LOOKING again, it’s hardly shocking I’m obsessed with automobiles.
The previous woman was a hill-climb racer then ran a used-car lot subsequent to a Nationwide petrol station.
BMW 3 Series now has multi-stage turbocharging for better low-end acceleration and effectivity
Which, in fact, was sensible. Not solely did I’ve the most effective rides to high school, I had the perfect Smurf assortment too.
In the future there’d be a Saab 9-3 on the drive, then a Citroen 2CV, then a Mini 1275GT, then a Pajero, then a Jag, and so on.
However there was one automotive she stored maintain of for a number of years… her beloved BMW 325i convertible.
It had nothing to do with the material roof, it have to be stated, and every thing to do with its blistering velocity and razor-sharp dealing with. She owned the street in that factor.
BMW 3 Series is 55kg lighter, has a stiffer physique, wider monitor and much less drag
Which brings me properly to the seventh-generation 3 Series unveiled in Paris this week.
If ever there was a automotive that defines a automotive model, it’s the 3 Series.
It is BMW’s golden egg, 15million gross sales since 1975, the automotive BMW engineers fuss over most, the automotive they name The Final Driving Machine.
However in recent times that halo has slipped.
Merc and Audi closed the hole and began knocking out comfier automobiles with classier cabins. So this new Beemer has to be sensible — and fortunately, it sounds prefer it is. It’s 55kg lighter, has a stiffer physique, wider monitor and much less drag, all of which can please you drivers on the market.
BMW 3 Series also needs to be comfier with absolutely variable dampers fitted as commonplace to clean out bumpy roads
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Different cool tech consists of hand-gesture management, over-the-air updates, bigger head-up show, laser headlights — and it could actually reverse itself for 50 metres
However it also needs to be comfier with absolutely variable dampers fitted as normal to clean out bumpy roads.
The large-selling 2-litre diesel — we completely love the 320d M Sport in Britain — now has multi-stage turbocharging for better low-end acceleration and effectivity.
However maybe the most important leap ahead is the cabin.
That’s now bang updated with a digital driver’s display changing the normal spherical binnacles and a Siri-like voice assistant activated by saying: “Hey BMW.”
Different cool tech consists of hand-gesture management, over-the-air updates, bigger head-up show, laser headlights — and it might reverse itself for 50 metres.
- 1 Paris Motor Present prime picks
- 2 Renault Okay-ZE
- 3 Renault EZ-Ultimo
- 4 Peugeot e-LEGEND
- 5 Skoda’s inexperienced hatchback
- 6 Beck on board
- 7 Robert De Niro and the Kia Niro
- 8 Jaguar street journey
- 9 Merc B-Class
- 10 Electrical BMW
- 11 Corsa chase
Key details: BMW 3 Series 320d
Engine: 2-litre diesel turbo
Financial system: 67mpg
Energy: 190hp, 400Nm
Zero-62mph: 6.eight secs
Prime velocity: 149mph
There’s additionally a “digital key” to unlock doorways and begin the engine with your smartphone.
Sorry, did I say digital key? I meant gimmick.
As for seems, it’s nonetheless very a lot a 3 Series, simply with sharper creases, a extra coupe-like roofline and horizontal tail lights.
Good job, BMW. I’d ask the previous woman to assist me check it.
Paris Motor Present prime picks
Renault Okay-ZE is an ‘city SUV’ with a 120-mile vary sitting under the sensible Zoe
Might this be the primary electrical automotive beneath £10,000? Let’s hope so.
The Renault Okay-ZE is an “urban SUV” with a 120-mile vary sitting under the sensible Zoe.
A Renault supply stated: “We are the EV experts. We will compete on quality and features – and lead on price.”
Renault confirmed there’ll be a Clio hybrid in 2020 (no cables) and plug-in hybrid Megane and Captur fashions too.
Renault’s EZ-Ultimo is a limo with out a chauffeur
Half trois in Renault’s trilogy of robotic automobiles is the EZ-Ultimo, a limo with out a chauffeur.
It follows the EZ-Go bus proven earlier this yr and the EZ-Professional supply van.
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EZ-Go bus was introduced earlier this yr
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Renault showcase their new vary of robotic automobiles
Might I recommend Renault’s imaginative and prescient of the longer term is a way off?
And I’m guessing the Ultimo, at virtually six metres lengthy, has a garbage turning circle.
Peugeot’s e-LEGEND is a self-driving electrical automotive impressed by the long-lasting 504 Coupe
It has a foldaway steering wheel and 49in digital display
As for the good automotive in Paris, look no additional than this futuristic throwback from Peugeot.
It’s referred to as the e-LEGEND and it’s a self-driving electrical automotive impressed by the long-lasting 504 Coupe.
Good Seventies-style crushed-velvet seats combined with a foldaway steering wheel and 49in digital display.
Tres bien, Peugeot, tres bien.
Skoda’s inexperienced hatchback
Skoda’s new Golf/Focus rival has flooring mats made with PINEAPPLE tree fibre
The person from Del Monte… he say: “Yes, Skoda, yes.”
Skoda’s new Golf/Focus rival has flooring mats made with PINEAPPLE tree fibre, vegan seats and a super-green plug-in hybrid that may do 46 miles on pure electrical.
The as-yet-unnamed hatchback will hit the street subsequent summer time, changing the Speedy. There’ll be a vRS model too. Sweeet.
Coralla is again!
