Not content with one, DTW has two embedded correspondents roaming the fleshpots of the 88th Geneva show press days. Today, Kris Kubrick casts an Auto-Didaktic eye on Palexpo’s highlights.
First up is the Mercedes i30, sorry – A-Class. (It gets so confusing these days) So having taken lines and creases out of everything, one is left with… well, this one supposes. Best put some lines back on then, Mr Lesnik, wouldn’t you say?
Hang on, not so fast there! Also in the line and crease removal business is Mazda, with the Kai concept they first showed at Tokyo last October. This is how they do it in Hiroshima. Rather better, would you not agree? Watch and learn, Bob. Watch and learn.
The devil, as the old saw goes, is in the details. Bad news for Sindelfingen. “Shutline nirvana,” sayeth our man on the ground. Or, to put it another way, how not to do it.
On the subject of shutline management, a certain Mr. Ingenlath will now demonstrate how it should be done. Thanks for that Thomas. Our man in Geneva had this to say of Gothenburg’s latest; “The V60 is a fantastic car. The Volvo look perfected.”
Our hot and cool friends at Daimler also displayed the production version of the AMG concept they previewed here exactly 12 months ago. There was allegedly some debate over the definitive nomenclature, which we believe saw the preferred ‘Granamera’ rejected in favour of the rather more unimaginative GT 4 moniker. Kris however seemed uncharacteristically smitten; “Isn’t his lardarseness a beauty”, he swooned over the ether.
“I hadn’t been aware of this one”, our correspondent noted. “It’s astonishing how little effort it takes to turn the rather comely Mission E into a dog’s dinner.” Woof!
Speaking of dogs – what the hell’s a Mark V Golf doing at Palexpo?
More from Kris at Geneva very soon. Don’t touch that dial.