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2018 Paris Motor Show: Kia Ceed GT Line borrows styling cues from Ceed GT hot hatch

South Korean carmaker Kia has a new version of its Kia Ceed. It performs just like a standard Kia Ceed but it does look similar to the high-performance Kia Ceed GT. Kia believes that this new offering – the all-new Kia Ceed GT Line -- will strengthen the appeal of its new mid-size family car range.

The new Kia Ceed GT Line, which Kia has just unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, can be availed on every version of the new Ceed (Ceed five-door hatchback and Ceed Sportswagon). On the other hand, the ProCeed shooting brake variant comes standard as the Kia ProCeed GT Line.

On the exterior, the new Kia Ceed GT Line is laden with unique GT-inspired design elements a satin chrome and gloss black ‘tiger-nose’ grille surround, newly designed front and rear bumpers similar to that of the Ceed GT and ProCeed GT. Horizontal metallic ‘blades’ are found on the fog lamp surround. Available in any of the 10 available paint finishes, the new Ceed GT Line models rides on 17-inch wheels, on optional 18-inch GT Line alloy rims.

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2015 Peugeot 308 GT Hatchback and SW unveiled ahead of Paris Motor Show

Peugeot introduced today the new performance 308 GT versions of the Hatchback and SW models. As expected, these models arrive with a new design consisting on a new front grille that features the Lion emblem (moved from the bonnet to the grille), top-of-the-range headlights fitted with 62 LEDs, new direction indicators, black lacquered door mirrors, tinted windows, new side sills as well as a new set of 18-inch Diamant wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.

The rear end features a lacquered black diffuser, new twin exhaust pipes and the GT signature which is integrated into the tailgate. The GT signature is also found on the front grille and wheel arches. The 308 GT arrives with a new and exclusive ‘Magnetic Blue’ exterior colour, which is historically reserved for French competition vehicles.

The sporty theme is continued at the interior where the models feature roof lining and upper window finished in anthracite, aluminum pedals, stainless still finishers in the door sills and red stitching on the upholstery trim, dash, door panels, gear knob and floor mats. The steering wheel is also unique to these models and arrives with perforated leather trim and GT badge.

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2018 LA Auto Show: Audi unveils e-tron GT concept four-door coupe with a low floor

According to the German premium carmaker, the production version of the Audi e-tron GT concept is set to arrive in around two years. This means that could expect the third member of the e-tron family by late 2020, with initial deliveries set in early 2021. It follows the Audi e-tron SUV as well as the Audi e‑tron Sportback scheduled for 2019.

As designed, the Audi e-tron GT concept features the proportions of a classic Gran Turismo – flat and wide with a long wheelbase – as reflected on its dimensions of 4.96 meters (16.3 ft.) in length, 1.96 meters (6.4 ft.) in width and 1.38 meters (4.5 ft.) in height. Its overall shape is marked by a gently sloping roofline extending into the rear, a cabin tapering strongly toward the rear, well-sculpted wheel arches and shoulders as well as a flat floor that is unusual for an EV. The e-tron GT concept is wrapped in a new exterior color kinetic dust, which is a warm, dark color similar to titanium.

The Audi e-tron GT concept boasts of new arrow-shaped front section marked by the hallmark Audi Singleframe with a more horizontal architecture -- the upper half featuring a cover in body color. The grille is flanked by matrix LED headlights with laser high beam as well as animated function. The large front air inlets helps in effective cooling of the assemblies, battery and brakes while the hood echoes Audi’s Aicon and PB18 e-tron show cars.

