The scale of Motorexpo is hard to ignore, it runs from 10-16 June
The Motorexpo is being held in Canary Wharf this week
Chrysler used its tie-in with the new Superman movie to promote the Ypsilon
The Concept V1 from Karsan could be ideal for those with reduced mobility
The new Grand Cherokee from Jeep took prime position at the show
Kia's Procee'd GT got lots of attention from Canary Wharf workers
The inside of One Canada Square was festooned with supercars
The new Range Rover took over the rear of the One Canada Square lobby
Mercedes' SLS AMG proved popular with the passing office workers
Radical's RXC is billed as a racing car for the road
The Ferrari 458 Italia isn't a new car to be shown here, but that doesn't stop it getting lots of attention
The Lightning GT electric supercar is still some way from production
That hasn't stopped Lightning from making sure the pre-production car gets seen by the public, though
Aston Martin celebrates its centenary year at the Motorexpo
Motorexpo is the first time the facelifted Skoda Superb has appeared in the UK
Tesla expects to get at least 30 orders for the Model S during the week
This Chromed Smart ForTwo made sure the stand drew plenty of attention
Mercedes shows off its new S-class to London's docklands
The show is free to visit and free to enjoy, it forms a walking tour of Canary Wharf
Seat's new Leon SC is based on the five-door version of the standard car
The Infiniti Q50 is expected in showrooms in autumn this year
The Jaguar XFR-S drew plenty of attention from the crowd...
...as did the XJR super saloon, which has its UK debut at the show
The F-type is hard to ignore, both the V6 and V8 versions are on display
The London Motorexpo was the motor show designed specifically for Canary Wharf and, even though it’s been going since 1996, and remains a fan favourite for those wanting to get close to the latest cars to go on sale.
Motorexpo isn’t for everyone though, it seems. Notable exemptions from the manufacturers not exhibiting include Ford, Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
As well as the mass-produced cars on show, the Motorexpo is also used by smaller manufacturers to show off their niche designs. Among them this year was British manufacturer Lightning, showing off the latest version of its GT electric supercar.
Turkish manufacturer Karsan arrived with its Concept V1, which was among the top three finalists in the NYC Taxi of Tomorrow tender competition.
Here’s the Autocar guide to what’s on display at the London Motorexpo:
The London MotorExpo is the UK debut for Jaguar’s XJR – the 542bhp super-saloon we first saw at the New York motor show earlier this year. The car is expected to be on sale this summer with a price tag of £92,500.
Chrysler used its tie-in with the new Superman movie to create a photo opportunity for visitors to the Motorexpo using its Ypsilon city car. A special ‘Man of Steel’ version of both the Ypsilon and Delta is now available, with extra features like new 16in black alloy wheels and twin chrome tailpipers available.
Karsan Concept V1
Karsan’s Concept V1 was among the top three finalists in the NYC Taxi of Tomorrow tender. Although the NV200 concept from Nissan won the deal, the Concept V1 has now been redeveloped as a platform for motorists with reduced mobility – including the elderly and disabled.
The latest version of the Grand Cherokee goes on sale in the UK in July, so the Motorexpo is the perfect opportunity for potential buyers to see the SUV in the flesh. Accompanying the 2014 Grand Cherokee is a new 3.0 litre diesel engine option which, when mated to a new 8-speed automatic gearbox gives a driving range of around 770 miles.
The Jaguar stand at Motorexpo can expect a fair number of visitors over the course of the week as motoring fans flock to see the new F-type for the first time. Both the V8 and V6 versions of the car are on display.
Inside the towering One Canada Square building a range of premium manufacturers have set up shop, with McLaren taking centre stage with both the MP4-12C Coupé and Spider on show. The company is also teasing the arrival of the P1 with a series of design blueprints blown up on the walls of the building.
The Range Rover Sport dominates the rear lobby of One Canada Square, with its Range Rover sibling also garnering plenty of attention. Priced from £51,550 up to an eye-watering £81,550 the car is already available to order with deliveries expected in Q3 of this year.
Radical’s Le Mans-inspired RXC is billed as a racer for the road, and on paper it seems to find the balance between handling and performance easily. A low-maintenance Ford V6 engine provides the power for most models, while a 480bhp variant of Radical’s RP-Series V8 is also available for those seeking an even bigger thrill.
The SLS AMG seems to have struck a chord with those working in and around Canary Wharf, if the throngs of people queueing up to take a seat in the demonstration version is anything to go by. Still, the financial district is probably the best place for Mercedes to show the car, with its price tag of £168,485.
The Lighting GT supercar has been seen at a number of shows and in various stages in the run up to it becoming a full production model. That’s still some way off, although Lightning says it is targeting sales of 250 units per year.
The facelifted Skoda Superb has its UK debut at the MotorExpo. Headlines for the updated model focus on its fuel economy, which is up to 67.3mpg on the GreenLine version. C02 emissions remain low, too, down to 109 g/km.
Tesla is expecting a good turnout this week, with a spokesperson telling Autocar they expect at least 30 orders to be placed over the course of the show. The car's innovative interior and stylish design is sure to attract passing office workers from the surrounding skyscrapers.
With the first examples of the Mercedes-Benz flagship expected to arrive in UK dealerships in September, Mercedes is keen to show off the new S-class to the public. The new model effectively has to fill two gaps, not only replacing the outgoing S-class model but also acting as a replacement for the discontinued Maybach brand.
Priced from £22,335 the Leon SC is a shorter, lower and wider version of the existing five-door Leon. Expected to be seen in UK showrooms next month, the SC is expected to make use of the same range of engines from the five-door model – meaning a 178bhp 1.8 TSI will be the initial range-topper for petrol options.
We first saw the Infiniti Q50 at the Geneva Motor Show ahead of its official arrival in the UK in autumn this year. Infiniti says the Q50 will establish it as a key player in the premium market, helping it to win customers from its German rivals.