In Pictures: Ushering in the new at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
The 2016 Paris Motor Show played host to some incredible concepts and design studies, but there were also plenty of vehicles that will appear in showrooms before too long. Along with a gaggle of long range electric vehicles, the show also served as a launchpad for a Korean revolution, led by the new Hyundai i30 and Kia Rio, while Ferrari debuted the GTC4Lusso V8T alongside a slew of special editions to celebrate its 70th anniversary. So check out some upcoming production vehicles as well as a few highlights from the world of motorsport in our gallery.
Hyundai said goodbye to the cheap and nasty automotive bargain bin some years back, and the new i30 leaves no doubt Korea can match it with the Europeans. It debuts a new styling direction on the outside, and power will come from a range of compact, efficient turbocharged engines.
It also serves as the base for the first ever N Performance car, which will launch next year. Volkswagen is defined by the Golf, and BMW is best known for the 3 Series. This car has the potential to become the Hyundai, the car people think of whenever the brand is mentioned.
Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover used the Paris Motor Show to throw away the boxy, utilitarian focus of the old Discovery and replace it with a slick new model. The new Discovery is 480 kg (1058 lb) lighter than the model it replaces, and comes loaded with enough off-road technology to take seven people to the back of beyond and back again.
Thanks to a clever air-suspension system, it'll wade in waters up to 900 mm (35 in) and can handle 34-degree approach angles, 27.5-degree breakover angles and 30-degree departure angles. It'll be appearing in showrooms from Q2 2017.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T
It might have been crazy to think of a turbocharged Ferrari just 10 (or even five) years ago, but the GTC4Lusso T swaps the V12 and all-wheel drive from the regular GTC4Lusso for rear-drive and a turbocharged V8.
Although it gives away 79 hp to the GTC4Lusso V12, Ferrari didn't design the T with outright performance in mind. Instead, it's aimed at (very) wealthy buyers who want a lighter, more efficient car that can be used as a daily driver.
With that said, it's still no slouch – 100 km/h (62 mph) flies by in just 3.5 seconds, and the car's 199-mph (320-km/h) top speed is still seriously, seriously quick.