Preview: Mondial de l'Automobile

From improvements to efficiency and performance to greater levels of connectivity and gradual rise of autonomous functionality, this year's Paris motor show is likely to be one of the most dynamic yet, and show just how revolutionary the industry can be

The question that will be answered by many people at this year's show will be what technologies will give an expanding population the levels of mobility it demands in the future.

As always the emphasis will be on developing more efficient vehicles, reducing emissions, whether it's carbon, NOx or particulate matter, but also vehicles that meet consumer demands for comfort, connectivity and dynamics.

The show is sure to throw up a huge number of concept vehicles and even more firms showing how autonomous functionality will help meet those future needs.

From plug-in hybrids to wireless charging systems for electric vehicles, lightweight materials and highly charged combustion engines, improved aerodynamics and modular architectures, there will be a lot on show to emphasise efficiency.

But there's likely to be a growing interest in how vehicles are becoming not just a means of transportation, but also important for our ever greater connected lives. So a long with OEMs and Tier Ones, silicon produces and software firms are likely to share a larger part of the floor space, and be included in far more speeches and presentations. This year's mondial de l'automobile in Paris should be exciting.

BMW: The biggest premiere at the Paris show for BMW is the new generation 3 Series Gran Turismo which will benefit from new engines that improve performance and efficiency. The latest variant of the BMW i3, with its new 94Ah battery will also be on display. The new battery gives the city car a range 300km compared to the previous 190km.

Citroën: There’s bound to be numerous concept vehicles on show in Paris, and Citroën’s CXPERIENCE hatchback will be one to watch. The vehicle mates a gasoline engine with an output of between 112kW and 150kW to an 80kW electric motor. In all-electric mode it has a range of 60km. Out on the open road, fuel consumption can be limited by using the two forms of energy together in successive acceleration phases.

Ferrari: Paris marks the unveiling of the GTC4Lusso T, the first four-seater turbocharged V8 engine from the marque. The rear-wheel drive sports car uses four-wheel steering and a weight bias of 46:54 to offer the driving dynamics consumers want. The car’s 3.9-litre V8 turbo has maximum power output of 448kW at 7,500 rpm while maximum torque of 760Nm is available at between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm. 

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