The Truth About Cars » 2012 geneva auto show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 02 May 2016 23:59:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Geneva 2012: Ford Fiesta ST http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-ford-fiesta-st/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-ford-fiesta-st/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:47:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434343 Can we just get this in a five-door? Even though Fiesta sales aren’t as great as Ford would hope, I quite like this ST version. With a 1.6L Ecoboost 4-cylinder making 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft, the Fiesta ST also has chassis improvements, Torque Vectoring Control, programmable stability control and Recaro bucket seats. I’m not […]

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Can we just get this in a five-door? Even though Fiesta sales aren’t as great as Ford would hope, I quite like this ST version. With a 1.6L Ecoboost 4-cylinder making 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft, the Fiesta ST also has chassis improvements, Torque Vectoring Control, programmable stability control and Recaro bucket seats. I’m not […]

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Geneva 2012: Chevrolet Cruze Manual Diesel Station Wagon, What Everyone SHOULD Be Driving http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-chevrolet-cruze-manual-diesel-station-wagon-what-everyone-should-be-driving/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-chevrolet-cruze-manual-diesel-station-wagon-what-everyone-should-be-driving/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:49:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434305 This is the Chevrolet Cruze Manual Diesel Wagon. This is what all of us North Americans should be driving. Everyone in Europe drives a manual, diesel wagon, and if we brought them to North America, everyone would drive them. Because they’re more efficient than a hybrid, and more practical than a wasteful, ugly, boring CUV. […]

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This is the Chevrolet Cruze Manual Diesel Wagon. This is what all of us North Americans should be driving. Everyone in Europe drives a manual, diesel wagon, and if we brought them to North America, everyone would drive them. Because they’re more efficient than a hybrid, and more practical than a wasteful, ugly, boring CUV. […]

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Geneva 2012: Mitsubishi Outlander Gets Plug-In Variant, 31 Mile EV Range http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-mitsubishi-outlander-gets-plug-in-variant-31-mile-ev-range/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-mitsubishi-outlander-gets-plug-in-variant-31-mile-ev-range/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:33:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434286 The Mitsubishi Outlander, a vehicle nobody cared about, is now sort of interesting, thanks to the addition of a Plug-in Hybrid system that is also compatible with the vehicle’s 4WD system. With an EV range of 31 miles, the Outlander can run in Pure EV mode (only the front and rear electric motors), Series EV […]

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The Mitsubishi Outlander, a vehicle nobody cared about, is now sort of interesting, thanks to the addition of a Plug-in Hybrid system that is also compatible with the vehicle’s 4WD system. With an EV range of 31 miles, the Outlander can run in Pure EV mode (only the front and rear electric motors), Series EV […]

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Geneva 2012: Fiat 500L, Heir To The Multipla Throne http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-fiat-500l-heir-to-the-multipla-throne/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-fiat-500l-heir-to-the-multipla-throne/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 16:31:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434274 North America missed on the ermm…unique…Fiat Multipla, sold in Europe in the late 1990’s, but Fiat dealers, clamoring for another product, will get the Multipla’s spiritual successor, the 500L. Although it bears the 500 moniker, the 500L is closer in size to a Mini Countryman. Built in Fiat’s factory in Serbian (making the 500L the first […]

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North America missed on the ermm…unique…Fiat Multipla, sold in Europe in the late 1990’s, but Fiat dealers, clamoring for another product, will get the Multipla’s spiritual successor, the 500L. Although it bears the 500 moniker, the 500L is closer in size to a Mini Countryman. Built in Fiat’s factory in Serbian (making the 500L the first […]

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Geneva 2012: Jack And Derek Discuss The Bentley EXP9 SUV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-jack-and-derek-discuss-the-bentley-exp9-suv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-jack-and-derek-discuss-the-bentley-exp9-suv/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 15:51:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434264 A chat between Jack Baruth and Derek Kreindler discussing the Bentley EXP9 SUV. Because we love it so much! Jack: The moment I saw this rude beast slouching towards Geneva to be born, I instantly stopped regretting not buying the Arnage Red Label I almost picked up in 2005. Yeah,that was going to be awfully […]

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A chat between Jack Baruth and Derek Kreindler discussing the Bentley EXP9 SUV. Because we love it so much! Jack: The moment I saw this rude beast slouching towards Geneva to be born, I instantly stopped regretting not buying the Arnage Red Label I almost picked up in 2005. Yeah,that was going to be awfully […]

