In this moment I am sure we have plenty of reasons to be thankful for, but the strongest one remains the fact that it is FRIDAY! Another week is ready to end and before thinking in terror at the other one that comes so fast, we should at least enjoy the beginning of this weekend. But how else could we do it, if not with the latest news regarding the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
I promised that I will come back with an update and I did! The 2012 edition of the Paris Motor Show really came up with these fabulous models of cars that simply left us breathless. Many stunning appearances and concept projects from all around the world have made the delight of the public without any effort. Those who had the chance to visit the show were the lucky audience of fabulous cars as Toyota GT86 TRD, 2014 Mazda6, 2013 Honda CR-Z, 2013 Audi SQ5, Onyx Hybrid or Peugeot 208 Type R5. The models were many more of course, but this was a simple gist with what you had at the show.
And now coming back to what we are interested: the Korean cars present at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. As a little reminder, you should know that from the beginning of the show, last Saturday and until now, a number of Korean cars have made their debut or appearance at Porte de Versailles. Among them we find the 2013 Kia Pro_cee’d three door, the 2013 Kia Carens, Kia Optima Hybrid, Hyundai i20 WRC and Hyundai i30 three-door.
Let’s talk a little about them.
Starting the Kia series is the 2013 Kia Pro_cee’d which represented a great premiere and reminded us a bit of its sibling Hyundai i30 three-door. The differences between this model and the five-door Kia presented at Geneva are not big and the car brings its A game with both gasoline and diesel engines, a good range of power (89-133 horses), six speed manual, automatic and a dual clutch transmission. But the hottest element present here is the cool and stylish design that makes you want to really drive this car, not only own it.
Next to this, in the Kia family we also have Kia Carens, which is a redesigned Rondo, that caught pretty good in Europe, but not in North America. Its goal is to ride on a new different platform which features a cab-forward design and an expanded wheelbase to correspond with the five and seven seats configurations. And from the looks of it I believe it’s got it.
As for the Hyundai family that is in a continuous growth, the i20 WRC is a wonderful surprise. Like a reenactment of a “Fast & Furious” scene, this Hyundai is ready to return the World Rally Championship with a 1.6 engine and around 300 horsepower. The interior is very light in order to have as much rapidity as possible and the car is ready for some action. The other Hyundai in the show surprises mainly through its gorgeous design and fluidic sculpture. The pleasure of driving around a car like this will definitely make you forget about all your worries. Just think about 16 inches alloy wheels or new fog lamps and you will understand the difference.
That’s all folks! See you next week!