Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls-Royce: What Are They Bringing To Geneva?
This year, the Geneva Motor Show is incredibly exotic with many spectacular concepts. And today, let’s talk about Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
Aston Martin DBX Crossover
I vote for Aston Martin DBX Crossover as the most impressive concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It has four seats, four electric motors, and four-wheel drive. And it’s amazingly futuristic! The dramatically curved roofline makes this very much a coupe, despite its deep-sided body and off-roader ground-clearance. CEO Andy Palmer of Aston Martin said that the production version would likely take the form of a five-door hatchback, which could pitch it head-to-head with the Tesla model X. Inside, however, is consistent with Aston Martin’s commitment to interesting and hand-crafted design. The electric steering is some sort that you could only find in the Gran Turismo video game.
Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6
Jony Ive, Senior Vice President of Design at Apple, is also a fan of Bentley. And when a friend of mine showed him the pics of the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, Jony said “it’s so sexy!”
“I’ve always loved the big old-school square Bentleys,” he said. And yet, Bentley is showing the future direction of luxury and performance with the debut of their EXP 10 Speed 6 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It’s a powerful, exquisite and individual concept, a great add-in in order to complete the Bentley collection, which lacked of a pinnacle luxury two-seat sports model. The EXP 10 Speed 6 owns muscular, athletic surfaces that are somewhat the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages and wings. There’s also a new interpretation of the iconic Bentley grille and the carmaker’s signature four-round headlamps design. Inside, the ethos of the interior design is inspired by the continuous line that runs around the cabin, driving through the console into two symmetrical wings before flowing into the door and looping back into the console armrest. Two quilted sports seats are positioned on either side of the narrow centre console which houses exquisite driver controls and a highly intuitive 12-inch touchscreen.
Rolls-Royce Serenity concept
Rolls-Royce lit up the Geneva Motor Show with their Serenity concept — a Phantom Extended Wheelbase — that shows completely new levels of individualized luxury. “Serenity reintroduces the finest of textiles — silk — to create the most opulent interior of any luxury car. The unique design demonstrates the levels of craftsmanship, creativity and attention to detail only Rolls-Royce Motor Cars can offer,” said the company’s Bespoke Design team.
Mastering with silk and wood, the interior is meant to evoke classic in a way to conjure up images of modern furniture and it’s blended with usage of bamboo as well. There’s also a blossom pattern on the roof and on various parts of the silk portion of the car that further extend the idea of a serene interior space.
In order to create this totally one-off of silk for Serenity, the company looked to Suzhou, China, the town renowned for its creation of imperial embroidery. The team sourced the unspun silk thread and had it hand-dyed by the Chinese craftspeople who have been creating beautiful silks for centuries. The silk was then transferred to London where the blossom motif designed by Haye and Lusby — a uniquely modern take on centuries-old silk Chinoiserie — began to flourish across the fabric as British and Chinese craftspeople embroidered their vision of copper-colored branches and white petals. The resulting panels and swatches that have formed the centrepiece of Serenity would take up to 600 hours of work per panel.
The blossom motif from the silk is recreated through the finest marquetry on the rear doors cappings through the use of Mother of Pearl. The luggage compartment of Serenity is lined in Arctic White leather with an Arctic White carpet.
The car is powered by new V12 engine and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Fully updated satellite navigation system featuring 3D map display and landscape topography, satellite view, guided tours, enhanced points of interest and composite route planning function. It has a larger control centre display and eight functional bookmarks in chrome for easy selection of key functions. The new chrome rotary controller, flanked by function keys including menu, comes with built-in navigation and a telephone. Enhanced assistance is provided by a camera system, featuring top view, automatic rear-path prediction and split-front view.
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