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Geneva Auto Show 2019: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly [w/poll]

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It’s March once more and true automotive followers know meaning the Geneva Worldwide Motor Present will open its doorways to point out the best new supercars from area of interest producers and the newest necessary launches from mainstream automakers. Cramped collectively on one of many smallest showfloors within the business, Geneva is all the time jam-packed with information and buzzing with pleasure. In fact we have been there and are prepared to offer our blunt judgment on all the brand new manufacturing automobiles which were launched this week.

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Ferrari F8 Tributo

Kriss: not

Onerous to argue with the engineering on the brand new F8, because it largely builds on the superb 488 Pista. Past that, nevertheless, I view a lot of the modifications as inadequate (the inside continues to be a multitude) and even backward (the styling has now utterly misplaced the alluring purity of the 458, with ugly sides and an uber-generic rear, and the identify change is totally pointless). In reality, for those who keep in mind the Lamborghini Canto, the aborted successor to the Diablo, inform me that the large aspect vents on the F8 don’t remind you of that? Arduous to unsee…

Bart: scorching

Ferrari retains updating its bread-and-butter mid-engined V8 fashions at a a lot larger tempo than most common carmakers do, with an overhauled model each 5 years or much less. The place Lamborghini has given the Gallardo a lifespan of 12 years, Ferrari is already introducing the successor to the 488 which changed the 458 as just lately as 2015. These are most of the time simply evolutions of the earlier mannequin, Ferrari doesn’t even disguise the truth that the F8 Tributo is simply the newest evolution of the 458 platform and certainly it’s not far more than a reskinned 488 Pista. Then what’s with the utterly new identify? F8 Tributo is a homage to the V8 engine that the model is pleased with, and rightly so. That is probably the most highly effective V8 the model has ever constructed, however I’m simply questioning why precisely this may be the correct second to be commemorizing that V8? I’m positive they’ll proceed to develop this engine to make it much more highly effective in upgraded or restricted editions of the F8.

So, whereas I’ve a slight difficulty with Ferrari’s complicated naming technique, I disagree with Kriss on the styling as I’m an enormous fan of it. Ferrari themselves say the F8 is “a bridge to a brand new design language”, and that appears to be a cleaner design than the aggressive and angular 458. And to me that’s what a Ferrari is all about: clear but athletic design that appears quick even when standing nonetheless. For aggressive design, one ought to buy groceries at Lamborghini. Ferrari’s don’t have and don’t want big tail spoilers and entrance splitters and so on and the F8 Tributo is yet one more instance of what a mid-engined V8 from Maranello ought to appear to be.

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Koenigsegg Jesko

Bart: scorching

The Jesko is the successor to the already spectacular Agera RS and is probably much more spectacular than that automotive was when it was first launched. The Jesko (named after Christian Von Koenigsegg’s father) has an revolutionary system that makes use of compressed air to construct up the turbos and thus eliminates turbo lag. Yet one more superb invention from an organization that develops every thing in-house, from the door mechanisms to the engines and kit bins. Talking of the latter, its nine-speed multiclutch gear field that’s stated to have the ability to skip gears and shift at “close to mild velocity”, and is far lighter than a standard multi clutch ‘field from different producers. In fact all the automotive together with the wheels is made out of carbon fiber. Manufacturing is restricted to 125 copies to be constructed inside 2,5 to three years. Costs are anticipated to start out from $Three million earlier than taxes, and I’m positive they’ll promote all of them.

Kriss: scorching

There are numerous issues to love concerning the new Jesko hupercar: it has a brand new look however continues to be recognizably a Koenigsegg, the rear spoiler is massively OTT, and it options an revolutionary 9-speed multi-clutch gearbox that ought to be capable of skip many gears suddenly. Nevertheless, then there are a the stats: twin-turbo, V8, eight,500 rpm redline, and virtually 1,600hp. Like it.

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Mazda CX-30

Kriss: scorching

There are not any two methods about it – the CX-30 is a great-looking automotive, arguably a extra profitable design than the brand new Three hatchback on which it’s based mostly. If the driving expertise is as much as the standard excessive requirements set by different Mazdas, and the inside is no less than a bit extra spacious and sensible than the three, then the CX-30 ought to take its place alongside the Qashqai and T-Roc as a light crossover success story. Two issues niggle, although. First, the weird identify displays Mazda’s muddled crossover jumble (the CX-30 slots simply above the slightly-shorter CX-Three, under the taller CX-5, and in essence serves the position performed by the CX-Four within the Chinese language market). Two: why do the plastic wheel-arch extensions need to be so big?

