Paris Motor Show 2010: Premiers

Paris Motor Show is fast approaching and the car manufacturers put on the starting line the most exciting new models or concepts. This year, Paris Motor Show will take place from 2-17 octombre and manufacturers’ stands will be arranged in Porte de Versailles. Given that they play at home, French car manufacturers will come with the most spectacular premiers.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin stand will be full of news. The British builder most likely will come to Paris with its DB9 model. The British supercar received a very delicate facelift, not long ago.

Audi

In Audi’s stand, the audience at the Paris Motor Show will be able to admire the new A7. This Coupe sedan will become the first rival for Mercedes CLS.

BMW

BMW will come to Paris together with its new X3 generation. After six years since its launch, the Bavarian compact SUV has a new design, much more attractive. Also, in their stand is likely to get acquainted with the long-awaited Megacity concept.

Bugatti

The Bugatti will come to Paris Motor Show with their new Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The new version of the Veyron was able to enter the Guinness Book, reaching speeds of 431 km/h. This car is equipped with a 1,200 horsepower engine and 1500 Nm.

Chevrolet

Like they did at Geneva Motor Show, this year, Chevrolet will also present the Aveo RS concept at Paris Motor Show.

Citroen

Citroen’s stand will certainly be one of the most admired. French will present to the public its new generation of C4, but only the version with five doors. Also, the French manufacturer will make us aware of their DS4.

Ford

Ford officials will bring with them the new Mondeo facelift. The retouched version of the Mondeo offers customers a range of technological elements that were missing on the present model.

Land Rover

In the Land Rover stand, the audience at the Porte de Versailles will be able to admire the new Range Rover Evoque. The new British model is the smallest, lightest and most environmental Land Rover car created so far, and will be launched on the market with the anniversary of 40 years of the company.

Lotus

Lotus will be among the stars of the Parisian Motor Show, their stand will host the Esprit supercar concept. Besides that it is possible to see a GT roadster and two concepts.

Mercedes

Mercedes will present in Paris the new CL facelift and also the new CLS. The new CL-Class comes with a front look more aggressive and with a new propellant. Twin-turbo V8 unit produces 429 hp and develops a torque of 699 Nm.

Mini

The British manufacturer’s stand will host the new Mini facelift. The first information and pictures were presented in June, but its changes are minor, both externally and internally.

Opel

The tenth generation of the Opel Astra has received a release for a family, and the Paris Motor Show is the perfect place to display it. For the first time, Astra’s station wagon version drop its Caravan denominations for the name Sports Tourer.

Peugeot

Another car manufacturer who will play at home is Peugeot. French will showcase the new 508, mid-size sedan that will replace the old 407. French brand fans will get a surprise and officials are wishing to present the long awaited Peugeot 308 GTI.

Renault

Renault’s stand will be at high agitation because the French will present DeZir concept, an electric prototype that has a fascinating design and a 150 horsepower propeller with a range of 160 kilometers. Also, the French will come accompanied by the electric version of Fluence.

Smart

The Smart will be present at the Paris Motor Show with a restyled version of its Fortwo. The actual Smart Fortwo will leave the current car market until 2013, when it will be replaced by the new generation developed in collaboration with Renault and this facelift aims freshening this generation.

Suzuki

Suzuki from Japan will be accompanied at the Porte de Versailles, by the new generation of urban model Swift. The third generation of the Swift comes with a design slightly retouched with new, somewhat larger sized engines.

Volvo

If Geneva was introduced to the Volvo S60, Paris will see the V60. The wagon version of its S60 received the title of Sports Wagon to emphasize the sport allure.

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Here is the new Lotus concept that reduces the car’s mass

Lotus has shown that using lightweight materials and efficient design, the mass of a conventional vehicle can significantly decrease.

Moreover, the English have shown that a vehicle in 2020 could reduce its total weight by 38% while the production costs would increase by only three percentage points.

Lotus Engineering has used as a subject the Toyota Venza model, which resulted two concepts, one labeled for 2017 and the other for 2020.

After the study was made, the car scheduled for 2017 in development of which were used only materials found in this market, managed to reduce their total mass by 21% and even reduce production cost by two percent.

On the other hand, in the case of the second concept, scheduled for 2020, Lotus engineers have used materials that are viable in the near future. The concept counts only 211 basic components while the Venza counts nearly 400.

Therefore, if the Japanese model is built from 100% steel, the Lotus creation is composed of 37% aluminum, magnesium 30%, 21% composite materials and only 7% with high resistance steel.

In these conditions, the 38% reduced mass would decrease also the consumption by about 23%.

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News about Lotus’ Evora Cup

Rumors say Lotus’s Evora Type 124 could be built to conquer endurance races organized by the FIA, on the other hand, a similar car called Evora Cup is made for new race series which will be host by Lotus.
It seems that the Evora Cup will debut at the Autosport International Show in England and among its features are the largely mirrors, the weight, which was reduced to roughly 2640 lbs, and the car’s purpose was to fully comply with the FIA’s GT4 class. The Toyota-supplied V-6 receives a dry-sump oil system, and power of 400 hp and also a gearbox by Cima with six speed.

According to rumors, this set of races filed under Evora Cup will take place in Europe but the schedule isn’t put to a date for now. Even so, the first two races ill take place at Donington Park in England, and Vallelunga in Italy.
Even if the drivers will pay around $195,000 for a single car, Lotus will allocate around $145,000 for the prize.
Nevertheless, Lotus staff did not appreciate if the car or championship will be available to customers in U.S. or Canada.

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