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Paris Motor Show

Paris Motor Show

Nissan’s experimentation into the world of zero-emission, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles is now in concept form as the Terra SUV Concept.

The concept, which will make its debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, provides a glimpse on what a future zero-emissions SUV concept is capable of. This may not be good news to the die-hard gear heads, but rings like music to the ears of environmentalists the world over.

More importantly, the Terra SUV Concept was born from technologies the Japanese automaker has used on a number of its vehicles, particularly the Juke , the Qashqai , and the Leaf .

"Our challenge was to take Nissan’s strength in SUVs and crossovers forward into the zero-emissions era, fuel cells being our new frontier in zero emission mobility," said Francois Bancon, Nissan’s division general manager of product strategy and planning.

"Not big and tough for the desert, the aim was a new approach to SUVs that’s relevant to urban life. The unique diagonal seating layout that offers an exciting driving experience thanks to exceptional visibility that creates a sense of being in control under any conditions."

Find out more about the Nissan Terra SUV Concept after the jump


The new generation Volvo V40 was officially unveiled back in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so it seems fitting that a more powerful version of the hatchback will be unleashed at another major auto show in the same year. The new V40 R-Design model will make its presence known when it rolls onto the Paris Auto Show at the end of September.

The V40 R-Design will be launched in a very cool Rebel Blue and promises to deliver an intense, agile driving experience thanks to its impressive high-performance T5 petrol turbo with 254 HP. When compared to a standard V40, the new R-Design version will be distinguished by a silk-metal framed high-gloss grille, an ironstone diffuser, silk-metal finished details, and twin exhaust tailpipes.

The V40 R-Design was built on a special chassis developed in cooperation with Volvo ’s Polestar Black R team. This chassis can be ordered in a standard "Dynamic" version which adds a rigid body and a low center of gravity or an optional "Sport" version if the customer wants to lower the ride height by 10 mm.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Volvo V40 R-Design.

Next to the "Onyx " supercar concept, Peugeot will also be unveiling a sweet RCZ R at the upcoming Paris Auto Show. This concept car previews an exclusive, dynamic, and sporty range of the RCZ which is already set for production and will be unveiled in 2013.

The RCZ R will be powered by a 1.6 liter THP engine with an output of 260 HP - making it the most powerful production model in Peugeot’s history. This engine will deliver more than 160 bhp/liter, which is also one of the highest in the world for a production vehicle.

Next to this impressive engine, the RCZ R will feature special suspensions and wheels combined with a Torsen limited slip differential to help in the twisties.

The Peugeot RCZ R that will be displayed in Paris will feature a very cool matte black and copper livery, combined with a special exterior signature and interior treatment.

In the past two years Peugeot has been pretty busy testing their new 2008 crossover , but while we were all waiting to see the production version, Peugeot decided to unveil a concept version at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

The 2008 is an evolution of the Urban Crossover concept we have seen earlier this year and will be built as a competitor for the Nissan Juke . The 2008 combines the elegance and refinement of a hatchback with the remarkable versatility and interior space of a SUV. It measures just 4.14 meters long and 1.74 meters wide making it a perfect driving in the city.

The concept to be displayed in Paris is powered by a new 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine with turbo and direct injection that helps it deliver an impressive 100 HP, but also low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Peugeot 2008 Concept.

In 2011, Ssangyong debuted the XIV-1 crossover concept, but it never saw production. In 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show, Ssangyong brought the more modern and convertible XIV-2 , but it still had no release details attached with it. Now, Ssangyong is bringing another variant to the XIV concept lineup in the form of the E-XIV.

The E-XIV, much like its predecessors, has no anticipated release date, but it is expected to debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The E-XIV is a huge step forward for the developing automaker, as it disposes of the traditional gasoline and diesel engines in favor of an electric drivetrain that uses a small gasoline engine to extend its range.

The details are very scarce, but we can tell that the front fascia of the E-XIV is slightly different than that on the XIV-2, as it lacks the air-intake ducts and plastic insert on the front fascia. In the place of the plastic insert are a series of small holes, but we are unsure of their purpose. On the rear en, you can see that there is really no difference between the E-XIV and the XIV-2, with exception to the illuminated “E-VIX” logo on the rear fascia. We also know that it’ll measure in at 163.2 inches long x 70.8 inches wide x 62.4 inches high and have a 102-inch wheelbase.

On the roof, instead of boasting a “convertible” top, the E-XIV features a glass roof and solar panels, meaning that this hybrid would use solar energy too. That would be a huge revolution in the industry, but it may be purely theory now, in the case of Ssangyong.

We’ll just have to wait and see what Ssangyong rolls out on September 29th to see if this solar hybrid is a reality or just another non-production brainchild.

Lexus IS-F

Car manufacturers love nothing more than to get us all talking about their latest concept. It makes them even more happy when there is an aura of mystery around it. Well, Toyota is one that loves pulling this stunt (See: over-dramatized 2013 Avalon release). This time around, Lexus , Toyota’s luxury arm, has chosen to remain even more secretive than its older cousin.

This new mystery for us to solve is the upcoming introduction of a new concept car at the Paris Motor Show. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait the full time to catch a glimpse of the new Lexus, as the luxury automaker has promised to release its first images on September 17th.