Bart: not

As Kriss already identified, the wheel arch extensions are big, and when you see it, it may possibly’t be unseen. And I additionally don’t see the added worth of this automotive, because it’s truly extra of a Cross-version of the brand new Mazda3 hatchback than it’s a true crossover or SUV. Maybe the large black surfaces on the edges are wanted to camouflage that and to provide it some “off-road” credibility? When it comes to measurement, the three and the CX-30 are precisely the identical width and the latter is simply 6,5 cm shorter. So why not save the event cash and have made one design for the brand new Mazda3 HB and a Cross model of it, subsequent to the three sedan? Did the Infiniti Q30/QX30 failure scare Mazda off? I feel these automobiles flopped for various causes than that, however that’s a narrative for a special time. Sure, the CX-30 seems to be higher than the three when wanting on the rear Three/Four, however that’s principally as a result of it lacks that bizarre outsized C-pillar. For the remaining, I’d truly want the extra sporty appears of stated Three. So briefly, the design is suitable (aside from the outsized black wheel arches), however I actually don’t perceive Mazda’s technique, with all these overlapping and internally competing fashions (CX-Three, CX-30, CX-5 and three hatchback). A small producer might make higher use its restricted R&D cash.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA Capturing Brake

Bart: so-so

I’ve by no means been an enormous fan of the CLA, each when it comes to styling (the size seemd off, plus: entrance overhang, anyone?), however no less than the Capturing Brake added one thing totally different to it. The brand new CLA Capturing brake options the sharper front-end design of current Mercedes-Benz coupes, and I dig the cleaner sides, nevertheless it additionally has the droopy wanting rear-end designs of these current coupes. Critically, who thinks the CLS and new CLA look robust and highly effective from the rear? Present me some fingers, as a result of I’m not seeing it. The CLA Capturing Brake additionally appears a bit too slender when wanting from straight behind.

Kriss: so-so

Now in its second era, the CLA Capturing Brake is a better-looking automotive than its predecessor, in addition to a way more shapely machine than the second-generation CLA “coupe”. With that stated, the elemental drawback with this automotive stays – what does this automotive characterize, and who’s it for precisely? In the event you assume that the “CL” fashions are supposed to be sporty, you may discover the CLA Capturing Brake to be just a bit too humdrum, regardless of the swoopy styling. In case you want a extra sensible A-Class, then the CLA SB might be up towards some formidable in-house competitors within the type of the GLA and GLB. Area of interest overload?

 

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Peugeot 208

Kriss: Star of the Present

There are such a lot of issues to love concerning the little Peugeot, it comfortably grabs my “Star of the Present” tag. First, there’s the styling – distinctively new-wave Peugeot, however with loads of nods in the direction of the basic 205, together with an awesome stance that makes the automotive seem like it’s hugging the street, particularly when seen from the rear. Then there’s the inside, which includes the corporate’s distinct inside design in a small package deal. However the winner for me is the corporate’s technique to supply the EV model alongside ICE variations, utilizing as many shared elements as potential. Will probably be fascinating to see whether or not the inevitable compromises are sufficiently small to miss in favor of the versatile manufacturing strategy to the upcoming ICE -> EV shift. The brand new little Peugeot appears to have all of it!

Bart: scorching

I’m completely on board with Kriss on this one. Peugeot nailed it with the brand new 208 and that is going to be an actual robust nut for the Clio (too evolutionairy?), Polo (too mushy and booooooooring) and Fiesta (simply lacks the character of the earlier one), particularly contemplating there’s going to be an all-electric model obtainable subsequent yr. The brand new 208 seems to be robust and hunched from all sides, I can’t discover any actual weak spots within the design, besided maybe the fangs beneath the headlights that is probably not everyone’s cup of tea. After the making one of the best wanting midsized sedan, Peugeot exhibits it’s actually again with a assured hit within the phase the place it counts volume-wise. I haven’t been so captivated with any new automotive design for a very long time. The CMP platform guarantees good issues for the way forward for PSA’s small fashions, with its versatility when it comes to electrification, which ought to save them some huge cash when the shift from ICE to EV occurs quicker (or much less quick) than anticipated.

