Honda says it remains committed to hybrids in Europe and will import a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its next Jazz subcompact in 2016, despite reducing its hybrid lineup in the region due to slow sales.... Read More »
The Pulsar marks Nissan's return to western Europe's mainstream compact segment that the automaker left after dropping the poor-selling Almera in 2006. The Pulsar is based on the joint Nissan-Renault CMF platform used by the Nissan X-Trail and Qashqai crossovers. Nissan is adding 80,000 units of annual capacity for the Pulsar at its factory in Barcelona, Spain. Pulsar sales start in October. Go to the Gallery »
BMW showcases the second-generation X6 coupe-styled crossover. The new X6 is slightly larger than its predecessor, with more luggage space. It will be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina, like the current model. Go to the Gallery »
Honda returns to the European subcompact crossover segment it quit in 2006 with the H-RV, which is based on the Vezel that launched in Japan at the end of last year. Honda is calling the Paris show car a prototype, but it's expected to change little in production form. Go to the Gallery »
The two-seat microcar is slightly wider than its predecessor but the length remains the same. The ForTwo will be powered by new three-cylinder engines co-developed by parent Mercedes-Benz and its partner, Renault. Go to the Gallery »
The ForFour is the first Smart four-seat model since the brand axed a previous ForFour after just two years of disappointing sales. The ForFour and ForTwo will go on sale in Europe starting on Nov. 22. Smart has no current plans to sell the ForFour in the U.S. because it isn't sure if there is a big enough market to warrant the cost of homologation. Go to the Gallery »
Fiat will join the expanding subcompact crossover segment with the 500X, a sibling to the Jeep Renegade. The 500X and Renegade will come off the same production line at Fiat's factory in Melfi, Italy. In Europe, the 500X will replace Fiat's slow-selling Sedici, which Suzuki built at its plant in Hungary. The 500X will appear in European dealerships by year-end and will arrive in the U.S. next spring. Go to the Gallery »
Renault launched its upscale Initiale Paris trim line on its Clio subcompact, which will go on sale shortly after the show. Renault joins Ford, with its Vignale top-end trim line, and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, with its DS brand, in adding premium features to mianstream cars to attract affluent customers who find luxury brands too expensive. Go to the Gallery »
The TT Sportback concept could join the coupe and roadster versions of the compact TT sports car, along with a crossover variant that has already been previewed the Detroit and Beijing auto shows. Go to the Gallery »
The automaker's second plug-in hybrid after the Golf GTE, the Passat GTE is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine and a 115 kW electric motor. It can cover a distance of up to 50km (31 miles) on electric power alone. The Passat GTE will arrive in European showrooms next October as a sedan and station wagon. Go to the Gallery »
A weight reduction of 100kg (220 pounds) puts the new roadster at a level comparable to the original model, which was launched in 1989. Global sales will start next year. The new MX-5 represents the first use of Mazda's Skyactiv drivetrain and chassis technologies on a rwd vehicle. Go to the Gallery »
The Corsa is still based on a shared platform with Fiat that stems from GM's failed alliance with the Italian automaker, but the platform has been heavily revised for the new car. Opel hopes that a fresh design, as well as new, more frugal engines, an improved interior, better connectivity and new safety systems will keep the Corsa competitive until the next generation of the car launches in 2018. Go to the Gallery »
The Kia Optima T-Hybrid (turbo hybrid) concept is powered by the model's existing 1.7-litre CRDi turbo-diesel engine, paired with a small electric motor, powered by a 48V lead-carbon battery. Go to the Gallery »
The Civic Type R is a high performance version of the European Civic hatchback. The Civic Type R's 280hp, 2.0-liter gasoline engine is more powerful than previous 201-hp Civic Type R. Go to the Gallery »
The five-door Vitara is the production model of the iV-4 concept first shown at last year's Frankfurt auto show. It will go on sale in Europe early next year. The Vitara has lost the boxy utilitarian design of previous models and now has slicker, more mainstream crossover styling. Go to the Gallery »
Toyota turned to its styling center in Europe to create the "emphatic new design language" displayed on the C-HR hybrid-powered crossover concept. Media reports say the production version of the concept will be called the Auris Cross and will slot in below Toyota's RAV4, which was once the top-selling compact SUV in Europe but now struggles against sleeker models such as the segment-leading Nissan Qashqai. Go to the Gallery »
The Mulsanne Speed, a new flagship powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V-8 engine that generates 530 hp, accelerates from 0-100kph in 4.9 seconds (0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds) and has a top speed of 305kph (190 mph). Sales will start just after the Paris show. Go to the Gallery »
The Q80 Inspiration concept is a four-door fastback concept, which Infiniti says will be the basis for the brand's largest car. The production version will rival models such as the Porsche Panamera. Go to the Gallery »
The third-generation Audi TT Roadster will make its debut at the Paris auto show in October. When it arrives in the U.S. market in fall 2015 as a 2016 model, the convertible will be available in 227-hp TT and 306-hp TTS variants.
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The second-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S debut at the 2014 Paris motor show in October. The high-performance car builder, which has dropped "Benz" from its name to further differentiate itself from the standard Mercedes-Benz lineup, says the 2015 C63 and C63 S sedans will receive similar power but even greater levels of torque than the company’s recently unveiled Mercedes-AMG GT and GT S -- with which it effectively shares its engine -- when it goes on sale in North America in early 2015.
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Renault says its Eolab car showcases an environmental concept with nearly 100 technological innovations designed to deliver ultra-low fuel consumption of one liter per hundred kilometers.
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