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Swiss Bliss

Ward's AutoWorld, Mar 1, 2006 12:00 PM

From exotic to aeronautic, the Geneva Motor Show will offer something for everyone when it opens to the public March 2.

For those with unlimited means, Ferrari unveils a new 599 GTB 2-seat coupe, designed to replace the 575 Maranello. The all-aluminum Ferrari, powered by a V-12, is based on the new 612 Scaglietti.

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Chrysler Group displays a 5-passenger Dodge concept, the Hornet, powered by a 170-hp 1.6L supercharged 4-cyl. gasoline engine. Weighing in at 3,100 lbs. (1,409 kg), Chrysler says the Hornet darts to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.7 seconds.

Nissan presents the outlandish Terranaut SUV concept. Nissan Design Europe crafted the Terranaut, a sort of laboratory on wheels, with scientists in mind.

Toyota unveils three concepts, the Yaris T Sport, Urban Cruiser mini SUV and Fine-T fuel-cell hybrid, and shows a refreshed Prius hybrid with a new interior.

Volvo introduces its new '07 S80 sedan, built on Ford's EUCD platform, 80% of which was developed by Volvo. The S80 has a new engine lineup, including the Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd.-built V-8 in the XC90. The S80 also offers an all-new, naturally aspirated 3.2L inline 6-cyl.

Hints of Saab Automobile's future design philosophy will be revealed in a new concept that will convey a strong jet aircraft identification as part of Saab's brand heritage.

“There is a distinct feel and look to something designed in Sweden,” says Ed Welburn, General Motors Corp.'s global design chief.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will unveil its Concept-EZ MIEV (Mitsubishi In-wheel Electric Vehicle) and the Colt CZC convertible small car.

Alfa Romeo SpA will present its new 159 Sport Wagon as well as the Brera Spider.

Renault SA will show the Altica 2-door station wagon concept, while Skoda Auto a.s. will unveil its new Skoda Roomster MPV.



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