Geneva International Motor Show 2017 (1): Mercedes-Benz, VW, Audi, and Porsche

E Class coupe, VW ARTEON, Audi Q8 concept, and other unveilings



Geneva International Motor
Show 2017
Geneva International Motor
Show 2017

  In recent years, Europe has suffered from heavy rain and snowfall due to climate change. Although the distant Mont Blanc is also covered with snow this spring, conditions stabilized and there were a few days of fine weather. There were many tourists at Lake Leman, which is dotted with first-class hotels, and as always the Jet d'Eau fountain added to the elegant scenery.

  The 87th Geneva International Motor Show was held with great pomp at an easily accessible venue about 10 minutes from the Geneve-Cornavin Railway Station by train and 20 minutes by bus. At the exhibition hall, high-quality vehicle from around the world jockeyed for attention. The exhibition was staged with countless blinding lights suspended from the ceiling, and its scale exceeded an ordinary year, with 250 companies (parts and repair equipment producers included) participating and more than 200 vehicles on display. The vibrant exhibition had more than 700,000 visitors. Nearly 20 years have passed since the renowned Turin Auto Show was discontinued, so many Italian gearheads attended the exhibition, and the show floor buzzed with their conversations.

  Although Europe is facing politically troubling issues including the inflow of refugees since last year, challenges to the unity of the E.U. a sense on the part of free traders that they are on the defense, and elections in major European countries, economic conditions continue to be favorable and the automobile market is booming. According to the ACEA (the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association), the number of new car registrations in 2016 for Europe overall was 15,130,000 vehicles for a year-over-year increase of 6.5%, growing for the 3rd consecutive year. The number of vehicles sold by each automobile company with the exception of Volkswagen (VW) and Citroen of the Peugeot Citroen Group (PSA Group) also exceeded the previous year's performance (Refer to Marklines statistical data for details).

  Global alliances in the automotive industry such as the purchase of Opel by the PSA Group; joint development collaboration between VW and the Tata Group; the capital tie-up between the Renault-Nissan alliance and Mitsubishi Motors; the establishment of a collaborative relationship of Toyota between Suzuki and Mazda, as well as Daihatsu and Hino of the Toyota Group; are on the rise. These events formed the background under which the Geneva Show was held, and the following report will detail exhibitions from the show floor.

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Overview of the show

Overview of the show
  1. There were few exhibitions of or presentations for "connected vehicles" and "in-vehicle information systems" that use various IT technologies, and were a common sight at the 2016 show.
  2. For green vehicles, the lion's share was PHVs from German makers. OEMs including Toyota and Honda exhibited HVs. Toyota, Honda and Hyundai exhibited FCVs. A natural gas vehicle (NGV) was displayed by Audi. Nissan, VW, and other makers showcased EVs, with Bentley exhibiting a luxury EV model. In addition, most of the vehicles and concepts displayed by Carrozzeria studios were PHVs and EVs.
  3. All of the companies that participated in the show have continued implementation of modular architecture, with many of the new 4 door sedan models and concept cars exhibited sharing platforms. All the companies (Mercedes-Benz, VW, Audi, Opel, Kia, Cadillac, etc.) showed off vehicles with beautiful proportions and elegant modeling.
  4. Similar to vehicles like Mercedes-Benz' E-Class, VW, Audi and BMW are increasingly making their core models to be families of similar models to enhance the strength of their products.
  5. Similar to last year, companies exhibited a large number of SUVs, including crossovers (sports coupes + wagons) and shooting-brake types (sporty type wagons, named after the wagons used for hunting in the UK long ago).
  6. The Peugeot 3008 was named the 2017 European Car of the Year at the show (candidates included vehicles like the Toyota C-HR)


Mercedes-Benz: Full line-up of models derived from core E-Class


  Mercedes-Benz exhibited an extensive range of 30 vehicles including Maybach brand vehicles, the top of the line S-Class, a pickup truck, concept cars, and new models. Along with VW, the Mercedes-Benz brand is popular in Europe, and the booth was constantly crowded. At the Paris Motor Show in fall 2016, the company exhibited a new brand for the future called "EQ" that will specialize in EVs, which are growing in demand. At the 2017 show the company mainly focused on core E-Class and AMG models. For EVs, the automaker only showed concept car it displayed at the Paris Motor Show, and it exhibited PHV versions of the E Class and SUVs that will be the first to be introduced under the EQ brand.

