Which "teased" Geneva show debut are you excited to see revealed?
By John LeBlanc for MSN Autos Canada
When it comes to the auto industry, well-funded car company public relations departments, running twenty-four/seven, make every attempt to make sure you get the latest information on any new car news when they want to give it to you. It's especially the case with the run-up to any big auto show. Automakers want to get you excited, but they don't wnat to give too much away. Hence the “official teaser” image.
Not to be confused with strictly unofficial industry spy photographers, automaker teaser shots are carefully choreographed and timed. That means, with less than one week before the start of the media days at this year’s Geneva auto show, close-cropped and unrevealing images of expected concepts have been popping up all over the Interweb.
Of course, not all teaser images are created equal. Of the candidates I’ve gathered here, which ones are you most excited about seeing in their entirety? Let me know via the comments at the end of the post:
1) Toyota FT-Bh concept- The Toyota Yaris-based Prius C hybrid is just hitting Canadian showrooms this year. But the Japanese automaker is calling its Geneva concept a "full hybrid city car study”, probably something that’s friendly for congested European streets. Based on the more aggressive styling we’ve been seeing from Toyota and Lexus recently, is the FT-Bh a concept you’re excited to see?
2) Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Disco Volante concept- One of the most appealing aspects of the Geneva show is the attendance of the Italian design houses, such as Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. At this year’s Geneva show, it’s teasing a modern reinterpretation of the 1950’s Alfa Romeo C52, a.k.a. the Disco Volante (Flying Saucer), one of the most beautiful Alfas ever made. This time, the Disco is based on an Alfa 8C Competizione, itself, not a bad looking car.
3) ItalDesign Giugiaro VW concept - ItalDesign’s founder, Italy’s Giorgetto Giugiaro, is one of the greatest car designers ever. That’s the handle you get when your resume is filled with cars like the original VW Golf/Scirocco, De Tomaso Mangusta, Maserati Ghibli, and BMW M1—among others. Now owned by Volkswagen, ItalDesign showed up at last year’s show with the VW Tex and the Go! concepts, and will return again with another VW concept, of which we only have this corner image to go by. Interested?
4) Nissan Hi-Cross concept - Geneva will be a “big” show for Nissan this year. The automaker has already released an image of its European compact hatchback, called Invitation (that might end up as our next Versa hatch), and the mid-engine Infiniti Emerg-Esupercar is supposed to debut at the Swiss show as well. But now we have a tall-hatchback concept called the Hi-Cross. Are you anxious to see what it looks like for real thing next week from Geneva?
5) Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano successor - Many will agree there’s not much wrong with Ferrari’s 599 GTB, one of the most glorious grand touring cars you can own. But progress can’t be stopped. So the Italian supercar maker is set to debut the V12 coupe's successor in Geneva. Is this THE car you are looking forward to the most? Let me know below in the comments section.