At the starting line with Paris Motor Show 2014

One of the biggest events in the global motor industry, Paris Motor Show roars to a start within the Mondial de l’Automobile halls.

There are many varied highlights of this year’s show. Debuts include Jaguar, BMW, Toyota and Lexus.

Jaguar

  • Collection designed by Jaguar’s Design team and inspired by the winning No.3 D-Type at Le Mans in 1957.
  • Celebrates 60 years of the Jaguar D-Type.
  • Wide range of goods featuring D-Type prints.

Today at Paris Motor Show, Jaguar launched the Heritage ’57 Collection, a range that celebrates 60 years of the Jaguar D-Type.

Jaguar’s design team have created the range to commemorate Jaguar’s most successful period at Le Mans, using the winning No. 3 ‘Ecurie Ecosse’ team car from 1957 as inspiration.

Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar, said: “Occasionally it’s great fun to celebrate the past, especially something as momentous as a winning Ecurie Ecosse D-Type. The collection is distinguished by the blue flag and draws on signature cues from the winning No.3 car.”

BMW

The all-new BMW X6 SAV and the 2 Series Convertible BMW were announced as two world premieres from BMW for the 2014 Paris Motor Show. And engineers in Munich also announce the debut of the seven-seater BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer.

The main feature of the extended version of the F45 2 Series Active Tourer is a third row of seats. Two additional seats will come with the F46 BMW 2 Series that can be folded to save space and provide a larger luggage compartment.

The seven-seater van also offers a considerable loading length for the transport of bulky objects and promises more headroom in the third row of seats with a less steeply sloping roof line.

Engines and transmissions will be shared, so there will be a combination of three-and four-cylinder engines.

Toyota

Toyota’s new C-HR Concept also makes its world debut today at the Paris Motor Show. The new study for a hybrid-powered compact crossover model is featured on the Toyota stand alongside the Fuel Cell Sedan, making its European debut with a production-ready exterior, prior to being launched worldwide in 2015.

Toyota’s technology is further represented by the i-Road all-electric personal mobility vehicle, PMV. The three-wheeler is appearing at the show shortly before taking to the road in Europe in a pilot urban transport scheme in Grenoble.

The Toyota stand will also display its newly launched, European-built Aygo and Yaris.

Lexus

Lexus is presenting four new models at the show, led by the European launch of the new NX compact crossover. The full hybrid NX 300h is on display immediately ahead of its market launch, alongside the NX 200t, powered by Lexus’s all-new turbo petrol engine, which will be introduced next year.

The RC F high-performance coupe will also be in the spotlight, joined by the RC 300h hybrid coupe. The RC F will reach the road at the end of this year, with the RC following in 2015.

A selection of current Lexus models are also on show, including F Sport versions of the CT 200h and IS 300h and a special edition version of the RX 450h, equipped with a Mark Levinson Premium audio system, LED headlights and a new 19-inch wheel design.

Media assets for the Lexus NX, RC F and RC models are available at the Lexus UK media site.