The e-Niro occupies a unique position in the market as an all-electric crossover, with intelligent packaging, high practicality, and a long-distance driving range. Buyers will also benefit from a range of dedicated electric vehicle (EV) in-car technologies, new safety features, and stand-out exterior and interior design.
Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, commented: "A combination of cool crossover design and advanced powertrains led to more than 33,000 Niro sales across Europe in 2017, and more than 30,000 year-to-date in 2018, making it one of our best-selling models. Annual sales of electric vehicles across Europe are expected to reach 200,000 this year, rising to nearly one million units by the end of 2022, while the crossover market is also forecast to continue expanding in the coming years. The e-Niro is a clear demonstration of the progress Kia has made in delivering comfortable, practical and fun-to-drive vehicles that lead the way in zero-emissions driving."
The e-Niro joins existing Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants of the car – of which more than 200,000 have sold globally since the Niro's introduction in 2016. To date, Europe has accounted for more than 65,000 sales of the hybrid crossover.
The e-Niro is to be Kia's second globally-sold electric vehicle after the Soul EV. The new model makes its European debut here at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and will go on sale in select European markets by the end of 2018.
Roadsters have played an important role in BMW's history and the all-new 2019 BMW Z4 is set to write another chapter in the open-top story. Since the birth of the first example, the famous BMW 328, all BMW roadsters have shared common proportions and design principles – long bonnet; low, set-back driving position, long wheelbase and short overhangs. The new BMW Z4 is no different. It shares all of those traditional principles, but takes the roadster experience to the next level with a focus on agility, dynamic performance and precise handling thanks to the high rigidity of the body structure and chassis mountings, the intelligent lightweight design and optimised aerodynamic properties.
The new BMW Z4 combines its pure sporting pedigree with a wealth of highly advanced, top class equipment features on the driver assistance, operation and connectivity fronts.
The new BMW Z4 has a low-slung, sporty, compact appearance when viewed from any angle. It is 85mm longer than its predecessor (at 4,324mm), 74mm wider (now 1,864mm) and 13mm taller (1,304mm). The shortening of the wheelbase by 26mm to 2,470mm serves to sharpen agility, as do the notably wider tracks – 1,609mm at the front (+ 98 mm) and 1,616mm at the rear (+ 57 mm).
The new-look mesh-design BMW kidney grille combines a track-inspired honeycomb pattern with a three-dimensional structure, whose elements have a vertical arrangement reminiscent of traditional kidney grille bars.
The new BMW Z4 is equipped with LED headlights as standard, while the optional Adaptive LED headlights add a matrix function for the non-dazzling high beam and cornering lights.
The soft-top roof comes in Black as standard and Anthracite with silver effect as an option. It is electrically operated and can be opened or closed in the space of ten seconds, even while travelling at speeds up to 31mph.
The choice of engines for the new BMW Z4 is rounded off by a pair of new four-cylinder units. Both have a capacity of 2.0 litres and likewise set new standards in terms of power delivery, efficiency and emissions. The output of both engines has been increased by 13hp over their predecessors.
The engine under the bonnet of the new BMW Z4 sDrive30i delivers its maximum output of 258hp, while peak torque of 400Nm is available. The result is a zero to 62mph sprint time of 5.4 seconds. The maximum output of 197hp developed by the new BMW Z4 sDrive20i between 4,500 and 6,500rpm and peak torque propels the car to 62mph from rest in 6.6 seconds.
The Remote Software Upgrade feature keeps the new BMW Z4 up to date with the latest software. All updates will occur over the air, either via the BMW Connected app on a smartphone or directly into the car using its built-in SIM card. "Connected Navigation" encompasses a number of digital services designed to turn seamless and contextual route planning both inside and outside the BMW into an even more sophisticated experience. In future, drivers of the new BMW Z4 will be able to send destinations from various apps straight to their car's navigation system.
As part of the Comfort Access option, the BMW Digital Key employs Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to allow the new BMW Z4 to be locked and unlocked from a smartphone, dispensing with the need for a conventional car key. The smartphone simply has to be held up to the door handle to open the vehicle and, once inside, the engine can be started as soon as it has been placed in the Wireless Charging or smartphone tray.
The new BMW Z4 will be built at the BMW Group's Austrian manufacturing partner, Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik in Graz. Production will take place on an assembly line installed and operated to the BMW Group's strict standards.
The new BMW Z4 will be on sale from 4 October 2018 with a market launch from March 2019.
Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, commented: "The new cars on display underline the level of ambition and design passion that defines Kia's cars. The ProCeed offers buyers stunning and emotional design, the Ceed GT provides maximum driver engagement, and the e-Niro helps to break down the barriers to electric car ownership, making it easy, fun and reliable."
Shown publicly for the first time in Paris, the Kia ProCeed merges stunning design with the space and versatility of a tourer in a five-door shooting brake body. The ProCeed goes on sale exclusively to European drivers at the beginning of 2019.
The new ProCeed has been designed, developed and engineered in Europe. A product of Kia's European design, product development and R&D teams in Frankfurt, Germany, the ProCeed will be manufactured at the brand's Žilina production facility in Slovakia. It will be built alongside the Kia Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon, first introduced earlier this year.
Inside the cabin, the ProCeed features the same ergonomic cabin as its Ceed compatriots. The interior is characterised by high-quality soft-touch surfaces. A 7.0-inch 'floating' touchscreen infotainment system sits at the centre of the dashboard, with audio and heating and ventilation controls situated below. The dashboard itself is angled slightly towards the driver, for ease of use.
Production of the ProCeed shooting brake begins in November, and sales commence exclusively across Europe in the first quarter of 2019.
The Kia Ceed GT is more accomplished and fun-to-drive than ever, and makes its public debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show alongside the ProCeed GT.
The Ceed GT picks up where its predecessors left off, with an assured, engaging drive and a powerful 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine, as well as a comprehensive range of comfort, safety and convenience technologies.
The Ceed GT's sporty exterior design differentiates it visually from other models in the Ceed range. Where the design of the conventional Ceed is characterised by taut creases and curvaceous sheet metal, the GT variant presents a more athletic proposition, with new front and rear bumpers, sills and a series of red highlights around the exterior.
The GT variant is built around the same ergonomic cabin architecture as other models in the Ceed line-up. Surfaces are finished in high-quality soft-touch materials and metallic trim, while the dashboard is angled towards the driver, making it easier to use on the move.
For the first time in a performance hatchback from Kia, the Ceed GT will be available with an optional seven-speed double-clutch transmission, in addition to the standard six-speed manual gearbox.
The Ceed GT will enter production in November at Kia's Žilina production facility in Slovakia, with sales due to commence in the first quarter of 2019.
The all new B-Class looks more dynamic than its predecessor and is more agile on the road while offering greater comfort. Its avant-garde interior makes for a unique feeling of space with the distinctive design of the instrument panel. One of the special features is a basic volume, which drops away towards the occupants and has cutouts in the area of the driver and front passenger.
The intuitive user interface of the adaptive MBUX multimedia system is ground-breaking. Its strengths include brilliant graphics, "Hey Mercedes" voice control, a standard touch screen and functions such as MBUX Augmented Reality.
When it comes to active safety, state-of-the-art driving assistance systems make the B-Class one of the segment leaders with functions carried over from the S-Class. In addition, the interior is now more spacious, while the engines are more efficient and cleaner. The eight-speed dual-clutch transmission makes its debut.
Start of sales for the new B-Class is 3 December 2018, with delivery due to begin in February 2019.
"More practical than ever, more chic than ever," is how Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes‑Benz Cars Marketing & Sales, characterises the new B‑Class. "In our portfolio of compacts, it's the perfect vehicle for the whole family. And MBUX – the new Mercedes‑Benz User Experience – provides also the B‑Class with an all-new customer experience with functions that were previously the reserve of the luxury class."
"The latest derivative of the new generation of compact cars from Mercedes‑Benz, the B‑Class writes a further punchy chapter in the success story of the dynamic Mercedes‑Benz Sports Tourer," says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG. "With its emotional yet purist design, the new B‑Class blends seamlessly into the design language of Sensual Purity."
The designers' brief was to make the new B-Class stand out visually from the world of minivans. That brief was accepted and executed, with the long wheelbase (2,729 mm) with short overhangs, slightly lowered roof line and larger, 16- to 19-inch wheels making for dynamic proportions. The relatively squat, progressive front end with flowing transition from bonnet to A‑pillar and on to the windscreen, along with the muscular shoulder of the body, underlines the sporty overall look.
The same is true of the low-profile headlamps, the inside of which is already high-grade, detailed and precisely designed on the basic model with H7 headlamps and LED daytime running lights. When ordered with LED headlamps or higher, the B-Class comes with its own daytime running light signature in the form of a double torch.