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2018 Paris Motor Show: N Option accessories previewed with a new Hyundai i30 N show car

Hyundai i30 N is the South Korean carmaker’s very first high-performance hatchback. As one of the N performance models, the i30 N boasts of a number of sporty elements that help highlight its potent nature. Of course, there are some i30 N customers who may think that these elements aren’t enough. To show its consideration for these customers, the carmaker has unveiled the new Hyundai i30 N ‘N Option’ at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

Even with its sporty looks, a standard Hyundai i30 N might not satisfy some customers who wanted to further personalize their ride and make them look sportier. Good thing is that Hyundai is all bent on creating a number of customization features that would allow these customers to create their own version of the hot hatch. Essentially, the Hyundai i30 N ‘N Option’

Hyundai described the i30 N ‘N Option’ being shown at the Paris Motor Show as the ultimate performance show car. The show car provides a glimpse of the possible accessories that will be made available for the N models – including the i30 N, i30 N Fastback and Veloster N – in the future. It is basically a representation of an evolved N model in terms of looks.

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Toyota Yaris had the privilege of being the first model from the Japanese carmaker to be included in the GR sports car series. The Yaris received the GRMN top-level treatment in 2017, resulting to the birth of the Yaris GRMN. Now, the Yaris is getting its second model in the GR sports car series – the all-new Toyota Yaris GR Sport.

Unveiled to the global public at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the Toyota Yaris GR Sport takes inspiration from the Yaris GRMN. In terms of performance, the new Yaris GR Sport is no match for Yaris GRMN, which is a true high-performance version of the Yaris under the GR series. Nonetheless, the Yaris GR Sport is laden with suspension modifications and well as styling changes inspired by the Yaris GRMN.

GR sports car series – which stands for Gazoo Racing that is being positioned by Toyota as its performance brand – is divided into three tiers: GR Sport, GR and GRMN. The top-level GRMN has a more powerful tuned engine and related modifications. The mid-level GR offers the essence of the GRMN. The GR Sport, meanwhile, offers casual sports car driving experience as achieved through suspension tweaks, which is the case for the new Toyota Yaris GR Sport.

Read the entire article 2018 Paris Motor Show: Toyota Yaris GR Sport joins the carmaker’s new GR sport car series

The up-and-coming Audi E-tron GT four-door sports car is one of the electric cars that the premium carmaker has promised to deliver before 2025. But as early as now, some details have emerged about the new electric offering from Audi, as divulged by two of the company’s top men to Autocar.

First up is the expected distance that the Audi E-tron GT can travel in a single charge using just electricity. As reported by Autocar, Siegfried Pint, who serves as Technical Director Powertrain Integration at Audi, remarked that the new E-tron GT will have an electric range similar to the E-tron electric SUV. Since the E-tron SUV offers a range of 248 miles (400 km) as per WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure). Nonetheless, he noted that this range would be achieve without hindering potential of the E-tron GT four-door sports car, as this new EV would be “focused more towards power.”

Providing the power for the new Audi E-tron SUV is a 95-kWh lithium-ion battery that brings into life its two electric motors (dual asynchronous motors), with a motor placed on each axle for an all-wheel drive performance. The electric powertrain of the E-tron SUV delivers up to 265 kW (355 hp) of output and up to 413 lb-ft. of torque. But when the “boost mode” is activated, the electric motors will also deliver more power to the wheels, to up to 300 kW (402 hp) of output and up to 490 lb-ft. of torque. In this boost mode, the E-tron SUV can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.

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That was fast! It was only a few days ago when Skoda teased its newest creation – the new all-new Skoda Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV -- through three sketched images. Now, the Czech carmaker is formally introducing online the coupe version of its Kodiaq SUV, revealing a number of details that should excite potential buyers in China.

According to Skoda, the exterior of the new Kodiaq GT coupe SUVis wrapped in sporty proportions. With a length of around 4.63 meters, it is slightly shorter than the Kodiaq SUV. On the front, the new Kodiaq GT is marked by a black-framed grille with chrome-plated dual ribs, as bordered on top by a wide bonnet, on the sides by LED headlights, and on the bottom by a three-dimensional bumper. The new Kodiaq SUV also features a front spoiler with wide air inlets.

When viewed from the sides, the new Skoda Kodiaq GT reveals coupe-like flanks, clear precise lines and a gently sloping roofline, which slope starts from behind the front doors. The coupe SUV also features dynamic wheel arches as well as body-colored chiseled side skirts.

