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Mondial de l’Auto Paris 2018

The Paris motor show (Mondial de l’Auto) is held every two years. The 2018 Paris Motor Show took place from 4 October to 14 October. For the first time, it consisted of three different shows for car, motorcycles and new mobility.

Apart from the varied range of new production car launches, concept cars previewing design and technology innovations also stole the limelight. This is still one of the largest motor shows in the world despite the growing trend for vehicle manufacturers skipping international shows.

Alongside the show proper, there are a host of car-related events, workshops and exhibitions focusing on economic, social and technical issues affecting the automobile sector. In spite of a shorter duration, the show attracted 1,068,194 participants. It remains the most visited automobile event in the World, largely ahead of the IAA in Frankfurt (810,000 visitors in 2017) and the Geneva Show (660,000 visitors in 2018).

This year saw new events organised beyond the walls of the Porte de Versailles such as the 120th anniversary parade and the place de la Concorde test-drive center, the show is looking at leaving the traditional format of an automobile show. 

New event formats were introduced, such as the conference Tomorrow in Motion, the Mondial Women special evening, as well as the Mondial.Tech Startups Awards, by welcoming the CES Unveiled Paris 2018, Google and Facebook events. 

On 30 September, a gathering of vintage and modern vehicles which have left their marks on the 84 editions since the creation of the Show in 1898 was held by the Automobile Club de France in the Jardins des Tuileries.

Collectors and heritage services of different makes brought into the light their most beautiful jewels and drove them on the streets of Paris. The makes Renault (120 years old), Peugeot Motocycles (120 years old) and Citroën (nearly 100 years old) celebrated their anniversaries together. 

Audi A1

The new A1 is bigger, plusher and smarter. 3- or 4- cylinder turbo 1.0-to 2.0-litre engines, from 95hp to 200hp, manual or S-tronic dual clutch options, optional adaptive damping and top models are offered with firmer sports suspension. Inside, the MMI systems feature touch-operated handwriting recognition technology taken from the range-topping A8. There’s also more advanced voice control technology. S1 due in 2019.

Audi SQ2

Turbo 2.0 with 296 hp. Think of an Audi S3 jacked up with Volkswagen Golf R / Seat Leon Cupra R type of performance (0-100 in 4.8s). Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system and a DSG automatic gearbox. With close to the RS Q3’s performance (the hot SUV which never made it to Singapore), this looks promising.

BMW 3 Series (G20)

BMW’s next Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 rival was the Paris centrepiece. Seventh generation of this iconic German midsize sedan has 150 hp to 265 hp with new four-cylinder petrols, four-cylinder diesels, plus six-cylinder diesel unit. It has new damper technology, stiffer body structure and suspension mountings, wider track and more driver tech. Argh.

BMW X5 (G05)

BMW X5’s first public debut, the fourth generation is built on BMW’s new CLAR architecture, with a lot more driver assistance systems. The xDrive45e iPerformance model is a plug-in hybrid, with a 394hp turbo in-line 6 and a 80km electric range. Or if you hate the planet, a 462hp V8 xDrive50i, along with some familiar petrol and diesel engines.

BMW Z4 (G29)

BMW promises a renewed focus on dynamic ability for the new car, as well as a completely different look from its predecessor. Jointly developed with Toyota, this will be your first look at the Supra. (the 86 does look like the BRZ, yes?) 2 or 3 litre turbo engines connected to eight-speed automatic gearbox. The sDrive20i however, can be optioned with a six-speed manual, yay!

DS 3 Crossback

Small French small crossover has a new face and lots of technology, a future full-electric version, powered pop-out door handles which can be unlocked via a smartphone app. Focal hifi, and a head-up display. For now, normal petrol and diesel engines, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2

The Monza Ferrari SP1 and SP2 are limited edition cars for a new line-up called ‘Icona’. Based on the 812 Superfast, 798bhp, 719Nm, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and virtual four-wheel steering. 0-100: 2.9s, 0-200: 7.9s, max: >300 km/h. It costs more than you can afford pal, Ferrari.

Honda CR-V Hybrid

Honda had its hybrid CR-V at the Paris show, featuring an all-new twin motor Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) powertrain. The hybrid CR-V uses an electric motor and a 2.0-litre petrol engine to produce 181bhp and 315Nm of torque.

Hyundai i30 Fastback N

The standard i30 N hatch, now in “Fastback”. Just like the hatch, it comes in two states of tune, with the 248bhp entry level car being joined by a more powerful 272bhp Performance version. The i30 Fastback N was joined by the i30 N Option, which previews a range possible accessories for the brand’s hot hatch. And some good news, we heard that the i30 N is now undergoing testing in Singapore…

Mercedes-AMG A 35 4 Matic

BMW promises a renewed focus on dynamic ability for the new car, as well as a completely different look from its predecessor. Jointly developed with Toyota, this will be your first look at the Supra. (the 86 does look like the BRZ, yes?) 2 or 3 litre turbo engines connected to eight-speed automatic gearbox. The sDrive20i however, can be optioned with a six-speed manual, yay!

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

A plug-in hybrid with a choice of seating arrangements. Looking like an up-sized GLC, it comes with huge infotainment screens. The GLE will receive a completely new range of engines, including a new in-line six-cylinder petrol engine. Other engines including diesels and a plug-in hybrid will follow.

Peugeot 508 II SW

Inspired by shooting brakes, this stylish wagon is equipped with the latest generation of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit system. Its new plug-in hybrid petrol engines has a fully electric ZEV mode’s for road-based, urban or outdoor routes. The freedom to choose, with two or four-wheel drive, 225 or 300 Hp, saloon, SW or SUV. The freedom to use the four driving modes.

These two new engines are a clear illustration of PEUGEOT’s vision of unrestricted, exciting and ever-more efficient driving.

Seat Tarraco

It will come with a FWD Turbo 1.5, six-speed manual or a 4WD Turbo 2.0, seven-speed DSG dual-clutch auto transmission. SEAT will add plug-in hybrid technology as early as 2020, “with at least 50km of pure-electric range”. In addition, there will be an FR performance version…  So, VW Tiguan or Skoda Kodiaq… ?

Skoda Kodiaq vRS

So if you can’t wait for the Tarraco FR, behold the Kodiaq vRS, which has seven seats, 237bhp 2.0-litre biturbo direct-injection diesel 0-100 in seven seconds and very fast. Seven-speed DSG gearbox, variable all-wheel-drive and adaptive chassis control, which includes six drive modes and electronically adjusted shock absorbers. It will wear Skoda’s redesigned vRS logo too. 

VinFast

A subsidiary of Vingroup, one of Vietnam’s largest privately-held businesses, showed off its SUV and sedan, both developed by Pininfarina. VinFast is “rapidly developing other vehicles” and the company is planning to export to foreign markets in the coming years. Definitely one to watch.

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