Paris Motor Show

Paris Motor Show

Although not many Americans fancy themselves hatchback lovers, Europeans just so happen to love some five-door automotive action. With these types of people in mind, Chevrolet has unveiled the first details on the hatchback version for the new Cruze which we heard about a few days ago when their Australian brother, Holden, let it slip during an interview. Its official debut will be made at the Paris Motor Show with sales in Europe beginning in mid 2011.

In order to transform the Cruze into a lean, mean hatchback machine, Chevrolet has built it on the new body-frame integral system (BFI) which offers high levels of stability and solidity. The vehicle will also change with the help of a sweeping coupe roofline and short overhangs at the front and rear of the car. This new format allows for 400 liters cargo capacity and 60/40 split rear seating.

Chevrolet did not announced the engine line-up, but we expect to see the same choices as in the sedan version: a Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine, standard on the LT and LTZ models, and an Ecotec 1.8L four-cylinder engine for the LS models.

Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe, knows that, when it comes to Europeans, the money is in a good hatchback. He says, " Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets. The total compact segment in Europe represents around 4.8 million units which is over a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of that volume. We therefore expect to see increased business in a number of regions, while sending out a signal that Chevrolet is now a serious mainstream player in Europe."

Prices for the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will be released closer to its actual launch date.

Press release after the jump.

Renault brought out the Laguna 3 in 2007, and after only three years of production, they are co,ming out with a facelift version for the coupe. The Renault Laguna lift-back and Sports Tourer will both be getting a little work done before they are displayed at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September. The new versions will go on sale across Europe in November.

The facelifted Laguna will be getting a more aggressive front end design, including new headlamps and a restyled bumper featuring a more prominent grille. It will be available in the dCi 180 engine and will contain the 4Control four-wheel steering system.

And following the new Euro5 emissions standards set, the new Renault Laguna will feature Euro 5 engines and lower CO2 on all engines (including the dCi 110 which emits 10 grams of CO2 less than the previous model).

The Laguna will also have technology spread throughout the interior with a Carminat TomTom Live® navigation system and Bose® sound system.

Press release after the jump.

Peugeot seems to be pretty excited to reveal their new concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show at the end of this month. They claim that their "car of the future will combine 200 years of history with 200 years of demands and emotions." That’s a slightly big statement to make. We hope they have the vehicle that will substantiate that claim, but they are not starting off too well considering this vehicle is only a design study with no plans for a production version. Typical, we supposedly finally get the car we’ve been waiting 200 years for and we won’t even be able to drive it...ever.

The Peugeot EX1 design study will combine design elements found in the BB1 unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009 and the SR1 unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Show. We don’t know for sure if the concept will be a hybrid or an electric vehicle, but we do know it will be a sports car featuring a futuristic interior. With such a bold claim, the EX1 better be worthy of the company’s 200 years of experience or Peugeot will look pretty silly.

The first official details will be revealed on September 6, followed by a reveal on September 21, so stay tuned!

Hyundai’s bringing a new vehicle to the Paris Motor Show, and they were nice enough to give us a sneak peek of what this vehicle should look like.

Sure, it’s only a teaser sketch of the ix20, Hyundai’s new mini-MPV, but with nothing else to compare it too, this teaser sketch is about as close as it gets before we see the real thing in Paris at the end of the month.

We also don’t know a whole lot about the car because Hyundai has done a good job keeping the details under wraps, but we do know that the car bears some similarities to the Tucson – or ix35 – in terms of their design language. As for the what’s underneath its hood, it looks like it could have something similar to what the Kia Venga has: 1.4-liter gasoline engine and a 1.6-liter diesel variant that produces between 75 horsepower to 115 horsepower.

All of this, of course, is still speculation. But the good news is, we won’t have to wait long to find out the real deal behind the ix20 because Hyundai is officially pulling off its covers on September 30 at the Paris Motor Show .

Two of the coolest sports models on the market, the Maserati Gran Turismo and the Mercedes SLS AMG are about to get even cooler. Mansory has announced plans to unveil two new tuning kits for the models with an official debut at the Paris Auto Show. And if you remember the Bugatti Veyron Vincero , you can understand why we expect to see the best tuning kit ever for the SLS AMG.

While the only information Mansory is giving is that the two models "will come soon," we expect to see a lot of carbon fiber, new spoilers, and larger wheels. We can also only imagine that there will be an upgraded interior, but that’s the least important upgrade given to these two models. We are anxiously awaiting the two kits because we want to see what upgrades will be given to the engines.