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Finally, Skoda is entering the coupe-SUV segment. However, motorists in Europe or United States won't be able to get a piece of it. This is because Skoda is marketing the all-new coupe version of Kodiaq – the Skoda Kodiaq GT -- exclusive in China. It may arrive in other markets around the world, but for now, plans only involves exclusive sale in the Chinese market.

Skoda has yet to disclose important details about the all-new Kodiaq GT. Nonetheless, the fact that the Czech carmaker has released three design sketches, Skoda is all-bent to deliver a new coupe-SUV – as based on the Kodiaq SUV – for the Chinese market. This means that China will the only market in the world in which Skoda will be selling four SUV models: Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq and Kodiaq GT.

The new Kodiaq GT will be Skoda’s fourth SUV in China, and will be second exclusive model made just for the Chinese market, after the Kamiq. It will also be replacing the Kamiq as the brand’s most expensive SUV and its new flagship in China. According to the Czech carmaker, the Kodiaq GT coupe SUV is a demonstration of its commitment to the Chinese market, expecting the new model to be a key driver of the brand’s image.

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Honda is moving forward with its electrification plans in Europe after unveiling the production-ready version of the new 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. It was part of a number of creations that the Japanese carmaker is displaying in Paris, including the refreshed Honda HR-V SUV, and a specially-commissioned Civic Type R ‘Art Car’.

In September 2017, Honda took the wraps off a near-production Euros-spec prototype of the CR-V Hybrid at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, with plans to sell the production version exclusively in Europe. By then, it was believed that the Euro-spec CR-V Hybrid will be the replacement for the 160hp i-DTEC diesel version of the SUV, as part of the carmaker’s answer to the regulations affecting the market of diesel engines.

Back then, Honda was tight-lipped about the technical details of the prototype. The carmaker only revealed that its electrified powertrain will feature an electric motor and a 2.0-liter four cylinder i-Vtec gasoline engine.

Read the entire article 2018 Paris Motor Show: Honda unveils production-ready 181-hp CR-V Hybrid

It was only in June this year when Porsche unveiled the 911 Speedster Concept. Perhaps due to overwhelming response or just a part of its plans, the German sports maker has disclosed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show that it will be putting the Porsche 911 Speedster into production.

At the same time, Porsche unveiled at the event the second concept of the 911 Speedster. Essentially, the 911 Speedster Concept II and the 911 Speedster Concept are identical, with the differences being their paintwork and finishes as well as their wheels.

Both 911 Speedster concepts feature shorter window frame with a more inclined windscreen as well as shortened side windows – resulting to a stockier profile. Both concepts also come with a special rear cover made from carbon fiber, featuring a double bubble cover behind the front seats.

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We all saw this coming, but the all-new seventh generation of the 2019 BMW 3-Series (G20) is virtually stunning in several elements as it was unveiled in metal at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

It boasts of a new generation of design, engines and suspensions as well as modern technologies. Available in three equipment lines or variants -- Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport -- the new BMW 3 Series luxury sports sedan certainly lives up to expectations.

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In just four years, Audi Sport customer racing is already unveiling its fourth race car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Introducing the new Audi R8 LMS GT3, the newest evolution of the carmaker’s second-generation Audi R8 LMS.

After introduced in 2015, the second-gen Audi R8 LMS race car quickly made a name in different major endurance races, like those in Bathurst, Daytona, Dubai, Laguna Seca and Nurburgring, as well as in Sepang and Spa. It managed to get a number of championship titles, as well as wins in the FIA GT World Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge.

In 2016, Audi Sport followed up the heavily successful Audi R8 LMS with the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR touring car. Then last year, Audi Sport launched an evolved version of the Audi R8 LMS -- the Audi R8 LMS GT4 sports car. Now, the Audi R8 LMS has further been evolved into a new form – its second evolution -- in the persona of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 that was recently unveiled at Paris.