1) A full line-up of vehicles derived from the core "E-Class" model. These models, which included a coupe, were unveiled for the first time.

  One of the major points of focus in this year's show was models derived from the E-Class sedan series, which underwent a full model change in 2016. Three models including a coupe, cabriolet, and estate wagon had their world premieres.

Presentation by the President/CEO of Mercedes-Benz for the full "E-Class" family on press day (Photo: Mercedes-Benz)
E-Class Coupe E-Class Cabriolet
E-Class Coupe E-Class Cabriolet
E-Class Coupe E-Class Cabriolet

  There are already coupe and cabriolet versions for the C and S-Class, and now these variants have been introduced for the core E-Class to newly create a full E-Class family. Mercedes-Benz will start global sales of the new vehicles, including the estate wagon, in 2017.

  * New coupe: It has a length of 4.82 m, width of 1.86 m, height of 1.43 m, and wheelbase of 2.87 m. Four models will be offered with three different engine choices: A 2.0L diesel engine with 197 hp or 2.0L gasoline engine with 184-245 hp, both of which will be mated to 9-speed automatic transmissions and have rear-wheel drive, or the highest grade, a 3.0L V6 gasoline engine mated to a 9-speed AT with all-wheel-drive.

  * New cabriolet: The dimensions are larger than the old model, and the engine specifications are the same as the coupe. The electromotive soft top can be opened and closed while driving, and the vehicle is equipped with a headrest heating system around the neck when the roof is open.

  * All E-Series models are equipped with high performance multibeam LED headlamps, 20 inch wheels, and air suspension. The models also share the same instrument panel as the sedan. It has a 12.3 inch wide screen that displays all meters as well as the infotainment system (See the photo to the lower right).

  Although the E-Class Estate Wagon is called a station wagon in the U.S.; depending on the styling this type of vehicle is also called a shooting-brake, an estate, and other names. Mercedes-Benz offers a shooting-brake with an elegant roof and side window shape.

newly released AMG brand high power estate wagon. It is Mercedes Benz' strongest and fastest AMG spec long distance speed tourer. It has a length of 4.9 m, width of 1.93 m, height of 1.47 m, and wheelbase of 2.88 m with a 603 hp 4.0L V8 gasoline engine mated to a 9-speed AT and 4WD air suspension. There is a V8 603hp emblem on the side fender.
All E-Class vehicles use the same instrument panel
The specifications of the surface panel materials are different for each model and grade. The modern wide screen is easy-to-use and displays both the meters and the infotainment system all on the same panel.

E Class E220d 4MATIC All-Terrain
E Class E220d 4MATIC

  The E Class E220d is Mercedes-Benz' first crossover wagon and it competes with models from Subaru, Volvo, and Audi. It has a large wheel house, with a ground clearance 29 mm higher than a standard vehicle, and the height can be adjusted from 121 to 156 mm. The body dimensions are the same as other wagons, and the vehicle come with four engine types including a PHV. The 2.0L gasoline engine and diesel engine have outputs ranging from 194 hp to 353 hp (V6), and are mated with 9-speed ATs.

2) Unveiling a 50th Anniversary AMG brand model

  Mercedes-Benz exhibited three models including a new concept model celebrating the 50th anniversary of its AMG high performance brand.

AMG brand model

(1) AMG GT Concept

  "CASE" stands for "Connectivity, Autonomous, Shared & Services and Electric Drive," and refers to Mercedes-Benz' product concept for its 2020 performance goal. On press day, Chairman Zetsche promised that he would shave his mustache if the company cannot achieve its CASE goals. The automaker also exhibited the GT Concept 4-door sports coupe, the first concept car for the AMG brand.

AMG GT Concept
AMG GT Concept
AMG GT Concept
AMG GT Concept

  Mercedes-Benz plans to start production of the GT Concept by 2019, and to produce a 4-door sports coupe with fastback styling that will be developed under the AMG brand as a successor to the current CLS shooting-brake. This will be the first AMG hybrid vehicle.

