If you like a side order of Va Va Voom with your cars, the Paris Motor Show is the place to visit next month. Otherwise known as the Mondial de l'Automobile, the event is held every other year and rivals the Geneva Motor Show for the amount of new car unveils and launches. The last show, in 2014, was the most popular of all the motoring events that year, bringing 1.25 million people to the stands.
What can visitors expect this year? Well, this is of course home for major French manufacturers such as Citroen, Peugeot and Renault. Also in attendance will be smaller brands including Aixam or Ligier. It is however a global motor show in every sense and most major car manufacturers will in attendance.
Visitors can expect to be dazzled with a huge variety of vehicles. From dinky city cars to giant SUVs, as well as mind-blowing hypercars and futuristic concepts, there will be something for everyone.
The event will showcase some of the next-generation models from major manufacturers. Here are a few of our favourites. Mais, qu’est-ce que tu penses?
Vauxhall Ampera e-electric
Due to be sold by Vauxhall’s sister company, Opel, from 2017 with left-hand-drive initially, the Ampera-e has a class-leading pure electrical range that is expected to run for approximately 185 miles without needing to be recharged. For those drivers who especially enjoy their tech, the Ampera-e includes both the latest generation IntelliLink infotainment and OnStar on board. Ideal for passengers looking to access their favourite music or movies.
Honda Civic Hatchback
The Jazz Spotlight Edition is an evolution of the Honda Jazz Keenlight concept. The Spotlight Edition is designed to appeal to a more fashion forward driver. Enhanced elements include bronze front grille decoration, door mirror decoration, decals along the flank of the car, unique 15” alloy wheels, tailgate decoration, steering wheel and centre console treatment. Not currently available in the UK.
New Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover has not formally released any specification details, but it is expected to include a range of new features and enhanced technology. What we do know is that this seven-seater SUV will deliver new capability and enhanced technology and continue the Land Rover Above and Beyond Journey. Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, said: “New Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV.” In the meantime, enjoy a tantalising glimpse of what’s to come….
New Generation Hyundai i30
Speaking of the i30, Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group, has remarked:
“The New Generation i30 is a car for everybody. From a design perspective, we haven’t just considered one customer; we have focused on a wide range of different people. This model showcases an evolution of Hyundai Motor’s design language with natural flowing lines, refined surfaces and a sculpted body to create a timeless appearance. We are also introducing our further developed grille: the Cascading grille.”
Delivering an efficient and dynamic powertrain line-up, state-of-the-art safety and connectivity, the i30 is expected to meet driver needs.
Citroën will showcase a world first with CXPERIENCE CONCEPT.
This innovative plug-in hybrid vehicle is immediately recognisable as Citroen. It takes design to a new level with cleverly designed rear-hinged doors, bold lines and generous curves that deliver an innovative and futuristic vision of the future. CXPERIENCE CONCEPT is the latest demonstration of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, designed for the well-being of all passengers. “The whole Citroën Style team pulled in the same direction to create a new executive hatchback with international reach, breaking conventional codes to express the brand's values: Optimistic, Human and Smart." Alexandre Malval, Citroën Design Director