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2017 Kia Rio presented at Paris Motor Show

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has unveiled the fourth-generation Kia Rio at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The latest generation of the Rio is calling out to B-segment customers to carefully consider this newly designed great ride that boasts of first-in-class safety technology and new connectivity features as well as high levels of practicality and convenience.

The B-segment is currently the biggest segment in the new car market in Europe, and Kia expects to sell over 100,000 units of the newest iteration of the Rio on its first full year. Such a sales figure will place the Rio alongside the carmaker’s other hit models in the continent like the Sportage and cee’d.

In 2015, the Rio ranked as the brand’s best-selling model in the world selling over 473,000 units or 16 percent of its annual sales. Kia sold 12,115 Rios in the United Kingdom in the same year, which account for around 15 percent of overall sales in the country.

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2015 Kia Rio Facelift says hello ahead of 2014 Paris Motor Show

On October 2, 2014 at the Paris Motor Show, Kia will be unveiling to the global public an enhanced version of the Kia Rio, which now comes loaded with an array of improvements that should help it remain competitive around the world.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, noted that the Rio was the brand’s best-selling nameplate around the world in 2013, with total sales pegged at 471,000 units. He added that the new Rio is one of Kia’s top 3 units in Europe with 56,821 units sold. He remarked that Kia considers the improvements made to the new Rio as significant.

Cole quipped that the massive popularity of the nameplate is proof that Kia’s designers and engineers managed to get most things 'right' when creating the fourth generation of the Rio in 2011. He added that for 2014, the Rio is building on the core attributes that made it popular with customers, while adding a number of enhancements to give the B-segment challenger a fresher appearance inside and outside.

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Lamborghini is 10th automaker to confirm absence 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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Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep are ditching the 2018 Paris Motor Show

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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Immediately after the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, automakers are now shifting their focus to the next major event, and that is the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that will be taking place in March. One of the first companies that have teased us with what’s soon to come would be Land Rover, with their fancy new Range Rover SV Coupe. Now, it is Kia’s turn as they are ready to reveal the sporty GT Line specification for its Rio supermini.

To give you a refresher, some models that are members of the GT Line family include the Picanto, Sportage, Optima and Sorento, and this new Rio GT Line is simply a visual pack that will give the B-segment hatchback a sportier exterior appearance. Up front, there will be a set of four-point “ice cube” LED fog lights, as it sits on a set of 17 inch alloy wheels that you can only get in this version. Kia has also added a few glossy black accents all over the model, contrasted with a chrome window trim and twin exhaust tips.

As for the interior, there aren’t a lot of things to discuss because the Rio GT will have the same interior as the standard Rio models. In fact, the only interior upgrade it gets is that it is now covered in a black synthetic leather and cloth upholstery with grey stitching, metallic accents, and carbon fiber look for the dashboard. It also gets a new flat bottomed steering wheel that gets a “GT Line” badge.

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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.

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Back at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September, Kia Motors of South Korea provided us with a preview of the latest version of its B-segment fighter, the new 2017 Kia Rio. Marking the first of the next generation Rio, the model previewed in Paris has been designed and engineered to cater to the demands and wants of a broader group of customers, with global sales set to commence in the first quarter of 2017.

However, what we saw in Paris is the five-door hatchback version of the Kia Rio. The South Korean carmaker has yet to unveil the sedan form of the Kia Rio, which will be due for the 2018 model year. While we are frustrated that we couldn’t see – for now – how the new Kia Rio sedan would look, perhaps the new Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China will tide us over.

But don’t get us wrong. The Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show is intended for the auto market in China. However, the K2 sedan we just saw in China could provide a good preview of the design of the sedan version of the Kia Rio that would be marketed in the United States and Europe. The K2 and the 2017 Rio share several characteristics. For instance, the hood and the headlights of both models are very similar. Moreover, both models feature the general tiger nose grille design of the front end, although that of the Rio hatchback is bigger. Moreover, the rear end of the K2 features the new quarter-flanking taillights found on the Rio hatchback. Overall, the rear end of the K2 looks very similar to that of the 2017 Cadenza, primarily because of the duckbill spoiler and sleeker trunk design. This could mean that the design of these parts could be also be seen on the 2018 Rio sedan.

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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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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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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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Infiniti is providing a sneak peek on its innovative new engine – the new VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) engine – at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Considered as the first production-ready variable compression ratio engine in the world, VC-Turbo essentially joins together the power of a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine and the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain minus the usual emission levels.

The public unveiling of the VC-Turbo is accompanied by the European debut of the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept that previews design of future INFINITI QX models, and the updated Q50 sports saloon that has been refreshed with new design elements and the carmaker’s InTouch in-car technology.

