Blogs from the Geneva auto show

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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Ex-VW designer has Volvo on a hot streak

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 2
blogs Douglas A. Bolduc is Managing Editor at Automotive News Europe.
 
Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath has been turning heads and winning awards since joining the Swedish automaker from Volkswagen Group 20 months ago. There is a good chance the hot streak will continue at the Geneva auto show.The Volvo Estate Concept is a sleek and striking representation of what the brand's future station wagons will look like. It also has a sophisticated but simple interior whe ...
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Tablet-sized touchscreens ready to go mainstream

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 2
blogs Nick Gibbs is UK Correspondent at Automotive News Europe.
 
Tablet-sized in-car touchscreens are poised to go mainstream. Volkswagen and Volvo will use the Geneva auto show to present their plans to make pinch and swipe gestures as common in the car as they are on an iPad. So far only Tesla's Model S has delivered the smooth, glassy slickness of consumer tablets on a dashboard. Volvo's Estate Concept features a large touchscreen that it says will be fitted ...
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Will the Citroen C4 Cactus be a game changer?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 2
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The Citroen Cactus's distinctive design may win over buyers -- or put them off.
PAUL MCVEIGH:  Citroen is taking a bold step with its new C4 Cactus compact car that debuts at the Geneva auto show ­-- just like Nissan did when it launched the Qashqai in 2007.Like the Qashqai, the C4 Cactus has a polarizing design that you'll either love or hate.The C4 Cactus arrives at the right time to win price-conscious buyers in austerity hit European markets.The so-called Airbumps cladding on the ca ...
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