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The new cars and manufacturers heading for the Paris motor show 2016

By raccars Published


What new cars and concepts will appear at this year’s Mondial de l’Automobile?

The countdown has begun to one of the biggest motoring events of the year; the Paris motor show or Mondial de l’Automobile. Manufacturers are gearing up for the trade show that became the most popular event of its type in the world when it was last held in 2014, beating giants such as Tokyo and New York.

An incredible 1.25 million people attended the event, which is held every other year in rotation with the passenger vehicle side of the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it is renowned as a showcase for the best work of European car manufacturers, as is the prestigious Geneva Motor Show.

New cars from around the world

The Paris motor show inevitably attracts home-grown giants such as Renault, Peugeot and Citroen, together with the likes of Ligier and Aixam. But almost every other one of the planet’s major car manufacturers will have a presence.

This year’s key new cars to be showcased at the event look set to include Alfa’s Romeo’s first attempt at an SUV in the form of the Stelvio, the Audi Q5, the latest version of the company’s premium SUV, a concept model of the BMW X2 coupe-SUV, and the new Citroen C3 supermini.

The Stelvio has been kept well under wraps but is being launched as a rival to the Porsche Macan and is expected to have the same type of twin-turbo V6 engine as Alfa’s new Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Audi’s new line, the Q5 SUVs, will also make their debut at the show, ahead of going on sale during 2017. The Q5 is expected to include technology and design inspiration taken from the Audi Q7. Audi will also show off its R8 Spyder, the SQ7, the Q2 and the TT RS.

Technology on show

The BMW X2 concept, meanwhile, should be a near-production version of the model set to sit in the gap between the BMW X1 and the X3, whilst the Citroen C3 should show off a redesign inspired by the C4 and a range of new technological features.

Other highlights of this year’s show should include the next generations of the Honda Civic, Nissan Micra, Land Rover Discovery and a technology-laden version of the Peugeot 3008.

The Porsche Panamera will show off its new engine technology and 911 style, whilst the Skoda Kodiaq demonstrates its position above the Yeti.

New cars for all buyers

The Paris event should see the debut of the new Hyundai i30 family hatch, which aims to offer an alternative to buyers seeking new cars such as the Vauxhall Astra and Renault Megane, and the 2017 Land Rover Discovery looks set to be a star of the show before it makes its first appearance in showrooms near to the start of next year.

Mercedes, meanwhile, will display its track-focused AMG GT R supercar and there are rumours that there may also be an electric SUV concept unveiled.

There’s a possibility that Mini may debut its Clubman John Cooper Works at the event, whilst Mitsubishi is set to reveal its Ground Tourer hybrid SUV concept.

The design of the Ground Tourer is similar to that of the Evoque from Range Rover, and the mid-sized vehicle is intended to sit between the Outlander and the ASX.

Background to the Paris event

The Paris motor show will be held at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre and is open to members of the public from October 1 until October 16. News will also come flooding out of the centre on September 29 and 30 when the press preview days are held.

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