  1. Rival models include the Porsche Panamera, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, and Audi A7/RS7.
  2. The vehicle body is based on the Modular Rear Architecture (MRA), one of the automaker's 4 basic module platforms (*), adopted for the C, E and S63 Series. (*MFA, MRA, MHA, MSA)
  3. A significant amount of lightweight materials like aluminum and CFRP are used for the floor panels and body structure to ensure handling performance and body rigidity and reduce weight. In order to improve the aerodynamics, under spoilers made of CFRP are mounted on the front and rear.
  4. Nano active fiber technology LEDs were adopted for the front and rear lamps, and aero-sleek cameras on the sides.
  5. A 4.0L V8 twin turbo (600 hp: 800hp when used together with rear wheel drive motor) was adopted for the engine. The vehicle accelerates from 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds. It is equipped with dynamic engine mounts that reduce loads while cornering, 4Matic all-wheel drive, and a 7-speed shift Multi Clutch Technology (MCT). The battery is a lightweight module lithium ion power pack (EQpower+) that has been used extensively in F1 cars. The front grille and air intake come with variable flaps for cooling.

  In addition to the GT Concept car, the following two sports cars were exhibited as AMG 50th anniversary memorial models.

(2) AMG GTR Coupe Edition 50, European spec

  This model was also exhibited at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and some models were shipped to Japan. A European spec version with an enhanced tune-up had a special exhibit at this show. It is scheduled to be released in 2018 with enhanced suspension, brakes, and steering. Features adopted for this model include active rear steering and 9 mode AMC traction control.

The adoption of carbon materials allowed for a lower center of gravity and improved torsional rigidity.
The 4.0L V8 engine has an output of 585 hp/700 Nm and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds.
AMG GTR Coupe Edition 50

(3) AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50, European spec

  This is the sister vehicle of the coupe mentioned above, and the body, which has a semi-gloss dark grey metallic color and chrome molding, exhibits a menacing look.

The 4.0L V8 engine has an output of 557 hp/680 Nm and accelerates from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds.
AMG GT C Roadster Edition
AMG GT C Roadster Edition

  The thin, long LED rear combination lamps look sharp. The coupe is equipped with a rear wing made of carbon.

The L4 V8 twin turbo engine equipped in the GT Coupe The instrument panel common to the GT Coupe / Roadster, four circular air vents, and large sized multifunctional console
GT C Roadster Edition 50 AMG
GT C Roadster Edition 50

3) Maybach G650 (Landaulet), world premiere

Maybach G650
Maybach G650

  A G-Class (Gelande Version) equipped with a monster engine was unveiled for the first time at the Geneva Show as the Maybach Brand G650. Although it was not referred to as a landaulet at the show, the name refers to a vehicle with open rear seats and a folding top on the rear end. This model is equipped with a 6.0L V12 twin turbo with an output of 630 hp/1000 Nm mated to a 7-speed AMT, and 3 locking differential systems. It has a length of 5.34 m, width of 2.11 m, height of 2.23 m, and minimum ground clearance of 450 mm. Only 99 units will be sold.

4) X-Class concept, European premiere

X-Class concept European

  Although a version was presented at the Detroit Auto Show in the U.S., a country of pickup trucks, to give an idea of the direction the designers were moving in, the X-Class was unveiled for the first time in Europe. Pickup trucks are also popular vehicles used for carrying cargo and leisure in Europe, and Japanese manufacturers like Toyota, Nissan, Isuzu, and Mitsubishi; as well as Chevrolet, Dodge Ram, Fiat, and VW exhibited pickup trucks.

  The X-Class is a midsize pickup truck based on a version of Nissan's Navara for countries outside Japan. It has a mildly standard structure with less of a macho impression than can be seen in the North American pickup models. The model has a 3.0L V6 diesel or gasoline engine with an output of 250 hp/620 Nm and is equipped with a 4MATIC system. 4x4 and 4x2 versions will be offered. It has a height of 1.9 m.