At the back, the width of the vehicle is accentuated by two-part lamps, reflectors integrated in the bumper and a distinctive black bumper bottom section with diffuser look and chrome trim strip. The large roof spoiler, along with high-gloss black spoilers at the sides of the rear window, makes for improved aerodynamics while ensuring a sporty appearance.
The cd value of the new B-Class starts at 0.24 (predecessor: 0.25). The lower roof line further contributes to a best-in-class airflow due to the smaller frontal area of the car. In addition, the aerodynamics engineers have reduced the wind noise thanks to extensive detail work. The benefits: stress-free driving as well as the ability to engage in a relaxed conversation.
The improved seat geometry and lower belt line make for an even more generous feeling of space than in the previous model. The driver sits 90 millimetres higher than in an A-Class, thus enjoying an especially good all-round view – also thanks to optimised cross-sections of the roof pillars, which obscure less of the surroundings.
Besides these world débuts, Škoda also showed-off the Škoda Karoq Scout, Karoq Sportline and Octavia Combi G-TEC in Paris.
The Škoda Kodiaq RS is the latest member to join the family of RS models. Ample output is generated by the most powerful diesel engine ever seen in a Škoda production car: a 2.0 BiTDI delivering 176 kW (240 HP) and maximum torque of 500 Nm. Inside and out, the car is graced with exclusive sporty accessories and advanced technology such as the Virtual Cockpit, the DCC Adaptive Chassis and progressive steering. In keeping with other Škoda Kodiaqs, the Kodiaq RS can be ordered as a seven-seater.
"Its modern, clean and highly efficient twin-charged diesel engine boasts 240 HP and 500 Nm of torque. This is a perfect example of when athleticism meets exceptional everyday practicality," explained Bernhard Maier, the Škoda Auto Chairman, as he introduces the Kodiaq RS.
Whereas the Kodiaq RS is the present, the Vision RS concept offers a vision of the future of Škoda's RS models. A future that combines a fine driving experience and environmental responsibility in equal measure.
"The Vision RS is a plug-in hybrid drive. Its 1.5-litre TSI engine delivers output of 110 kW. This is supported by a 75 kW electric motor, giving the model a range of 70 kilometres on the battery alone – and therefore emission-free local driving. And best of all, thanks to the electric motor, the maximum torque is available from standstill," said Bernhard Maier at the official unveiling.
"The Vision RS shows what our RS family of models might look like in the future. And as you know, our Vision cars always offer a hint of upcoming production models – especially when it comes to the exterior design," he added.
Inside the Vision RS concept study, one can find new improved interior design features: a large, centrally positioned infotainment display, seat covers made with vegan materials, and advanced voice control. "Our best-in-class voice control will offer all key information on the vehicle, whether you're at home or on the road," Maier said.
Discussing where the Škoda brand was headed, Bernhard Maier spelt out the carmaker's ambition to become a major player on the global market. "Our millionth car this year will be rolling off the production line in a matter of days. We have achieved this magic number even earlier than in previous years," Maier said. "I would like to thank our customers for their confidence in us," he added.
These days, though, the millionth car of the year is just a stepping stone. Once a lofty goal, this is now a springboard to Škoda's new target of two million cars per year by 2025.
"21 years ago, we founded the premium SUV segment with the M-Class. Since then, the importance of these models has continuously increased – not only for us, but also for the whole industry," says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE is packed with innovations. One world first is the 48-volt E-Active Body Control active suspension, while the driver assistance systems go one step further with Active Tailback Assist.
The interior is even bigger and more comfortable, with an optional third row of seats. The infotainment system comes with bigger screens, a full-colour head-up display with a resolution of 720 x 240 pixels and MBUX interior assist, which can recognise hand and arm movements for convenient operation. The exterior design exudes not only presence and strength but also sets a new aerodynamics best-in-class in the SUV segment.
The GLE will receive a completely new range of engines on market launch in early 2019. The new 4MATIC ensures great agility on the road and superior performance off the beaten track. At a later stage a plug-in hybrid variant with a particularly long range will be added to the drive portfolio. The prices for the new GLE will be announced on the sales release date in late autumn.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE will be launched with the new in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine, and other engines including diesels and a plug-in hybrid will follow. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC as the first petrol model is powered by a 6-cylinder engine systematically electrified with 48-volt technology (combined fuel consumption: 9.6– 8.3l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 220–190 g/km), and will be available at market launch. Its performance data: 270 kW (367 hp) and 500 Nm of torque, with a further 250 Nm of torque and 16 kW/22 hp available via EQ Boost over short periods.
