The first night of the Paris Motor Show was dominated by the premieres of various VW Group models like the Audi A3 Sportback as well as the show-stopping Jaguar F-type. As well as the hotly-anticipated McLaren P1 and Range Rover 4, today has also seen a raft of important models make their debuts.
Toyota has unveiled two variants of its new Auris. Both the hatchback and Touring Sports estate are on show at Paris, the latter a fresh introduction to the range. Hopefully the edgier styling and revised suspension will give the Auris an advantage in a fiercely competitive class.
Dacia is showcasing three new cars at Paris, two of which will be sold in Britain. The refreshed Sandero and Sandero Stepway will join the Duster in the Romanian firm's line-up when sales start in January. The Logan notchback is also being exhibited but won’t reach us.
Over at Mercedes, special attention will undoubtedly be paid to the SLS Electric Drive, the world’s most powerful electric car. It offers a range of 155 miles but will cost €416,500. An all-electric B-Class provides a riposte to the BMW Concept Active Tourer. The SLS AMG GT, now the new F1 safety car, is also on show. Over the standard SLS, the GT comes with an extra 20bhp (bringing the total to 583) and revised gearbox software to slash shift times.
Smart has shown the new Forstars concept at Paris, the latest in its line of electric cars. It could pave the way for what Smart calls an ‘SUC’ (Sport Utility Coupe) addition to its range.
At Fiat, the latest Panda 4x4 variant made its global debut, along with Trekking and Natural Power derivatives. The latter is a TwinAir Panda that runs on a dual fuel combination of petrol and methane whilst the Trekking is a pseudo-4x4.