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Geneva 2012: Volvo V40 Debuts Gets Multiple Gas, Diesel Engines http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-volvo-v40-debuts-gets-multiple-gas-diesel-engines/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-volvo-v40-debuts-gets-multiple-gas-diesel-engines/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 15:22:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434249 Of all the new debuts at the Geneva Auto Show, this would probably be what I’d like to own the most; the Volvo V40 T5. With a 256 horsepower turbocharged 5-cylinder engine making 295 lb-ft , I’d have plenty of performance on tap, and the knowledge that Volvo’s safety features would keep me unharmed when I […]

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Of all the new debuts at the Geneva Auto Show, this would probably be what I’d like to own the most; the Volvo V40 T5. With a 256 horsepower turbocharged 5-cylinder engine making 295 lb-ft , I’d have plenty of performance on tap, and the knowledge that Volvo’s safety features would keep me unharmed when I […]

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Geneva 2012: 2013 BMW M6 “Fat Elvis” Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-2013-bmw-m6-fat-elvis-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-2013-bmw-m6-fat-elvis-edition/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:44:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434087 BMW unveiled what is surely going to be the American Dental Association’s Car of the Year, the 2013 BMW M6, at the Geneva Auto Show. Sporting the fat, bloated body of the 6-Series, along with the M5’s turbocharged 560 horsepower V8, we can only await the arrival of an M6 Gran Coupe now that this […]

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BMW unveiled what is surely going to be the American Dental Association’s Car of the Year, the 2013 BMW M6, at the Geneva Auto Show. Sporting the fat, bloated body of the 6-Series, along with the M5’s turbocharged 560 horsepower V8, we can only await the arrival of an M6 Gran Coupe now that this […]

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Geneva 2012: Audi A3 Previewed, Minus Two Doors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-audi-a3-previewed-minus-two-doors/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-audi-a3-previewed-minus-two-doors/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:08:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434078 The Audi Q3 may not have much visual impact, but this is an extremely important car for the Volkswagen Group. As the first car to be built on the new MQB modular platform, the A3 is literally the next generation of car for the entire consortium. Europe will get a diesel (2.0L, 150 horsepower) and […]

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The Audi Q3 may not have much visual impact, but this is an extremely important car for the Volkswagen Group. As the first car to be built on the new MQB modular platform, the A3 is literally the next generation of car for the entire consortium. Europe will get a diesel (2.0L, 150 horsepower) and […]

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Geneva 2012: 2013 Porsche Boxster, Now With 991 Percent More Brand Identity http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-2013-porsche-boxster-now-with-991-percent-more-brand-identity/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-2013-porsche-boxster-now-with-991-percent-more-brand-identity/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 19:19:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434058 The newest Porsche Boxster is here, with lots more aluminum, some new engines and styling cues derived from the 991-chassis Porsche 911 that has just launched in North America. The base engine, a 2.7L flat-six, makes 265 horsepower, while the 3.4L in the Boxster S makes 315. A 6-speed manual and 7-speed PDK gearbox are […]

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The newest Porsche Boxster is here, with lots more aluminum, some new engines and styling cues derived from the 991-chassis Porsche 911 that has just launched in North America. The base engine, a 2.7L flat-six, makes 265 horsepower, while the 3.4L in the Boxster S makes 315. A 6-speed manual and 7-speed PDK gearbox are […]

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Ferrari F12berlinetta, No Longer In CGI http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/ferrari-f12berlinetta-no-longer-in-cgi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/ferrari-f12berlinetta-no-longer-in-cgi/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 18:18:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434043 The initial shots of the Ferrari F12berlinetta looked suspiciously re-touched for our liking, so some live shots were a necessity before making any final judgement on the car. If you ask me, it looks even better without excessive rendering. The F12berlinetta replaces the lovely 599, but packs an even more substantial V12; 740 horsepower is […]

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The initial shots of the Ferrari F12berlinetta looked suspiciously re-touched for our liking, so some live shots were a necessity before making any final judgement on the car. If you ask me, it looks even better without excessive rendering. The F12berlinetta replaces the lovely 599, but packs an even more substantial V12; 740 horsepower is […]

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Geneva 2012: Jaguar XF Sportbrake Cleanses Our Retinas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-jaguar-xf-sportbrake-cleanses-our-retinas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-jaguar-xf-sportbrake-cleanses-our-retinas/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 17:17:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434032 Just when it seemed like the Geneva Auto Show was going to be the automotive equivalent of a Christian Audigier trade show, Jaguar comes out with the XF Sportbrake, something that looks good and has a practical use. The term shooting brake was derived from the vehicles that transported the English Gentry and their hunting parties. […]

