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    The Sunday Column - March 8, 2015

      Talking About Geneva this week

    This past week saw the Geneva Motor Show come and go. A lot of writers consider Geneva as their favorites and I can see why. Geneva is where a number of new sports and supercars debut. Consider the lineup from this year,

    • Koenigsegg Agera RS
    • Koenigsegg Regera
    • Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept
    • SCG 003
    • Aston Martin Vulcan
    • Mercedes-AMG GT3
    • Morgan Aero 8
    • Porsche Cayman GT4
    • Porsche 911 GT3 RS

    Impressive to say in the least.

    However, Geneva isn't my favorite auto show to cover or to even see what's new. Part of this comes from the amount the amount of supercars that are shown. I get why automakers show them; it's eye candy and helps draw people into coming into visiting their exhibit. But for me, they don't evoke the feelings of excitement and want. Instead, its more of 'oh look, another supercar'. Maybe this feeling comes from the amount of sports and supercars that seem to make their way to Geneva. A debut doesn't seem as special as it once was.

    The other part comes from the vehicles that I'm interested in will only stay in Europe. For example the Kia Sportspace concept which is the brand's take of a midsize wagon and is quite sexy. The best part is Kia announcing that a production model will come out in 18 months, but it will not be coming to U.S. Not surprising to say in the least since wagons don't sell in the U.S. (aside from those who have a raised suspension to make them like crossovers). Another model which surprised me how much I liked was the Volkswagen Caddy. This small van competes with the likes of the Ford Transit Connect and Ram ProMaster City. It's a sharp looker and nicely appointed. Now we have heard talk about Volkswagen bringing this model to U.S., but that's all we know at this point.

    Geneva has the flash and spectacle many want, I just wish there was something else to it.

    Other Thoughts from the Week:

    • I'm wondering if Mercedes-Benz is trying to be all things to all people considering the introduction of the Metris van this week - especially considering the starting price of $29,945, making it the cheapest Mercedes-Benz model you can buy.
      • I still want to drive it though. I like the Sprinter and the Metris could be another one of my favorites. Also, needs a camper version.

      [*]Glad to see some information come out on the upcoming spider from Fiat. I just wished we had a hint of when we'll be seeing it.

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    I'm wondering if Mercedes-Benz is trying to be all things to all people considering the introduction of the Metris van this week - especially considering the starting price of $29,945, making it the cheapest Mercedes-Benz model you can buy.

     

    This isn't remotely a question. This mindset was revealed years ago when MB tried out the tagline "In a perfect world, there'd be a mercedes in every driveway".

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