Geneva Motor Show Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Alfa Romeo displays its new Giulietta at Geneva Show Like the Honda CR-Z, we were itching to see this car in the flesh too. Once we’d waited for the flesh ( actually leggy models precariously robed in black ) to close the doors and move around to the other side we got a clear view […]

Geneva Motor Show - Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Alfa Romeo displays its new Giulietta at Geneva Show

Like the Honda CR-Z, we were itching to see this car in the flesh too. Once we’d waited for the flesh ( actually leggy models precariously robed in black ) to close the doors and move around to the other side we got a clear view of this new Giulietta’s flank. Frankly, the show’s downlighter spots weren’t flattering the cars, especially the red ones on grey flooring. The white Quadrifoglio Verde ( Green Cloverleaf) however, worked better as it was picking up light from the metallic turntable it rotated on. Hard midday sun is a difficult circumstance to photograph cars in, and the stand’s designer effectively reproduced these conditions. They could learn a lesson or two from the Peugeot stand, where the soft overhead light panel would flatter even the ugliest of cars. Note to Manufacturers: get a car photographer as lighting consultant when designing your show stands! Back on subject – The 235 HP Giulietta 1750 TBi Quadrifoglio Verde (Cloverleaf) pictured here did win us over, and if this is the replacement for the 147, then bring it on fast, as although a 4 door hatch, with concealed rear door catches,it is well proportioned, elegant and horny with the optional 18 inch alloys. Alfa have deftly contrived a family face based on it’s heritage without looking corny or retro. This all started with the absolutely gorgeous 8C Competizione, and significantly, came off with the Mito (tricky with a tall narrow shell), and is maturing here in the Giulietta. Inside there’s less to be excited about, but it all looks neat and functional, although everyday use is the only proper test of an interior’s worth.


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Geneva Motor Show Bertone Pandion Concept

Bertone Pandion Concept docks in Geneva Show space-station 100 years of Alfa’s would be good cause for celebration, so Italian design house Bertone decided to mark the occasion by taking the mechanicals of an Alfa Romeo 8C and plonking a body from the planet Zorg onto it’s chassis. Zorg is a place where strange creatures […]

Geneva Motor Show - Bertone Pandion Concept car


Bertone Pandion Concept docks in Geneva Show space-station

100 years of Alfa’s would be good cause for celebration, so Italian design house Bertone decided to mark the occasion by taking the mechanicals of an Alfa Romeo 8C and plonking a body from the planet Zorg onto it’s chassis. Zorg is a place where strange creatures fused from old-tech and future-bio wander fearfully. Plant like into-skeletal structures weave a protective internal cage while external clam shells protect space warriors from the rain of carbon shard, mini-meteorites in the scorching acid atmosphere. A white organic mesh encapsulates the Avatar-style seating and contrasts with the sharp menacing detailing of the wheels and rear thrusters.

Geneva Motor Show - Bertone Pandion Concept car, Kryptonite rear lights

Tail lights sit like pools of Kryptonite amongst the comet shards, warning of the radioactive plasma buried deep in the drive reactors. A zorgian pulse, and the front wing, no wait, the entire side of the spacecruiser swings up, hinged around the centreline of the rear wheels to reveal the inner working and allow the exit of fleet-commander Zelda-Zorg from her lattice-nest command post. Better not mess with this 7ft be-winged beauty, looks like those leg sabres will knock us back through hyperspace!

Geneva Motor Show - Bertone Pandion Concept car, lattice-nest bio structures

Stop! Enough sci-techno-fi-analogy-babble ! Basically, think Tupperware car crashes in slate quarry in a stylistic way, and you are somewhere near the mix of sharp, smooth and organic materials and concept that the new design director at Bertone Mike Robinson, has in mind. Whether you think they’ve pulled it off or not, you can’t deny it’s drawn your attention, and that is after all the purpose of a show/concept car, although in the real world, an Alfa 8C is desirable enough a prospect, to not bother traveling to the planet Zorg.

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