The comparison between a car’s shape and a woman’s body (Sexy, topless and a true Italian beauty) will likely persist as long as we have personal transportation devices. I say personal transportation devices because I suspect no one wants to see a person’s shape compared to a bus. And who can argue the similarities when even the car companies themselves support the analogies by using phrases like “Sensual curves and strong lines” to describe their latest concept car. While many people understand the connection, few people understand it so well they can capture it on film. I am lucky to be acquainted with one of those people, and even luckier he allows me to repost his pictures from events I am unable to attend. So with that in mind, join me in exploring Daniele Madia’s visit to the 2012 Geneva Auto Salon and if you like his work as much as I do, visit his site at www.daniphototdesign.com.
Don’t kid yourself, even though the car is the smallest in the Mercedes lineup, the A-Class is a very important vehicle for the parent company. It doesn’t sell the as well as the Audi A3 or the BMW 1-Series and the folks in Stuttgart would like nothing more than to change that fact. I first saw the concept in Frankfurt and the production version brings much of the same swagger to the table. Aggressively styled, the car features a heavily sculpted side and what Mercedes calls the “world’s first diamond grille. Madia captures the car’s allure in the following shots.
Morgan Plus E Concept
If the idea of an electric motor and a manual gearbox makes you excited, the Plus E Concept is for you. Morgan is a little like the anti-establishment car company and still produces cars with wood chassis and others with 3 wheels. The Plus E breaks with tradition by featuring an aluminum chassis and a relatively light weight paired with the instantaneous torque of the 94HP electric motor to provide 0-60 times ofjust under 6 seconds. If however, you prefer your Morgan’s made of wood, might I suggest this link to an adapter that allows you to add Lincoln logs to your Lego creation.
2013 Porsche Boxster
Geneva saw the introduction of meine Lieblingsauto (the link is to someone else’s), the new Boxster. Morgan isn’t the only company into aluminum, as Porsche succeeds in lightening the Boxster through the increased usage of the material. The physical changes to the bodywork are modest, but I am really loving the rear spoiler integrated into the tail lamps.
2013 Koenigsegg Agera R
What would be an auto show report without a specific mention of wheels. Madia made sure I had something to talk about by snapping these pictures of the new carbon fibre wheels on the Agera R. The Aircore Technology developed by Koenigsegg allows the world’s first hollow one piece carbon fiber wheel to save 50 pounds per car. Schweeet!
Aston-Martin Zagato V12
One look at Aston’s new performance coupe, and you will understand why Autoblog calls it “The Red Baron of Coupes”. Only 150 examples will be made with deliveries starting later this year. Let’s see, 150 times 510HP each equals a crap-load of burnouts.
2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
What would the Geneva show be without an appearance by Ferrari. This year they didn’t disappoint and brought two new cars, the new California and the F12 Berlinetta. Sensuous curves describes many of Ferarri’s latest offerings and the F12 doesn’t disappoint. But I am a bit surprised how much the California seems to be taking design cues from the Corvette (this is more a compliment to the Corvette design team than a slam on the folks from Marenello).
Lamborghini Aventador J Roadster
If there is any question what was Daniele Madia’s favorite car in Geneva, all you have to do is count which car he took the most pictures of. The result is not even close. I am not going to waste any time describing this shark-nosed 2 seat motorcycle with fenders, let’s just look at the pictures.