Big halls, big stands and huge numbers of cars
‘It was terribly difficult to decide whether any single model was a show star’
Opinions seemed divided on the beauty of the six Up concepts, from conventional hot hatch to beach buggy via five-door baby MPV, shown on Volkswagen’s vast stand, but this may have been a factor of the ultra-powerful lighting and all-pervading whiteness of the surroundings, which were clean and modern but somehow oppressive as well.
Hard-pressed Seat and booming Skoda both showed handsome Golf-sized saloons (unhelpfully labelled IBL and MissionL respectively), while Lamborghini showed a model some rather cynically labelled a “hardcore Gallardo run-out ◊
FORDEVOS The Evos concept’s design will next be seen on the new Mondeo at January’s Detroit show.
Bentley’s inside job Bentley accompanied the launch of the new Continental GTC with a Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept. Features included Apple iPads and drop-down LCD TV screens.
Artega makes electric switch Low-volume German sports car maker Artega launched an all-electric version of its mid-engined GT. The SE’s twin electric motors produce 270bhp and it can hit 62mph in 3.9sec.
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