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Aston Martin, Ford, and Rolls-Royce Skipping 2016 Paris Auto Show

Aston Martin, Ford, and Rolls-Royce Skipping 2016 Paris Auto Show

Increasing costs and new marketing trends makes auto shows less appealing to automakers

Auto shows such as those in Detroit, Paris, Frankfurt, and Geneva usually gather round tens of manufacturers that are looking to showcase their latest vehicles and products. However, while auto shows were also a place where companies used to sell cars back in the day, nowadays large traffic at vehicle stands doesn’t necessarily translate into sales. Consumers spend more time looking at cars on their computers and smartphones, and many would rather attend all sorts of programs that allow them to drive the vehicles they want to purchase. This, paired with the fact that auto show booths cost millions of dollars to set up, have prompted some manufacturers to skip this year’s Paris Motor Show.

According to Automotive News, no fewer than four major companies have declined to join the event. For instance, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said that while new cars and technology benefit from the attention they get at auto shows, sometimes there are "better ways of doing it than just always spending money on show after show after show." Ford and Rolls-Royce also seem to agree, as both companies have decided to skip the 2016 Paris Motor Show, which will likely be the year’s largest car show in terms of attendance. Volvo is yet another brand that won’t be in Paris, but the Swedish manufacturer has announced its plans to skip most shows and market its products more directly to buyers a couple of years ago.

Even automakers that will set camp in Paris are revising their strategies. "The world is continuously changing," a Lamborghini spokesman told the aforementioned outlet, adding that the supercar company "intends to anticipate these changes."

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2013 Ford Fiesta

2013 Ford Fiesta

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.

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America's Contribution To The Paris Motor Show

America’s Contribution To The Paris Motor Show

This year’s Paris Motor Show is highly important for every automaker that wants to have success selling new vehicles, or updated versions of cars that are already on the market.

The European brands, such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Fiat and the many others have a chance to show off some wonderful concepts and new ideas that might make there way onto the vehicles of tomorrow. Most of the brands can afford to do this, as they already have strong sales in most of the continent. Mercedes offers plenty of choice for the consumer, as does Audi, Fiat and even a few of the French companies.

America’s automakers on the other hand need a strong showing more than ever. Chrysler has had difficulty catching on in Europe, as has Chevrolet and Cadillac. Ford on the other hand is huge in the United Kingdom, but they can’t afford to let their guard down.

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2011 Ford Focus ST

2011 Ford Focus ST

Ford has unveiled today the first details on the Focus ST model that will make its world debut at the Paris Auto Show later this month. While the model to be revealed in Paris is just a preview version, production model is expected to be unveiled in 2012.

Under the hood of the future Focus ST, Ford will place an unique 250 HP version of the new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine. The car displayed in Paris will come with a highly distinctive sports exterior, which is finished in ’Tangerine Scream’, a dramatic new body color that reflects the new ST’s exciting and energetic character.

Next to the ST version, Ford will also be unveiling the new generation Focus that comes with more affordable technologies and features than customers have ever experienced in this critical vehicle segment. Next-generation Focus also offers customers the highest standards of quality and detailed craftsmanship, plus outstanding fuel economy, and will take the legendary Focus driving dynamics to a new level.

Updated 09/29/2010: Ford has unveiled today new images and details on the new Focus ST. Check the picture gallery to see a total of 30 new images and hit the jump to read more about the new model.

UPDATE 03/24/11: A new video of the screamin’ hot 2012 Ford Focus ST has made its way to the Web. It doesn’t get mentioned enough, especially in this supercar-obsessed world we live in today, but the Focus ST really does epitomize the term ’hot hatch’. We love everything about this car, so much so that the video, despite being only 38 seconds long, has been on our loop for pretty much the whole day. Watch it and enjoy!

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2011 More pictures of the next Ford Mondeo

2011 More pictures of the next Ford Mondeo

Ford will be unveiling the next Mondeo model at the Paris Auto Show in October. It will be getting a fresh, restyled exterior and an enhanced interior, plus new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel powertrains.

The new Mondeo will be featuring a larger lower trapezoidal and slimmer upper grilles, plus a revised bonnet profile and integral new LED day running lights, a new, full chrome window surround for the higher series models, and larger, re-designed, LED tail lamps. The interior gets a re-designed center console and new high quality interior trim materials.

Changes were also made under the hood in the form of a more powerful 240 HP version of the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost power unit, a significantly re-engineered version of the 2.2-liter Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine that now delivers 200 HP, and new 1.6-liter engines from the Ford EcoBoost petrol and Duratorq TDCi diesel.

Press release after the jump.

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Ford Focus ST to be revealed in Paris

Ford Focus ST to be revealed in Paris

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.

