Concepts At The 2014 Paris Motor Show
Yay, it’s auto show season; and that can only mean one thing- concepts!
It’s no secret that concept cars are my favourite part of hitting auto shows. They’re fun, fresh, and the most interesting thing about the shows. After all, they hint at the future of the automotive industry, and what’s more exciting than that? At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, there are plenty of concepts on display, most for the first time ever. Here’s a rundown of what’s appearing there this week.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the debut of the Ferrari 458 Speciale A convertible. It’s sculpted body is said to be the most aerodynamic Ferrari ever. It also boasts the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever built by Ferrari. It’s 4.5-litre V8 engine delivers 596 horses along with 398 lb-ft of torque. Only 499 units will be built.
The Citroen C1 Urban Ride takes the C1 minicar and turns it into an SUV, potentially rivalling the Fiat Panda Cross and the Opel Adam Rocks. Citroen’s other concept, the C4 Cactus Airflow 2L is a fuel efficient version of the regular C4, using 30 percent less fuel thanks to advanced technologies. PSA (Peugeot Citroen) is also bringing it’s Divine concept car, badged under it’s newest brand, DS.
Audi’s TT Sportback four-door concept is thought to be more likely than others to enter the production stage. It joins the coupe and roadster TT models as Audi bolsters the TT line-up, reinforcing it against shrinking compact sports car sales. A TT crossover concept was previously displayed at the Detroit and Beijing shows.
Lamborghini’s concept at the show may be a preview of a possible fourth production model. Based on the Aventador V12’s carbon fibre chassis, with the V10 engine borrowed from the Huracan V10 mated to an electric motor powering the front wheels, Lamborghini says that this plug-in hybrid will deliver 900 hp.
India’s Ssang Yong’s XIV concept is a subcompact SUV that previews next year’s production model, the X100.
Infiniti’s Q80 Inspiration concept is a four-door fastback and Infiniti says that it will be the basis for their largest car. Once it enters production, Infiniti is hoping it will give the Porsche Panamera a run for it’s money.
Toyota’s C-HR hybrid crossover concept will be on hand to showcase the automaker’s “emphatic new design language.” Tentatively named the Auris, the crossover will be slotted below the RAV4, once the top selling compact SUV in Europe.
Peugeot is debuting two concepts in Paris, the next-gen Peugeot Quartz compact crossover, said to be heading more upscale. Also at the show will be the 208 Hybrid Air 2L, a super fuel-efficient version of the 208 subcompact. Over 100 kg of weight has been shaved off and it’s powered by PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s Hybrid Air drivetrain.
By Linda Aylesworth – car-news.ca