisible fishing line holding the balloons in place tripped us on a few occasions, causing a twisted ankle and forcing us to limp back to the pressroom. Kia, you'll be hearing from our podiatrist.

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Geneva, Geneva, Geneva. Oh, and Greaseball. And an electric Porsche. And a homemade electric car. And more Geneva: new hybrid concepts from Honda and Toyota, Mercedes says "yes" to hybrids by 2009, and GM wants plug-ins by 2010. Whew. It's going to be a busy next couple of years...

 

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Geneva Motor Show: Better than the best rollercoaster - KTM X-Bow

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When 77 spectators were killed at the 24 hours of Lemans in 1955, a ban on motorsports was enacted in France, Germany and Switzerland. Safety standards were improved and eventually the interdict was lifted in two of the three countries. Switzerland decided to continue the ban and it's been that way now for over five decades.

Regardless of this track-unfriendly environment, KTM officially unveiled their two-seater tarmac toy today in Geneva. Structurally, the X-Bow looks the biz, with acres of carbon fiber, exposed suspension components and meaty stoppers. We'd say that the Ariel Atom finally has some serious competition, but with an initial limited run of 100 units and some di stinct differences between the two, this particular niche can probably support another offering.

We've got oodles of live and press pics in our gallery and KTM's press release is posted after the jump.

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Geneva Motor Show: Tramontana brings the open-wheeled to the open road

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When it comes to eccentric exotics, a few names spring to mind; today, a new one can be added to the list. The Tramontana has the looks, mechanicals and aura of something very special, and when you dig a little deeper, your interest grows exponentially. To begin with, a V12 Biturbo, producing up to 720 HP and 678 ft.-lbs. of torque, is mounted midship and mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. 20-inch carbon/magnesium wheels frame 380 mm carbon ceramic discs, squeezed by six piston calipers both fore and aft. Any affection for the styling is strictly subjective, but we will say that the Tramontana's looks increase ten-fold with the glass canopy removed. Only twelve will be made each year and we're pretty sure they were taking orders after the press conference.

We've got a series of live shots accompanying the press pics in our gallery and be sure to check out the press release after the jump for every morsel of information you might desire.

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Geneva Motor Show: Hyundai i30

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Alongside the QarmaQ crossover concept, Hyundai unveiled it's new i30 here at Geneva, and in the process took the wraps off its new nomenclature. Hyundai is ditching names like Sonata and Accent for alphanumeric designations starting with "i", which Hyundai says stands for Inspiration, Intelligence and Integrity. The Korean carmaker has been improving the quality of its products considerably, but we'll have to sit tight and see how the i30 lives up to the hype.

Hyundai gets ahead by providing tons of features in an attractive package at a competitive price, and the i30 promises to live up to that strategy. ( You can check out all the details in the press release after the jump.) Engines include 1.6-liter fours with 113 and 120 horsepower and a 2-liter four with 141hp, driving through a 5-speed manual (113 and 120-hp versions), an available 4-speed automatic (in the 113hp version) and a 6-speed for the 2.0.

While the i30 is undoubtedly aimed at a younger market than some of its larger and more expensive offerings, Hyundai evidently (and inexplicably) thought five-year-old children would be their target audience and presented the car with a pair of mascots, rather unlike the pair of lookers that took the veil off the QarmaQ. Check out the pics in our high-resolution image gallery below.

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Toyota boss says, No alliance with Ford!

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Thanks to Ford's poor financial health, there has been all kinds of speculation about alliances it could make with other carmakers. Toyota has been at the top of that list ever since CEO Alan Mulally paid the automaker a visit in Japan shortly after starting work in Dearborn. Although there have been recent indications from Toyota that it was open to technical cooperation with other companies, anything more substantial seems to be off the table for now. Toyota Motor Corp. President Katsuaki Watanabe, speaking in Geneva today, stated that the Japanese manufacturer has no intention of striking up any joint ventures or alliances with Ford, and that no significant discussion of joint development efforts has even occurred yet.

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Geneva Motor Show: Pre-production Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris SSUV

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Spyker was focusing our attention on the C12 Zagato, its new super-exclusive supercar which took center stage. But sitting inconspicuously at the back of the booth was the D12 Peking-to-Paris "Super Sport Utility Vehicle" (SSUV). Most people passed it by, as it was all but completely indiscernible from the show car Spyker unveiled here a year ago. But the D12 was no concept, this was the pre-production version.

A Spyker corporate spokesman confirmed that they didn't highlight the pre-production D12 on their stand or during their press conference be cause they didn't want to detract from the C12 super-exotic, but said they'd be making a bigger deal of the SSUV at the New York show next month.

Aside from the different color scheme - last year's concept was black with tan interior, whereas this year's version was a dark grey over Dutch orange - the pre-production D12 Peking-to-Paris is 99-percent the same as the concept, according to Spyker. The main difference was what we couldn't see, as this version sat on Spyker's own aluminum frame instead of the "borrowed" underpinnings on which the concept sat.

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Geneva Motor Show: Rinspeed brings the weird, again - eXasis

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The open-wheeled excess continues -- this time it comes courtesy of the wacky blokes over at Rinspeed. We've already given up most of the details over the past month, but as a reminder, the translucent body gives you a voyeuristic view of all the components that make the up the eXasis, including the bioethanol burning, 150 HP, two-cylinder 750cc mid-mounted engine.

We've got an assortment of live pics in the gallery, along with a shot of the engine, removed from the eXasis and cross-sectioned for all to see.

 

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Geneva Motor Show: The new VW Phaeton

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It's not coming here, no need to get out of your chair. The Phaeton picks up a new nose, a ton of little tweaks, a new 3-liter TDI V6, and will be on sale in Europe this summer. It's a wonderful car -- gorgeously appointed and scrupulously assembled. Unfortunately, the marketing didn't connect enough Phaetons with owners, so it has been banished from US showrooms. A shame, really, as VW's already dreamy dreamboat picks up a passel of safety gear and the aforementioned new diesel that meets Euro V emissions standards while remaining the ultimate showcase of VW's formidable tech integration chops. We like the new face, which keeps the Phaeton in line with the corporate look of Volkswag en. It's always been a stealth bomber, and it still maintains its Passat-in-a-double-breasted-suit look, which will help you fly along under the radar of most drivers (and constabularies, hopefully) while enjoying sumptuous appointments and a vaultlike structure.

Press release after the jump.

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