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2009 Ford Ka

2009 Ford Ka

First unveiled in 1996, the Ford Ka has finally officially entered the second generation. The new generation Ka made its world debut at the 2008 Paris Auto Show and comes with new exterior design, new interior and engines.

Ford designers have given the new Ka a fashionable, modern appearance based around the company’s ’kinetic design’ form language. A number of visual cues provide a connection to the original Ka, but with its distinctive face and chunky proportions the new model has its own unique character.

The affordable new Ford Ka is designed to be both cheap to run and kind to the environment. It uses two economical, low emission engines: a 1.2-litre 69 PS Duratec petrol engine and, for the first time on Ka, a 1.3-litre 75 PS Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel.

Both petrol and diesel models are available with sub-120g/km CO2 emissions. The 1.2-litre petrol model, which is expected to be the largest seller in the new range, has cut fuel consumption by 21 per cent compared to the previous 1.3-litre Ka. The diesel model – available on the Ka for the first time – improves economy still further, achieving a combined fuel consumption of 4.2 litres/100km.

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2008 Ford Ka Digital, Tattoo, and Grand Prix

2008 Ford Ka Digital, Tattoo, and Grand Prix

Who said the Ford Ka is a boring car? It might have been in the past, but the new generation is quite impressive. And if this is not enough for you, Ford brings to Paris Auto Show three customized Ka, offering a combination of exciting interior and exterior designs based on very different themes. All three packs are available on the standard Zetec model only.

The Ka Digital is using a high-contrast green as the base colour. The exterior pack features patterned body stripes and solid green grille surround and door mirror cappings. The interior pack includes seats with patterned inserts and green headrests, green door panels, and a solid green finish to the centre console bezel, door pulls, instrument cluster shroud, steering wheel and the rings around the air vents.

Ka Grand prix comprises patterned body stripes with solid colour grille surround and door mirror cappings, and can be combined with a rear spoiler and white alloy wheels. The interior pack features red seats with an embossed white pattern and white headrests, red door panels and red leather trim on the steering wheel.

And the third one, the Ka Tattoo includes a large decal of the tattoo logo on the roof and a smaller decal on the fender. The interior pack features seats with silver-grey fabric inserts and the tattoo logo embossed on the backrest, silver-grey headrests and door panels, and anthracite leather trim on the steering wheel.

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2009 Ford Kuga Individual

2009 Ford Kuga Individual

At the Paris Auto Show, Ford will take the wrapping off its latest package for its Kuga crossover. Called the Individual, the package was inspired by the Iosis X Concept first shown in Paris two years ago.

Taking full advantage of the ’kinetic’ shapes of the Kuga’s interior, the Ford Individual Design team has developed a completely new color scheme, and combined it with premium quality materials, with contrasting colors and textures.

Although the Kuga is currently only available in Europe, this is likely to be one of the cars Ford will start to sell in the U.S. as part of its vehicle downsizing program.

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Ford Ka production begins

Ford Ka production begins

Even if the 2009 Ka will make it world debut next week at the Paris Auto Show, the first small car rolled off the production line at a special ceremony today in Tychy, Poland. Sales will begin early next year and the company will build 120,000 units a year.

While it shares some components with the Fiat 500, which is also built in the Tychy plant, both vehicles look completely different and are true to the individual brands’ identities.

The new Ka is unmistakably a Ford. It captures the same youthful and cheeky spirit of the model it replaces and retains all of the qualities which made the Ka so popular – its compact size, great looks, lively dynamics and fun personality – but presents them in a fresh new package.

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Ford reveals more details on the 2009 Focus RS

Ford reveals more details on the 2009 Focus RS

Ford revealed today more details on the 2009 Focus RS to be previwed at the paris auto show next month. The production version will be revealed in July 2009 at the London Motor Show and sales will begin shortly after.

Ford is confirming performance target figures for Focus RS as 0-100km/h in under 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 260 km/h or more. We would give you the figures in miles-per-hour, but Ford decided that the Focus RS is not something the U.S. wants, ha!

Ford will use the show car’s bright green metallic paint finish it calls ‘Ultimate Green’ on the production RS. Ford says it is a both a modern interpretation of the 1970s Ford Le Mans Green and a reflection of the livery worn by Ford’s World Rally Championship Focus cars. The Focus RS will also be available in Ford Performance Blue and Frozen White, each with the choice of blue or green color matched interior. A full black leather option will be available for all three exterior colors.

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5-liter Duratec Turbo petrol engine for the 2009 Kuga

5-liter Duratec Turbo petrol engine for the 2009 Kuga

Ford will unveil a new powertrain for the 2009 Kuga at the Paris Auto Show. The new 2.5-liter Duratec Turbo petrol engine mated to on optional Durashift 5-tronic automatic transmission will be available in early 2009.

