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Maserati is on a roll. The new Ghibli and Quattroporte have been huge successes, and it unveiled the gorgeous Alfieri concept (pictured above) at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The next step for the brand is getting the Levante crossover into production.
“We are getting Mirafiori ready for production [of the Levante]. The first bodies are expected for 2015,” said Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne to Reuters in Geneva. He also said that there isn’t much keeping the Alfieri off the streets. “The platforms and motors are there. Technically, production could start in 24-28 months,” he said. However, Marchionne refused to say whether the company would actually give the concept a green light to be built.
Fiat hopes to be profitable again by 2016, and while its acquisition of Chrysler is certainly going to help, rejuvenating Alfa Romeo and Maserati are also a major part of the plan. In 2013, the Italian luxury brand saw sales more than double to 15,400 vehicles. Maser is still far away from its goal of selling 50,000 units by 2015, but it’s quite a start. Fiat bought Maserati in 1993, but business went through a decade or more of doldrums and falling sales. It appears that the century-old brand is finally finding a path forward with some gorgeous new cars.
The official photos of Mazda’s Hazumi concept leaked out yesterday, but we have finally gotten to see it in real life at the Geneva Motor Show. Our view is that its Kodo lines looks as good on the diminutive car’s sheet metal as they did in photos.
The Hazumi was designed to appear to be bursting with energy, and it seems to deliver. While Mazda refuses to actually say that this is the concept for the next Mazda2, it makes it clear that the little hatchback is “foreshadowing Mazda’s next-generation subcompact car.” We can all read between the lines.
Hazumi also introduces the new Skyactiv-D 1.5-liter diesel engine but details about it are scant at the moment. The specs for the engine are still unannounced, but the company promises that it is both very efficient and has lots of torque for its size. Mazda is also promising that its Mazda Connect infotainment system will be available in the car too. Scroll down for the brief press release a brace of videos that celebrate the tiny concept’s arrival.
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The second generation of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language has arrived a bit early, thanks to these leaked images of the Korean automaker’s Intrado Concept. Set to make its big debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, the three-door crossover is based on a next-generation version of the hydrogen powertrain used in Europe’s ix35 Fuel Cell (that’d be a hydrogen Tucson, for anyone who’s wondering).
We can see some 2015 Genesis Sedan in the grille, but the sharp, narrow LED headlights are something different. The c-shaped LED taillights also look good, although we’re less sure about the odd fairings around the wheel wells. Overall, it’s not a terrible design in our minds, but it probably won’t be the pretties vehicle to debut in Geneva.
But instead of focusing on the design, let’s talk about what impact the Intrado may have on Hyundai. Aside from the hydrogen powertrain, it seems as if the Intrado’s design is too conservative to be a pure concept. Instead, and as you may have guessed from our headline, we’re thinking this could be a preview of the next-generation Tucson. Considering the Tucson and its cousin the ix35 are the oldest vehicles in Hyundai’s lineup (not counting the Sonata, which is getting replaced at the New York show) and it’s a vehicle sold worldwide, previewing its replacement on a stage as big as Geneva doesn’t strike us as a bad idea.
What we can say for certain is that we should expect to know a lot more about the Intrado when it debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show – if not sooner. Have a look up top at the four images of the latest concept from Hyundai and let us know what you think in Comments.
Looks like Mazda’s big Geneva Motor Show debut is actually something quite small. Teased here, the Hazumi concept “points the way to the future” for the brand’s subcompact offering, the Mazda2. Details are slim as of this writing, but from what we can see in the image above, the Hazumi will use the same Kodo design language found on the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5. We’re big fans of this styling direction, so we fully expect the concept to be quite an attractive little number.
Hazumi means “bound” or “spring up” in Japanese, with Mazda saying this nomenclature is “particularly well-suited to a small car that appears to be bursting with energy.” In other words, say goodbye to the friendly faced Mazda2 we’ve enjoyed since it launched in the United States in 2010. Instead, prepare for something decidedly more assertive, hopefully improving upon the already-great driving dynamics of the current subcompact. If we’re honest, we can’t wait.
Mazda will also use the Geneva show to debut its new small-displacement, 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine. The automaker hasn’t confirmed that this new fuel-efficient powerplant will be part of the Hazumi concept package, but considering the two are debuting alongside each other, it would seem to make sense. As for whether or not this engine could come stateside when the next Mazda2 launches, we’re not holding our breath for that, especially considering the company’s current woes with US-spec diesel engines.
Scroll down for Mazda’s official release about its Geneva happenings, and click the image above to see a high-res version of the Hazumi teaser.
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