2010 Bologna Motor Show brings new cars from various automakers

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 4, 2010

The 2010 Bologna Motor Show will host the world debuts of new models from various automakers. These include Opel/Vauxhall, Ferrari, and Chinese carmakers like Great Wall Motor and Chery Automobile. Peugeot will introduce the EX-1 sports car concept, which is a 340-hp, four-wheel-drive electric roadster that has broken six world records for electric vehicle acceleration.

Ferrari will debut the 458 Challenge, the track-only version of its V-8 coupe, and Opel will launch the re-styling of the Corsa subcompact hatchback and of the Antara medium SUV.

DR Automobili, an Italian company that rebadges versions of models built in China by Chery Automobile, will give a sneak peek of its electric version of the DR1 minicar and the D3 compact hatchback.

According to Italian Transport Ministry data, from January to October 2010, DR sold 3,649 units in Italy, up 94 percent compared to the same period the year before.

Land Rover will use Bologna for the European debut of the Evoque five-door SUV. Italian auto retailer Martin Motors will display the China-built Bubble minicar that looks similar to the Smart ForTwo. In Europe, Great Wall will debut the Voleex subcompact hatchback, the Steed 5 large pickup and the Kulla, a concept for a city car with extremely rounded surfaces.

At the 2007 Bologna show, Daimler AG, which owns Smart, took steps to prevent Martin Motors from unveiling the Bubble minicar because of its similarity to the ForTwo.

After battling it out in court, Martin Motors said that it is now allowed to sell a slightly tweaked Bubble in Europe. Built by Shuanghuan, the 3300mm-long, four-seat Bubble sells for EUR11,400 ($15,000) in Italy, a price that includes the cost of power windows, alloy wheels, and air conditioning.

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