Blogs from the Geneva auto show

Aston's clever distractions

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Feb. 27
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The Aston Martin Vulcan produces more than 800 hp and will start at 1.8 million pounds. The racetrack-only car will debut at the Geneva auto show.
NICK GIBBS:  Aston Martin is cleverly covering up its biggest weakness -- its money-losing, aging lineup -- by creating headline-grabbing limited-edition models. The British automaker is counting on a recently announced hypercar and a concept car created specifically for the world’s best-known spy to maintain momentum at the brand until its next all-new model arrives in late 2016. Both vehicles feature ...
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Apple's CarPlay is smart but simple

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 6
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Ferrari FF owners can now link their iPhones to the car's entertainment system.
JENNIFER CLARK:  Apple’s new CarPlay system is as simple to use as you would expect from a company that has perfected the art of easy-to-use technology. Apple unveiled Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo as its first partners to use CarPlay in their vehicles at the Geneva auto show this week. I tried it out in a Ferrari FF at the Italian carmaker’s buzzing stand. The FF is Ferrari’s version of a &l ...
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Huracan poised to blow away Gallardo

Posted 6:45 am U.S. ET, March 5
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European and U.S. deliveries of the Lamborghini Huracan start in the second half.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:  Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann predicts that the supercar maker's newest model will start breaking records in 2015."Next year the Huracan will exceed the Gallardo's best sales year of 1,844," Winkelmann told me in an interview at the Geneva auto show.The Gallardo, the most successful Lamborghini model of all time, had its best sales year in 2008. That sales total is also the highest ever for a ...
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Renault Twingo: a new French revolution

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 5
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Renault Twingos demonstrate their turning circle in Geneva.
PAUL MCVEIGH:  The Renault Twingo will stand out in Europe's crowded minicar segment because of its rear-engine layout and rear-wheel drive.The little hatchback, which uses Daimler's platform for the upcoming Smart ForTwo and ForFour, has cute looks and its engine setup helps make the car highly agile and maneuverable in crowded cities.To prove it, the company had four Twingos drive around in circles on its stan ...
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What BMW's Robertson looks for in a future leader

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 4
blogs Douglas A. Bolduc is Managing Editor at Automotive News Europe.
 
BMW sales chief Ian Robertson says that the auto industry's next-generation leaders will need to have open minds and international backgrounds.These characteristics will be crucial as automakers adapt to megatrends, he said.One example is the growing number of people in megacities such as London who want a mobility solution -- such as a car-sharing scheme -- rather than the responsibility of car o ...
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Tavares's message to PSA execs: Make money

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 4
blogs Luca Ciferri is Editor of Automotive News Europe.
 
Incoming PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares wants profitability to be the key priority for the ailing French automaker.The former Renault chief operating officer, who joined PSA in January, is happy with the quality of executives he found at his new company, but not with their profit culture."Making money was not the core value here," Tavares said at the Geneva auto show.Tavares's operational ...
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