Coming once every two years, the Paris Motor Show is one of the hottest events in the motoring calendar. Hosted in one of the world’s most glamorous cities, manufacturers have long used the event as a place in which to unveil some of their most soul stirring concepts. While many vehicles are officially unveiled at the show, those with their ear to the ground can have a good idea of what to expect when entering the arena. With a fine mix of the eagerly anticipated and the completely surprising, the cars on offer have something for everyone. But what can we expect from the Paris Motor Show?
The key cars which are coming represent some of the most important vehicles in the industry. First up is the Mazda MX-5, the fourth iteration of the manufacturer’s popular sports car, featuring engine and chassis tweaks. Mercedes are expected to announce their AMG GT, posited as a rival to the Porsche 911 thanks to a V8, four litre engine. After an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar XE is expected to feature in a larger capacity. With the growing popularity of the SUV, the Volvo XC90 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport could make big waves in the market.
For those looking for something a little more flash, Ferrari are expected to reveal more information about the 458M and the 458M Speciale Spider. A turbo charged upgrade to the existing 458, the Spider version will bring a convertible option for those thinking of Italian Rivera drives. The second generation of the Audi A8 has been spotted by spies during testing, but the first real glimpse of the powerful German sportscar should be saved for those in Paris. If you are looking for something a little more stately, the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet could be the surprise of the show, providing a drop-top option alongside the existing saloon and estate C-Class line-up.
But the show is not only about the top end of the market. The new Vauxhall Corsa is sure to offer something interesting, especially if the manufacturer decides to tease the highly-tuned VXR version. The Mazda2 is another supermini which could make a big impact on the market, as well as the Nissan Pulsar. With a raft of facelifts expected for the likes of the Mercedes B-Class, the Audi A1 and the Ford C-Max, there is always a wealth of interest and intrigue to be found at the Paris Motor Show.