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Paris motor show preview: A-Z of all the new cars

Published: 01 August 2018

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The countdown is on to the Paris motor show this autumn, and we've started compiling a list of the new cars expected and the likely highlights. The 2018 Mondial de l'Auto is labelled as the world's biggest car show by visitor numbers; it is a biennial exhibition, alternating with the Frankfurt motor show in Germany.

Highlights to look forward to at the 2018 Paris auto show include the world debut of the new BMW 3-series, our first look at the Mercedes-Benz EQ C electric car and the cutesy new Suzuki Jimny off-roader. The expo was first held in 1898 in the Jardin des Tuileries in the French capital and in 2016 it attracted 1,072,697 visitors, including 10,000 journalists. It's big!

Read on for more details about the Paris motor show, which takes place from 4-14 October 2018. We'll be updating this page with more news, world debuts and expected launches in the coming weeks as we count down to the Mondial de l'Auto 2018. There'll even be test drives this year, with electric, hybrid and hydrogen cars to try out around the Place de la Concorde, a stone's throw from the FIA headquarters.

We review the 2016 Paris motor show

Punters queue up to enter the 2016 Paris motor show (Getty Images)


Every new car expected at the 2018 Paris motor show: an A-Z preview guide

ASTON MARTIN
No manufacturer presence; Paris dealer will show DB11 Volante, Vantage, DBS Superleggera

AUDI
A1 (below)  
The new supermini from Ingolstadt takes a Polo and adds a posh frock 
A6 Allroad  The A6 Avant in welly boots lands at the 2018 Paris car show  

New Audi A1 at the 2018 Paris motor show

BMW
3-series  World debut for BMW's most important car, codenamed G20
8-series  Big BMW coupe is back - and Paris marks first public debut
X5  First photos already issued, but this is the BMW X5's first public debut 
Z4  New roadster will be shown over the summer - see it in Paris 

CITROEN
C5 Aircross  European version of the C5 SUV lands at 2018 Paris motor show
Concept  Experimental show car likely at the French car expo too 

DS
3 Crossback (spy photo below)  World debut for small crossover with French fizz

FORD
Not at Paris in 2018 

HYUNDAI
i30 Fastback  
We expect the world premiere of the hatch i30 in Paris 

INFINITI
Not at Paris in 2018 

KIA
Proceed 
New shooting brake version of the Ceed hatch is due in Paris

LAMBORGHINI
Not at Paris in 2018 as a manufacturer - local dealer attending

Mercedes-AMG A35 hot hatch: tipped for a 2018 Paris motor show premiere

MERCEDES-BENZ
A35 AMG (above)  
Unconfirmed, but we reckon the middling-strength hot hatch is due too
B-class  
World debut for more upright, sensible A-class clone
GLE  
Next-generation of the artist formerly known as M-class 
EQ C  
Important one this: the new electric SUV lands at Paris motor show

NISSAN
Not at Paris in 2018 

PEUGEOT
508 SW (below)  
New estate derivative of the 508 saloon is due at its home show 

Paris motor show preview: the new Peugeot 508 SW estate is confirmed

PORSCHE
Macan  
Time for a mid-life facelift for Porsche's hot-selling Macan SUV

RENAULT
Concept cars  
It's the home show - and we hear La Regie is planning show surprises

Skoda Karoq Scout at the Paris motor show

SKODA
Kodiaq vRS  
The first high-performance SUV from Skoda will bow in at Mondial de l'Auto 
Karoq Scout (above)  Muddier, tougher version of Karoq crossover confirmed
Concept car  Unnamed concept due to land at the French car show 

SUZUKI
Jimny (below)  
European debut of the new junior G-wagen slated for Paris 

Suzuki Jimny! Another world debut for the Mondial de l'Auto at the 2018 Paris motor show

VOLKSWAGEN
Not at Paris in 2018 

VOLVO
Not at Paris in 2018


Which car makers aren't going to the Paris motor show?

Volkswagen has confirmed it'll skip the 2018 Paris motor show, as it focuses its marketing efforts elsewhere. The news comes as a trickle of manufacturers swerve this autumn's big car show in Europe.

VolvoFordNissanInfiniti and VW have all declared their intention not to attend. It reflects the changing nature of motor shows, as car makers grapple with a changing landscape with new digital opportunities and fresh routes to market their products. Some brands, like Lamborghini and Aston Martin, are not attending at a factory level, although the local Parisian dealerships are.

Wolfsburg has been examining all business practices in the wake of the Dieselgate emissions scandal. Major motor shows are multi-million pound investments and VW has deemed its product cycle to be out of kilter with this autumn's show schedule. It's an easy cost-cutting choice, in many regards, as the company waits for the 2019 launch of the ID electric car family.


Practical information about the Paris motor show 2018

Where is the Paris motor show held?  1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris, France
Paris motor show dates:  4-14 October 2018
Opening times: 10.00am-8.00pm (and until 10.00pm on 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 and 12 October)
How much are Paris motor show tickets?  From €9 - €19 on pre-sale (cheaper evening tickets are available)
Children's tickets  Kids entry for €9 (ages 11-17), free for under-11s
Mondial de l'Auto website:  http://www.mondial-paris.com/en/visiteur/auto

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