USA is a place for big cars, such as SUVs and trucks. Meanwhile, in Europe we can see small cars everywhere. Crowded traffic, hard to find a parking spot, and small street are the reason why European prefer to buy it. In this year’s Geneva Motor Show some automakers introduced their latest ‘toy’.
The South Korea car company, Kia, showed off 2015 Picanto which gets refreshment. Up front, we can see the redesigned headlights and now features LED Daytime Running Lights. New front bumper makes the car looked fatter. At the rear, there’s no big change but LED taillights, new rear bumper, and dual exhaust to make Picanto sportier.
Inside, Kia adds chrome accents, new cloth upholstery pattern, and Kia’s AVN System which features 7-inch display that boasts audio, video, and navigation. Buyers now can choose three different interior color. There are Red Pack, Yellow Pack, and Brown Pack that features black leather artificial, colored cloth seats, colored high gloss and black door panel insert mix. Under the hood, 2015 Kia Picanto brings MPI 1.0 liter that meets Euro 6 regulation.
2016 Opel Karl is the newest city car from German. Introduced at 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Karl is positioned below Corsa and Adam. The city car can accommodate up to 5 people. And it has good safety systems, such as Hill Start Assist, and Lane Departure Warning. Moreover, Opel offers City Mode which reduces steering effort at the push of a button, Park Assist, and cruise control with speed limiter.
Karl is powered by Ecotec 3-cylinder 1.0 liter which produces 75 hp and its fuel consumption reach 23 km/liter. For the CO2, the 5-door car has 99 g/km. Opel Karl will be available in Europe this summer with three trim levels: Essentia, Enjoy, and Cosmo. How about is price? According to Opel, Karl’s starting price is around $11,000.
Unlike the previous auto shows where Lexus always introduced a new luxury car. At 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the luxury division of Toyota comes with different theme. They introduce a new small car concept, titled LF-SA Concept. Yeah, you’re not dreaming. For the first time ever, they make a city car.
According to company, the LF-SA is a truly concept car. So, there’s no possibility to make it to production line (or who knows it actually previews the next Toyota iQ). The 2+2 concept car comes with Lexus’ design language, L-finesse. Up front, there’s still spindle grille and small headlights that makes it looked aggressive. From the side, we can see doors with small dimension and curvy line. At the rear, Lexus’ designers put a simple design which makes LF-SA looked elegant. The vehicle with automated system has cabin is dominated with sweeping dashboard that features crystalline instrument panel. It comes with black-beveled hologram and head-up display.
Nissan March/Micra probably is a good car but its exterior design is boring and plain. When Nissan announced that Sway Concept previews the next March/Micra, I am so excited. Because the concept car comes up with cool exterior design. Up front, Nissan’s designers gives arch line design on engine hood, V-shaped grille, and boomerang-shaped LED headlights. From side, we’ll find out that the car doesn’t have B-pillar which means that it has suicide door-style. Moreover, Nissan put floating C-pillar line that has become a common thing in a concept car. At the rear, Sway has a simple design featuring C-shaped LED taillights, rear spoiler, and dual-exhaust.
When you sit in the interior, you can feel roomy because of its panoramic glass roof and a windshield that rises up over the front occupants’ head. There are two gauges circular cluster instrument and there’s an LCD screen in center console that provides all information what driver and passengers need.
Text: Andhika Pradityo
Photos: Geneva Motor Show