So, stay tuned, we’ll get back with more details as soon as we have them.

Source: Autogespot

We already know that Jaguar has plans to unveil a new sports car, but before we can feast our eyes on the final product, we will have to settle for the concept version coming to us in September at the Paris Motor Show . The concept will not only be previewing the company’s future design language, but they will also be celebrating the brand’s 75th anniversary....again .

For this particular concept, Jaguar took its inspiration from the success that the Porsche 918 Spyder had at the Geneva Motor Show.

The concept will bring a big change for Jaguar’s previous design language of the oval, E-type-inspired grille that has identified Jaguar’s sports cars. Instead, Jaguar will be offering a single grille design for both sedan and sports cars. This will be the design language that will be used in the next XK .

And, as the trends rear their environmental heads, the Jaguar sports car concept will feature a hybrid drive-train consisting of a V6 petrol combined with an electric engine and the ZF’s new eight-speed auto transmission.

Source: Autocar

Toyota will unveil the Verso-S - a minivan based on the Yaris - at the Paris Auto Show. This vehicle will take on models like the Opel Meriva and the Citroen C3 Picasso .

The Verso -S is the shortest MPV in the European B-segment with an overall length of less than four meters. With such a short length, Toyota has gone to great lengths to maximize every possible area inside the vehicle to maintain a comfortable and spacious vehicle without losing quality.

Toyota’s new minivan shows up in their usual design, but with an added amount of sportiness. The interior will see plenty of technologies for the consumer to enjoy while also providing e lengthy list of options for the customer to choose from.

Coming along to the Paris Auto Show with the Verso-S will be the FT-CH Concept , the Prius Plug-in Hybrid , the new iQ interior, and the AYGO Connect multimedia system. Stay tuned, we’ll get back with official details on September 30th.

Lotus is preparing to wow the Paris Auto Show. The company has already announced two newspecial edition Evoras for the show, but this is not the only surprise Lotus has for Paris. We will not only be seeing these two special editions, but we will also see the new Esprit (which we knew about already) and a new generation Seven. And there’s more; Lotus will also be debuting two groundbreaking hybrids. The only downfall to this avalanche of Lotus models is that none of them will be going on sale until at least a year and a half after the fall show.

The new Seven will be a heavier and more comfort-oriented front-engine, rear-drive, open-topped car. The big news is that this new model will be built in Spain and will be priced at around $100k.

As for the new Esprit, you already know everything there is to know about it. There will be a turbocharged, mid-engine V8 engine and an extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum.

Another big surprise will be the two hybrid models coming in the form of a four-door hatchback in Porsche Panamera style and a two-door coupe, which could be further developed as a convertible at a later date. The only thing known at the moment is that both of them will be based on the Evora 414E hybrid concept.

Source: Autoweek

Citroen has unveiled today the first details on the new DS4, the second model in Citroen’s distinctively-styled DS line. Official debut will be made at the Paris Auto Show and sales will begin in 2011.

The new DS4 model is distinguished by the DS signature: striking LED light, a chrome-finished waistline surrounding dark tinted windows, muscular wheel arches, tautly drawn roofline with a spoiler for added vitality, chrome rear bumper and light clusters highlights.

On the interior, DS4 offers a choice of five leather combination, including two-tone options. Range-topping models are also equipped with high quality leather on the dashboard and door panels - complete with a ‘Bracelet’ design on the seats, evoking the links of a watch strap.

The DS4 can be ordered with Citroen’s micro-hybrid e-HDi technology, which is available from launch on versions powered by the HDi 110 engine. This system combines an economical HDi Euro V diesel power plant , new generation Stop & Start system, a second-generation reversible alternator and an e-booster function.

Press release after the jump.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze was unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Motor Show and Chevrolet will make good use of the next major motor show, the Paris Auto Show, by revealing the hatchback version for the latest model in their line-up. A first concept version of the hatchback Cruze will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and will most likely be followed by a production version.

The confirmation was made by the maker’s Australian brother, Holden : "There will be some exciting news coming out of the Paris motor show and the Chevy reveals for the Australian market." However, Holden would only say that it was too early to confirm the presence of the Cruze five-door at the Paris show, preferring to leave official announcements to Chevrolet .

The production version will be built on the Delta II platform and will be revealed in the second half of 2011.

We have to remind you that at the same show, we will also see production versions of the Chevrolet Aveo and theChevrolet Orlando .

Source: Go Auto.

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