With the highly anticipated 2016 London Motor Show just around the corner from the 5th – 8th May we’ve rounded up our top 10 motor show moments from around the world from lavish limousines to mini electric scooters!
1. Geneva 2016 – The Hyundai Ioniq
Unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, it was no surprise to see Hyundai developing a dedicated hybrid model, as the sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles have rocketed throughout the UK and Europe in recent years. Hyundai says the Ioniq “breaks the mould for hybrid vehicles.” It’s the world’s first model to offer the choice of three powertrain options, combining class-leading fuel efficiency with a fun, responsive drive and an attractive design.
The plug-in hybrid variant of the Ioniq uses the same 1.6-litre engine and electric motor combination, but with electric power boosted to 51bhp, giving a combined total of 155bhp. It’s capable of travelling for 31 miles on electric power alone, and emits 32g/km of CO2.
2. New York 2016 – A special hard top version of the New MX-5
The stunning new Mazda MX-5 RF with an electrically-folding roof panel was revealed at New York Motor Show 2016 and it definitely stole the show! The RF takes a more radical approach than its predecessors, with a unique and complex mechanism that’s of a similar nature to the set up used by Porsche.
Work for the MX-5 RF started eight years ago to bring the masterpiece designs to life. With a higher quality feel, a new LCD display and a simple switch on the dashboard to operate the electric motors, the central roof section can be tucked away in just 12 seconds. There really is nothing better than being out in the elements while still in your car, the wind in your hair and the sun on your face.
The RF is due on sale in the UK in 2017, sign up to our priority list to access to the latest news and updates. Prices have not yet been confirmed but the expectations suggest it will carry a premium of around £2,500 over the regular Mazda roadster. The editions to the RF will be on offer in both 1.5 and 2.0-litre engines, therefore prices should start around £21,000.
3.Detroit 2016 – The new Hyundai ‘Genesis’ luxury brand
Hyundai’s luxurious Genesis G90 offshoot saloon got its first airing at the at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show, with bosses promising six more Genesis models by 2020. At the event Genesis bosses revealed the new plans for the luxury standards of the brand. Combining a smart athletic and elegant design, refined performance and outstanding levels of interior comfort, the innovative Genesis models will offer the ultimate driving experience.
4. Frankfurt 2015 – The Smart car limousine
At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show the cleverly named ‘Madeforsix’ was introduced by Smart as the first limousine fitted with six wheels! The wheelbase has been stretched by nearly 110 inches, providing a second rear axle. The wild look of the over the top exterior is complimented by a set of black multi-spoke alloy wheels, tinted windows and a humorous number plate that begins with the letter ‘LOLZ’ ideal for getting the party started on board. A suave single gullwing door gives passengers a James Bond style entrance to the vehicle, equipped with leather seats, TV’s, LED ambient lighting, a champagne bar and not forgetting the high-end sound system to really get the party flowing!
5. The British International Motor Show 2006 – The return from Birmingham to London
The phenomenal British International Motor Show has debuted some of the most iconic and prestigious models, such as the Land Rover Freelander and the Vauxhall Corsa and in 2006 the Birmingham show made its way to London. At this event you had to forget what you knew about traditional motor shows as it featured a post-show rock festival in the evening called Dock Rock. The show featured an array of musical artists from the Sugababes to the Royal Symphony Orchestra and Australian Pink Floyd.
The show did also include the unveiling of the newest cars at the time (it wasn’t just a music gig!). Attendees of the event saw the Alfa Romeo Spider, Jaguar XJR, the Volvo S60 and many more from a range of different model versions and manufacturers.
6. Tokyo 2015 – Suzuki celebrate 100 years
Suzuki celebrated their 100th birthday with an iconic exhibit at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show in 2015. The theme was the ‘Suzuki Next 100’ and showcased proposals for products and technologies that give a sense of the company’s preparations for ongoing success in the next 100 years. The selection included a new range of concept car and motorcycle models and highlighted Suzuki’s latest production models, including the ESCUDO sport utility vehicle (known as the new Vitara outside of Japan), which the company launched during October 2015.
7. Tokyo 2015 – The Mazda RX-Vision Concept
At the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show Mazda provided official confirmation about the buzz and speculation of the RX-Vision Sports Car concept. The Mazda sports car is a two door, two seat, undeniably alluring model designed to provide a look at the future direction of the brand’s identity.
Featuring an interior that epitomises the design of a classic sports car but with a modern twist, the model comprises of highly functional, yet stylish elements to enhance the practicality and thrill of the customer’s driving experience.
At present the Mazda RX-Vision is just a concept, but Mazda are keen for the car to become a reality as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it’s possible that the car could be priced as a competitor for the Chevrolet Corvette rather than the level of a Ford Mustang like many Mazda predecessors.
8. Geneva 2013 – The Rinspeed MicroMax
Rinspeed unveiled the MicroMax concept ahead of the Geneva Motor Show in 2013 and it was a unique design to say the least. You could say the concept drew inspiration from a variety of things, from shared workspaces, city buses and even Doctor Who’s Tardis. The shared workspace element comes from the built in coffee maker and you could call it a Tardis because it’s somewhat of a small vehicle but with a significantly spacious interior.
The power comes from a fork lift motor, so the MicroMax relies more on its urban mobility than speed to navigate the city streets.
9. Motor Show Returns to London in 2016 – TW White & Sons are exhibiting!
Returning to London for the first time since 2008, the London Motor Show will be in full swing at the capital’s iconic Battersea Park from the 5th – 8th May 2016. The event is perfect for car fanatics with over 130 brand new vehicles and concepts. We’re proud to be exhibiting at this prestigious event and you’ll get the chance to meet our team of experts and learn more about the models and the great offers available on our vehicles.
Whether you’re a petrol head, or prefer the beauty of an old classic car, the 2016 London Motor Show is guaranteed to impress you, featuring legendary guest speakers, a historic motors display and a true ‘supersonic’ car for every type of car lover.
10. Paris 2010 – Mini Electric Scooters
Back in 2010 BMW’s Mini brand introduced an electric powered hybrid Scooter concept at the Paris Auto Show. Named ‘The Mini Scooter E’ the electric motor was stored in the rear wheel and could be plugged into any conventional socket to charge. The scooters featured 3 vibrant designs and a selection of tech apps, such as built in Google Maps and a branded helmet with built in Bluetooth.