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Just when it seemed like the Geneva Auto Show was going to be the automotive equivalent of a Christian Audigier trade show, Jaguar comes out with the XF Sportbrake, something that looks good and has a practical use. The term shooting brake was derived from the vehicles that transported the English Gentry and their hunting parties. […]

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Lamborghini Aventador J Will Disturb Luxurious Hairdos Across The Globe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/lamborghini-aventador-j-will-disturb-luxurious-hairdos-across-the-globe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/lamborghini-aventador-j-will-disturb-luxurious-hairdos-across-the-globe/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:45:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434022 Everyone expecting there would be some kind of droptop Aventador – after all, what’s the point of a supercar if the people who bullied you in high school can’t see how rich and successful you are? But we weren’t expecting this. The Lamborghini Aventador J is actually a one-off, already spoken-for model that will doubtlessly […]

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Everyone expecting there would be some kind of droptop Aventador – after all, what’s the point of a supercar if the people who bullied you in high school can’t see how rich and successful you are? But we weren’t expecting this. The Lamborghini Aventador J is actually a one-off, already spoken-for model that will doubtlessly […]

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Geneva 2012: Range Rover Evoque Convertible Is Vulgarity In Tangible Form http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-range-rover-evoque-convertible-is-vulgarity-in-tangible-form/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-range-rover-evoque-convertible-is-vulgarity-in-tangible-form/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:28:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433986 In 1998, Britney Spears launched a thousand ephebophilc ships with her seminal work – the music video for “Hit Me Baby One More Time“. Featured in the video was a Land Rover Defender – the only reason I know this is because I wasn’t interested in girls when the song came out. Now that I’m much […]

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In 1998, Britney Spears launched a thousand ephebophilc ships with her seminal work – the music video for “Hit Me Baby One More Time“. Featured in the video was a Land Rover Defender – the only reason I know this is because I wasn’t interested in girls when the song came out. Now that I’m much […]

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Geneva 2012: Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet Proves Girls Just Wanna Go Fast http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-volkswagen-gti-cabriolet-proves-girls-just-wanna-go-fast/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-volkswagen-gti-cabriolet-proves-girls-just-wanna-go-fast/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:15:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433984 Volkswagen’s GTI Cabriolet debuted today at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, making the Mazda MX-5 look like Caster Semanya in comparison. In Europe, Volkswagen not only gets the Eos, but a Golf Cabriolet as well. The big differences is the Golf has a cloth top, and now it gets a GTI variant. Mechanically, nothing has […]

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Volkswagen’s GTI Cabriolet debuted today at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, making the Mazda MX-5 look like Caster Semanya in comparison. In Europe, Volkswagen not only gets the Eos, but a Golf Cabriolet as well. The big differences is the Golf has a cloth top, and now it gets a GTI variant. Mechanically, nothing has […]

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Geneva 2012: BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Corners The “Looks Kind Of Like A 5…Maybe A 7…Sort Of” Market Segment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-bmw-6-series-gran-coupe-corners-the-looks-kind-of-like-a-5-maybe-a-7-sort-of-market-segment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-bmw-6-series-gran-coupe-corners-the-looks-kind-of-like-a-5-maybe-a-7-sort-of-market-segment/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:11:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433971 Despite looking very much like a sedan, BMW unveiled their 6 Series “Gran Coupe” at the Geneva Auto Show, as it engages in yet another asinine tit-for-tat response to competing product from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Engines included a gasoline or diesel inline six (with turbocharging) and a twin turbocharged V8. An 8-speed automatic transmission along […]

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Despite looking very much like a sedan, BMW unveiled their 6 Series “Gran Coupe” at the Geneva Auto Show, as it engages in yet another asinine tit-for-tat response to competing product from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Engines included a gasoline or diesel inline six (with turbocharging) and a twin turbocharged V8. An 8-speed automatic transmission along […]

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2012 Geneva Motor Show Preview http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/2012-geneva-motor-show-preview/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/2012-geneva-motor-show-preview/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2012 19:38:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433841 TTAC was all set to depart for Switzerland to cover the 82nd Geneva Motor Show when tragedy befell us. My usual suite at the Hotel d’Angleterre (with a view of Lac Léman) was occupied by one B. McAleer during press days, and upon arriving at the airport, our corporate-owned Falcon 7X was padlocked, the plane saddled with […]

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TTAC was all set to depart for Switzerland to cover the 82nd Geneva Motor Show when tragedy befell us. My usual suite at the Hotel d’Angleterre (with a view of Lac Léman) was occupied by one B. McAleer during press days, and upon arriving at the airport, our corporate-owned Falcon 7X was padlocked, the plane saddled with […]

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