Saturday 27 December 2014

Paris motor show, here’s what to expect

Published 06/08/2014 | 12:29

The BMW 2 series Active Tourer
Honda Civic Type R Concept preview, Turin. 20 February 2014 Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.com FRANCE IMAGE SET

Every year the Paris motor show gets a lot of attention here's some of the reasons you need to pay attention

Lots of hubbub around the Paris show this year as there is every year because it’s one of the biggest in the world. If you are into the car buzz it’s really worth a trip out plus tickets are only €14 for adults, €8 for young people and children under 10 are free.

Just incase you aren’t going our team at Independent.ie will be covering the show on the Press days so make sure you check the site for the latest pictures and video on the show.

Here’s a small selection of the metal we’ll be looking at when it all kicks off on October 4th

Alfa Romeo

Alfa will be bringing the 4C Spider, this is the exact same car as the 4C I drove in this video but they’ve taken the roof off and added some cloth. Let’s hope it isn’t lighter because the 4C weighs nothing as it is.

Audi

Audi are bringing the new TT roadster, another cloth top with a quick folding roof. There's rumors that there also be a revised A4 and this is important because its 100kg lighter which will make better fuel economy and better driving. We might also see the electric version on the stand.

The Audi Q7 might make an appearance, it’ll be a little more svelte and sharing engines with the Audi A8..

BMW

BMW will be bringing the 2-series active tourer their first 7 seat with front wheel drive, it’s a big step from BMW and a little risky. The 1 series is due a facelift.

Ford

Ford will be bringing the new C-Max which looks good in the spy shots. The S-Max is getting a new engine from the Ecoboost range 1.5ltrs of power that we can’t test at a static show. This would also be a good time for Ford to show us the new rage topping Vignale version.

Fiat

Fiat will bring the 500x small SUV which will have the looks of the 500 but higher and tougher looking. It’s been a bit of a long gestation for the 500x because Fiat showed the concept at the launch of the 500L in Milan last year.

Honda

Honda will be keen to show off the Civic Type-R and about time too. The 2.0ltr 276bhp is supposed to be the fastest car of its type but I’d say SEAT will have a thing or two to say about that.

Jaguar

Jaguar will bring the XE, we’ve already seen pictures of the car but this lightweight car is going up against the 3 Series from BMW and the A4 from Audi so we’ll see who has the bigger guns.

Land Rover

Land Rover have dumped the Freelander and will now bring the Discovery Sport, this is one of three new models on the way and should share engines with the XE from Jag.

Mazda

Mazda’s halo car the MX5 and they’ll be showing it off as best they can. It’ll be a bit meaner looking and still rear wheel drive but lighter so bags of fun to be had.

Mercedes

Mercedes will have horsepower in the form of the SLS and AMG GT. A 4ltr V8 pumping out 500bhp should do the trick. The B Class is also due a facelift to bring it in line with the company face.

Renault

Renault will be showing the Initiale range, this isn’t a new car as such rather a range topping version of each model.

Skoda

Skoda will have the new Fabia which is based on the VW Polo and, as is the theme, it will be lighter and more fun to drive.

Opel

Opel will have the Adam Rocks along with a new Corsa that should look a bit like the Adam. This Corsa is, yes you guessed it, lighter and more economical. The interior should be much impoved.

Volvo

Volvo will be shouting with the XC90, they have been drip-feeding the pictures over the last few months so expectations will be very high. I hope Volvo can pull this off because everyone is expecting to be bowled over. They will also have a hybrid version.

Volkswagen

VW have shown us the new Passat already but I'm sure there will be another chance to see it at the show

 

So that’s your lot, plenty to see and there’ll be a few surprises that they aren’t telling us about yet but no doubt they’ll let us know soon.

Keep in touch with us on Twitter @indomotoring where we’ll be live tweeting from all events and most importantly live pictures from the show.

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