Alfa Romeo retains its focus on the Giulia saloon (above), not yet available in Ireland, which has graced its stand on most recent motor shows. For Paris 2016 the company brought a Veloce grade with 280hp petrol 2.0 and 210hp diesel 2.2 power. Both cars offer 8-speed automatics and have AWD as standard. Mild cosmetic tweaks to the Giulietta and Mito keep them fresh.
This is the tenth generation of Honda’s Civic since it launched the model some 40 years ago, and they’ve come up with an all-new car that we figure brings the nameplate significantly forward. Lighter but larger, and with a much more determined look than its predecessor, it is likely to have buyers in the compact family space taking a second and even a third look. With new to Europe 1.0 3-cylinder and 1.5 4-cylinder petrol engines, the company claims ‘highly competitive’ fuel economy and efficiency. The Type R prototype (bottom) is likely to land without any changes, which will really bring in the niche buyers.
Skoda is giving its first public showing of the Kodiaq medium SUV following a media preview last month in Berlin, and it looks as good here as it did then. Coming to Ireland in February, it is going to offer serious competition to the likes of Hyundai’s Santa Fe and similar, and likely to some of the compact players like Ford and Toyota too. Power will be from 1.4 and 2.0 TSI petrol engines, with 125/150hp outputs respectively, and 2.0 diesel engines of 150hp and 190hp and a 115hp available later in 2018. There are options of 6-speed manualand 7-speed DSG automatic in transmissions.
Suzuki has a new Ignis that will light up the brand’s fans for its small SUV cars. Based on one produced in Japan, it’s actually longer for Europe because of a bigger bumper, and looks a smart little beast. Power from a 1.2 turbocharged petrol engine, and the company will be emphasising the range of personalisation options.
Volkswagen’s thrust is absolutely on electric vehicles at this show, with the debut of the I.D. Concept which will result in a production car in 2020, with a claimed range of 250km that looks a little low compared to other ‘now’ EV ranges we see here. VW says the pricing will match diesel powered Golfs. The car will be shorter than a Golf, but will have a wheelbase close to that of the Passat, so should be roomy. The controls will be by touch, no knobs or switches, and it will be capable of what VW Group now labels ‘piloted driving’.
And that's it from this year in Paris. Did we miss out Ford, Volvo, Mazda, Bentley, and Lamborghini? Nope, they're not here. But we were. Thanks for reading.