Rivervale Report Back on Their Trip to the Paris Motor Show 2016
The Paris Motor Show also known as Mondial de l’Automobile — is one of, if not the biggest motor show in Europe, swapping location every year with the Frankfurt Motor Show. The show attracts over 1.5 million visitors.
Those familiar with Paris will know how congested and traffic heavy the streets are, almost enough to put you right off anything motor related when arriving into the city of romance and light.
After three different modes of transport the arrival at Port de Versailles from our humble home in Portslade brings a big dose of wow to even the most travelled. The home of the Paris Motor Show is staged at Paris Expo, a huge exhibition space with 8 halls each dedicated to 5 or more manufacturers or particular theme.
The highlight of this years show, unlike many other years are the concept cars. The majority of manufacturers make headlines with these prototype models in bids to gauge reaction and feedback before making any final changes pre mass production. If what was seen at the show is anything to go by then we are in for a treat in the near future from our beloved go to’s in the UK.
Some of the highlights we took in were;
- VolksWagen BUDD.E, a vehicle that appears to be geared to the taxi and family market looking much like the people carrier of the future. Ample space, superior interior comfort and technology shone through in abundance with this gem.
- Renault Trezor Concept was quite simply stunning, a sports car of the future with a complete roof lid that hinges away from the front of the bonnet. Bizarrely or very cleverly this unique feature was a stand out item at the show. On their home soil Renault certainly had one of if not the most dazzling display at the event.
- The VolksWagen I.D Concept is VW’s answer to diesel gate, providing both driverless and electric options.
- BMW X2 is the latest model from the German manufacturer offering an SUV crossover that sits between the existing X1 and X3. Expect to see this on the UK streets by 2018 with a strong backing, it’s a very striking look similar in size to the Range Rover Evoque.
- Peugeot Fractual have used 3d printing in the design of the interior to create a really futuristic look. This vehicle also has connectivity to smart phones and watches to allow for individuality and bespoke control systems.
- Mercedes Maybach 6 Vision was a show stopper. The aero dynamic coupe looks like it belongs on a track or in a rappers garage, either way it will certainly be a model to remember.
Special mentions to both Infiniti, SsangYong and Mitsubishi who both displayed a broad range of product. Inifiniti models range right up to the high spec luxury features you’d expect from Mercedes, Bentley and co, another contender for the SUV crossover market.
The Paris Motor Show has proven that electric, hybrid and techy complete cars are the future, with ergonomic, ecological and economical features combined. You don’t need to look far to look forward!
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