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2017 Nissan Micra shows its new design at 2016 Paris Motor Show

Nissan has unveiled the evolutionary fifth generation of its Micra small hatchback at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The new Nissan Micra Gen5 is as appealing as it is revolutionary, offering more interior room, a stiff yet agile chassis and new downsized turbo drivetrains.

Since the new Micra features a longer wheelbase and increased width, it offers class-leading interior room, with the gliding-wing shaped dashboard augmenting this light and spacious feel. 

Nissan also provided the new Micra with a new brushless electric power steering system that allows for faster response and greater steering feel.

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2015 Kia Venga reveals its new design prior to 2014 Paris Motor Show

Kia officially revealed its all-new 2015 Venga ahead of 2014 Paris Motor Show, five years after the first model was unveiled at 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. As you can see from the photos, the 2015 Venga follows Kia’s new design philosophy and features a large ‘tiger-nose grille’, a repositioned Kia badge, a redesigned lower grille that incorporates stylish LED daytime running lights and new fog lights.

At the rear, the 2015 Venga gets new LED bulbs as well as a new horizontal chrome trim that joins the taillights. In addition, the South Korean manufacturer offers new alloy wheels designs with a 16- and 17-inch diameter.

The interior was updated too and arrives with a darker metal trim, bright accents as well as a choice of two new seat trims that offer a premium feel. Moreover, the 2015 Venga offers new options such as a heated steering wheel and the next-generation AVN (audio-video navigation) system featuring a 7.0-inch display and rear-view camera.

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2015 Kia Venga will be unveiled at 2014 Paris Motor Show

Back in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia unveiled the Venga MPV a new model based on the No3 Concept car displayed earlier that year at the Geneva Motor Show. Five years after the launch, Kia will unveil an enhanced version of the Venga at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

As expected, the 2015 Kia Venga will arrive with a new ‘tiger-nose grille’, just like the one featured on the new Sorento, a repositioned Kia badge on the front, redesigned lower grille fitted with fog lights and LED daytime running lights. The rear end will show a new horizontal chrome trim, new rear light clusters, and LED bulbs.

New 16- and 17-inch wheels will be available too. The interior will get a darker metal trim, a new centre console and audio system, optional heated steering wheel as well as the new-generation AVN system with 7.0-inch display.

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2010 Paris Motor Show: 2011 Ford Ka ECOnetic is small and fuel-efficient

Ford Motor Co’s new Ka TDCi with standard Ford Auto-Start-Stop technology was recently introduced at the Paris Motor Show. What this offers is improved fuel economy even with the car having to frequently stop at traffic lights and getting into long queues because of heavy traffic. The modifications have improved the fuel economy and CO2 emissions by 3% for both engines.

The 1.2 liter Ford Duratec petrol engine offers a combined fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100km (57.6 mpg) and average 115 g/km CO2.

On the other hand, the 1.3-liter TDCi diesel engine has a fuel consumption rating of 4.1 l/100km (68.8 mpg) and CO2 emissions of only 109 g/km. In the Ka, the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system features an advanced battery, a reinforced starter motor and a more powerful alternator.

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Renault has partnered with Miss Sixty to design the “first all-feminine Twingo,” which is intended to balance out the very masculine Twingo model. According to the press release, the collaboration between Renault and Miss Sixty work because they share the same values.

It also stated that the team-up is uniquely marked as “cheekiness for one, irony for the other,” giving off a “positive attitude!" The world premiere of the Twingo Miss Sixty was today at the Paris Auto Show.

Buyers have to choose between Bohemian Pink or Pearlescent Black as well as from a broad range of equipment. A pink and black theme is apparent on both the exterior and the interior.

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Hyundai has unveiled its newest challenger in the MPV category – the Hyundai ix20 – at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. This new B-segment MPV from the South Korean carmaker is the latest member of the "i" range of vehicles. Featuring distinct looks and style as well as superb drivability and remarkable comfort, the Hyundai ix20 is set to challenge the growing B-segment of the MPV market.

