Old faves with a new twist debut in Paris
THE big car companies are already jostling for position at the Paris Motor Show at the end of this month, with a good number of cars being lined up to make their debuts in France.
Often, however, 'revised' versions of existing motors have more relevance for owners thinking of changing cars in the new year.
Renault, for example, has given the Laguna a bit of a makeover, and the first image of the revised model is shown here, top right.
The French car maker will be hoping that the 2011 model's new front end, which it describes as 'more assertive', will give it a new sales push in a difficult market.
Besides the re-modelled nose, the 'new' Lagunas, which are currently being polished up for Paris, also get cleaner engines compliant with the Euro V rules.
The dCi 110 diesel now puts out 120g/km of CO2, 10g/km less than before.
The unusual 4Control four-wheel steering system will be available on the dCi 180 diesel, while other technological highlights include Tom Tom Carminat sat nav and Bose sound systems.
Prices have yet to be announced, but they will be detailed later in the year before it goes on sale.
Other firms, meanwhile, prefer to keep the suspense until the last minute, which probably explains why Hyundai has released this 'teaser' sketch of its supermini-MPV.
Named the ix20, it appears to have similar design cues to the ix35, with sweeping lines replacing the boxy corners often associated with functional people carriers.
Despite the late appearance of this image and a lack of photos, we are assured that the ix20 is scheduled for arrival shortly after the Paris show.
The ix20 on display at Paris will be a pre-production model. However, it will be in European spec so it should be as close as possible to the proposed finished article.
Paris will also play host to the newest Hyundai i10, which comes with a new one-litre petrol engine that drops emissions from the current low of 114g/km to a tax-free 99g/km.
The rollout has only just begun.