The new GLE is the debut of the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems giving cooperative support to the driver. The level of active safety has not only been improved compared to the preceding model – some of its Intelligent Drive functions are even unrivalled outside the SUV segment.
When Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adaptation is activated, the new GLE is able to recognise and respond to tailbacks or slow-moving traffic with the help of information from LiveTraffic before the driver becomes aware of the hazard. When a tailback is recognised (and if the driver does not choose a different response), DISTRONIC reduces the speed to around 100 km/h as a precaution. This gives Active Brake Assist the scope to brake the vehicle to a standstill in good time when the end of a tailback is recognised.
When actually driving in a tailback, Active Stop-and-Go Assist can markedly reduce the driver's workload: where there are lane markings, the system is substantially able to perform the tasks of keeping in lane and maintaining the safety distance with a large number of availability of speeds up to around 60 km/h.
The GLE will launch in early 2019 and the prices of the SUV will be revealed at a later date.
The Sedan benefits from significantly enhanced sporting prowess, a new design language, extensive refinements to its premium ambience and trailblazing driver assistance, control & operation and connectivity technology.
The new powertrain technology with higher output provides greater pulling power and optimised efficiency. Six engine variants will be available from launch: Four-cylinder petrol models, four-cylinder diesels, plus six-cylinder diesel unit – with outputs ranging from 110 kW/150 hp to 195 kW/265 hp (fuel consumption combined: 5.8 – 4.2 l/100 km [48.7 – 67.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 132 – 112 g/km). Intelligent all-wheel drive available from launch in the BMW 320d xDrive Sedan (fuel consumption combined: 4.8 – 4.5 l/100 km [58.9 – 62.8 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 125 – 118 g/km). Over the course of the year, an ultra-sporty BMW M Performance version and an extremely efficient model with plug-in hybrid drive system will be added to the range.
Upgraded chassis technology, new damper technology, stiffer body structure and suspension mountings, wider tracks, minimised weight, a low vehicle centre of gravity and even 50 : 50 weight distribution offer sharper driving dynamics.
New interpretation of the familiar BMW sports sedan look uses the brand's new design language. Clear lines and taut surfaces showcase the car's modern aesthetic, sportiness and emotion-packed presence. Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport models enable precise individualisation.
Features including active air flap control, Air Curtains and an almost completely sealed underbody help optimise aerodynamics and reduce drag coefficient (Cd) from 0.26 to 0.23 (BMW 320d).
Standard specification gains full-LED headlights and stylishly darkened LED rear lights. LED headlights with extended features, Adaptive LED headlights with BMW Laserlight for non-dazzling high beam (with a range of around 530 metres) and LED front foglamps are also available as options.
BMW has extensively expanded range of driver assistance systems that paves the way to automated driving: Collision and Pedestrian Warning with Braking function, plus Lane Departure Warning system, are now standard.
Optional Driving Assistant Professional comprises systems including Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Steering and lane control assistant (which helps guide the car through narrow channels), Lane Change Warning system, side collision protection, evasion aid, Cross-Traffic Alert, Priority warning and Wrong-way warning systems. New generation of the BMW Head-Up Display is also available.
Parking Assistant with automated longitudinal and lateral guidance for moving into and out of parking spaces, Reversing Assistant, Park Distance Control, rear view camera and 360-degree cameras make parking and manoeuvring easier.
New BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is an intelligent digital personality integrated into the car. It allows the driver to give the system a name of their choice. The Personal Assistant is an expert on the car and also responds to natural voice commands to help the driver with numerous tasks that enhance productivity and on-board entertainment.
Standard specification includes instrument cluster with screen size increased from 2.7 to 5.7 inches and Control Display with screen diagonal up from 6.5 to 8.8 inches. Optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional comes with a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch Control Display with consistently designed, situation-linked and customisable displays.
New BMW Operating System 7.0 also optimises intuitive operation through multimodal operation (by touch with the Control Display, using the iDrive Controller or steering wheel buttons, and with gesture control or voice control).
Remote Software Upgrade helps keep the car up-to-date. Parking Space Assistant makes looking for a free spot easier. BMW Digital Key allows access to the car and starting the engine via smartphone.