5) Other vehicles

  Mercedes-Benz current model of PHV was also exhibited in keeping with the automaker's EQ concept for its show floor display.

  The E350e sedan, a core vehicle, can be seen on the left, and the GLE 500e4MATIC SUV PHV model on the right in the photos below.

E350e sedan, GLE
500e4MATIC SUV PHV model

Generation EQ Concept: This is a next-generation SUV EV that was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Show

A newly developed platform specifically for EVs equipped with front and rear wheel motors and 4x4, with an output of 300 kW/700 Nm
Generation EQ Concept

VW: Unveiling the new Arteon 5-door Sports Coupe for the first time


  The 2 largest brands in the VW Group are VW, which aims for practicality and high quality, and Audi, which is characterized by advanced technology and a sense of sportiness. The group has 8 passenger vehicle brands ranging from Skoda to Lamborghini, and many models made their world premieres in the vast Hall 2. Like Mercedes-Benz, the VW Group's booth bustled with attendees.

  On press day, the automaker presented the Sedric, an integrated mobility future autonomous vehicle of the future. The stars of the VW booth were new Arteon sport coupe style 5-door sedan Arteon, which made was unveiled for the first time, and the Tiguan Allspace mid size SUV, which has an enlarged interior package.

VW The Sedric autonomous vehicle concept model was only exhibited on press days (Left photo: Provided by VW). A production model of the T-Roc Golf class SUV concept model (Photo: Provided by VW) that was unveiled in 2014 was also not exhibited as had been expected.

1) New Arteon midsize 5-door sedan, world premiere

New Arteon midsize 5-door
sedan world premiere

  The Alteon midsize 5-door sedan, an elegant fastback with sports coupe styling, made its world premiere and three models decorated the turntables. The VW brand's representative luxury sedan is the Phideon, which is a model for the Chinese market only. The new Alteon will be positioned above VW's flagship Passat sedan. It is based on the GTE sport coupe that was exhibited at the 2015 Shanghai Show and IAA, and is a successor to the Passat CC (Comfort Coupe). It is a rival of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

  1. "Arteon" is a combination of the word "Art" with "EON" from the Phideon.
  2. The vehicle body is the same as the Passat. It adopts VW's core MQB platform for FF vehicles.
  3. According to VW, they have a plan to introduce a PHV model based on the Passat GTE.
  4. Two specs will be offered; a premium "elegance" version and a sporty "R-Line" model.
New Arteon midsize 5-door
sedan world premiere

  It is 4.86 m long, 1.87 m wide, 1.42 m tall, and has a wheelbase of 2.84 m (while the height is 5 cm lower than the Passat CC, the other dimensions are larger).

  The Arteon will be offered with 6 types of 4 cylinder engines. Gasoline engines will come in 3 types; a 1.5L engine with and output of 148 hp, or a 2.0L engine with 187 hp or 276 hp. Diesel engines will also come in 3 types; a 2.0L engine with 148 hp, 187 hp or 237 hp. A 7-speed direct-shift gearbox and 4motion all-wheel drive will also be available for the highest power engines.

"Arteon R-Line" sports version (the R-Line nameplate indicates mainstay VW vehicles customized to sports specifications by the automaker's subsidiary VWR)

Arteon R-Line

  Instrument panel: While there is 1 standard panel, it is different around the steering column and meters for the R-Line (right photo) and standard model (left photo).

Arteon R-Line

  A 9.2 inch LCD with gesture control functions is positioned above the center console. A 12.3 inch display was adopted for the meter panel, and a camera for the active cruise control is installed in the upper part of the window.

  Three types of materials and colors are available for both the seats and trim. Decorative aluminum material is available for the R-Line. A large trunk opening is achieved by attaching the hinges to the upper portion of the body. As a result, the vehicle's normal luggage capacity is 563 L, and this increases to 1,557L when the rear seats are folded down.

Arteon R-Line

  The slender body, an attractive characteristic in German vehicles, matches with the press lines and hood parting style in a fitting manner.