While the overall MPV segment in Europe has been in declining by 34 percent since 2005, it was a different story for the B-segment, which grew from 23.3 percent to 29.2 percent over the same period.

The Hyundai ix20 is Hyundai's second for-Europe vehicle that features the carmaker's new 'fluidic sculpture' form language. This MPV -- designed and developed at the carmaker's R&D center in Russelsheim, Germany – is an amalgamation of three key qualities: refinement, dynamism, and confidence.

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Compared to its predecessor (2011-2019 model years), the next-gen GLE is more elegant, more intelligent, and more technological. Likewise it is more spacious, more aerodynamic and more suited to off-road adventures.

Mercedes-Benz will unveil the next-gen GLE to the global public at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris 2018, which will be held from October 4 to 14, 2018). It will arrive in the United States and Europe in early 2019 and in China in spring 2019.

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The global automotive market is dominated by several major players from Japan, Europe and the United States. Some companies from South Korea and India are also major players in the automotive world. In the recent years, a few automakers from China are making some noise. How about a carmaker from Vietnam?

Here comes VinFast, a virtually unknown carmaker – at least in the global scene --- based in Ha Noi, Vietnam. Seeing itself as brand for Vietnamese cars, VinFast is a part of the VinGroup, a $10-billion conglomerate in Vietnam that is involve in operating shopping malls, resorts, spas, hospitals and schools as well as apartment complexes in the country. Led by 50-year richest man in Vietnam, billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong, VinGroup is venturing into industrial manufacturing through VinFast.

As part of its plan, VinFast will initially focus on the Vietnamese market, as the country’s GDP growth is expected to grow between six to seven percent annually. Then, the Vietnamese carmaker will set its eyes on other markets, especially in Southeast Asia.

Read the entire article Vietnamese carmaker VinFast gains traction as two models to debut at 2018 Paris Motor Show

Many automakers have been ditching the idea of attending motor shows, probably because they realised that they will reach more people while spending less money on just organising their own events, or by publishing their news on social media. So, are automotive shows dying or evolving? Well, even if Lamborghini will not be joining the 2018 Paris Motor Show this October, just like its parent company Volkswagen, these shows will still continue.

This year is not the first time Lamborghini skipped Paris - a biennial auto show that alternates with Frankfurt. Back in 2016, both Lamborghini and Bentley did not attend the Paris show, as well as Aston Martin, Ford, Volvo, and Rolls-Royce. Lately, automakers have been reassessing the value of auto shows. As mentioned earlier, automakers like Volvo are realising that it would be better to organise their own events than to shell out millions of dollars to get press coverage at an auto show.

But then again, it doesn’t mean that Lamborghini or Volkswagen will totally be absent in Paris. And this is because they will likely organise their own events in the city during the exhibition.

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The automotive industry has been choosing online shows and private debuts over huge annual car shows. These shows instantly cost automakers millions, and that is why car companies have decided to entirely let go of these. The most recent news we heard was from Lamborghini, when they said that they would be skipping the 2018 Paris Motor Show, along with BMW and Mercedes Benz. Now, another large auto group, with three of its core brands, plan to do the same.

To name them, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep, will not be attending this year’s Paris Motor Show, according to website, AutoPlus France. This is also the first time that the three car brands will be ditching a major show, and Fiat explains that it is because auto shows are no longer a must do part of its ongoing strategy. Even though the three main brands will not be in attendance, its mainstream luxury marque, Maserati, will be there together with Ferrari.

This isn’t really shocking news to anyone, as we have been hearing the same thing pretty much during the first half of the year. Other automakers that will be skipping the show in Paris include: Ford, Mazda, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Opel, Subaru, Nissan and Volvo. In contrary to that, automakers that will join the show are Kia, Citroen, Jaguar, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Lexus, Peugeot, Smart, Suzuki and Toyota, meanwhile have committed to Paris for 2018.

