The biennial Paris Motor Show is quite simply the busiest motor show in the world, and it was also the world’s first. In addition to welcoming more than 1.2 million visitors during each edition, there are almost 300 exhibitors showing their wares, and well over 10,000 journalists in attendance to report back to no less than 103 countries. Here are some of the highlights of the 2018 Paris Motor Show:
New model launches: A1, Q3, e-Tron, A4 (facelift)
The glut of all-new models on Audi’s stand at this year’s show didn’t actually receive full support from the factory, but nevertheless, they were a spectacle to behold. The all-new A1 hatch, Q3 SUV and e-Tron all-electric SUV were all on display, together with a facelifted version of the Audi A4.
New model launches: 3-series, X5, Z4
The 2020 version of the ubiquitous BMW 3-series was on the BMW stand, together with the brand-new Z4 roadster and X5 SUV. The 3-series was the main point of conversation, and that’s because it has substantially grown in size, and packs a whole lot of new technology. More hybrid versions of the model will be available. True gearheads will have to wait a little longer for the 330i and 340i performance models to launch.
New model launches: DS3 Crossback
As wacky as it ever was as a brand, Citroen has decided to replace its popular DS3 hatchback with an all-new SUV model that will be dubbed the DS3 Crossback. The new model shares its underpinnings with the incoming version of the Peugeot 208, and a fully electric version will also be offered.
New model launches: i30 N Fastback
The i30 N Fastback, which is (as its name suggests) the fastback version of version of the much-loved i30 N hatchback, finally broke at the Paris Motor Show. In addition to the new body style, the Fastback features revised suspension to try and improve on the hatchback’s already-formidable turn-in. Furthermore, the N Option Concept, pictured above, was shown in order to showcase a series of cosmetic upgrades for the i30 N hatch, including wheels, spoilers, and a vented hood.
New model launches: Proceed
Kia has revealed its now Proceed GT shooting brake model, together with the Ceed GT. Both models feature 1.6-liter petrol engines producing 200 horsepower, and either model can be specified with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.