Arteon R-Line

2) Tiguan Allspace, minor changes to expand interior package, world premiere

Taking advantage of VW's MQB platform module
Tiguan Allspace

  VW unveiled the Tiguan Allspace, a vehicle based on the company's Tiguan mid-size SUV that has been made large enough to seat 7 passengers. The rear overhang was extended 0.10 m to give the vehicle a length of 4.7 m (0.21 m longer than the 5 passenger configuration), along with a width of 1.86 m, height of 1.69 m, and wheelbase of 2.79m (0.11 m larger than the 5 passenger configuration). It will be offered with 6 engine types; gasoline engines ranging from 1.4L to 2.0L, and 2.0L diesel engines with outputs from 148 hp to 216 hp.

  The instrument panel and luggage space in the "Tiguan Allspace" (the extended portion of the rear overhang is for seating for 7, and the luggage space remains the same as the standard Tiguan).

Tiguan Allspace

3)Passat Variant, wagon R-Line

  VW exhibited the R-Line mid class sport wagon that was released in 2016, and also introduced in Japan.

Passat Variant

  This model was released in major countries in 2016 with an aim to expand the series. 17 types of gasoline and diesel engines are available. The model exhibited was an SCR BlueMotion equipped with a 190 hp 2.0L diesel engine and 4x4. It has a length of 4.77 m, width of 1.83 m, height of 1.48 m, and wheelbase of 2.79 m.

The Instrument panel is the same as that in the Alteon R-Line It has a rear luggage capacity of 650 L
Passat Variant Passat Variant

4) I.D. BUZZ (MPV) concept, European premiere

I.D. BUZZ concept
I.D. BUZZ concept

  The I.D. BUZZ EV micro bus is based on the style of the micro bus developed in 1950. VW mentioned that the EV production will be on track by 2020 and that it is aiming for EV sales of 1 million vehicles per year by 2025. The company developed the new MEB-XL platform, which is based on the company's modular electric platform for EVs dubbed the MEB and provides sufficient space and comfort, and adopted it for the vehicle.

  Both the front axle and rear axle are equipped with a motor that has an output of 370 hp. The vehicle has a cruising range of 435 km, 111 kWh battery, and seats 8 passengers. The Buzz has a length of 4.95 m and wheelbase of 3.3 m. Four laser scanners support autonomous driving. The I.D. Buzz will be released in 2022.

Audi: Q8 large SUV concept vehicle debuts


  "Audi" is a VW Group company that continues to pursue advanced technology and a sense of sportiness. The automaker exhibited a number of vehicles including a large SUV concept vehicle equipped with a mild-hybrid system.


1) Q8 Sport concept - a sporty and dynamic large SUV

Q8 Sport concept
Q8 Sport concept

  Audi revealed a new concept equipped with a new engine that anticipates a full model change for its flagship Q8.

  1. Audi achieved a high-efficiency drive concept with unmistakable sportiness and the highest level of masculine prestige with this SUV. The display clearly showed off the OEM's advanced technology. The vehicle competes with the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS.
  2. The exterior features a honeycomb pattern front grille equipped with two large air intakes on both sides, 12 mm expanded wheel arches (expanded overall width by 24 mm), long roof edge and rear bumper spoiler, 23 inch wheels, Matrix Laser technology (a particular feature of Audi vehicles), and LED lamps, among other design elements.
  3. The vehicle is 5.02 m long, 2.04 m wide, 1.7 m tall, and has a wheelbase of 3.0 m. It seats 4 passengers and has a large luggage capacity of 630 L. The height can be adjusted to 5 settings within a 90 mm range, and the vehicle is equipped with active air suspension, full time 4x4, and 8-speed tiptronic.
  4. The model is equipped with a mild hybrid system and electric air compressor, and comes with a 3.0L V6 twin turbo gasoline engine that has an output of 476 hp/700 Nm (the motor adds an additional 20 kW of horsepower and 170 Nm of torque). Accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, with a cruising range of 1,200 km. A 17.9kWh lithium-ion battery is mounted under the trunk luggage space.

- Matrix Laser lamps, as well as decorations and rear end flaps mostly made of aluminum

Matrix Laser lamps

Instrument panel and interior

  The SUV features an all-new oblong instrument panel, 12 inch touch display built into the horizontal dashboard, a touch panel in the floor console that extends to the instrument panel, and a large knob for the 8-speed tiptronic.

