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In Pictures: Ushering in the new at the 2016 Paris Motor Show

In Pictures: Ushering in the n...
The best new launches from the 2016 Paris Motor Show
The best new launches from the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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The new Hyundai i30 proves Korean cars can mix it with the best Europe can offer
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The new Hyundai i30 proves Korean cars can mix it with the best Europe can offer
The Hyundai i30 was designed by Peter Schreyer
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The Hyundai i30 was designed by Peter Schreyer
Hyundai will release a high-performance version of the i30 in 2017
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Hyundai will release a high-performance version of the i30 in 2017
The new Kia Rio is a slightly edgier take on the i30 design
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The new Kia Rio is a slightly edgier take on the i30 design
There new Kia Rio on display in Paris
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There new Kia Rio on display in Paris
The Kia Rio will be offered with a compact, punchy 1.0-liter engine
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The Kia Rio will be offered with a compact, punchy 1.0-liter engine
A look at the inside of the Land Rover Discovery
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A look at the inside of the Land Rover Discovery
The new Land Rover Discovery takes a big swing away from the boxy styling of its predecessor
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The new Land Rover Discovery takes a big swing away from the boxy styling of its predecessor
The Land Rover Discovery sits on a lighter platform
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The Land Rover Discovery sits on a lighter platform
The Discovery sits on air suspension at all four corners
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The Discovery sits on air suspension at all four corners
The new Discovery's design borrows heavily from the Evoque and Range Rover
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The new Discovery's design borrows heavily from the Evoque and Range Rover
The Discovery's cabin can be remotely shuffled around
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The Discovery's cabin can be remotely shuffled around
The new Discovery is a more upmarket take on the family seven seater
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The new Discovery is a more upmarket take on the family seven seater
The new Land Rover Discovery will be on sale from Q2 2017
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The new Land Rover Discovery will be on sale from Q2 2017
Peugeot will be taking on the Dakar rally with this 3008 DKR
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Peugeot will be taking on the Dakar rally with this 3008 DKR
Peugeot has made a big commitment to off-road racing, and will compete in the Dakar rally in the 3008 DKR
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Peugeot has made a big commitment to off-road racing, and will compete in the Dakar rally in the 3008 DKR
Those tires on Peugeot's 3008 DKR rally car are clean now, but won't be after a few minutes on a Dakar stage
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Those tires on Peugeot's 3008 DKR rally car are clean now, but won't be after a few minutes on a Dakar stage
A bigger battery has doubled the Renault Zoe's range
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A bigger battery has doubled the Renault Zoe's range
The Renault Zoe keeps its funky face, but is all new in the battery pack
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The Renault Zoe keeps its funky face, but is all new in the battery pack
The Renault Zoe will open electric cars up to commuters who don't want to top up as frequently
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The Renault Zoe will open electric cars up to commuters who don't want to top up as frequently
The Renault Zoe is common around Paris, and that's unlikely to change with this new model
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The Renault Zoe is common around Paris, and that's unlikely to change with this new model
The 40-kWh battery in the Renault Zoe brings a huge range increase with it
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The 40-kWh battery in the Renault Zoe brings a huge range increase with it
The Renault Zoe's bigger battery means most commuters will only need to top up around once a week
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The Renault Zoe's bigger battery means most commuters will only need to top up around once a week
Just in case you weren't aware, the blue on the Renault Zoe's rear lights is code for clean and green here...
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Just in case you weren't aware, the blue on the Renault Zoe's rear lights is code for clean and green here...
The Smart ED has a smart looking rear
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The Smart ED has a smart looking rear
The Smart ED comes in two-door and four-door variants
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The Smart ED comes in two-door and four-door variants
The Smart ED is the only electric convertible in the world
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The Smart ED is the only electric convertible in the world
The Smart ED can be kitted out in full Brabus spec
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The Smart ED can be kitted out in full Brabus spec
The green tridion cell on the Smart ED gives away the batteries lurking under its floor
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The green tridion cell on the Smart ED gives away the batteries lurking under its floor
The Peugeot 5008 SUV looks good in the metal, with a bluff nose and neat LED detailing
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The Peugeot 5008 SUV looks good in the metal, with a bluff nose and neat LED detailing
The Citroen C3 takes airbumps and makes them a bit less funky
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The Citroen C3 takes airbumps and makes them a bit less funky
The Citroen C3 can be customized with a huge array of colors and inserts
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The Citroen C3 can be customized with a huge array of colors and inserts
The red roof and black airbump combination has been used in all of Citroen's press materials for the C3