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As we get closer to the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the list of automakers that will attend the upcoming show is getting shorter. Volkswagen had just announced that they have decided to just skip the show that will take place in the City of Light, an event that takes place every other year. The Paris show alternates with the Frankfurt Motor Show. This news was revealed to us by France-based Autoactu.com. This was further confirmed by VW’s local French branch.

The German brand has doubts on whether it will be beneficial and relevant for them to attend international auto shows. But then, VW said that even if they will not attend the show in France, they will likely organize various actions like test drives in the city during the event. In addition, VW is analyzing prospects of organizing its own events for new car launches, which is something many automakers like Volvo have been practicing for quite some time now. One of the reasons for this could be because participating in these events could be very costly, and they don’t have as much reach compared to that of social media.

Despite the fact that VW will not attend the show, the group’s other brands, including the Skoda, SEAT, Audi and Porsche are said to make their way there. Right now, we do not have the complete details whether the Bentley and Bugatti marques will be there as well. The high end British marque from Crewe is said to work on a couple of new models such as the Continental GTC and the Flying Spur. We would not be surprised if such brands will participate and unveil new products.

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Renault’s fourth generation Clio model has been around since 2012. In fact, it is one of the oldest supermini cars in its segment. But later on this year, the automaker will finally introduce the fifth generation of the said model.

According to a report by Auto Express, the French automaker will reveal the next generation Clio at the 2018 Paris Auto Show during the third quarter of the year. The debut will be scheduled months before its scheduled sale date in 2019, and it will be an enhanced version of the fourth generation model. It will share design elements with the Symbioz Concept, as well as with the larger Megane.

In addition, the 2019 Clio will get the C-shaped headlights - just like that of the Megane and Talisman. And expect the cabin to get a major makeover, thanks to the designers and engineers that decided to completely change its looks. This will include the brand’s portrait style tablet that can control the car’s infotainment system.

Read the entire article 2019 Renault Clio (5th gen) will come to the 2018 Paris Motor Show this September

Japanese customers could now purchase Honda Motor Co.’s latest kei offering, the new generation of the Honda N-BOX mini vehicle. Built under the concept of “for the happiness of families in Japan,” the new N-BOX was meant to establish a new standard for family-type cars – expressive exterior, spacious interior, excellent driving performance, superb cabin comfort and outstanding fuel economy.

The new N-BOX is provided with high quality design and sophisticated design that still allows the vehicle to maintain its established image. It carries forward the appealing design elements of the first-generation N-BOX like spaciousness, sophistication and high quality, while adopting LED headlights and employing laser brazing technology to join its roof and body side panels.

In terms of exterior finishing, the new N-BOX could be wrapped in single-tone colors like Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, British Green Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Luna Silver Metallic, Morning Mist Blue Metallic, Premium Agate Brown Pearl, Premium Ivory Pearl, Premium Pink Pearl, Premium White Pearl II and Premium Yellow Pearl II. Two-tone color finishes include Premium Agate Brown Pearl & White, Premium Ivory Pearl & Brown, Premium Pink Pearl & White and Premium Yellow Pearl II & White.

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Toyota has recently updated the new Yaris for its European market. The facelifted Toyota hatchback will be introduced as a 2017-year model and is based on the brand’s existing 3rd generation Yaris. Among the new updates are the improved safety features, cooler exterior/interior design and dynamic performance enhancements with up to nine hundred pieces of brand new parts put altogether.

To move along with the transformation, Toyota has added a set of new grade specifications for the new Yaris models. The entry level gets the basic specs of the hatchback while the mid-level variant gets the 4.2-inch infotainment system among its standard features.

Other than the two basic model specifications, the Japanese automaker has also created a Mid+ variant for the younger generation. The Mid+ Toyota Yaris models will have a Bi-tone finish which is basically a choice between black and chrome trim finishes with matching interior trims, side sills and 15-inch alloy wheels.

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When a car has been in the market for nearly six years, it loses some of its luster and its customers tend to go for the all-new model with a whole new level of features offerings instead. Good thing the South Korean carmaker isn’t ignorant of the fact that the second generation of its Kia Picanto small car is nearing the end of its life cycle.

