2011 Geneva Motor Show will show that auto industry in Europe is back on track

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 23, 2011

Automakers are recovering from the downturn of the past two years with numerous production vehicles and concepts in Geneva. The Geneva Motor Show is filled with signs that the industry turnaround ongoing in North America has reached Europe.

Helped by its new subsidiary Italdesign Giugiaro, Volkswagen Group will launch concept cars to show the industry it has the design depth, as well as the production capability and the financial strength, to surpass Toyota as the world's No. 1 automaker.

Honda and Toyota will bring hybrid technology to the subcompact segment. BMW AG will launch the Vision ConnectedDrive, a futuristic roadster concept that shows how driver-assistance systems and infotainment features can be linked via the Internet in ways unimaginable a few years ago.

Here’s what to expect during March 1 and 2 in Geneva: Alfa plans to unveil a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe. This lightweight two-seater will go on sale as the 4C GTA in Europe in late 2012, delighting Alfa enthusiasts who have dreamed of an affordable rwd Alfa since the Duetto Spider was discontinued in 1994.

Alfa sources said the 4C GTA could be sold in the United States; however, no decision has been made. [via autonews - sub. required]

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