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The red roof and black airbump combination has been used in all of Citroen's press materials for the C3
Citroen's funky squircle theme carries through to the C3's taillights
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Citroen's funky squircle theme carries through to the C3's taillights
The Nissan Micra made its debut at the Paris Motor Show
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The Nissan Micra made its debut at the Paris Motor Show
The Micra's interior feels far more upmarket than before
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The Micra's interior feels far more upmarket than before
The Micra's design now fits in with the rest of the Nissan range
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The Micra's design now fits in with the rest of the Nissan range
Once again, customization is key with the new Micra
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Once again, customization is key with the new Micra
Ferrari celebrated its 70th anniversary with a glut of special editions, including this Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 70
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Ferrari celebrated its 70th anniversary with a glut of special editions, including this Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 70
Ferrari celebrated its 70th anniversary with a glut of special editions, including this Ferrari 488 GTB 70
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Ferrari celebrated its 70th anniversary with a glut of special editions, including this Ferrari 488 GTB 70
The new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso V8T at the Paris Motor Show
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The new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso V8T at the Paris Motor Show
The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso got V8 turbo power at the Paris Motor Show 
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The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso got V8 turbo power at the Paris Motor Show 
The GTC4 Lusso is a far more attractive take on the shooting brake from Ferrari
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The GTC4 Lusso is a far more attractive take on the shooting brake from Ferrari
The GTC4 Lusso V8T is lighter than the regular model, and is only rear  wheel drive
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The GTC4 Lusso V8T is lighter than the regular model, and is only rear  wheel drive
BMW CEvolution scooter uses i3 battery tech for greater range
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BMW CEvolution scooter uses i3 battery tech for greater range
The BMW i3 has benefitted from improvements in battery technology
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The BMW i3 has benefitted from improvements in battery technology
The BMW i3 is the same on the outside, but advanced under the skin
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The BMW i3 is the same on the outside, but advanced under the skin
The BMW i3's denser batteries weigh the same as the old model's but offer 50 percent more range than before
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The BMW i3's denser batteries weigh the same as the old model's but offer 50 percent more range than before
The Mini Clubman JCW ALL4 is a long way from the original Cooper, in shape, size and weight
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The Mini Clubman JCW ALL4 is a long way from the original Cooper, in shape, size and weight
The Mini Clubman JCW ALL4 can put its power down better than the average front-drive hot hatch
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The Mini Clubman JCW ALL4 can put its power down better than the average front-drive hot hatch
The Mini Clubman JCW has four doors and a boot, making it much more practical than the average Cooper
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The Mini Clubman JCW has four doors and a boot, making it much more practical than the average Cooper
The Mini Clubman didn't draw all that much attention to itself at the Paris Show
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The Mini Clubman didn't draw all that much attention to itself at the Paris Show
The new Audi S5 Sportback proves four doors can be sexy
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The new Audi S5 Sportback proves four doors can be sexy
The new Audi S5 Sportback manages to stand out, even in gray
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The new Audi S5 Sportback manages to stand out, even in gray
The new Audi Q5 looks remarkably similar to the old model
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The new Audi Q5 looks remarkably similar to the old model
A new intelligent material mix makes the new Audi Q5 lighter and stiffer than before
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A new intelligent material mix makes the new Audi Q5 lighter and stiffer than before
The new Q5 with the distinctive Audi grille
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The new Q5 with the distinctive Audi grille
The new Audi Q5 is longer, taller and wider than before
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The new Audi Q5 is longer, taller and wider than before
The Audi RS3 sedan will join the hatchback
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The Audi RS3 sedan will join the hatchback
Audi has a knack for subtle but arresting performance designs, and the new RS3 is no different
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Audi has a knack for subtle but arresting performance designs, and the new RS3 is no different
The Audi RS3 on the stand at the Paris Motor Show
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The Audi RS3 on the stand at the Paris Motor Show
Big RS brakes hold the five-cylinder Audi RS3 back
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Big RS brakes hold the five-cylinder Audi RS3 back
Volkswagen is promising big things from the new eGolf
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Volkswagen is promising big things from the new eGolf
The VW eGolf will have a range up to 300 km
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The VW eGolf will have a range up to 300 km
The rear end of the VW eGolf at the Paris Motor Show
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The rear end of the VW eGolf at the Paris Motor Show
The new VW Tiguan isn't electric, but was making its presence felt at the Paris Motor Show
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The new VW Tiguan isn't electric, but was making its presence felt at the Paris Motor Show
