Upcoming events and launches: September-December 2016
While there have been a fair share of glimpses of new cars over the summer, the vast majority of manufacturers have been holding off in order to give them their official launch in the Autumn. The biggest date on the calendar for this is, of course, the Paris Motor Show (or Mondial de l'Automobile to give it its official title).
As part of an ongoing quarterly feature, we’ll be bringing you up to speed on what events and model launches you can expect for the next three months.
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Paris Motorshow: 1-16 October
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Paris Motor Show is one of the biggest dates on the car event calendar. This year’s event will see the arrival of several significant new cars for the European market, as well as revealing some enticing concept cars too.
Major highlights look to be the unveiling of the BMW X2 concept car, Skoda’s first seven seater Kodiaq SUV, the five door Ford Ka+, the updated Honda Civic, Mercs all-electric SUV and, dare we say it, the updated Nissan Micra might turn a few heads too.
Los Angeles Auto Show: 18-27 November
With glitz and glamour ever-present in its host city, the LA Auto Show is one of the most influential and best-attended auto shows on the calendar. Gathering a who’s who of the auto industry, the LA Auto Show often unveils the future of mobility while simultaneously delivering worldwide media exposure and unprecedented global industry networking opportunities.
The LA Auto Show offers unparalleled opportunities to test drive over 100 cars, explore over 1,000 cars in the show’s four exhibit halls, as well as see the latest cutting edge personal mobility, wearables, mobility apps and more.
The Fiat Tipo hatchback and station wagon had their initial reveal to the press in May and will be available on the road for UK buyers in September.
Offering robust quality and outstanding efficiency, the Tipo will be available in three trim levels across five engines.
With both body styles, the Tipo will offer drivers exceptional roominess and practicality, with class leading legroom and boot space.
Fiat 124 Spider
September is a big month for Fiat, and the revival of this famous nameplate is perhaps their biggest move.
As such, the new Fiat 124 Spider hopes to bring the authentic, Italian roadster driving experience to a whole new generation of motorists.
Broad and muscular but also elegant and perfectly proportioned, the Spider encapsulates everything classic car enthusiasts love about the 1966 original.
Arriving to dealers in September, the Spider is powered by a 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo Petrol engine that can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 7.5 seconds, and with a top speed of 134mph, we expect the Spider will be a big hit.
The Ioniq range certainly has something for everyone, bringing innovative technologies to the market and extending the company’s product range of low-to-zero emission vehicles.
As the first car to offer three electrified powertrains, it is hoped the Ioniq will make low-to-zero-emission mobility more accessible to more people around the globe.
It will be available from October.
Vauxhall Mokka X
The Vauxhall Mokka has proved to be a popular choice on UK roads, offering a small SUV that has the style and performance modern motorists need and want.
With the upcoming release of the Mokka X, it receives a new exterior and interior design as well as a new 1.4-litre Direct Injection Turbo with automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The Mokka X will be available from October, and it will be interesting to see if it proves as popular as the model that preceded it.
Positioned as ‘the most advanced vehicle offered by the Brand to date’, the Peugeot 3008 certainly has a lot to live up to.
Promising class-leading technology and more interior space while paradoxically offering compact exterior dimensions, the 3008 aims to be lighter, more agile and fuel efficient than the outgoing model.
The 3008 will gets its official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in September, with order books opening in November. It’s estimated that deliveries will be made in January ensuring that your new year gets off to a great start.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
Marketed as the world’s first premium compact SUV convertible, the Evoque Convertible seems to have been a long time coming.
We all know someone who it will appeal to, who will like an Evoque with its top lopped off sitting on their driveway. Some people will have misgivings, but if the order books are anything to go by, it’s sure to be a big hit.
Kia Niro HEV
Touted as a crossover variant to the Cee’d, the Kia Niro is the company’s first hybrid and has us very intrigued.
All models get a 1.6-litre petrol engine, and offer a similar set-up to the Toyota Prius where both petrol and electric motor work in tandem.
This means fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg, all the while producing as little as 88g/km of C02. All models get a six-speed automatic gearbox, giving the Niro a 0-62mph time of 11.1 seconds.
Deliveries are expected to begin toward the end of 2016.
The popularity of SUVs and crossovers shows no signs of slowing, and with Renault throwing their name into the mix it will be interesting to see what the Koleos can offer.
While details remain sparse, we do know that shares its platform with the Nissan X-Trail and due to ground clearance of 213mm it will have to all-terrain ability. On top of this the manufacturer has promised class-leading cabin space.
While initially rumoured to be available from winter 2016 when it was unveiled at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, we expect it could be pushed back to a 2017 launch for Europe.