Paris Motor Show

Paris Motor Show

BMW announced its new 2 Series convertible, including the M235i and this 228i, in September 2014. While the M235i will be the choice of most enthusiasts and weekend track rats, the standard 228i and the 228i xDrive will be the ones found at Whole Foods and Macy’s, and will constitute the bulk of 2 Series sales. That’s not a bad thing, however, as the BMW’s latest drop top checks all the right boxes for topless automotive fun.

A high-strung, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes boosted by a twin-scroll turbocharger and is backed by an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters or a six-speed manual. The quick-shifting flappy paddle helps the 228i hit 60 mph in a surprising 5.7 seconds. What’s more, the 228i’s chassis share many of its designs and parts with the 228i coupe, giving it some street cred right out of the box.

The 228i xDrive brings an extra level of usability to the 2 Series Convertible’s lineup. With a normal torque split favoring the rear axle, the xDrive 2 has plenty of sport still in its chassis. However, when the weather turns rough, all four wheels grip the road. The xDrive system even makes itself useful in the dry, helping the 228i xDrive knock a tenth of a second off the 228i’s 0 to 60 mph time.

While the now-dead 1 Series may have been the first drop-top contender in the premium sub-compact segment, the new 228i and 228i xDrive take the legacy into the future. If 1 Series 130,000 units sold worldwide is any indication of the 2 Series Convertible’s potential success, BMW’s latest convertible will have no trouble finding homes.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2-Series Convertible.

The current-generation BMW 7 Series is on its last legs before the next-generation model arrives in 2015. We all know what that means, right? Final Edition time, baby! True to form, BMW went that route in introducing the 7 Series Individual Final Edition. I’d be doing splits and cartwheels right now if not for the fact that the model is only available in France.

I’m not going to be pretend that I’m not a little jealous about that fact because I am. But that’s life.

The 7 Series Individual Final Edition is exactly what you’d expect from a special-edition model. BMW took great lengths to make it as unique as possible, putting in a variety of exclusive additions from BMW Individual. Both the exterior and the interior of the car received doses of BMW Individual, although the whole package seems a little muted compared to all the 4 Series and M4 models that received the same tender love and affection from BMW Individual.

Don’t get me wrong. The 7 Series Individual Final Edition still looks fantastic., but for what it’s been billed as — it’s a send-off edition, for all intents and purpose — I expected a little bit more panache.

The current-generation BMW 7 Series is powered by a host of engine options, none bigger than the 6.0-liter V-12 on the top-of-the-line 760i. This engine produces 544 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, allowing the 760i to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds to go with electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW 7 Series Individual Final Edition.

The BMW 1 Series M has been regarded as one of the best pieces of performance machinery to come from the halls of BMW for decades, but sadly it was limited to a very short run of cars and it was only sold as a coupe . Now that BMW has moved its two-door models to the new naming scheme, it seems that we are at least getting a topless model that approaches the same fun and tossability as the 1M Coupe with the freshly announced 2015 M235i Convertible.

It shares many similarities with the new M235i Coupe , but with much more headroom and sunshine. It also marks the first convertible version of an M Performance model. With a turbocharged, straight-six engine, a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, it has all the proper bits to make for a truly memorable driving machine.

Like all machines that roll from the BMW factory, the M235i Convertible also promises to offer a sublime blend of handling ability and ride comfort. What else makes this machine different from a regular 2-Series ? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M235i Convertible.

After months of rumors, teasing and other details surrounding the all-new Jaguar XE, it is finally official, as Jaguar unveiled it on September 8, 2014. Marketed as the British answer to the BMW 3 Series , the XE looks as if it will take on the 3 Series lineup from top to bottom. At the official reveal, Jaguar turned much of its attention to the XE S, which is obviously the answer to the BMW 335i and Mercedes C400, it also touched on the potential for diesel models and an entry-level, four-cylinder model that will battle the likes of the C250 and the 320i. The only model that Jaguar failed to talk about was the answer to the C63 AMG and M3, which should wear either an "R-S" or an "SVR" badge.

This new car is the first that is built using Jaguar’s all-new aluminum architecture that was first previewed with the C-X17 Concept SUV . Jaguar has been building aluminum-intensive cars for over a decade now, but this move further reduces the weight of Jaguar’s many offerings.

The new XE, which will likely create the backbone of Jaguar’s sales once it hits showrooms in 2015 — U.S. availability is 2016 — is the first big step the company is taking toward a lineup that will include lighter and fuel-efficient, yet powerful and sporty vehicles. Let’s have a closer look at the brand-new XE right after the jump.

Updated 09/09/2014: Jaguar unveiled a new video featuring Emeli Sandé performing on the Thames during the official launch of the Jaguar XE.

Click past the jump to read more about 2014 Jaguar XE.

It takes a special kind of gravitas to name a car ‘Divine’. That brings out a number of expectations that might not be met. But Citroen doesn’t seem to be unfazed about the kind of expectations its new Divine DS concept is going to have. On the contrary, the French automaker is actually putting a lot on the concept’s plate, essentially developing it as a preview of its future plans for the DS line.

The launch of the DS3 in 2010 proved to be a success for Citroen and gave the company a model that could compete with its rivals in Europe, so much so that it’s been touted as its own brand that has the potential to become more popular in the coming years.

If this is the road the Citroen DS is going to, then save some room for us in the bandwagon.

