Car makers’ muscle in on Paris Motor Show 

An Aston Martin V12 Vantage at the Paris Motor Show, which opens its doors to the public tomorrow until October 19.

SELF-DRIVE, electric and ‘green’ cars, revamps, new launches, concepts and off-the-wall ideas — welcome to MondialAuto, Europe’s largest car show, as executives focus on what are increasingly rare — buyers.

To spark life into the European market, manufacturers are pulling out all the stops at the Paris Motor Show, showcasing new technology and gimmicks, like an even more powerful version of the ultra-luxury Bentley Mulsanne sedan, and running lights shaped like Thor’s Hammer on the new Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicle. We preview the highlights.

Audi

The revamped A6 has innovations inside and out. The large saloon has a modified, single-frame front grille, updated headlights and tail-lights, slightly altered bumpers, side-sills and exhaust pipes.

Audi also showcase the new TT.

BMW

BMW announce the all-new, BMW X6 SAV, the 2 Series convertible, and are debuting the seven-seater BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer.

Fiat

With the new, pint-sized 500X, Fiat want to show they’re ready for the street. The trendy, Italian crossover model has a roundish front, and curvy rear reminiscent of the iconic 500 sub-compact, and yet it’s a clone of the rugged Jeep Renegade. The two, compact sport-utility vehicles share engines, transmissions and other key components, to cut costs. The two will be built on the same assembly line in Italy.

Ford

Car makers’ muscle in on Paris Motor Show

A Ford Mustang on display

Ford are one of the busier manufacturers in Paris, unveiling six models, including the all-new Ford S-MAX.

Ford are also unveiling the new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX multi-activity vehicles, which have been redesigned for improved fuel efficiency, comfort and refinement. Ford also debut the European-spec version of the all-new Mustang. The iconic sports car will be sold in Europe for the first time in its 50-year history.

Also on display is Ford’s upscale, all-new, Edge sport-utility vehicle. The spacious and high-tech Edge will be the flagship of Ford’s growing SUV line-up in Europe, when it debuts next year.

The new Ford Focus ST, which is more agile and refined than before, is for the first time offered with a choice of performance engines, petrol or diesel.

Kia

The unveiled Sorento SUV is more sophisticated and has a distinctive new design, a premium interior, and is more practical.

The Sorento takes styling cues from the 2013 Kia Cross GT concept, such as the more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, wrap-around headlamps and swept-back profile.

The new Sorento goes into production later this year and will be on sale in Ireland next spring.

Lamborghini

Lamborghini are debuting the Asterion, their first plug-in vehicle. The vibrant-blue concept car glided soundlessly onto a stage under electric power.

The show car, which combines three electric motors with a V10 engine, for 910 horsepower, can be switched between pure electric and the traditional combustion power.

The model shows how emissions matter even for elite performance brands.

Opel

Opel have four new models on display, including the Corsa, sporty Adam, the super-efficient, 1.6-turbo diesel engine debuting in the Mokka, and new 2.0 CDTi engines for Insignia and Zafira Tourer.

“The new Corsa and Adam S are stunning additions to our portfolio and further characterise Opel’s design philosophy of sculptured artistry and German precision.

“Meanwhile, these new, high-tech engines are at the forefront of current diesel technology,” said Dave Sheeran, managing director of Opel Ireland.

The new Corsa, which will arrive in Ireland in November this year, will be priced from €14,895, for the three-door ‘S’ trim, and €15,495, for the five-door variant.

The fifth instalment of the Corsa has a fresh exterior design, a new, spacious interior and intuitive infotainment technology, plus convenient driver-assistance systems.

Opel Ireland will offer four trims; entry-level S, the all-new Excite trim, generously specified SE, and a sporty limited edition. It will be in showrooms this November, and available to order.

Arriving in Ireland in the first quarter of 2015, the racy Adam will suit buyers who like a sportier drive. It has a 150hp, 1.4-litre Turbo ECOTEC engine. This new, turbocharged unit is matched to a specially tuned performance chassis, and will accelerate from 0 to 100kph in only 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 200kph-plus.

Available to order from the first quarter of 2015, Opel’s new-generation, 2.0-litre turbo diesel ticks every important box. Packing 170hp and a substantial torque of 400Nm, it will replace the current 163hp diesel in the Insignia, and the 165hp engine in the Zafira Tourer, and will have 380Nm of torque.

The Mokka will arrive in Ireland next summer and will feature Opel’s new, and highly efficient, 1.6 CDTi 136hp turbo-diesel engine, which emits just 109g/km CO2.

This translates to an annual road tax of €190 (tax band A3). This compact, four-cylinder unit will replace the 1.7-litre diesel in the Mokka line-up. It gives more power and torque — up 6hp and 20Nm, respectively — from a smaller displacement, as well as significantly lower fuel consumption.

Peugeot

Car makers’ muscle in on Paris Motor Show

peugeot concept car, the Exalt, is presented at the show.

Peugeot are presenting the 208 GTi 30th anniversary special edition, ahead of its launch in November, 2014. Thirty years after the legendary 205 GTi, the new, and more powerful, 208 GTi delivers intense driving sensations, thanks to its new, Euro 6, 1.6-litre THP petrol engine, which has 208bhp and increased torque of 300Nm.

Renault

Car makers’ muscle in on Paris Motor Show

An Eolab concept car made by Renault

Renault have revamped the elderly Espace people-carrier as a crossover sport-utility vehicle to relive the marque’s past glories. Renault boss, Carlos Ghosn, gave his top designer a tough brief: achieve a rugged, muscular look and cut the Espace’s size and fuel consumption, while keeping the interior roominess of its ‘one-box’ predecessor.

Toyota

Toyota are previewing their entry into the crossover segment with the new C-HR Concept.

The C-HR is billed as a rival to the Nissan Qashqai. This high-riding crossover will also employ Toyota’s hybrid powertrain technology.


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