Car shows, like expositions of many kinds, have personalities of their own. The Detroit Car Show is about power and torque, while the Paris show is all luxe and glamour. Geneva, Switzerland’s annual automotive get-together is car companies letting their imaginations run free. The latest iteration of the Geneva Car Show just completed its run in the Swiss Alps, but the images are staying with us.
Some car watchers have said that BMW was losing its edgy side in a relentless pursuit of luxury, but with the 330e, Beemer shows that it hasn’t forgotten how to tear up a road, and do it with electricity! Lean and mean, but green, as well.
Choose one of these babies and choices abound. You can run with the gas engine by itself, with solely the electric side of things or with a combination of both. A fully charged battery will take 80% of Americans on their daily commute, saving the gas for longer weekend trips. The 25-mile range compares favorably to the 14-mile abilities of the previous iteration.
McLaren “Grand Tourer:”
They are still being mum about the name, but the folks at McLaren announced in Geneva that a new GT model will be unveiled over the next year. While casual car folks may not be familiar with McLaren, the gearheads who follow racing know the brand very well.
McLaren describes their new ride, like this: A unique, “tailored” (that means lots of ways to personalize your new car) model that combines high-performance with everyday drivability. Per McLaren, “It’s a car that has been designed for distance and one that will also provide the comfort and space expected of a Grand Tourer.”
Mazda caught the attention of the growing SUV mob by introducing the 2020 CX-30 crossover. The new offering fills the slot between the CX-3 and the large CX-5. The CX-30 will arrive in Europe this summer. Mazda USA can’t confirm it, but the CX-30 will almost certainly be sold in the United States.
The European CX-30 includes a two-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline engine along with a 1.8-liter diesel powerplant. Both types of engine are available with manual and automatic transmission.
Given the United States’ auto industry move toward greener tech, Gildshire has reservations about whether the diesel version of the CX-30 will even see the light of day on our shores. But, the visual appeal of Mazda’s new ride is unmistakable.
Safety features? The CX-30 has enough of those to satisfy the most nervous parent. Active-safety tech includes pre-collision braking and driver monitoring. That function uses infrared cameras that keep an eye on driver alertness levels. For passive safety purposes, a lower-body airbag is standard, and the hood and front bumper are designed to lessen the impact of a car versus pedestrian crash.
Gildshire will keep a close eye on these, and other developments as the car shows continue into the summer months. Because, we love cars as much as you love cars.