The Paris Motorshow has always been one of the major motorshows in the world, featuring several grand unveilings and world premieres, and the upcoming 2010 show promises to again set the stage from the moment it opens its doors on September 30.
Chevrolet is at the top of the list, recovering from its financial troubles just a few years ago and introducing a new wave of models to revitalize the brand and four world premieres at this show alone. At the head of the Chevy order is the new Captiva SUV, which will feature an all new look and a new range of engines. The brand also breaks out into the Euro MPV segment with the Orlando MPV, and it will be joined by the new Cruze hatchback and all-new Aveo subcompact car.
Hyundai continues its upswing and is set to host the world premiere of its new B-segment MPV, dubbed the ix20. Alongside the ix20 will be the upgraded version of Hyundai's popular city car, the i10, benefitting from a comprehensive set of enhancements in terms of design, specification and even a 1.0 liter engine with improved CO2 emissions. The international motor show will also afford Hyundai the opportunity to showcase the latest developments of its Blue Drive eco program. The company is targeting global leadership in environmental technologies, and the new models look set to contribute further to reductions in emissions from new Hyundai vehicles.
Honda is also set to unveil the latest version of the Jazz, with a new gas-electric hybrid powerplant. The Japanese carmaker has just upgraded the popular small car with its IMA, or integrated motor assist system, making the Jazz more economical to operate and environmentally friendly with lower CO2 emissions.
German carmaker Audi is debuting the all new A1 at the Paris auto show, taking a strong stab at the premium compact car market. Unlike other small cars, the A1 comes out swinging with a direct injection, 1.4 liter twin-charged engine -supercharged and turbocharged- producing 185 metric horsepower and dashes from 0-100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds. We sure are excited about the new A1.
Another notable hot performer is Ford, as the American brand is premiering the new Ford Focus ST. The new, dynamic ST comes out with a turbocharged inline-4 engine (the previous ST had a 5-cylinder engine) that is good for 250 horsepower, marking the start of the Ford Focus's high performance line.
Rounding out the show will be several new, exciting variants of existing cars like the Maserati Granturismo MC Stradale and the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, as well as concept cars like the Citroen Lacoste Concept, and will surely make the Paris Motor Show a must-see for car enthusiasts the world over. Last but not least, Ferrari will be unveiling the strictly limited SA APERTA to commemorate Pininfarina's 80th anniversary.
Stay with us as we visit the 2010 Paris Motor Show next week.