  Adopted a virtual cockpit and head-up display that displays a variety of information in the center of the meter panel in 3D (the luminance and speed has been improved compared with the already released system).

Instrument panel and

  The interior had a unified silver gray color scheme, and the wide space gives extra comfort for 4 passengers, even with the wide center console extending into the back seat. Although Audi produces luxury vehicles, there were hints of a mechanical influence.

  The compact, raised rear design and 23 inch wheels truly emphasize the essence of Audi.

Q8 Sport concept

2) RS 5 Coupe - excellent dynamics, world premiere of top of the line Q5 model

RS 5 Coupe
RS 5 Coupe

  The new RS 5 Coupe, the Gran Turismo of the RS Series, made its debut and was elegant and beautiful.

  This model was developed by a subsidiary, Audi Sport GmbH, and competes with the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63. Weight was reduced 60 kg compared to the previous model. The front air intake holes on both sides were expanded. It also has Matrix Laser lamps. The vehicle has a length of 4.72 m, width of 1.89 m, height of 1.37 m, and wheelbase of 2.82 m. The wheel arch was expanded 15 mm (total width of 30 mm).

  This model comes with 19 inch wheels, a 2.9L V6 turbo engine with output of 450 hp/600 Nm (to the same as the Porsche Panamera) that accelerates from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds, and 4x4 with an allocated driving force of 4:6 between the front and rear axles via the 8-speed tiptronic.

Instrument panel and interior

  The instrument panel has been completely upgraded from the previous model. A decorative carbon pattern was added below the built-in horizontal air vents. The virtual cockpit 3D display and head-up display are positioned in the meter portion.

  The distinctive features of this model are the leather seats and steering wheel, along with the high performance sports coupe specifications.

RS 5 Coupe

  LEDs are used for the rear combination lamps. When the lamps are ON, the style of a European car can be easily recognized. Decorative carbon and aluminum are used for the muffler exhaust ports, aero fins, and molding under the rear end. The vehicle has a rear luggage capacity of 460 L.

RS 5 Coupe

3) SQ5 - V6 power and excellent dynamics, European premiere

  Although the facelifted RS 3 Sportback attracted attention, the SQ5 was also exhibited on the main stage for the duration of the show. While the external design expresses calm and reservedness, the V6, twin muffler exhaust ports, and 20 inch wheels achieve dynamic performance.


  The SQ5 is a sporty version of the Q5. Other than lowering the height 24 mm compared with the standard Q5, the vehicle was had its size expanded a few millimeters, and weight reduced by 35 kg. Audi's latest sporty design was adopted for the exterior, with front air intakes arranged on both sides, LED lamps, and a large size aluminum grille. It has a length of 4.66 m, width of 1.89 m, height of 1.66 m, and wheelbase of 2.82m. The vehicle is fitted with 20 inch wheels, air suspension (optional), a 3.0L V6 turbo gasoline engine with an output of 345 hp/500 Nm that accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, 8-speed tiptronic, and 4x4.

Instrument panel and interior

  The instrument panel has been completely upgraded from the previous model, and is similar to the one installed in the RS 5 coupe. The surface of the seats has the same specification as the RS 5.

The vehicle adopts Alcantara (artificial suede) The luggage capacity is 610 L (Photo: Audi)
vehicle adopts Alcantara The
luggage capacity is 610 L

4)A5 Sportback g-tron: Natural gas and sporty driving

A5 Sportback g-tron
A5 Sportback g-tron

  Following the A3 Sportback and A4 Avant, an A5 equipped with a natural gas g-tron was exhibited for the first time. This is Audi's 3rd natural gas vehicle. The automaker is actively promoting the use of alternative energy fuels.

  The vehicle has four tanks made of carbon along with a 25 L gasoline tank that has a total capacity of 19 kg. It is powered by a 2.0L gasoline turbo engine with output of 170 hp/270 Nm and driven range of 500 km on 1 tank of compressed natural gas (CNG). Together with the gasoline engine, the A5 has a range of 950 km.

