The Paris Motor Show adopted the motto of ‘Freedom, Diversity, and Mobility’ for its 2016 edition. With new models, concept cars, innovations and dream cars the show was held, as always, in early October. This year the show was oriented towards future technologies and the new usages of the cars with the launch of several electric models from most of the exhibitors. Here we look behind the marketing hype at the news that really matters.
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
Seven years after the launch of the first generation, Porsche has decided to refresh its Panamera sedan, and it was at the Paris Motor Show 2016 that the German firm presented the second to the general public.
From the outset, the new Teutonic sedan seduced, skillfully blending elegance and sportiness with a redesigned front bumper, the LED headlights and a modified shape. At the back the optics are more refined and connected by a red band like the 911 models. In addition to a dual exhaust on each side, just to silence the skeptics. As for the interior, it was also entitled to some changes, particularly in terms of instrumentation, classic with 5 digital meters, but accompanied by a large central screen.
Lexus UX SUV Concept
To draw its vehicles, as current or future ones, the premium manufacturer Lexus stays focused on offering its unique style of designs. The concept UX, the first glimpse of a series of SUV planned for 2017, is in the same spirit, even pushing some limits.
The Lexus crossover adopts uncommon characteristics. Including front seats – straps that are supposed to improve the internal wellbeing, visibility and comfort, a back seat ‘sofa’, a removable sound bar and hinged doors.
To create a ‘unique driving experience’, Lexus has integrated Human Machine Interface (HMI) and a completely redesigned dashboard, very dense screens, even broadcasting some holographic data. On the outside, the concept is still equipped with countless edges, a ‘crushed’ roof significantly reducing the size of the windows.
BMW i3 Electric City Car
The BMW i3 Electric opens the range of BMW i automobiles. This city car is characterized by numerous technological innovations, which should mark a new beginning for the electric cars’ industry.
Inside the car, we immediately notice the similar control screen tablet located on the dashboard.
The mostly often-used materials are reinforced plastics with recycled carbon fiber. However, the natural and elegant touches are provided by the wooden parts of the dashboard in front of the passenger seat and on the left of the steering wheel. The car has everything related to new technologies, such Internet and Bluetooth. Who said that “green” cars are boring?
It was undoubtedly one of the stars of the Paris Motor Show. Like the rest of the Audi range, the new Audi Q5 adopts sharper lines than the first generation, with more pronounced edges and finer lights. Also, this new version grew slightly compared with the previous 4.66 meters.
The German manufacturer has promised a better space for rear passengers and the boot has a working volume of 500 liters expandable to 1,550 liters. The interior of the SUV includes technologies from the Audi A4, including a digital dashboard and MMI infotainment system. Like the A4, A3 and Q7, the 2017 version of the Audi Q5, claims its share of driver assistance; safety distance alert, road assistance, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control with traffic function, allowing semi-autonomous driving.
A few months before their 70th birthday, the Italian manufacturer took advantage of the opening of the Paris Motor Show to announce the release of a very special collection of cars inspired by their seven decades of building motorcars. Each of the five models in its current range – the California T, the 488 GTB, the 488 Spider, F12 Berlinetta, and the GTC4 Lusso – receive special treatment from Maranello’s ‘Tailor Made’ team with special finishes for 70 of each model. All in all, 350 unique examples will be available for sale.
A unique identifier of these cars is in their wearing of a special 70th anniversary logo designed by Ferrari and a plaque revealing the name of the original vehicle, which inspired the new model.
Alongside the new GTC4 Lusso – the first four-seater powered by a V8 turbo engine in the history of Ferrari – was the marque’s unveiling from earlier this summer: the convertible version of the gorgeous coupé LaFerrari Aperta.
Aesthetically, this car is a true work of art. The LaFerrari Aperta cut and style were purely designed for aerodynamics without removing the charm that every Ferrari worthy of the name must have. Customers who have fallen for this canon of beauty were given the choice between a retractable hardtop in carbon fiber and a more traditional soft top. Inside, the custom-made is always appreciated with this overwhelming feeling of being in a cockpit and ready to hit the road.
The LaFerrari Aperta was not for sale in Paris – production being already sold out to loyal customers of the brand.