This is why for the model year 2017, Kia will be releasing the new and third generation of the Kia Picanto small car. The Picanto has been repeatedly spied, although it was in its camouflage form in a bid to conceal its new looks. As planned, the South Korean carmaker will unveil the all-new 2017 Kia Picanto in the early part of next year. But before that, Kia has released a set of images providing a better view of the 2017 Picanto small car.

According to Kia, the new Picanto is a fusion of a youthful and energetic new exterior as well as interior design. Moreover, the new Kia Picanto offers customers the chance to personalize their rides when it comes to both the exterior and the interior. Kia added that the new Picanto now boasts of a more assertive stance thanks to its bolder body lines and a wide array of exterior colors to choose from.

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Nearly two weeks after teasing us with two rendered illustrations of the next generation of the Kia Picanto small car, the South Korean carmaker has released official images of the new vehicle.

The teaser images released in December provided us some good ideas on how the next gen PIcanto would look like. Those images worked as they should be, teasing us and telling us the third generation of the Picanto looks more aggressive and sportier than the current generation small car from Kia.

Now, Kia has released more images with clearer renditions of the upcoming third-gen Picanto. Unlike the initial teaser images, these new ones present both the exterior and interior appearances of the new Picanto. If there are any differences between the first images and the new ones, it is that the third-gen white Kia Picanto – in GT-Line specs -- on the recent renditions doesn’t look as mean and as aggressive as the black version on the initial renders. Well, this could be because of the differences in the color of the small cars, the angling of the renders and the background used. Nevertheless, the third-gen Picanto has a more aggressive stance and bolder lines than the current generation.

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Recently, Ferrari has been on a more fuel-efficient route. For some, it may seem like this downsizing trend is keeping Ferrari from all the winning streaks it should be making at the racetrack but it too has some economic advantages considering the increasing gasoline prices.

The LaFerrari has been one of the first to be subjected to engine modifications thus adopting an energy recovery-based system that was first introduced on the HY-KERS concept car. The rest of the Ferrari range has also been subjected to engine modifications with most of the gang adopting turbochargers in the process.

This year, Ferrari will continue its downsizing trend and will be working on the GTC4Lusso T. The GTC4Lusso T will be the first four-passenger Ferrari to undergo this transformation. The “T” in its model name signifies that it is a lower-spec version of the turbocharged V12-engined GTC4 Lusso.

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Want to have a preview of the looks of the next-generation Civic Type R that will be unveiled in 2017? Then, take a good look at the new Honda Civic Type R Prototype launched at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Honda engineered the next-generation Type R under the same development program as other members of the Civic family. Production will be done at Honda’s UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon and sales will commence in Europe during the second half of 2017.

Interestingly, the new Civic Type R will also be sold in the United States – as well as other global markets – which would be the first time that a Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold in North America.

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SsangYong Motor Co.’s LIV-2 large premium SUV concept has made its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. LIV-2 large premium SUV concept is basically the second version of the Limitless Interface Vehicle concept that was unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show in 2013.

This concept explores and advances a unique design language while conveying the concept of ‘Dignified Motion.’ It is powered by a 2.2 liter Euro 6 diesel engine and a newly developed petrol 2.0 liter GDi turbo.

It features an interior that looks and feels like a modern executive lounge lurking within a luxury limousine. In addition, LIV-2 offers ample space in which passengers could work or relax. It also offers an array of advanced communication technologies like an integrated communication system with three displays, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto enhanced connectivity and Wi-Fi mirroring for devices. Users could control this infotainment system through a touch panel and they would be delighted to experience ‘surround sound’ premium quality entertainment.

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Dacia’s three signature models -- the Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan MCV – have received some major revisions for the 2017 model year. The Dacia Logan has also been refreshed for the new model year in select markets in Europe.

These refurbishments include a wide range of engine selections and transmission as well as new equipment options. Dacia has also refreshed the exterior and interior design of the Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan MCV – providing them with a new, more modern and more assertive lighting signature.

Moreover, Dacia has now made it possible to equip the Duster with an EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission.

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