I, for one, am impressed at the design of the Divine DS. It’s got a sporty and aggressive character that can be used to build on the Citroen’s plans for the DS to be a stand-alone brand. The concept itself doesn’t wear any Citroen badges. It doesn’t even have the company’s logo. Instead, we see a prominent ‘DS’ emblem on the front grille, which is as good an indication as any on what the Divine DS really aims to accomplish.

There are currently no plans to build a production version of the Divine DS anytime soon. I’m not even going to get my hopes up that Citroen will actually build one.

Instead, I expect the company’s future DS line to carry the DNA of the Divine DS. If that does happen, then sign me up as a fan.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Citroen Divine DS Concept.

While everybody seems to be all caught up with the Q50 Eau Rouge , Infiniti is preparing another vehicle that’s expected to steal some shine away from the sports sedan. I mean that in a good way, of course. The model in question is called the Q80 Inspiration and not surprisingly, it’s headed to the Paris Motor Show .

The Japanese automaker is promising the world with the Q80 Inspiration, describing it as the peak of its model lineup. Those are big words for a company that’s been aggressively trying to reinvent itself as a premium brand capable of giving its German rivals a serious run for their money.

If the Q80 Inspiration lives up to its hype, then you better believe that Infiniti will get the attention of BMW , Audi , and Mercedes .

The Q80 Inspiration has been scheduled to make its debut on October 2, 3:30 p.m. local time in Paris. That’s 9:30 a.m. EDT on the East Coast.

Updated 09/23/2014: Infiniti unveiled a first official image along with the first details on its future Q80 Inspiration concept set to be unveiled in Paris next week. Details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration.

The current Mitsubishi Outlander is on its last leg, which explains why Mitsubishi is giving it a fresh look before an entirely new model arrives in 2017. There’s still little information about this ‘new model’ but as it turns out, Mitsubishi is giving us a little preview at the Paris Motor Show with the debut of the Outlander PHEV Concept-S.

It’s unlikely that the successor will be called the Outlander because that would go against the premise of the new model taking the Outlander’s place in Mitsubishi’s lineup. Instead, Mitsubishi is promoting the Outlander PHEV Concept-S as a preview of the Outlander PHEV production model, complete with refined design aesthetics that combines the technology of the company’s twin-motor PHEV system with the spirit of a tried and true 4x4 SUV .

We’ll know more about the Outlander PHEV Concept-S at the Paris Motor Show in October. For now, indulge yourselves with these two teaser photos that Mitsubishi graciously sent to our inbox.

Updated 09/22/2014: Mitsubishi unveiled the first official details on the Outlander PHEV Concept-S - a concept model based on the Outlander PHEV 4WD SUV plug-in hybrid vehicle. Details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S.

The Vitara, one of Suzuki’s most iconic vehicles, was launched in 1988 as a compact SUV . Dubbed Escudo in Japan and Sidekick in the United States, the small crossover came to North America for the 1989 model year. The Vitara name, mostly used in Europe and some South American and Asian market, was introduced in the United States starting 1999. That’s when the second-gen Vitara was born as a slightly larger, pricier and more powerful version of the first-gen model. A replacement was developed for 2005, but the current Grand Vitara has very little in common with the original concept. For 2015, however, the Vitara nameplate is making a surprising return to its roots, as it’s pinned as a compact SUV destined to compete against the Nissan Juke .

Set to break cover at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the brand-new Vitara promises to have "a striking road presence," a "distinctive design," and numerous personalization options, the latter a feat Suzuki rarely offers. So is the Vitara signaling the Japanese are reinventing themselves? It’s a bit too early to draw a conclusion, but the compact SUV is definitely a new approach for a company such as Suzuki.

Click past the jump to read more about the Suzuki Vitara

Infiniti has just released a teaser image ahead of the Paris Motor Show in October, which will see the introduction of a brand-new model in the company’s lineup. The new vehicle promises to share a vision "on a scale not seen before" from the automaker, but other than that, and the familiar front grille shown in the photo, there’s isn’t much information to chew on.

However, based on past announcements and rumors, there are a few different possibilities we need to consider. We know for a fact that Infiniti has at least two new models in the works, including a crossover hatchback and a high-performance sedan , while a flagship four-door coupe has been churning in the rumormill for a few months now. What’s more, Infiniti isn’t necessarily teasing a production car. The Paris Motor Show could also bring a concept that previews an upcoming model. Read on to find out what Infiniti may have in store for us.

Click past the jump to read about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

The Hyundai i20 was launched in 2007 as a three- and five-door hatchback to sit between the i10 city car and the i30 compact. The i20 replaced the aging Hyundai Getz on most markets, but it didn’t make it to the United States, where the Korean manufacturer sells the slightly larger Accent hatchback instead. Underpinned by an all-new platform developed by Hyundai Europe, the first-gen i10 was available with a wide range of inline-four engines. The gasoline units displaced between 1.2 and 1.6 liters, while the diesel mills came in 1.1-, 1.4-, and 1.6-liter sizes. Output began from 74 horsepower and topped 126 ponies in the more expensive trims. Moving into the 2015 model year, Hyundai is finally introducing the second-generation i20, a completely redesigned hatch meant to spur the company’s presence in Europe’s crowded B-segment market.

Scheduled to be unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the 2015 Hyundai i20 was also developed at the company’s European technical center in Germany. Likewise, the second-generation supermini won’t make it across the Pond, where we will have to settle for the fourth-generation Accent, which is already a four-year-old model.

Although the Paris Motor Show is still a couple of months away, Hyundai has released preliminary photos and details of the redesigned i20. Read on to find out more about the second-gen compact.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai i20.


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