Paris Motor Show

Paris Motor Show

A very strange thing happened this morning; Lotus sent a couple of "accidental" emails announcing the debut of two special Evora models at the Paris Motor Show. And after giving details on the two models, they asked the media to kindly "delete the messages" that were sent in error. Yeah, okay, like we actually believe this was an accident. If it was, then that was a giant mistake made by Lotus PR. Their loss, our gain.

The two new models, theEvora S and the Evora Auto "will be on the stand in Paris alongside the new car(s) not yet announced (let’s maintain the mystery for now!)". And the message continues: "We are aiming to send out a press release about the Evora S and Evora Auto during the last week of this month. I’ve driven a prototype of both the Evora S and the Auto and I can tell you both cars are sensational. The S will be ready for media drives almost straight after Paris, in the US this will take place early next year. We have to be careful with the timing as we have so much going on and the impact from Paris will be big. Just for you to know, and please keep this confidential, our test team will be putting both cars through their paces on the Nordschleife at the Nurburgring from tomorrow on for three days, so we should have some good feedback to work with shortly."

So we guess we’ll see Lotus at Nurburgring in the next days, huh? And, uh, nice job Lotus!

If anyone ever has a really good secret, then an automaker wouldn’t be the best person to tell it to. Seriously, these guys are useless for keeping secrets and we love every minute of it! BMW will be bringing the new generation 6-Series to the Paris Motor Show in October, but that model won’t be alone. BMW! Product development chief Dr Klaus Draeger has let his tongue flap and in doing so, let all of us know that they are also considering a Shooting Brake version of the 6-series. The first concept version is believed to be unveiled this year at the Paris Auto Show possibly using the "Gran Turismo" name. A final decision on whether or not the Shooting Brake will go to production will depend on the reaction of the concept from the public.

If the Shooting Brake does go into production, it will definitely be after the two-door coupe and the convertible that are set to come out early next year. It will also have to stand behind a Gran Coupe version that will compete with the Mercedes CLS. The Gran Coupe will arrive in 2012 and will feature a standard saloon body style, and not a hatchback tailgate like the Audi A7 or the Porsche Panamera . It will be powered by the same engines as the next 6-Series, including a 3.0-liter six-cylinder petrol and diesel units, as well as a range-topping 4.4-liter V8. "Since we use the same drive architecture as the 5, 6, and 7-Series, we are [also] able to bring a hybrid version," Draeger added.

Source: Autoexpress
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Opel will take the covers off of the Astra GTC later this year at the Paris Motor Show . We don’t have many details at this point, but the GTC Paris will be a concept car, which will preview a production model that we will see in Geneva in 2011.

Opel says that “And the speed was pure beauty,” a line from the novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull inspired the Astra GTC Paris.

So far, Opel has only released one photo of the car, which shows the outlandish design and the GTC Paris’ logo.

Opel insiders are saying that this new model will be shapelier than anything else in the range. This means that it could rival the Volkswagen Scirocco , rather than the Golf. By looking at the photos, it appears that the GTC will be in the middle of those two, using Scirocco looks with a GTI sporty roofline.

There will likely be a 230-250 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged General Motors four-cylinder under the hood. We also expect a three-door and a five-door to be available.

We are hoping that the GTC will come to the United States as a Buick, but that is more a wild and crazy idea than anything else.

The Astra Sports Tourer will also be shown at the auto show, along with the new Meriva .

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Peugeot SR1 Concept

Remember the sleek, full-bodied concept Peugeot delivered to us back in March at the Geneva Motor Show? That concept is back, but it is coming to us as a new concept in the form of the H1. The name is just a codename, but Gilles Vidal, Peugeot’s design boss, will be unveiling the concept at the Paris Motor Show in October.

According to Autocar UK, the sportscar will have post-207 styling cues and will also feature PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s diesel hybrid technology. It will carry similar dimensions as found in Citroen’s 4.3 meter DS4 and will use a front end similar to the one found on the 208 Supermini .

Gilles Vidal stated that Peugeot’s "wide-mouthed frog" look was coming to an end and that future Peugeot cars will have smaller lights and grills as well as be more sculpted with lighter looking shapes and a better stance.

The SR1 concept was powered by Peugeot’s HYbrid4 technology consisting of a 1.6 Liter THP gas burning lump that makes 218 HP up front combined with an electric motor developing an additional 95 HP at the rear.

Source: AutoCar
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Bentley Continental GT Preview

We have to love spy photographers. It’s great when they get in there and snap shots of cars that want to keep top secret. The latest vehicle to be uncovered is the 2012 Bentley Continental GT. From the looks of these photographs the next Continental GT will be receiving a face lift and it looks as if the designers performing the surgery think there’s not much to change. Cosmetic changes are very subtle, almost unrecognizable to the untrained eye. The new Continental will feature new headlights - similar to those of the new Mulsanne - new, revised, front air ducts, and a new set of wheels. Does anyone else see anAston Martin morphed into the side of the car or is it just us?