  Audi reduced fuel costs and CO2 by means of clean fuel and a highly efficient drive system. The number of vehicles made by the automaker that are applicable for tax credits has increased, and it aims to take advantage of this achievement to reduce total cost of ownership (TOC), even for passenger cars.

A5 Sportback g-tron
(Source: Audi)

5) e-tron: New A3 and Q7 PHVs

  Audi exhibited a new PHV SUV 5 years after announcing its 1st PHV model. The A3 (front in photo) achieves 201 hp with a 1.4L gasoline engine and 71 kW motor.

  The Q7 (the rear of the photo) achieves 369 hp with a 3.0L V6 diesel engine and 94 kW motor (new PHV).


6) S5 Cabriolet: New S5 Series derived model

  The model exhibited was developed based on the S5 Coupe and Sportback models. The roof consists of an acoustic soft top, which reduced the weight 40 kg, and the torsional rigidity was increased 40% compared to the coupe because it is a convertible. This model comes with a 3.0L V6 diesel engine that has an output of 349 hp/500 Nm.

S5 Cabriolet

Porsche: Panamera Sport Turismo, PHV, and other debuts


  The Porsche booth was located between Lamborghini and Audi and crowded with sports car fans from around the world. Several wealthy visitors from China who had escorts to view the cars were particularly conspicuous.


  Although Porsche exhibited the new 911GT3, the stars of its booth were the Panamera Sport Turismo (left photo) and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid (right photo), which were both unveiled for the first time. New Sports Turismo models with updated bodies were added to the Panamera Series.


  The world premiere Panamera Sport Turismo is available in five different versions.

  1. These include the Panamera 4, 4S, 4S diesel, turbo, and 4 E-Hybrid.
  2. The rear quarter including the roof was expanded from the standard Panamera style into an elegant and spacious configuration what is almost a square shape (with seating and headspace for three, as well as luggage space).
  3. The upper part of the rear door has been straightened, which makes it easier to get in and out of the car. Two types of air intake shapes are arranged in the front.
Sport Turismo Turbo
Sport Turismo Turbo

4S Diesel: The only difference from the Turbo model mentioned above is the shape of the air intakes under the front
4S Diesel

  It has a length of 5.05 m, width of 1.93 m, height of 1.42 m, wheelbase of 2.95 m, and 21 inch wheels. The vehicle will be equipped 5 types of engines, which will be the same as those offered for the standard Panamera. The basic models will come with 3.0L V6 engine. The Panamera 4 will have 330 hp, the 4 4S 440hp, the diesel version 422 hp, and the PHV 462 hp. The Turbo version will be equipped with a 4.0L V8 with 550hp.

4S Diesel

  Unlike the standard model, the shoulder line extends almost horizontally to the rear end of the body, and the flared rear end shape gives it a graceful length. A roof spoiler was adopted for the elegantly extended upper part of the end of the roof, which can be adjusted to 3 settings according to the driving and running conditions of the vehicle. Up to 50 kg of downforce can be applied to the rear axle.

  The average luggage space capacity for the 5 versions is 520 L, and this can be increased to a maximum of 1,390 L when the rear seats are folded down. Since the battery is stored under the floor of the luggage space, the capacity decreases about 100 L in PHV vehicles.

4S Diesel 4S Diesel
Two front seats + three rear seats, and the three rear seats are independent. The opening above the rear seat doors is almost straight which improves the ease of getting in and out of the vehicle. The lower edge of the door trim is higher due to the body structure. - The instrument panel is the same as the standard model, and the features are expressed with decorations and color.
- A virtual 3D meter display adopted by the upper class vehicles of Audi is installed

Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, world premiere

  Porsche became the first sports car makers to unveil a plugin hybrid model as a flagship model for the entire model line. The upper photo is the Turbo S E-Hybrid, and the lower photo 4 E-Hybrid.

Turbo S E-Hybrid

Turbo S E-Hybrid
This model comes with a 4.0L V8 gasoline engine and electric motor with that have a combines output of 680 hp/850 Nm and accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds.

4 E-Hybrid

4 E-Hybrid
This model comes with a 3.0L V6 and electric motor that have a combined output of 462 hp/700 Nm and accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.

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