Jaguar’s new 3 Series challenger will be called the XE, the firm has revealed. With an all-aluminium monocoque and a new range of engines it is claimed to offer emissions below 100g/km. It’s still a while off though, with a reveal towards the end of this year and full roll out in the middle of 2015.
The new Twingo was one of the stars of the show. Ridiculously cute, brilliantly packaged (thanks to the engine tucked away under the boot floor) and boasting the turning circle and handling of a gnat, this little Renault has the potential to be a great car.
Audi’s new TT will have emissions as low as 110g/km, when in diesel form. The firm promises the new model will be sportier than the current car (even the diesel does 0-62mph in seven seconds) thanks to new suspension and greater use of aluminium in construction.
Visually, there are no real surprises, but then if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it is Audi’s mantra.
Skoda’s concept cars have a habit of turning up in production, and so the VisionC five-door coupe should be hitting the road within a couple of years. It’s a very good looking car, with Skoda saying design is now a high priority for its models. It’s a very confident brand these days.
The new S-Class Coupe is a thing of beauty, managing to be both vast and elegant at the same time, which is not always an easy trick. Elsewhere on the stand, the new C-Class is shaping up nicely, and there are rumours a plug-in hybrid is not far off either.
BMW is going launch crazy this year, with new model introductions into double figures. Cars fleets may well be interested in include the Active Tourer MPV, X4 and X6 SUV, 4 Series GT and of course the M3 and M4 if tax saving isn’t high on your priority list.
When the plug-in Golf goes on sale later in the year, it is expected that prices will be about £2,000 higher than the equivalent traditionally-powered model. In this case, that’s the Golf GTD and GTI: although it will do 30 miles on battery power alone, the GTE also has 204bhp.
In the plastic, the C4 Cactus looks a brilliant car. The Airbumps that protect its flanks are a characterful addition and don’t look too odd either. The cabin is clean and simple and the overall package has a lovely, simple feel to it. If company car drivers take to its innovative combination of practicality and styling it could be a real winner for the brand.