Paris Motor Show 2016 roundup: The best tech, cars and concepts
Every other September, the automotive industry’s largest companies come to Paris to show off their new cars, technological innovations and product roadmaps – and this year’s motor show was no different. Last week, countless car manufacturers and automotive companies came to the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles to show off their wares – and we were there to take a look.
For the last few years, motor shows have become increasingly about technology and sustainable transport, and the 2016 Paris Motor Show continued the trend. Whether it was the incredible-looking Renault Trezor concept, or the slightly more realistic Mercedes Generation EQ, this year’s 2016 Paris Motor Show was full of amazing, innovative technology that will appear on our roads sooner rather than later. Here we’ve rounded up the tech highlights from this year’s Motor Show, but you can also read things in more detail by clicking on the left.
The Lexus UX Concept
Lexus is a Toyota brand, but it’s often hard to tell because its cars already look so unique. However, at the Paris Motor Show, Lexus pushed its identity even further and revealed the incredible-looking Lexus UX concept. The UX concept won’t ever make it to the road, but it’s an amazing glimpse into what future Lexus cars will look like.
Mercedes-AMG is making a hybrid hypercar
One of the most interesting things at this year’s Paris Motor Show happened the night before it even began. At an exclusive event before press day, Mercedes-AMG revealed it’s building a supercar with a modified version of its all-conquering – and sometimes exploding – F1 engine. Mercedes didn’t show any images of the car, but it did reveal the engine wouldn’t be exactly the same as the one in the F1 car. It will be detuned, but could use a larger capacity than the F1 engine’s regulation-defined 1.6 litres.
Mercedes and VW step into the EV arena
For the past few years, the EV market has been dominated by Nissan and Tesla. The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric car in the world right now, while the Tesla Model S seems to have the upper- to middle-end of the market sewn up. However, at this year’s Paris Motor Show, both Mercedes and VW unveiled new concept cars that signalled the start of an entirely new range of EVs. When you combine that with Mercedes’ recent announcement of two electric-only Smart cars, it looks like this is the year Mercedes will take electric cars seriously. The electric car market is about to go mainstream.
The amazing Renault Trezor
Although innovation and sustainable powertrains are important in 2016, style is still a factor, and the Renault Trezor delivers in that respect. No, it’s not the beginning of a revolution for Renault, and it’ll never see the road – but it’s got to be one of the best-looking cars at this year’s show.
The virtually-engineered Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery may look pretty conventional from the outside, but it was designed in a revolutionary, and increasingly popular way. JLR, Tesla and Renault are just a few companies using “virtual engineering” to design and test their cars before producing anything at all. Much like how F1 teams design parts for their cars, virtual engineering is the practice of running digital simulations before manufacturing prototypes, and it comes with several benefits. And that’s exactly why Land Rover used it to develop several areas on the new Discovery.
The new Nissan Micra is a car tech barometer
Nissan unveiled the new Micra, and it shows just how far technology in cars has come. Despite remaining a budget hot hatchback, the new Micra manages to squeeze in autonomous emergency braking as standard, and also comes with connectivity you wouldn’t have seen in any cars five years ago – let alone one this affordable.
The new Renault Zoe gets a boost
The Renault Zoe used to be a match for the Nissan Leaf, but battery updates and a better price have left the latter dominating sales. However, at this year’s Paris Motor Show, Renault unveiled a new, boosted 43kWh Zoe – and it now has a range of 250 miles. You’re probably going to get something more like 190 miles out of it between charges, but that’s still pretty impressive. Renault says it will go on sale in November.