The VW Tiguan on the floor at the Paris Motor Show will be available with five or seven seats
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The VW Tiguan on the floor at the Paris Motor Show will be available with five or seven seats
The new VW Tiguan is edgy and aggressive from the rear
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The new VW Tiguan is edgy and aggressive from the rear
The Audi RS3 LMS is the cheapest way into proper professional motorsports
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The Audi RS3 LMS is the cheapest way into proper professional motorsports
The RS3 LMS packs a huge wing and bodykit for maximum downforce at high speed
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The RS3 LMS packs a huge wing and bodykit for maximum downforce at high speed
Just one exhaust is enough for the RS3 LMS
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Just one exhaust is enough for the RS3 LMS
That rear wing on the RS3 LMS is picnic table sized
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That rear wing on the RS3 LMS is picnic table sized
The Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain sits higher than the regular E-Class Estate
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The Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain sits higher than the regular E-Class Estate
The Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain is like a Subaru Outback for the well-heeled
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The Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain is like a Subaru Outback for the well-heeled
The new Audi Q5 with smaller wheels still looks good
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The new Audi Q5 with smaller wheels still looks good
The Audi Q5's rear LED lights mimic the shape of the outgoing car's 
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The Audi Q5's rear LED lights mimic the shape of the outgoing car's 
The Honda Civic Hatch will make it to the USA 
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The Honda Civic Hatch will make it to the USA 
In Paris, funky city cars like the Aixam Crossline are king
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In Paris, funky city cars like the Aixam Crossline are king
The Hyundai stand was one of many to use VR headsets
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The Hyundai stand was one of many to use VR headsets
The Seat Ateca SUV is another Volkswagen group special
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The Seat Ateca SUV is another Volkswagen group special
The Ateca is edgy, but looks similar to the Skoda Kodiaq
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The Ateca is edgy, but looks similar to the Skoda Kodiaq
The Seat Ateca is another MQB based SUV
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The Seat Ateca is another MQB based SUV
The Porsche 919 Hybrid is a Le Mans winner
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The Porsche 919 Hybrid is a Le Mans winner
The Opel Ampera E is a Chevrolet Bolt with a new badge
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The Opel Ampera E is a Chevrolet Bolt with a new badge
The compact Opel Ampera E is an affordable EV for the European masses
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The compact Opel Ampera E is an affordable EV for the European masses
The Ssangyong Tivoli is set up to take on the world's rallies
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The Ssangyong Tivoli is set up to take on the world's rallies
The Ssangyong Tivoli isn't well known in the west, but it's growing in popularity in Asia
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The Ssangyong Tivoli isn't well known in the west, but it's growing in popularity in Asia
Ssangyong takes on the world of rally with the Tivoli
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Ssangyong takes on the world of rally with the Tivoli
Infiniti's variable compression ratio engine drew plenty of attention in Paris
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Infiniti's variable compression ratio engine drew plenty of attention in Paris
The VCT Infiniti engine can vary its compression ratio based on engine speed and load
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The VCT Infiniti engine can vary its compression ratio based on engine speed and load
The BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car looks fantastic in red, white and blue
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The BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car looks fantastic in red, white and blue
There's nothing grizzly about this Skoda Kodiaq
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There's nothing grizzly about this Skoda Kodiaq
In this hue, the Skoda Kodiaq isn't for shy or retiring types
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In this hue, the Skoda Kodiaq isn't for shy or retiring types
The new Skoda Kodiaq looks and feels decidedly upmarket for a reasonably priced SUV
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The new Skoda Kodiaq looks and feels decidedly upmarket for a reasonably priced SUV
The best new launches from the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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The best new launches from 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 i30

Hyundai will release a high-performance version of the i30 in 2017
Hyundai will release a high-performance version of the i30 in 2017

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

The Discovery sits on air suspension at all four corners
The Discovery sits on air suspension at all four corners

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

The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso got V8 turbo power at the Paris Motor Show 
The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso got V8 turbo power at the Paris Motor Show 

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.

To check out the rest of the new release action from Paris, check out our gallery, and if you're keen to see all the concepts from the show, you can take a look here.

3 comments
pSynrg
The anachronistic motor industry. If they want us to think they are forward thinking, probably best to stop using scantily clad dolly birds to push their wares.
JuanCarlosFuertes
Hyundai i30 ? VW Gokf COPYCAT !! SHAME...
KeithPhillips
Some of the scantily clad dolly birds as you put it are better looking than some of the blinged up vehicles on display. Dolly birds and motor shows have been around far longer than you will ever be!!