This new engine could be considered as significant technology for the internal combustion engine – just like how innovations like turbocharging, fuel injection, liquid-cooling and catalytic convertors have etched their importance to this conventional powerplant.

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Visitors at the ongoing 2016 Paris Motor Show are given the privilege to see Hyundai’s newly unveiled RN30 high-performance N racing concept. Inspired by motorsport and developed to deliver a high level of performance on the track, the RN30 was derived from the New Generation Hyundai i30.

Hyundai pursued the development of the RN30 racing machine along with its Performance Development & High Performance Vehicle Division, Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG) and Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC).

This is a follow-up to the Hyundai N concept unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September last year. According to Albert Biermann, Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development for Hyundai Motor, the RN30 is an embodiment of a strong, high-performance concept car offering a sporty and dynamic driving experience.

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The 2016 Paris Motor Show has been hosting various automotive surprises for more than a century. Held every October, the Paris Motor Show has become a popular venue for car manufacturers to showcase to their newest concept cars and brand new or updated models. This year’s show is not an exception as some companies have dropped a few hints of what is in store for their most loyal customers. One of them is none other than South Korean automaker, Kia.

This year, Kia will be presenting the 2017 Kia Soul – a quicker and trendier version of its five-door compact crossover. What makes this year’s Soul extra special is the fact that it went all the way to Europe to get its upgrades. Yes, you read that right. The Soul apparently got itself a facelift and some styling upgrades, new technology, and the highlight of them all, a new engine and transmission combination.

Rumours of the Soul’s upgraded turbo power have circulated for a while and this time, it has finally been confirmed. The new Soul will now have a 1.6-liter T-GDI four-cylinder engine courtesy of Cee’d GT and Pro_Cee’d GT, and is capable of giving 201 horsepower on the front wheels via its new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This year’s model is now considered as the most powerful Soul that was ever made by the South Korean automaker. It is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 122 mph. It also comes with larger brakes for more stopping power and will come in three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport.

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SEAT is unveiling at the 2016 Paris Motor Show the new SEAT Ateca X-Perience Concept, created to highlight the all-terrain prowess of the Ateca sports utility vehicle.

SEAT expects the average Ateca driver to spend 95 percent of their time driving on well-paved roads and the rest (five percent) on off-road or snow. However, the Spanish carmaker expects X-Perience drivers to spend 75 percent of their time on normal roads and the remaining 25 percent off the road.

Thus, the Ateca X-Perience is targeted towards customers who love taking their vehicles off-road, which means they demand an SUV with outstanding all-terrain abilities. More rugged than the Ateca crossover, the X-Perience concept is suitable for those who still drive their SUVs on normal roads, but are courageous enough to challenge the off-roads and other non-conventional terrain.

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Renault recently revealed its all-electric Grand Tourer concept car with the Trezor. Unveiled during the 2016 Paris Motor Show, it features the most recent advances in autonomous driving, an all-electric powertrain, and interior experience, all while remaining to have the sensual, simple, and warm lines the company is known for.

Similar to the 2010 DeZir Concept, the Trezor makes use of the Love “petal” that is based on the company’s design strategy called the “Life Flower.” However the company disclosed that the Trezor is a glimpse of what future models could be.

Powering the Trezor is a motor founded on the company’s knowledge when it comes to electric vehicles. Renault has long been known to be the best-selling electric vehicle company in Europe and is recognized as a pioneer when it comes to electric mobility.

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Electric vehicles are not generally known for speed but Mercedes‑Benz hopes that with its Generation EQ which was introduced at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, electric cars will eventually have a place in the fast lane. Inside it are two electric motors. Since the elements of the batteries are scalable, it ensures a system output being raised to as much as 300 kW.

Meanwhile the permanent all-wheel drive assures that dynamic performance is at its highest level. Indeed, having a look similar to a sporty SUV coupé, this concept car does give customers a glimpse of what new battery-electric drives can offer.

There are various lighting elements placed inside the middle and side air vents, below the windscreen, interior door panels, door handles, and seats. There are even lighting elements on the center console and even surrounding the Mercedes star on its steering wheel. What is interesting about this lighting is that once the driver is near the vehicle, the system immediately activates in order to welcome the driver through a specific color mood inside.

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Visitors at the 2016 Paris Motor Show that opened today were the first ones to see the BMW Concept X2. This is the latest addition to the compact car segment and has a distinct styling that sets it apart from the previous X models.

It also takes advantage of the carmaker’s experience and expertise in making coupes. What you get is a compact concept vehicle that is sporty and aggressive.

BMW Group Design senior vice president Adrian van Hooydonk says that the Concept X2 is perfect for active people who are looking for practicality and a fun driving experience. Van Hooydonk adds that the new concept car shows an exciting and new aspect of the BMW brand.

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