In 2010, the Paris Motor Show saw the acclaimed Citroen DS3 and DS4 take the limelight beside many other new launches – but what will this year’s motor show have in store for us?
Although many manufacturers keep quiet about new launches leading up to the Paris Motor Show, some just simply can’t resist releasing teaser videos, tempting concept images and spreading rumours.
Below are ten of the latest additions to the Paris Motor Show 2012 line-up.
The Trax is Chevrolet’s take on the new Vauxhall Mokka SUV and it features a similar muscular body style and stance.
There are also elements of the Chevrolet Captiva apparent on the Trax, particularly its plump bonnet design and ‘eyelid’ styled contours above its headlights.
Although engine details have not yet been specified it is expected to offer two petrols and two diesels, two of which are a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.7-litre diesel.
The Chevrolet Trax will sit below the Captiva model in Chevrolet’s SUV range as it offers a much more compact body style, ultimately giving Chevrolet a new market segment competitor.
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The new Kia Carens MPV will be replacing the ageing Carens model that was released back in 2006.
The new third generation Kia Carens will offer a more stylish approach to the platform with sportier contours on its bonnet and flanks, which can be seen in recent teaser images.
As it will fall into the MPV segment, the Carens is likely to offer both five and seven seat variants, as well as 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines.
The Kia Carens is expected to arrive on UK shores sometime in early 2013.
Current Kia Carens prices start from £12,705
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The new Mazda6 has been a teased released by the Japanese manufacturer as it has revealed taster videos and even an estate version in order to whet the appetite of its fans.
The new Mazda6 saloon is set to feature both the Skyactiv technology and Kodo design language of its concept counterpart, the original Takeri concept car.
This means it will be available with a low emitting Skyactiv-D 2.2 litre diesel, along with light weight body materials that have already proven their worth on the new Mazda CX-5 SUV.
Whether or not the production version of the new Mazda6 will retain all of these qualities is still yet to be seen, although it is looking very likely.
Current Mazda6 prices start from £17,810
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Renault Clio 4
The new Renault Clio 4 refreshes the current Clio model with a sportier overhaul.
At a glance, it is clear that the new Clio 4 incorporates Renault’s new design language, which includes a much more sculptured front end and strong contour lines running along its body.
It will be available with an economical 0.9-litre petrol engine that emits just 99g/km and returns 65.9mpg, which ultimately means it will be cheaper to run and will be road tax exempt.
Inside, the new Clio 4 offers a TomTom trim level, much like many other of the Renault models, as well as a highly customisable colour scheme. The Renault Clio 4 is expected to go on sale in early 2013.
Current Renault Clio prices start from £11,625.
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Ford Fiesta facelift
The popular Ford Fiesta supermini has been given a refresh with what looks like a new and more stylish front end.
The front end will gain LED daytime running lights, a more distinctive front grille and a whole new bonnet design. The facelift will also include the addition of new engines, including the award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost.
Even though the Fiesta is near enough unbeatable with its sales figures, the new refreshed design should further maintain the Fiesta’s place atop the top sellers list.
Current Ford Fiesta prices start from £9,795.
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The new production ready Seat Toledo saloon is set to debut at the Paris Show, but its Toledo name tag may puzzle a few.
In recent years the Toledo name was attached to a Seat MPV model, but the new Toledo model brings the name back to its original saloon roots.
The new Toledo saloon retains many of its concept car features, including a contour stricken compact body style and a coupe roofline. With its compact body, the new Toledo will fall into the family car segment and go up against models like the Ford Mondeo.
There will be four available engines, including a 1.2-litre TSI petrol and a 1.6-litre TDI diesel, the latter being the most economical and emitting just 104g/km.
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Vauxhall Astra GTC convertible
Although this model is just rumoured, it could very well be a high possibility.
With recent success of its Astra model, there is no reason why Vauxhall wouldn’t release a convertible of its GTC powerhouse.
As the Astra GTC is largely renowned for offering young buyer appeal, a soft top offering would further build on this with added ‘boy racer’ styled appeal.
The convertible roof, if fitted, is expected to be fabric as opposed to metal, which ultimately gives it an edge over many other coupe-like convertibles as most of them feature metal retractable roofs, like the Peugeot RCZ.
A convertible roof on the GTC would also be very fitting to its sporty image and sit nicely beside its punchy 276bhp engine.
Current Vauxhall Astra GTC prices start from £19,040
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When you first look at the Fiat 500X it echoes the design of both the Vauxhall Mokka and Fiat 500, with a low roof line and stylish body lines.
Fiat has said that the new 500X will be aimed at male drivers as it attempts to broaden its market appeal, after the Fiat 500 model has earned a reputation for being highly feminine.
The new Fiat 500X will offer a sporty ‘baby SUV’ appeal will be available in both two and four wheel drive variants. Even though it moves away from the 500 design there are still a few 500 features carried across, including the same headlamp and tail-light designs.
It will feature Fiat’s acclaimed TwinAir engine range with a 93bhp 1.4-litre and a 104bhp 1.0-litre variant.
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The Fiat 500L model is similar to the new 500X as it is also aimed at attracting more male buyers to the brand.
However, the Fiat 500L is at the other end of the spectrum as it offers a muscular MPV appeal, as opposed to a slick baby SUV appeal.
With a literal nametag, Fiat 500’L’ standing for large, it will act as the Fiat 500’s big brother and offer a much more road dominant stance, which ultimately results in a more spacious interior. It will retain the rounded nose appeal of the 500 city car.
Engine availability will include the award winning TwinAir range, with a 0.9-litre petrol and 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel being just two of the options.
The Fiat 500L is expected to reach UK showrooms in the last quarter of 2012.
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Mazda MX-5 upgrade
The Mazda MX-5 has already proven itself in the roadster market and has in fact earned the tagline of ‘world’s best selling open-top sportscar’, but Mazda plan to enhance its sporty appeal with new design upgrades.
The upgrades include a revised and meaner looking front end which, as well as looking more stylish, actually features a new active bonnet safety system, which raises the bonnet when a pedestrian impact is detected – providing better head protection.
It also features a new throttle pedal, which allows for smoother and more precise handling on the road. It retains its 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre petrol powertrains.
Current Mazda MX-5 prices start from £17,995.
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