We have known Lotus as one car maker that focuses on bringing out the best in light weight sports cars. The Paris Auto Show package was in fact testimony to Lotus’ plan which stressed on moving towards new concepts.
Mazda has unveiled the Shinari, a new four-door coupe concept, at a private press event held in Milan. The car indicates the future design direction for the Japanese brand. “Kodo”, Japanese for soul of motion, is the nickname that Mazda has given the new design language.
First pictures of the Honda Fit / Jazz Hybrid have been released and it will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.
American auto manufacturer Ford will display its new 2012 Ford Focus ST in the upcoming Paris Auto Show in the month of October. The new model will feature a new EcoBoost engine that is likely to be similar to the 2.5-liter turbocharged engines present in existing Ford models such as the Galaxy, S-Max and Mondeo.
The EcoBoost unit in the next Focus ST could provide as much as 300 bhp of power and will employ the torque vectoring technology created by Ford to channel that power to the front wheels of the car and to help the car grip the road as much as possible.
The new Focus ST will also be capable of bursting from 0 to 100 kmph speeds in a matter of 6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 250 kmph (155 mph). It will also be more fuel efficient than the existing Focus ST model and is expected to release in 2011, after the Europe launch of the hatchback and wagon variant of the Ford Focus in April 2011.
Smart, owned by auto veteran Daimler, is all set to show off their new two wheeler – a plug-in scooter – at the Paris Motor Show. The diversification by Smart is said to be part of a long-term strategy to improve on the brand’s performance.
Other vehicles out recently from the company are the new Smart ForTwo and the new 2013 ForFour.
The latter, with its rear mounted engine powering the rear wheels, is expected to be a perfect buy for customers who wanted a little something more than what the ForTwo is offering. The company says that these offerings are an attempt to address the issues faced by consumers in crowded city environments.
Though all of their previous efforts were in the four wheeler market, Daimler says that they have been noticing the need for this kind of an offering for some time. In addition, sources also say that the company plans to foray into the green vehicles arena too.