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Polestar 2

Bart: scorching

To me, the Polestar 2 hits simply the right combination between sedan, coupe and crossover. It has a modern roofline but a considerably greater floor clearance and people attribute black wheel arches, however nonetheless a basic sedan silhouette when wanting by way of your eyebrows. It additionally has that minimalistic and sq. Swedish design, rounded off simply sufficient to look trendy but timeless. When it comes to know-how, the Polestar provides comparable specs because the Mannequin Three, which suggests it’s means forward of something the Germans are getting ready on this worth class. Polestar itself considers the ICE gamers on this phase as extra of a contest than the Mannequin Three, as the actual problem lies in getting individuals out of their diesel or gasoline powered sedan and right into a long-range EV. When it comes to design and specs, I’d purchase into it if I used to be buying on this phase.

Kriss: so-so

I actually need to be excited concerning the Polestar 2, I ought to be enthusiastic about it, however actually I’m type of disillusioned… Don’t get me improper, the specs for this mannequin look actually good, and if Vol… Polestar can ship on the promised worth than it must be an excellent EV choice. Nevertheless, I can’t escape the truth that the mannequin seems like what a Chinese language knock-off of a Volvo might appear to be, an impression not helped by Volvo’s choice to not make this a Volvo. Certainly it will have made extra sense to plant this mannequin firmly within the Volvo vary, say because the E50, and see it fly off the vendor tons?

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Renault Clio

Kriss: so-so

The brand new Clio is good, perhaps even very good in locations, however it appears just a bit bit an excessive amount of just like the earlier era, and consequently lacks the “wow” issue of the Peugeot 208. Oh, and it actually seems quite a bit like the newest Nissan Micra, with which it shares its platform, certainly not what the corporate meant. That stated, the inside is quite good, and when you see the brand new mannequin side-by-side with the previous one you’ll recognize how a lot of a distinction the brand new mannequin’s bigger wheels make!

Bart: scorching

The brand new Clio appears acquainted from all sides but not one panel has been left unchanged. Renault has been considering “what VW Group retains getting away with, should work for us too”, and certainly it appears to be working, at the least for me. For my part the outgoing Clio has been the most effective wanting subcompact ever since its launch, and it nonetheless appears recent so why mess an excessive amount of with what’s already an ideal design? They’ve simply modernized and sharpened the Clio and Renault would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for that hanging Peugeot 208 talked about above. I noticed the brand new Clio in actual life first and was obsessed with it. Then I noticed the 208, and once I got here again to the Renault stand most of that enthusiasm had melted. I nonetheless assume the Clio seems to be nice, a lot better than most of its rivals, simply apart from one. I really like that new orange tone, although. I hope this can convey some shade to the monotonous European streets.

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Skoda Kamiq

Bart: not

If I had to decide on certainly one of VW’s Group’s new small crossovers, the Skoda may truly be the one I’d decide over the T-Roc and Arona, however that’s much less a testomony to the power of the Kamiq’s design than it’s to the whole apathy I’ve in the direction of the opposite two. The Arona’s “frivolous” C-pillar seems to be like lipstick on a pig and the T-Roc’s design is making an attempt too onerous to be too many issues. At the least the Kamiq has the standard pudency of Skoda design. There’s simply nothing thrilling about it. However that doesn’t cease Skoda from writing the next sentence in its press launch of the Kamiq: “Within the language of the Inuit, Kamiq embodies one thing (…) that has its personal character. That fits this automotive completely.” Decide me up and cling me to dry, as a result of this takes the cake with regards to probably the most hole quote in an automotive press launch of the yr. Its personal character? A cookie cutter, dime a dozen crossover that has nothing to set it aside from the plenty? From the rear it’s tremendous predictable and recognizable as a Skoda, from the aspect you wouldn’t be capable of set it aside from some other VW Group product and in entrance they’ve no less than tried to embellish the usual Skoda grille with a headlight design Citroën and Jeep have additionally experimented with (and failed). The Yeti, which this kind-of replaces had character. This has zero character. Just like the Mazda CX-30 above, that is positioned as a crossover as a result of that’s what sells today, however aside from the marginally lifted experience peak and the compulsory roof rails, it’s actually only a hatchback. It even shares its doorways with the brand new Scala hatchback! Who’re they making an attempt to idiot right here?

