The Golf cabriolet was just one of those semi-iconic cars. The along came the New Beetle and later the EOS and VW figured there was no place for the Golf Cab. Brian Cooley wonders what they were thinking as he takes you for a walk around the best looking, most appealing open VW of them all.
Turns out that Porsche made its first hybrid in 1900. This year, it adds its second modern hybrid with the Panamera S Hybrid. Brian Cooley finds it lifts the power train from the Cayenne Hybrid and should deliver miles per gallon in the 30s, which is a substantial improvement.
The Geneva auto show is known for having a lot of custom cars and strange avant garde concepts. The Rinspeed BamBoo did not disappoint in this regard. Brian Cooley isn't even quite sure where to start with this one.
Lamborghini has rolled out the successor to the top-of-the-stable Murcielago and it's a fascinating bit of fast technology: The LP 700-4 Aventador. Brian Cooley takes you inside--way inside--the newest, baddest Lambo.
Here's Ferrari's AWD four-passenger hatchback of sorts. The FF changes a lot of rules in Modena (but then again Ferrari is doing a lot of that these days with things like amusement parks in Abu Dhabi). Brian Cooley shows you around the startling new body and the impressive innards that move the FF.
More than just a two-door, long roof version of the C Class sedan, the new Coupe is positioned well upscale and echoes the former CLK. Brian Cooley finds it's a looker, and will usher in improved cabin tech for the lower end of the M-B line.
It's almost hard to take this one seriously: An electric version of the Rolls Royce Phantom. Really? But it's fascinating to walk around if only because it stretches the idea of what we think an electric car is/can be. Brian Cooley decides he would just as soon live in the thing as drive it.
Nissan has spent a bundle developing the electric drive tech in the Leaf, so you know they'll use it in other cars. This may be one of the first new model to do so and perhaps gives us a look at the future electric Z. Brian Cooley looks at the possibility and some interesting tech tricks they've implemented on the Esflow.
The Toyota FT-86 II concept has been floating around for a while, but at Geneva 2011 we got a pretty clear idea how it will mesh up with a Subaru-derived power train to get Toyota back in the sports car business. Brian Cooley looks at what each company brings to the pending party.
As the idea of "premium compact" gains more steam in all the world's automotive markets, Audi shows how it will push the little A3 squarely into the category of a car that people might lust for. Brian Cooley takes us for a walk around a vision that seems just about ready for showrooms.