The 2012 Continental is also expected to go on a diet by using an aluminum space frame, comparable to that of the Audi R8 . Expect improved performance from the 6.0 liter W12 although the new Continental will most likely not receive a substantial amount of power. A redesigned interior will provide the driver with new, modern conveniences while also allowing them to customize their ride.

The 2012 Bentley Continental GT will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October with sales beginning in 2011. Prices will start at £130,000.

We should be receiving more photos and information as the Paris Motor Show draws near and we’ll make sure and pass that along.

UPDATE 08/19/2010: Check out Bentley’s new teaser images for the Continental GT!

Source: AutoExpress

Inside sources have let out a much anticipated secret; Ford will unveil an ST version for their new Focus at the Paris Motor Show. At that same show we will also see the full production versions of the five-door and estate models.

Rumors have been getting around that the Focus would be an ideal vehicle to boost and those rumors were solidified when Ford’s product development boss, Derrick Kuzak announced back in March that the new model would get "an EcoBoost turbocharged engine, be exciting to drive, great to look at and certainly worth waiting for”.

So you can expect to see a Focus ST powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo engine that will deliver around 250bhp and 350Nm of torque. These figures are a tad bit lower than the Ford Focus RS model. Why endanger a great vehicle, right? The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in around 6 seconds and top speed will be limited to 155 mph.

The future Focus ST will be offered with clever torque vectoring software and a variety of driving modes. It will go on sale in late 2011.

Source: AutoExpress
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Hyundai has finally taken the wraps off of the new Elantra’s interior. We have seen rendering and spy sports, but we haven’t seen an official picture of the vehicle. That is, until now. Hyundai has released one image of the new car’s dashboard.

Known in Korea as the Avante, the new sedan will get the same design language as the Sonata. The car is expected to go on sale in South Korea in the early Fall and we will likely have to wait a few months to get it here.

The Korean version of the car will get a 1.6-liter direct-injected Gamma-series four-cylinder motor with a new six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai claims that the motor will be able to put out 138 horsepower, while being 10 percent more efficient than rivals, such as the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus . The North American version could get a 200 horsepower turbocharged motor.

Look for the final product to debut in late September at the Paris Motor Show , while the North American version should be here in late 2010 or early 2011. We hope that the styling stays the same because this car looks stunning.

It’s official: the new Esprit will make its world debut in September at the Paris Auto Show. Next to it Lotus will also unveil two new front-engined GT cars and a new roadster, all coming in concept versions. The production versions are expected to be unveiled in July 2012. This decision has been made as a result of Lotus ’ new strategy to dramatically increase profitability through its new range of more upmarket models, meaning Lotus is serious about competing with models from Porsche and Ferrari .

A while ago, a Lotus insider said the next Esprit would be "the ultimate expression of the brand." We have to remind you that there were rumors stating that the new Esprit would get the same 4.8 Liter V10 from the Lexus LF-A supercar producing 550 HP. There were also rumors saying the entry level will be powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 from the Evora that produces 300 HP. In any case, the next Esprit will sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in about 4 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of around 200 MPH.

Source: AutoExpress

Lotus has announced some very good and eyebrow-raising news today: the 2010 Paris Auto Show will mark "The dawn of a new era!" In exactly 100 days starting today the company will "unveil the future evolution of an iconic British brand."

Since the new Esprit is a car that has been a long time coming, we can only hope that the Esprit is exactly what Lotus is talking about with that tagline! And if it is then the Ferrari 458 Italia , Lamborghini Gallardo , and Audi R8 V10 better watch out!

A while ago, a Lotus insider said the next Esprit would be "the ultimate expression of the brand." We also have to remind you that there were rumors stating that the new Esprit would get the same 4.8 Liter V10 from the Lexus LF-A supercar producing 550 HP. There are also rumors saying the entry level will be powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 from the Evora that produces 300 HP. In any case, the next Esprit will sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in about 4 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of around 200 MPH.

Press release after the jump.

The Tiguan has decided to show us its rump! After seeing the front of the facelift version Volkswagen Tiguan thanks to a leaked brochure, today the next crossover has also revealed its rear. As a reminder, the facelift Volkswagen Tiguan will make its official debut in September at the Paris Auto Show.

While the front gets a restyled front bumper, new fog lights, an updated grille, and LED daytime running lights integrated into the headlights, the rear will only get LED taillight clusters. And like the previous photo, there will also be a new set of wheels. Basically, the back of the Tiguan is no different than the previous model so this view of the vehicle doesn’t exactly wow us at all.

Most likely the engine line-up will remain the same, with just a few updates made to improve fuel consumption. A hybrid version may also be in the works, but that model won’t be released for several years.

Source: WCF

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