Kriss: not

My preliminary response was a lot in keeping with Bart’s, however upon a second viewing I feel the Skoda’s drawback is just not a lot that it lacks character (these lights, entrance and rear, are fairly distinctive), it’s that the character it has is just too near that of its stablemates. Nonetheless, whereas I do like the best way the back lights are rather more 3D than most up-to-date designs, the execution of the entrance leaves quite a bit to be desired, and that is coming from an individual who appreciated the pre-facelift Jeep Cherokee. Finally, I feel the Kamiq might be an instance of how doing too little to show your hatch right into a “crossover” may end up in a automotive that, as an alternative of getting individuals excited to spend somewhat extra cash, has then reaching for an additional cup of espresso.

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SsangYong Korando

Kriss: so-so

Provided that this automotive comes from perpetual under-achievers SsangYong, I’ve to say it’s not dangerous – in truth, if I used to be “grading on a curve”, I may need given it a “scorching” score. Whereas not one of the design parts are wholly unique, they arrive collectively a lot better on the Korando than they do, for instance, on the Suzuki Vitara or, arguably, the newest Toyota RAV4. Will it promote any higher than the outgoing model? It actually ought to, if solely as a result of that automotive was the automotive equal of tofu – so bland you possibly can incorporate it into any model, however not fascinating sufficient by itself to lure anybody. 

Bart: so-so

The added worth of the SsangYong model in Europe continues to be past me. The model gives little that different manufacturers lack and consumers appear to agree, with market share by no means exceeding zero,13% within the final decade.  The Korando is a compact crossover that ought to compete with fellow South-Korean fashions Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage however its lack of brand name recognition and a strong vendor community imply that even undercutting these fashions’ base worth by 15% doesn’t lure greater than 5.000 consumers per yr, lower than half the month-to-month quantity of the Tucson or Sportage. SsangYong design has been the laughing inventory of the business ever because it launched the primary era Rodius/Stavic and has by no means been capable of recuperate from that picture. At first look, from the entrance and aspect, I assumed that they had truly managed to attract a clear wanting crossover. However then the automotive turned and confirmed its rear, which instantly quenched these ideas. The rear finish design could be very messy: the lights are a bit too giant for what’s at present trending, the graphics in these lights are a bit an excessive amount of gaming business, and the chrome bar between them is a bit an excessive amount of on the market (and its form is a straight-off copy from Renault, and the brand new Toyota RAV4, on which it’s far more delicate). The C-pillar design has been carried out by various others earlier than, and the wheels look moderately small as properly. Then the inside is just too blingy/shiny for my liking. Nonetheless, it’s not an unsightly automotive in any respect, I simply overlook what the Korando has to supply that others on this phase don’t have already got. Particularly contemplating its engines aren’t probably the most high-tech or environment friendly both. Till the promised EV model arrives, that’s.

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Tata Altroz

Bart: not

Why Tata selected Geneva to launch its new compact hatchback is a little bit of a mistery, because the model at present doesn’t promote any automobiles in Europe, nor does it have plans to take action sooner or later. Regardless, it’s positioning the Altroz as a premium city hatchback, though the premium monniker must be seen in mild of its Indian roots, the place it ought to compete with the Suzuki-Maruti Baleno (bought via that model’s upscale Nexa dealerships) and Hyundai Elite i20. Tata’s hatchbacks and small sedans have by no means been the top of design and this Altroz additionally seems a bit awkward, particularly from the aspect and rear. The dip within the window line under the mirrors is so ten years in the past, and so is the black floor between the taillights. The inside is primary however adequate for Indian Home Market requirements as that is targeted extra on sturdiness than on smooth contact or high-tech. Most fascinating it the platform on which the Altroz is constructed. Tata calls it the Agile Mild Versatile Superior (ALFA) platform, and like PSA’s CMP platform it permits for flexibility in energy trains from petrol to diesel to electrical. The electrical model of the Altroz doesn’t set new requirements with a claimed vary of 200-250km, which ought to translate to lower than 200km within the WLTP cycle, however is a promising first step for a model in a market that at present has nearly zero EV gross sales.

Kriss: scorching

In contrast to Bart, I feel the Altroz truly seems fairly nice! Positive, so of the design parts are a bit dated, and I by no means favored the pretend, blacked-out window extensions resembling these used right here and on the first-gen Chevrolet Volt, nevertheless it all one way or the other manages to return collectively to make the Altroz not simply distinctive-looking, however truly engaging. If the EV model could be made out there for a fairly low worth, I can’t see why Tata couldn’t promote this automotive internationally. 

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