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Interested customers only have to wait for a few months until March 2019 to get behind the wheel of the new BMW 3 Series (G20). But for clients eyeing the new BMW M3, the wait is much longer as the performance-laden luxury sedan isn't up for grabs at the same as the 3 Series. Some are willing to wait; for those who cannot, the carmaker is introducing a new extensive range of M Performance Parts as Original BMW Accessories for the new 3 Series.

These new BMW M Performance Parts just for the new 3 Series – comprising no fewer than 10 components -- won't actually make the premium class sedan much faster or quicker as they entail no modifications with regards to its power and closely related components. Customers would have to wait for such modifications to happen with the new M3. However, the range of M Performance Parts for the 3 Series can make the limousine feel sportier, more dynamic and more responsive.

The secret of these new BMW M Performance Parts – available in high-gloss black or carbon fiber -- lies on the fact they were directly inspired by and derived from motor racing. They include components not just for the exterior and the interior, but also for the drive system and chassis engineering of the 3 Series. They are designed, for instance, to augment the car’s lightweight construction concept or make the 3 Series more aerodynamic. Likewise, these components can make the 3 Series look more dynamic and sportier.

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Infiniti is planning to commence the electrification of vehicle portfolio in 2021. All-new Infiniti models will be electrified either as fully electric models or hybrid units. These models will be headlined by the Q Inspiration Concept serving as the basis for the carmaker’s future electrified vehicle platform. But even before Infiniti launches this plan in metal, it is previewing its vision of it electrified future through a new prototype.

Actually, this project – the Infiniti Project Black S – was first made known to the public last year through the 2017 design study. Now, the Infiniti Project Black S is resurrected as a new prototype that boasts of a hybrid electric powertrain. Drawing on expertise from across the holy alliance between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, the Project Black S represents the commitment of Infiniti to develop exciting high-performance electrified powertrains.

Both the 2017 and 2018 Project Black S models are based from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 sports coupe. The 2017 show car was essentially an initial vision for motorsport-inspired aesthetics and aerodynamics. It was an early design vision to develop a highly focused dual-hybrid super sports car. The 2017 prototype is fully operational, functioning high-speed model that can be taken to the track for validation. The Renault Sport Formula One Team worked to ensured that the aerodynamics of the 2018 prototype is further optimized.

Read the entire article 2018 Paris Motor Show: Infiniti Project Black S explores transfer of F1 dual-hybrid powertrain to road cars

The RS designation at Skoda has been used to call model versions that bear the Czech brand’s sporty genes. Emotive and sporty in nature, these versions have been the result of the brand’s rich history of motorsport, which has already reached 117 years. Now, at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Skoda is presenting a new study that provides a glimpse into its future RS models – the new Skoda Vision RS.

According to Skoda, the new Vision RS demonstrates how its RS could appear in future, conveying a good blend of sportiness, sustainability and functionality. After all, the new Vision RS isn't just an ordinary RS as its core is served by an electrified drivetrain – a combination of a conventional engine and an electric motor. Furthermore, the new Vision RS also foreshadows a new model in the compact car segment, where the Skoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback is currently competing.

The new Vision RS essentially represents a completely new form of RS DNA. Its front end is defined by a sculptural bonnet with a Skoda logo made from illuminated crystal glass. The radiator grille features illuminated high-gloss black carbon-fiber slats, which comes in a new distinctive shape. The air inlet and spoiler mirror are shaped like the radiator grille, which is flanked by headlights consisting of four glass stones. The frontal lighting system of the Vision RS also includes narrow daytime running lights and fog lights. The side air outlets, air inlet grille and front spoiler are all made of carbon fiber.

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It has already been 20 years since smart entered into the world of automotive. But smart has no intentions of stopping right now, so it is unveiling a new concept car that doesn’t just celebrate its 20th anniversary, but also provides a glimpse of its vision into the future while still linking with the past. smart will unveiling the new forease two-passenger concept car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

Derived from a current vehicle – the smart EQ fortwo cabrio – the new smart forease is the carmaker’s statement of urbanity and individual style, representing the coolness of the metropolis while demonstrating a truly free spirit. While boasting of a seemingly futuristic look, the forease boasts of openness and minimalistic style, as inspired by smart’s pioneering concept vehicles like the crossblade (2001) and the forspeed (2011).

