Fiat 500 Zagato Coupe
At the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show the Italian automaker Fiat brought a couple of concepts based on their tiny 500 model. Probably the most interesting one would have to be the Zagato Coupe, which features the design firm’s famous low, double-bubble roof and teardrop-shaped windows. Sources say that the Fiat 500 Zagato Coupe will get the green light for production in Mexico and in a limited series in Europe.
Fiat 500 Zagato Coupe
There isn’t any information about the price of this model, but will probably come with a choice of the standard 500’s engine options, including the all-new 2-cylinder MultiAir turbo that produces 105 hp.
We’ll keep you posted once more information is revealed. Stay tuned.
2012 Audi Q3
According to sources cited by WorldCarFans, the German automaker Audi has presented three new models to its dealers located in the United States, cars that will be exhibited next month at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The cars mentioned are the A3 Sedan Concept, a bright orange Q3 and a hybrid version of the Q5.
The most important one would be the A3 sedan which will most likely be intended for the United States market where customers prefer small sedan body styles rather than hatchbacks. The new A3 will probably be available in five different body styles, as follows: a 2-door cabriolet, a 3-door coupe/hatchback, a 4-door sedan as well an Avant version and a Q3 crossover. The 3-door coupe/hatchback will borrow the styling design of the A5 Coupe.
Most likely, the new A3 will be a scaled-down version of its bigger brother, the A4. The new car will be wider, longer and lower in comparison with the current generation and the sedan version will offer more legroom than the current A4.
As far as the engines are concerned, the new A3 will be available with a 1.2-liter, a 1.4-liter as well as an all-new 1.6-liter which will replace the twin-charged 1.4-liter. The more powerful 2.0 TSI will deliver 230 hp (233 PS / 171 kW) and 300 hp (304 PS / 224 kW) for the high-end A3 models. Most likely, the 300-hp engine will be available for the S3 model. A possible next-gen RS3 might get a 2.5-liter TFSI power unit that will most likely output approximately 350 hp (355 PS / 261 kW).
Diesels will also be available, the current 1.6 TDI and the 2.0 TDI, as well as a new more powerful 2.0 TDI that will produce about 210 hp (213 PS / 157 kW).
The same source said that the new generation of the Audi A3 will be presented this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is
According to some sources, BMW is currently working on the Z2 baby roadster model and they will unveil a concept next month at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Although it hasn’t been confirmed officially by the German automaker, it will most likely be a small roadster that will compete with the Mazda MX-5 Miata and other cars in this segment. Most likely, this concept will not get the green light for production but some of its design features might be borrowed once (and if) the Z2 is officially launched as a production model.
The BMW Z2 is said to benefit from some striking design cues, like retractable doors that open into the side sill, first seen in the 1988 BMW Z1. This concept will feature an air scoop on the bonnet, overlapping exterior body panels and rear power domes.
Thanks to the fact that it will be a concept, the Z2 will be packed with a lot of technologies. Some relevant examples would have to be a new generation navigation system, car-to-car communication system and a collision detection system.
Under its skin, this concept might carry the company’s new platform which will be used for the next generation of their entry-level model – the 1 Series. The same sources said that the Z2 concept will have a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo engine and a rear-wheel drive system.
At the beginning of the week, we reported on a fresh batch of rumors which said that the glorious GTbyCitroen (Citroen GT) supercar concept won’t be seeing the light of day, as the French company opted to invest money in other areas.
Now, the blokes at Autocar say, according to their inside sources, that the Citroen GT’s fate is still undecided, and that it might be heading to production at some point in time.
It seems that even though Citroen is busy building and promoting its new, upmarket DS range, spearheaded by the DS3, the French company still sees some potential in a limited series run of the GT supercar.
No other details were spilled, but at least this gives us some hope that the GTbyCitroen will appear in a production form in the future.
When you think of Jeep as a brand, the image of an off-road beast, capable of conquering any trail, immediately comes to mind. Still, you shouldn’t forget that utility also plays a part in Jeep’s strategy.
That’s why, according to its new CEO, Mike Manley, the company is looking into new directions in order to expand the offer into segments that will be profitable not only in the US but also in the rest of the world.
Such a segment is the entry-level pickup truck one, which, according to Manley, might yield some interesting results if it will be attacked with the right kind of model.
Jeep fans are certain to remember the Comanche pickup from the early 1990s, but also some interesting pickup concepts like the 2005 Jeep Gladiator, pictured above, which generated a lot of positive feedback from the media and regular users.
Seeing as how the Ford Ranger is still generating decent sales in the US and how Indian company Mahindra is raking in vast amounts of money through its compact pickups, Jeep might be onto something big.
Still, seeing as how Chrysler as a whole is just trying to get back on its feet, don’t expect anything concrete to be announced anytime soon.