Paris Motor Show News: Ferrari 599 Roadster Goes Topless

Friday September 24th, 2010 at 10:99 AM
Posted by: Derek

Ferrari 599 SA ApertaThe Ferrari SA Aperta will be unveiled formally at the 2010 Paris Motor Show on September 30, where the full spec will be announced.

During the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California earlier last month, Ferrari held a very private event for customers to show them the 599 Roadster.

Ferrari’s North American head Marco Mattiachi hand-picked potential buyers to come down and check out the new model and made them sign non-disclosure agreements. Those who were invited had to leave their cell phones and digital camera at the door before they could be in the presence of the Ferrari 599 Roadster.

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Paris Motor Show News: Porsche 911 Speedster Returns

Tuesday September 21st, 2010 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: Derek

911-Carrera-SpeedsterReports came in just yesterday that Stuttgart was planning an ultra-hardcore GT3 RS, but the German automaker has now announced an altogether different variant of its iconic sports car: the 911 Carrera GTS, which will make its official debut at 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Created by the Porsche Exclusive department, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the 911 Speedster honors the 1953 classic from which it draws its inspiration, with only 356 examples to be built. The unique shade of French racing blue comes standard, and continues on the rather, um… interesting two-seat interior, with Carrera White available at no extra charge.

Adopting the styling cues of the very first Speedster, the new model receives a flamboyant appearance with a unique “chopped” windscreen that has been lowered by 2.4 inches and is more extremely raked than that used on other 911 models. It also gets the wide-body rear end of the 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet.

The 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster is powered by the latest version of its 3.8-liter flat-6 cylinder engine. As recently confirmed for the 911 Carrera GTS, it delivers 402 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The only gearbox available is a seven-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox with a locking rear differential.

Teaser video and official Porsche press announcement after the jump

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Paris Motor Show News: Lotus Reveals Elite Hybrid

Monday September 20th, 2010 at 10:99 AM
Posted by: Derek

2014_Lotus_Elite_hybrid_300x200Lotus has just released the full images and details of the 2014 Lotus Elite – their latest supercar which will be unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Meant to redefine modern classic, the 2+2 is a stunning piece of engineering and design. Despite being relatively compact (4.60m long, 1.90m wide, and 1.32m tall), Lotus has managed to give the car dramatic styling and a retractable hard top.

As for the new – and aggressive – design of the car, the man behind it, designer Donato Coco, left no stones unturned in giving the Elite a more aggressive approach by adding some depth to the car’s front fascia. As somebody who noted the two-dimensional looks of prior Lotus vehicles, Coco’s design of the Elite is about as good as it can get for a brand looking to be edgier and more upscale that what its previous reputation suggests.

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Aveo is 1 of 4 Chevrolet World Premieres at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Wednesday September 8th, 2010 at 2:99 PM
Posted by: Derek

2011_Chevrolet_Aveo_01General Motors is definitely focused on becoming a serious contender in the small car market segment. The production model of the new 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is one of four models that will premiere at the Paris Motor Show next month in addition to the Orlando MPV and Cruze hatchback.

Reminiscent of the recently introduced Spark in Europe, the new Aveo is designed to appeal to younger customers with its sporty hot-hatch look. A four-door sedan variant will launch in Europe alongside the hatch next summer. Both hatch and sedan are practical small cars providing ample interior space.

Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe says: “It’s just such an exciting time to be at Chevrolet; in Aveo we have a car which is ready to compete against the best in the small-car segment.”

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Hyundai Turns Blue at Paris Motor Show

Thursday October 2nd, 2008 at 12:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

Six new Hyundai models will make their international debut at the Paris Motor Show today. Designed at Hyundai’s European Design Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, the new five-door i20 will be the highlight at the show. The i20 is due to be launched in Europe towards the end of 2008. Hyundai will unveil the i20 blue, the Santa Fe blue Hybrid, the new seven-seater ix55 luxury utility vehicle, the Genesis Coupe show car and the Genesis sports saloon.

More photos and video from the Paris Motor Show after the jump.

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New Generation of Porsche 911 Series Deliver More Power Using Less Fuel

Monday September 29th, 2008 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: Derek

Paris Motor Show news from Porsche. All of the major auto manufacturers are working hard to squeeze better fuel economy out of their line-up. Porsche may be a luxury brand, but their customers are also conscious of the steep gas prices and our dependency upon foreign oil. Now you can have your cake and use less fuel according to Porsche. I’ll have to dig further and find out how much of an improvement the new generation of engines, all with DFI, have moved up in fuel economy. The official press release (with photos) is below the jump, but doesn’t mention any numbers with regards to how much the reworked engines have improved.

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Mercedes-Benz ConceptFASCINATION Design Study at 2008 Paris Motor Show

Friday September 12th, 2008 at 7:99 PM
Posted by: Derek

The first major auto show for fall starts on October 4 in Paris. Already there has been a deluge of announcements hitting the news wires. This year Mercedes-Benz is trying to generate excitement and bring attention to their future coupé designs. Whether you think that M-B designs are conservative-European (appealing mostly to the wannabe executive crowd) or if you think that Dr. Z is a trendsetter, you might like the concepts generated from the ConceptFASCINATION design study. Take a peek at the slideshow located at the bottom of page 2. The long-winded press announcement from Daimler is below the jump.

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