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1993 Geneva Motor Show

1993 Geneva Motor Show

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1993 Geneva Motor Show, Autoweek coverage
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BANKINGON
RECOVERY
Europe'seconomicwoeswerethetalkofGeneva, butthestarcarswererichstuff
By
MattDeLorenzo,
J.P.
Vettraino
and
WesRaynal
M
ercedeschiefdesigner,BrunoSacco, Likethespringthatissuretofollowinafew summedthisyear'sGenevaMotorShowweeks,automakersanxiouslyawaitatimeofsunnier bestwhenhesaidamidtheshowcarsandskiesandfairerwinds.Bythelooksoftheofferings colorfuldisplaysinthePalexpohall:"In- ondisplayinGeneva,theindustrywillbewell-pre- sideeveryone issmilingandhappy;out- paredtotakeadvantageofachangeintheweather. sidethebuildingtheyarefilledwithgloom." Saccowasn'ttalkingaboutthecoldandcloudy Swisswinter,butrathertheeconomicslumpinto
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whichEuropefindsitselfslidingeverdeeper.The
Splitrearwindowrecalls
brightpromisethatwastobeaunitedEuropein
oldType
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Atlanticcoupes
1992hasgivenwaytorecessionnotunlikethatsuf- feredbytheUnitedStates. Asaresult,theboundlessoptimismandexpan- sionfueledbyafreedEasternEuropeanditspoten- tialnewmarketshavebeenreplacedwithbelt-tight- eningretrenchment,layoffsandlosses. Porsche'sDr.WendelinWiedekingchosehis wordscarefullyduringhisTuesdaypressconference, accentuatingthepositivebymarking30yearsof911 andstressingthepotentialofthenewTurboandthe 986Boxsterconcepttore-invigoratesales.Yet24 hourslaterZuffenhausenwouldreportitslargestloss ever,$72millionforthefirsthalfoffiscal'93. LouHughes,presidentofGMEurope,said,"The boomisover,"andmanywerepredictingadown- turnofanywherefrom
8
to
15
percentthisyear.EventherecessioninJapancastapalloverthis, themostinternationalandneutralofvenues. ThoughDaihatsupresentedanewCharade,thebest theotherlargerJapanesemakescouldmusterwas Nissanwithitsversion(theTerrano
11)
ofaEuro-peansportlutilityjointventurewithFord. Despitethepessimism,mainlinemanufacturers andexoticmarquespulledoutallthestopsforone ofthemostmemorableGenevasinrecentmemory. Ford,whichhasspent$6billiononits CDW27"worldcar"project,showedthefruitsofthateffort intheformofMondeo-thoughit'suptoindivid- ualtastesastowhetherFordgotitsmoney'sworth. GMhaditsCorsa,Peugeotits306,LanciatheDelta andCitroentheXantia,allvolumecars.Fromour shores,GMshowcasedtheFirebird,whileChrysler chosetheProwlerfromitsstableofdreamcarsto graceitsGenevastand. Butthetrulybrightspotswereprovidedbytheex- otics-Ferrariwithits348Spider,Lamborghiniwith
BMW
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CABRlOLET
BMW's189-hpinlinesixwillbe itsDiabloVT,AstonMartin'sDB7andtheLagonda theonlyengineavailablewhenthenew3-Seriesconvertiblebeginstricklinginto Vignale.BugattiandItaldesignteameduptopresent showroomsthissummer.Structuralimprovementsincludealaminatedwind- theEB112sedanandevenMercedespoppedupwith shieldandframethatproviderolloverprotection,aswellastubularreinforce- arareshowcarthatprovidesmorethanahintof mentinthedoors.Pop-uprollbarsfortherearseats,similartotheMercedes thingstocomewhenitreplacesitsE-Series.300CEcabrio,areoptional.Alightweighthardtopisalsoavailable.
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AUTOWEEKMARCH
22,
1993
 
ZAGATOFX93
ErcoleSpada,whopennedsuchlandmark carsforZagatoastheAbarthTZbeforeheadingofftoengineeringand stylinghouserivalI.DE.A,hasreturned,andhisfirstcreationistheFX93. BasedonFerrariTestarossaTR512mechanicals,theone-off studycom- binesaroundedgreenhousewithductedslabsides.
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BUGATTI
EBll2
"Thisisthecartheyshould'vedoneinthefirst place,"wastheconsensuswhenBugattiunveiledits latestcreation,theEB112.GiorgettoGiugiaro's Italdesigncollaboratedontheswoopyfour-door's styling.Analuminumbodycoversacarbon-fiber chassispoweredbyanalloy6.0-literV12thatpumps 455hpthroughasix-speedmanualgearboxwithawd andfour-wheelsteering.Bugatticlaimsa4.4-second 0-60anda186-mphtopspeed.Theprice?
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cool$200,000.Bugattihopestobuild300cars.
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PININFARINAETHOS
II
ASTON MARTIN DB7
This stunning 2+2 prototype revives AstonMartin's DB nomenclature, whichdisappeared in 1971 with the demise of theDB6. Power comes from a 3.2-liter inlinesix, based on a Jag block but superchargedto 335 hp. The design, based in part onJag's scuttled F-type, makes extensive useof composites.Aston Martin claims a top
I
speed of 160 mph. The DB7 will be built ayear from now in the Bloxham, England,plant run by Tom Walkinshaw. Bloxhamcurrently produces the Jaguar XJ220.Target price is $1 16,000. The companyhopes to produce about 700 a year.
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Just10monthsaftertheopen-topEthosbowedattheTurinMotorShow, Pininfarinahascomebackwithaslightlylarger,longerandheaviercoupe versionoftheconcept.Liketheoriginal,EthosI1alsousesa55hp mid-mountedtwo-stroke800ccOrbitalengine.Despitetheaddedheft,the carweighsonly1550pounds.Inadditiontothetop,therearofEthosI1is widerandthecarhasaskirtedwheelappearanceandanewcoolingduct mountedontopofthefender.TheCdisonly0.19andthecompanysays thecariscapableofproducing102mpgat75mph.Pininfarinahopesto selltheEthosconcepttolargemanufacturerforseriesproductionofabout 10,000unitsatacostoflessthan$20,000each.
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FIATDOWNTOWN
Thisconceptisananswerto Italy'scrowdedcitycenters, whichareincreasinglycongestedandoftenclosedto vehicletraffic.The
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electric-poweredDowntownwascreatedunderdirectionof
I
AmericanChrisBangle,who
AUDI S4
4.2
Audi mated its 280 hp 4.2-literV8 from its flagship V8 model to the all-wheel-drive 100.The only clues to what's under the hood are body-coloredbumpers, dual exhaust and a tiny "4.2" badge on thetrunk lid. Available in both sedan and wagon versions, itputs out 285 hp in European trim. Audi says the car willrun 0-62 in 6.2 seconds and top out at 155 mph. Priced at$57,000, there are no plans to bring the car here.wasrecentlywhiskedfromFiat toheadBMW'sdesignstaff. Range(about60km)islimited, butsoisthespacetheDowntownoccupies.Itsfulllengthstretchesbarely sevenfeet.Thatmeanstwopassengerssitoneachsidebutslightlyaftof thecenter-placeddrivingposition.
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AUTOWEEK MARCH
22,
1993

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