Up the escalators back into Hall 1 and walk straight into the Bertone stand where BMW design chief Van Hooydonk is admiring Bertone’s baby Jaguar concept. And it’s worth admiring. It’s loaded with luxury and dripping in creative detailing. Best of all it looks more like a modern Jag than modern Jags.
Saab has a new concept sports car on show and people are taking pictures of an ice sculpture alongside it. Makes you wonder about the longterm traction of the brand. Not that there is anything wrong with the show car, called PhoeniX, with its polished metal skin and racy lines. But what does it say about the brand? Let us know what you think.
Spotted big Georg Kacher discussing VW’s Bulli (Kombi) concept. I must say the rebodied Jetta looks far more appealing.
Nothing new from Nissan, while Honda’s freshened Accord doesn’t change the game much.
Suzuki are showing a sporty Swift called S-Concept. Too much chrome detailing for my taste, but can’t deny the appeal of the rest of the package. Plus they painted it a cool yellow. Gotta love that.
Renault have four awesome concepts on show – oozing design confidence right now. Hope they build something soon or is it the Van Den Acker curse all over again? Captur is the business though a world away from production and R-Space hopefully informs a smaller than Scenic MPV. Really warming to the new face of Renault too. It’s bold and fresh. Toyota’s FT-86 II looks menacing in black, but the bodywork’s getting fussier, more racecar-like. In essence, less pure. Oh well, will make up my mind when they eventually decide to build it. So much potential it hurts.