Essentially, the smart forease concept car takes practicality into a simple level, living up to smart’s original motto of “reduce to the max.” While overly minimalistic with details just reduced to the essential, the new forease gives a new meaning to the brand’s definition of emotionality, lifestyle and attitude.

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Hyundai has just unveiled a new offering that combines the performance of a sports car and the practicality of a five-door vehicle. Following a blazing race between professional Hyundai Motorsport drivers Thierry Neuville and Gabriele Tarquini, the South Korean carmaker took the wraps off the new Hyundai i30 Fastback N.

Essentially Hyundai’s third N model after the i30 N and the Veloster N, the new i30 Fastback N boasts of the same design cues as the other two models, as adapted for a different body style. Dubbed by Hyundai as the new i30 Fastback N as the first five-door hot coupe in the C-segment, the all-new i30 Fastback N borrows with a number of dynamic elements of the i30 N five-door hatchback, such as the N Grille as well as the N front bumper and a distinct rear bumper, both featuring a red character line below. The new i30 Fastback N also features a lowered body, a black side sill, a dual twin muffler exhaust as well as an arched rear spoiler integrated into the tailgate. The rear spoiler is highlighted by a glossy black accent.

Inside, the all-new Hyundai i30 Fastback N features an exclusive N steering wheel with red-colored N stitching that is also found on the gear shift and the seats. Although the new i30 Fastback N looks sporty inside, it still offer 450 liters of cargo capacity, which could be increased to 1,351 liters when rear seats are folded flat.

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Most of Audi’s sporty fans are already looking forward to the unveiling of the new R8 at the upcoming 2018 Paris Motor Show this month. As it turns out, Audi has another surprising prepared for its sports-oriented customers – the all-new Audi SQ2 high-performance compact SUV.

It is about time that the Audi Q2 join the premium brand’s S-Series. But to distinguish the SQ2 from a standard Q2, the S-Series model features a large, octagonal Singleframe grille with eight upright double bars while the outermost edges of the two air inlets are joined by a full-width front splitter. As standard, the SQ2 features LED headlights and LED rear lights with dynamic indicators.

Other distinguishing details for the new Audi SQ2 include a long roof edge spoiler, a diffuser insert with four exhaust tailpipes, contoured trim strips in the lower section of the doors as well as aluminum-look exterior mirror housings. Around 10 wheel designs and sizes are available for the new SQ2 like the standard 18-inch alloy wheels with size 235/45 tires or the optional 19-inch wheels with 235/40 tires. Large brakes are fitted -- 340 mm on the front and 310 mm in the rear – with calipers featuring S badges.

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Quite a number of cars have already reached an iconic status due to many reasons. One of these icons is the Peugeot 504 Coupe that was born in late 1960s. Around half a century forward to this year, the French carmaker is introducing the new Peugeot e-Legend Concept, which will be unveiled in metal at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

According to Peugeot, the new e-Legend Concept represents a future of driving pleasure, in the guise of an iconic vehicle. In its case, the e-Legend Concept is a modern reincarnation of the Peugeot 504 Coupe. In shape and form, it is easy to see that the spirit of the 504 Coupe is living anew in the e-Legend Concept, which features a realistic yet radically modern template.

The new Peugeot e-Legend Concept is both the brand’s technological manifesto and vision into future. After all, Peugeot is seeing future mobility as one that is both electric and autonomous. With the e-Legend Concept, Peugeot is saying that such future won't be boring and can bring stronger sensations.

Read the entire article 2018 Paris Motor Show: Peugeot 504 Coupe reincarnated as the autonomous, all-electric e-Legend Concept

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.

Read the entire article Fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE is roomier and filled with lots of tech