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Stars shine brightest in Paris


Every once in a while we all get to sit back and marvel at the spectacular machines that the automotive manufacturers have dreamt up. Motor shows, especially ones as big as the Paris International Motor Show, are places where we see the very latest concept, production and semi-production-ready cars.

Here are some of the highlights from the show, which opens on the 4th October 2014 and runs until the 10th October, 2014:

British automaker, Aston Martin, announced a limited-run super saloon that is set to revive the iconic Lagonda name. The new Lagonda will be on sale (by invitation only), with specific details to be announced at a later stage.

Amongst the plethora of Audi models at the show, was the Sportback concept of its TT sports car. The four-seat five-door model has a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 244kW on tap with an S tronic gearbox, making it dash from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds.

Over at the Bentley stand the luxury car maker announced the release of the Mulsanne Speed, a 395kW 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 monster good for 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 305km/h.

BMW showed off its new BMW 2 Series convertible, the new BMW X6, new four-cylinder diesel engines for the BMW 5 Series, a special edition of the BMW 7 Series, new BMW ConnectedDrive developments and the 2 Series Active Tourer, and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.

Ford announced the engine and gearbox range for the new Mustang in Europe, which is an indication of what will be available locally. There’s a 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo motor with 231kW/434Nm and a 5.0-litre V8 with 307kW/524Nm, while a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission are both options.

Honda also had a busy show as it unveiled  the HR-V SUV - a prototype of the new Jazz for Europe, new Civic design as well as the flagship Civic Type R, the refreshed  CR-V, the new Honda  Connect audio and its first Formula One Car for the new era.

Infiniti showed its aspirations to enter in to the top of the premium sedan segment with its Q80 concept. Under the hood is a 3.0-litre V6 motor supplemented by a hybrid powertrain for an output of 405kW, while fuel consumption claims are low at 5.5 litres/100km.

Jaguar took arguably its biggest step towards the mainstream with its announcement of the new XE sports saloon, which was on display at the show. With engines ranging from frugal diesels to powerful V6 motors, the XE looks to take on the likes of the the 3 Series, C-Class and A4.

Korean car maker Kia, released an updated version of its Venga compact MPV, the Optima diesel T-Hybrid as well as the new Sorento SUV.

Lamborghini’s Asterion LPI910-4 Concept was certainly a highlight. This technology demonstrator shows that company is still focused on lowering weight while it plans to use plug-in electrification. The model on show for example emits just 98g/km of CO2 and uses a claimed 4.12 litres/100km while producing 669kW from a combination of its 5.2-litre V10 coupled with three electric motors for a 0-100km/h time of 3.0 seconds.

Lexus presented new models at the motor show, namely the new NX compact crossover, the RC F high-performance coupé, the RC 300h hybrid coupé, F Sport versions of the CT 200h and IS 300h and a special edition version of the RX 450h.

Over at the Maserati stand, the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition is the evolution of an all-Italian partnership between the Italian car manufacturer and the Maison.

Peugeot displayed some 40 vehicles at its stand, the face-lifted 508 along with the Exhalt concept car, the Quartz concept and the sporty 308GT, the 208 GTi 30th anniversary edition as well as racing machines such as the 2008 DKR, 208 WRX and 208 T16.

SsangYong unveiled both the XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure development concepts, intended to evolve into B-segment SUVs.

Toyota unveiled the C-HR concept, revealing the company’s innovative vision for a compact crossover model. It shows a new design language and a hybrid powertrain while the brand also showed off its new Fuel Cell sedan.

Volkswagen displayed the XL Sport Concept. It used sister company, Ducati’s, lightweight design principles as this vehicle weighs just 890kg with a power output of 147kW/134Nm from its V2 Ducati engine which propels it from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds

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