Your A to Z Guide to the Paris International Motor Show 2008

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

The first of Land Rover's environmentally friendly technologies made its debut at the Paris Motor Show. Probably from December all manual diesel versions of the Freelander will get stop-start as standard, and at no cost to the customer. The cars will be badge TD4. Fuel economy is improved by 3.8mpg and CO2 emissions are down by eight per cent. The consensus of opinion was this car can only be a good thing for the company.

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Mazda

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

Kiyora is the name of a new lightweight urban car with a stylish exterior design that was unveiled by Mazda at the Paris show. It is powered by a four-cylinder engine with Smart Idle Stop System (SISS) to boost fuel economy and cut CO2 emissions. It hints at what a new A-segment car could look like.

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Lexus

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

Lexus has unveiled the IS 250 convertible, the third model in the firm’s entry level range. This coupe/cabriolet is a rival to the likes of BMW’s 3-Series drop-top – is a proper four-seater with a three-piece metal roof that folds flat into the boot in 20 seconds. It will go on sale here by next summer.

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Mercedes-Benz

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

The German firm unveiled the beautiful ConceptFascination, previewing a new design direction for an E-Class coupé. Its luxury fittings include a folding glass table, humidor and fridge in the luggage area. It’s powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. A really great looking car!

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Subaru

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

Diesel was still the story on the Subaru stand, with the 2.0-litre boxer engine appearing in the Forester and Impreza for the first time. The firm is claiming the oil-burning SUV is now the class-leader for fuel economy and emissions. It believes no rival can better its figures of 44.8mpg and 167g/km. The Forester is available now, with the Impreza arriving in January.

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Toyota

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

The new Avensis was unveiled at Paris. The MkIII model is due on sale in January in both saloon and estate body styles. It comes with a diesel automatic variant for the first time. There are also new variably valve timed (VVT) engines with emissions cut by 10 to 26 per cent and horsepower boosted by between three to 20 percent.

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Suzuki

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

The wraps came off the next generation of Suzuki’s Alto city car at Paris. Measuring just 3.5 metres, it’s powered by the three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine that’s already in the Splash. Fuel consumption is 62.7mpg with 103g/km of CO2. The Alto will arrive in Irish showrooms in or around next March. Cute styling and low-cost motoring are big attractions in the current climate.

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Skoda

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

A facelifted version of the Octavia – Skoda’s biggest selling model – received its world premiere at Paris 2008. With revised bumpers and front and rear light clusters etc. cued from the new Superb, the new-look Octavia is expected to go on sale in January. It also gets the Superb's centre console and instruments.

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Volkswagen

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

Some motor show unveilings will also draw people in and an all-new Golf GTi is certainly one of those. Power output it 210 bhp – it was 200 on the MkV – and it features an electronic limited slip diff linked to the ESP for the first time. The GTI is officially a concept but won’t change much before it arrives here in the spring.

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Motorpark launches used car programme

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

This week Motorpark is launching a new used car programme called Motorpark Approved.

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Stars shine through the clouds at the Paris Motor Show

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

It was overcast in Paris last Thursday and Friday, but a more threatening cloud hung over the 2008 Paris Mondial De L'Automobile (the Paris Motor Show), writes Padraic Deane.

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Fab 4 gone 4-ever in two weeks

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

The Windsor Galway scrappage deal is coming to an end in two weeks.

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Fiat 500 wins another award

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

The Fiat 500 has won another top award. The multi award-winning 500, which was launched by Fiat earlier this year, has just taken the supermini and city car category in the evecars.com Car of the Year Awards 2008. Evecars is Britain’s top motoring website for women.

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Citroen set to add C3 Picasso to MPV range

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Citroen’s latest new MPV, the C3 Picasso, will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show before being launched here in 2009.

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New Ford KA makes global debut next month

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

There's more big news from Ford. The new Ford Ka makes its global debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, replacing the iconic original Ka, which brought new levels of style and enjoyment to the small-car market when it was launched in 1996.

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The new Mini 4 x 4 x 4 x 4

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

The Mini Crossover Concept is a design study for a fourth variant in the current model range. With four doors, four drive wheels, four single seats, and at four metres in the length, you could say this new Mini is a 4 x 4 x 4 x 4.

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Newly revised BMW 3-Series on the way

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

BMW boastfully describes the 3-Series as the epitome of sporty flair in its segment and that for years it has maintained the leading position as the mostly widely sold premium vehicle in the world. And they tell us that with the new 3-Series, it is setting about extending its lead even further in the segment.

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Land Rover Discovery 3 voted Best Used 4x4

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

The Land Rover Discovery 3, one of the most decorated 4x4s ever, scooped yet another accolade last week, having been voted the Best Used 4x4 by UK magazine What Car?

The award takes into account the price, performance, availability, desirability, and reliability for the sector for which, the Discovery 3 came out on top, beating the two runners-up, the Nissan X-Trail and Kia Sorento.

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