If Lexus is anything like its parent company, these images will likely be as nondescript as possible and not really reveal anything. Using our magical speculation meters, we are guessing that this will end up being the concept that the next-gen IS will be based off of. If so, we really can’t wait to find out what’s under the hood, as we are anticipating a nasty twin-boosted V-6 to grace the IS-F’s engine compartment.

Given the next-gen IS is about a year or two away, this makes sense for it to still be a concept car. We’ll definitely find out a lot more when Lexus decides to release some images. Hopefully they are enough to at least clue us in on whether it is the new IS lineup or not.

Stay tuned!


Mini’s one formula, multiple cars gig got another rendition added when the company unveiled the Mini Paceman Concept at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Concept cars usually can’t be counted on to make it to production every time, but Mini already knows the sales are in the bag considering their success with the original Countryman. The production version is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show at the end of this month, but the secret has been turned out a little early thanks to the first leaked images of the 2013 Paceman .

As these spy shots reveal, the design language of the production version Paceman will remain faithful to the concept car unveiled in 2011, leaving little need for these leaked images. The new Paceman is the two-door version of the Countryman , so it will borrow all of the tech features from it. This will also include the engine line-up, meaning that the 2013 Paceman will offer a choice of a 122 HP 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for the standard model and a turbocharged variant with 184 HP for the S version.

Full details on the 2013 Paceman will be unveiled next week, so stay tuned!

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Next to the sedan model, Mazda will also be unveiling the station wagon version of the 2013 Mazda 6 at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Both models displayed at the French show will be powered by Mazda ’s new SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine and are scheduled to go on sale later this year.

The future station wagon Mazda 6 will feature the same design language as the sedan, except of course for the specific estate rear that will add more cargo space. just like the sedan, the station wagon will incorporate both the full range of SKYACTIV technology and the new KODO Soul of Motion design theme.

At its official market launch, the new Mazda6 Wagon will be offered with a choice of two engines: a Skyactiv-G 2.0 delivering 148 HP and a Skyactiv-D 2.2 diesel. The new diesel engine will be offered in either Standard Power or High Power versions and will be combined with Mazda’s unique brake energy regeneration system, i-ELOOP.


The Volkswagen Golf is an iconic shape from Germany that began with the original Rabbit. This vehicle started the hot hatch craze and provided the tuner car market with a boost. Just like its high performance cousin - distant cousin - the 911, the practical Volkswagen continues to become larger, heavier, and more sophisticated. The previous generation MkVI Golf arrived in the U.S. as a 2010 model, but the sleeker five door hatchback ended up being short lived.

The new Golf VII will be longer and wider than the previous model, while its exterior design will be more aggressive and sporty. It was set up to offer more interior room for passengers, new production techniques that make it 220 lbs lighter, and technology that makes it 23% more fuel efficient. The new Golf is also safer than ever thanks to its stronger body structure and impressive list of passive and active safety systems.

The new Golf is built on the MQB platform, or Modular Transverse Matrix, which makes it about 56 mm longer than its predecessor. At launch, the model will be offered with a choice of four engines: two petrol - a 85 HP 1.2-litre TSI and a 140 HP 1.4-litre TSI - and two diesel - a 105 HP 1.6-litre unit and a 150 HP 2.0-litre unit.

In Germany, the seventh generation Golf has been priced at 16,975 Euros (about $21,400 at the current exchange rates). It will be offered in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim levels, which can all be viewed and modified on the Volkswagen Golf’s online configurator. Golf lovers on our side of the pond will have to wait because, if the German automotive conglomerate continues to do business as usual, we won’t see the new Golf until the European market has had their fun. This means that the new Golf may not arrive in the U.S. until as late as 2014, giving the new 2010 Golf VI a few years to shine in the spotlight of Volkswagen of America’s sales sheets.

UPDATE 10/10/2012: The new generation Golf has already received a number of updates, but now Volkswagen has announced the addition of three new engines: a 1.2-liter TSI BlueMotion with 105 HP, 1.4-liter TSI BlueMotion with 120 HP, and a 1.4 liter TSi BlueMotion with 138 HP. The previous 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter TDI units can now be combined with the 4Motion all-wheel drive system. The last addition is a new Tech Pack that includes active cruise control, bi-xenon headlights, dynamic main beam control, traffic sign detection, and an anti-theft warning system.

Hit the jump to read more about the new generation Volkswagen Golf.


Ford unveiled the Fiesta Mark VI back in 2008 and with some creative marketing, it became one of the most successful models on the market - including here in the US. Now, after four years, the car is preparing to receive its first facelift - nothing big, but just enough to keep it fresh. The model will be making its official debut at the Paris Auto Show, with sales in the European market to begin shortly after.

Changes on the exterior are minimal and include a trapezoidal front grille, bracketed by laser-cut headlamps with daytime running lamps that use LED technology. The interior has also been updated with new technology, including the segment-first MyKey system. Under the hood, the facelift Fiesta will keep its usual engine line-up, but will also add the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine.

UPDATE 09/05/2012: This review has been updated with the official images and specs for the Ford Fiesta.

Hit the jump to read more on the 2013 Ford Fiesta.


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