Once every two years, car manufacturers roll into the Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile) ready to launch their latest four-wheeled designs and concept cars on the world stage.
Running from October 4-19, the show is expected to attract more than 1.2 milllion visitors.
The new MINI hatchback – named the MINI 5 door – boasts many of the hallmarks of the famed British icon but with two additional doors. It is the first time in the brand’s 55-year history that it’s boasted a 5-door model in its hatchback range.
Jim Holder, Editor of What Car? Magazine thinks not all mini fans will be happy with this model:
“The new five-door MINI is certainly controversial simply because it’s no longer a small car and many enthusiasts believe MINI should be a small car. But what it’s doing is taking the brand into new territory, it’s opening up new markets with growing families and it really should help sell more cars for them.”
The Citroen Divine DS has no familiar Citroen logo on the front, just a futuristic-looking ‘DS’.
It is the result of collaboration with a host of companies, including fashion jewellers Swarovski and French embroidery house Maison Lesage. Citroen says the end product is a perfect alliance between sophistication and luxury.
“I think DS is trying to take on the established idea of premium (=luxury car) which has been set by the German brands. “It’s trying to do it in a particularly French way, so you’re looking at extremely over-styled, perhaps a slightly more luxurious take on what we’ve become used to and I think any variety is good for the industry,” said Holder.
According to Jaguar, its new XE will boast highly competitive fuel economy, emissions, insurance ratings, service intervals and residuals values.
Its 35,000 euro price tag is thought to be an attractive proposition considering the XE is likely to be sold as a company car, an area of the market which demands high fuel economy and low insurance prices.
“I think the biggest one will be the Jaguar XE which is almost make-or-break for the company. It takes on the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class and if it’s a success it really could almost double their sales volumes,” added Holder.
French car maker – Peugeot – is set to preview its own concept model. Roaring from the shadows, this 5-door vehicle – called 'Exalt'/a> – is described as ‘a sleek, athletic concept car’.
It weighs 1700kg and is fitted with a 50kW electric machine on its rear axle, meaning it can be used for both electric and hybrid driving.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief at Auto Express and Car Buyer hopes the Exalt will make it to showrooms.
“Peugeot have got a big job to be done to persuade people that they are really rivals for Volkswagen and part of that is showing exciting, upmarket cars – which is what the Exalt certainly is. Whether we actually see something like that on sale, very doubtful, but it’s a good intention to show where Peugeot is going in terms of its brand,” Fowler said.
At launch in 2015, the seven-seater Land Rover Discovery Sport '/a> will be equipped with a range of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.
It will also boast autonomous emergency breaking technology which helps drivers avoid collisions and a ‘Head Up Display’ which projects key driving data onto the windscreen. Land Rover claims this ‘bold and progressive’ design will go on to define the all-new Discovery Sport family.
“The Land Rover Discovery Sport replaces the Land Rover Freelander. It is a bigger car than the previous generation and it is much, much more frugal. It should build on the sales success that they’ve been enjoying in the past few years,” Holder said.
At the Detroit Motor Show in January, Toyota showed off the FT-1 '/a> concept sports car, a new rear-wheel drive vehicle which apparently stood for ‘Future Toyota’.
Earlier in November 2013, the carmaker unveiled this JPN Taxi concept model at the Tokyo Motor Show. Its low floor and high roof were apparently designed to allow ease of access, therefore catering for Japan’s aging population.