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The Paris Motor Show 2008 with Chevrolet, Honda, Mini, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz

Manufacturers unveil their new model concepts for 2009.

Mazda Kiyora gives more zoom zoom 

2009 Mazda Kiroya ConceptBased on a new platform, the Mazda Kiyora (clean and pure in Japanese) concept is a “lightweight urban compact car” with a carbon-fibre body.

The focus is on drivability with environmental and safety features under Mazda’s vision of ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom’.

Smaller than the Mazda2, the Kiyora features future technology such as new 1.3-litre direct injection spark ignition (DISI) engine and new automatic transmission.

Glimpse of the future: Mercedes-Benz Concept Fascination

2009 Mercedes-Benz Fascination ConceptThe Mercedes-Benz Concept Fascination shows elements that will be seen in forthcoming cars.

The front end hints at the E-Class Coupé while the interior is the first look at the all-new

Both cars are due next summer. The coupé is a replacement for the CLK; its name will be parked for a while as Mercedes puts all its focus on a successful launch for the E-Class.

Chevrolet Cruze - on sale April 2009

2009 Chevrolet CruzeThe four-door family saloon will go on sale in the UK in April with buyers able to choose from 1.6- and 1.8- litre petrol engines or a 2.0-litre 16v diesel unit.

Though trim levels have not been finalised, Chevrolet expects air conditioning, electric windows and CD system to be standard.

Higher spec models will feature 17-inch wheels and DVD-based satellite navigation displayed on a 7-inch screen.

Other features include iPod and MP3 compatibility plus an option to store your own music on a hard drive within the stereo. A ‘twin cockpit’ design includes dials backlit in blue.

New Insight kicks off hybrid hat-trick - due March/April 2009

2009 Honda Insight Concept1Although tagged as a concept car, the five-seat five-door hatchback which Honda displayed at Paris will have only a few minor changes, such as different wheels, when in full production.

At its heart is a 1.3-litre petrol-electric IMA hybrid engine, the culmination of 20 years’ hybrid development. Honda expects the Insight, which has an aluminium body to keep weight down, to achieve similar fuel economy and emissions as the Civic Hybrid.

It will be priced around £3,000 less than the Civic Hybrid, which costs £16,600, and its Toyota Prius rival. That’s because Honda is determined to make hybrid technology available to the family car buyer. 

Mini crossover to ‘redefine sector’: Mini 4x4 – on sale 2009

2009 Mini Crossover Concept 4Inside, an innovative multi-functional fastening rail allows cup holders, storage units and entertainment consoles to slide between front and rear compartments.

The dashboard has a futuristic ‘globe’ unit with laser projection technology and navigation, and communication and entertainment functions. 

“We believe this car will offer a new driving experience, whether in heavy snow or other challenging conditions, while still preserving the go-kart feeling associated with the Mini family,” said Robertson.

“This is the perfect car for the get-away weekend and we’re confident there’s further potential for extending the Mini family.” 

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