Friday, 21 December 2012 10:13

2012 Paris Motor Show : The Inside Story

Words and photos by Elmer Maniebo
 
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Paris is, without a doubt, the most romantic city in the world. Its culture, cuisine, and bright spirit are representative of its native language, which is quite possibly the most beautiful language known to man. It is home to some of the most iconic structures to have ever been built - the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe. Nothing prepares you for its charm, nostalgia, and chic. Its effervescent warmth makes it the most visited city in the world. So when the chance to go to the Mondial de l’Automobile 2012, otherwise known as the Paris Motor Show, popped-up, I didn't think twice to grab it. It’s only five hours away from where I live, and kids go free. So, what the heck!
Published in Road Trip
Words by Hans Gerald Chua | Photos courtesy of the Paris Motor Show 
 
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Still hoping for a turbo version of the BRZ? Well, while there are no concrete details yet, Subaru displayed a new trim of their rear-wheel-drive coupe at the 2012 Paris International Motor Show - the BRZ XT Line Concept
 
A similar two-door-coupe, called the Subaru XT, was sold back in the 80's. It had a 112 hp 1.8L turbocharged engine and four-wheel-drive. If you think about it, maybe Subaru's giving us a hint and the BRZ XT Line is something to look forward to.
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Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Suzuki Motor Corporation
 
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Suzuki has established its name in motorsports with its line of off-road vehicles. The Japanese automaker has been at the forefront of SUV’s since the launch of the Jimny - consequently bearing the Vitara and Grand Vitara - and has pioneered the crossover segment in Europe with the SX4. But now, Suzuki is forging its way into the crossover C-segment with its newly-launched concept, the S-Cross.
 
In a specially-created Crystal Green Metallic body color, the S-Cross was premiered at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Sporting 20-inch chrome wheels, the Suzuki S-Cross stands at 1.60 meters tall, 1.84 meters wide, and 4.31 meters long with a wheelbase of 2.60 meters. That makes it similarly-sized to its would-be competitors such as the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, and upcoming all-new Ford Escape.
Published in Concept
Words by Rico Soriano | Photos courtesy of Hyundai Motor Company
 
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When was the last time you heard the words Hyundai and motorsports in the same sentence? Well, for most of you, probably never. But did you know that the Korean automaker used to compete in the World Rally Championship (WRC) back in 1999 with a four-wheel-drive Accent hatchback? Unfortunately, with limited success and a tight budget, they were forced to pull out after the 2003 season. 
 
But at the opening of the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Hyundai proudly announced their return to the WRC with the i20. According to Mark Hall, Hyundai Motor Europe's Marketing Director: “Our participation will demonstrate Hyundai's engineering excellence and durability, and will also help to enhance our passenger vehicles in future."
Published in Motorsports
Words by Jopet Tocino
 
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Over the past decade, the once called “dark horses” of the automotive industry have been coming up with a lot of new and exciting offerings. So much so that, some have ever led to believe that kimchi, is now hotter than wasabi. Yes, I'm talking about the Koreans, and they're really giving the Japanese a run for their money when it comes to making quality automobiles. One of them is KIA, and they've got something new brewing up that should turn the world on its head. 
 
Scheduled to make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show on the 27th of September, KIA just recently released the first teaser images of their upcoming all-new 2013 Carens. They have, however, unwittingly tried to disguise its final appearance by publishing the photo negatives. So, to give you a better view of what it will look like in two month's time, we've inverted the colors for you.
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