Reality. Extra Brits search “Corolla” on Google than “Auris” – ten years after Auris changed Corolla.
So it’s simply as properly Toyota is reverting to the Corolla identify subsequent yr.
There shall be two bodystyles – hatch and property – and two hybrid petrol engines, each with a CVT auto.
Made in Britain. Hurrah.
Beck on board
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David Beckham promotes VinFast on the Paris Motor Present
David Beckham was in Paris to advertise VinFast, Vietnam’s first automotive agency.
Right here’s his speech in full: “So beautiful. It’s incredible, I mean, to create something in such a short space of time is really, it’s really incredible, you know, it really is. Vinfast is a miracle for Vietnam. It’s incredible. It’s beautiful. It’s sleek. It’s modern. It’s hi-tech. It’s premium. It’s incredible. Congratulations.”
Think about the fee per phrase. “Incredible.”
Robert De Niro and the Kia Niro
Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro promotes the Kia Niro
Kia’s 300-mile pure electrical crossover
This is genius. Robert De Niro and the Kia Niro.
The Oscar winner will entrance TV adverts for the 300-mile pure electrical crossover.
No phrase but on Bananarama.
Jaguar street journey
Jaguar celebrates 50 years of the XJ on the Paris Motor Present
Jaguar is set to launch the all-electric XJe subsequent yr utilizing i-Tempo technology
Jaguar organised a street journey to Paris celebrating 50 years of the XJ.
However what they didn’t inform anybody is that there shall be an all-electric XJe subsequent yr utilizing i-Tempo technology. Maintain that to your self.
Audi is including hot-hatch muscle to its child SUV.
The SQ2 will get quattro 4WD and a stonking 300hp 2-litre turbo that’ll outdrag a Cayman (Zero-62mph in Four.eight seconds).
Put a few quid on VW making a T-Roc R subsequent yr too.
The Mercedes B-Class is a tall A-Class however extra sensible, with a greater boot
This is a Merc for smart individuals who put on cagoules.
The B-Class is a tall A-Class however extra sensible, with a greater boot and sliding rear seats.
Out April, priced from £25,000.
BMW’s greater 42.2kWh battery will do 160 miles
BMW has axed the two-cylinder motorcycle engine from the i3 and made it pure electrical.
The larger 42.2kWh battery will do 160 miles. Coach doorways, recycled inside, as cool as a hashtag.
Costs from £31,000.
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Our motors editor Rob Gill and his pal Dan see how the 1993 Corsa GSi and 2018 Corsa GSi examine on the monitor
Meet my good friend Dan, the Corsa addict. He’s obtained SIX old-school Vauxhall Corsas from the 1990s – including this ultra-rare 1993 GSi. (The purple one.)
He paid £2,500 for it 18 months in the past then spent one other £2,000 restoring it and has simply turned down £7,000 to promote it on.
Airbus fitter Dan stated: “I’ve had fairly a few individuals mithering me to purchase it however I’m not likely fussed.
“I like looking at it when I open the garage door. There’s only 37 left on the road and I’ve got three of them.” Dan additionally owns two Nineties SRis and a Corsa Sport and he’s acquired a mountain of unique elements from eBay and jumble gross sales for future tasks.
Key information: 1993 Corsa GSi
Engine: 1.6-litre petrol
Zero-60mph: 9.2 secs
Prime velocity: 121mph
So what does he consider the brand new Corsa GSi (that’s the yellow one) – the primary Corsa to put on a GSi badge since Dan’s motor 25 years in the past?
Dan stated: “Yeah, it’s good. I prefer it. My spouse had the Restricted Version 1.2 once we had our first child however I nonetheless favor older automobiles.
“I like the squeaks and you’ve got to fight them a bit more.”
This 2018 GSi is successfully a watered-down VXR. Similar PE package and similar racy chassis because the 210hp VXR however with a much less punchy 150hp 1.Four-litre turbo.
It’s enjoyable, flat-riding and mega-grippy – and a lot much less more likely to find yourself in a ditch.
Dan has acquired SIX old-school Vauxhall Corsas from the 1990s – including this ultra-rare 1993 GSi
Key information: 2018 Corsa GSi
Engine: 1.Four-litre turbo
Zero-60mph: eight.Four secs
Prime velocity: 129mph
That’s why the insurance coverage score is 20E, about £1,800 a yr for a teen driver with a telematics black field. The Suzuki Swift Sport is 35D.
Different observations. Good short-ratio six velocity guide, sporty seats, drilled pedals, flat-bottomed steering wheel, touchscreen satnav and Apple CarPlay to stream your favorite Spotify megamix.
The times of the Kenwood stereo, parcel shelf audio system and a subwoofer filling all the boot are lengthy gone, buddy.
General, then, it’s a good automotive apart from one drawback. Worth. Vauxhall has acquired its numbers improper anticipating individuals to pay £19,000 – as a lot as a Fiesta ST – for a GSi.
And that’ll make it as uncommon as Dan’s purple rocket.
VERDICT: Enjoyable however overpriced.
Tadah. This is the brand new Land Rover Defender, albeit in camouflage and wanting like an previous Disco, however it is the brand new Defender.
It’s going to hit the street in 2020 robust, fashionable and hi-tech – 4 years after the unique British hero stopped manufacturing.
This “spy shot” was taken close to Land Rover’s base on the identical day because the Paris Motor Present. Humorous that.