The new engine for Kuga is based on the well-proven and acclaimed Ford 2.5-liter Duratec Turbo engine already available in the latest Ford Mondeo and S-MAX models as well as the sporty Focus ST.

The Ford Kuga 2.5 Turbo comes with the acclaimed, Haldex Gen 4 Intelligent AWD system and manual 6-speed transmission as standard, and delivers impressive performance. With a maximum power output of 200 hp at 6,000 rpm and a linear torque peak of 320 Nm being available from 1,600 up to 4,000 rpm, the vehicle reaches a top speed of 208 km/h. For a vehicle in this segment and performance, the homologated combined fuel economy of just 9.9 l/100 km (average CO2 output 234 g/km) is very reasonable.

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2009 Ford Ka - new official images

2009 Ford Ka - new official images

Ford officially released pictures of the 2009 Ka that will make its official debut in October at the Paris Auto Show. The new generation UK best seller comes twelve years after the original was introduced. The original design was one of the first production cars to use Ford’s "new edge" design philosophy. Now, the next generation will be brought up-to-date utilizing Ford’s "kinetic" design.

Roelant de Waard, chairman and managing director, Ford of Britain, said, "The original has been a huge hit in the UK with a sales record of over 480,000 – 80% of which have been to retail customers, and many of those first-time buyers."

Stay tuned, more details should be revealed before the official debut.

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2009 Ford Ka - first official photo

2009 Ford Ka - first official photo

After 13 years, Ford is finally giving the world a new Ka. Although Ford does not sell the Ka in the U.S. (nor has it made any announcements to the contrary,) it is an an essential car for Ford in European and Latin American markets. The second generation Ford Ka will be in good company as it will not be built alongside the Fiat Panda and 500 at Fiat’s factory in Tychy, Poland. It will likely also share engines from the 500 and the Panda’s range.

The new Ka will make its world debut this October at the Paris Auto Show. But like in many other cases it couldn’t remain a secret until the official launch, and here’s the first official image.

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2009 Ford Ka renderings

2009 Ford Ka renderings

Ford will launch the second generation Ka in October at the Paris Motor Show. It will be powered by either a 1.2 gas engine or a 1.3 diesel engine and will be built in Poland, same as the Fiat 500.

The 2009 Ka will feature Ford’s new Kinetic design, same used in the newly launched 2009 Fiesta. The kinetic design includes full surfaces, bold graphics and dynamic lines.

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2006 Ford Iosis X

2006 Ford Iosis X

Ford of Europe’s Design team has interpreted the Company’s distinctive new ’kinetic design’ form language in an exciting new crossover concept - the iosis X – which makes its debut at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. "We’re calling this car iosis X as a deliberate link to our ’kinetic design’ concept car lineage started last year," said Martin Smith, Ford of Europe’s Executive Design Director. "The link is not just in the name – there’s a strong visual relationship between the two cars, and the ’X’ signals the new vehicle’s crossover capabilities."

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Ford Mondeo Sedan - first images

Ford Mondeo Sedan - first images

Ford Europe got the first images of the 2007 Ford Mondeo Sedan. Ford is going to unveil at the Paris Motor Show a concept to preview the production version of the Mondeo.
The new Mondeo Sedan will share the same platform as the Ford Focus. This new technical basis will also be used for several Volvos, for the new Land Rover Freelander and even for the new Jaguar X-Type.
The new platform will allow for the use of Volvo’s five-cylinder engine, already featured on the Focus ST and S-Max. (...)

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2007 Ford Mondeo

2007 Ford Mondeo

The all-new Ford Mondeo makes its world debut at the 2006 Paris Motor Show between September 30 and October 15. Ford of Europe’s stylish new flagship model is being previewed in its wagon bodystyle in near production specification, with launch scheduled across Europe from the second quarter of 2007.

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Ford Mondeo - first images

Ford Mondeo - first images

Ford will unveil the Ford Mondeo Concept at Paris Motor Show, and the production version will come close to the concept. The concept is using the same design as the S-Max and Galaxy.
The Mondeo will be powered by a variety of engines starting with a 2L 145hp up to a 2.5L plant with 220hp. Diesel options include a 1.8L TDCi with 100hp and 2L with 140hp.

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2007 Ford Mondeo to be unveiled at Paris Motor Show

2007 Ford Mondeo to be unveiled at Paris Motor Show

The 2007 Ford Mondeo will make its debut at Paris in a near production form but it will also be accompanied by a brand new concept vehicle, still unknown.
The images are scanned from Top Gear magazine so you can make a pretty good idea to as what the 2007 Mondeo will look like.

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