Lyon Motor Show: the new products on display

A show is first and foremost a display and brings together in one place all the new models which, sometimes, will only be visible on our roads a few months later

Lyon Motor Show: the new products on display

A show is first and foremost a display and brings together in one place all the new models which, sometimes, will only be visible on our roads a few months later. The worst off in terms of appearance time are the exotics or the most coveted ones like the Aston Martin DB12. But if we think by nationality, inevitably the French are at the top of the bill with a considerable impact on a public fully committed to their cause. And they made a special effort in Lyon that will make visitors dizzy.

In this little game of influence, the Stellantis group (PSA and Fiat) comes out on top, which presents more than ten new products, including three new Peugeots. First of all, its best-seller, the 208, which made a splash on the European market by being the best-selling car in 2022. A skilful restyling gives it a more current appearance and more in keeping with the family spirit embodied by the very refined 408 and the avant-garde 508. Citroën and DS are not to be outdone with, respectively, the new C4X and DS3, and the OLI and DS-e tense Performance concept cars. Also unveiled to the general public, the electric Opel Corsa and Abarth 500e sit alongside the JEEP Avenger, voted car of the year.

The Renault group's new products are driven by the new Scenic and its unique look and the Renault Rafale, a new high-end SUV coupe from the diamond brand. Also within the Alliance, the Mitsubishi Colt is already present only a few months before its marketing, with a few hints of Renault Clio which are hardly misleading in a direct borrowing. Alpine, for its part, is exhibiting the A290 Beta Show Car which outlines the idea of ​​an Alpine R5 from the 1970s revisited in 2024 fashion.

Having just come out of their Munich show, the German groups BMW, Mercedes and VAG did not miss out on Lyon. We see the new Volkswagen T-Cross, the very recent and monstrous BMW XM tested in these columns, the Mercedes Vision AMG concept, including the Audi SQ8 e-tron, the Mini Countryman SE, the Smart

The British are also shining with, at McLaren, the new 750S, unveiled for the first time to the French public. Just like the Tesla 3, the workhorse of the American brand and quite extensively revised. Little surprise, Tesla is no longer alone in the electric world and the rise in competition is forcing it to seriously lower its prices. There is here the outline of a global match between the United States, the old Europe which does not give up and the newcomers from Asia who intend to shake up the established order.

This is notably the case of Kia which will unveil its new high-end SUV EV9 to the European public, of Hyundai with its new i20, of Mitsubishi Motors with the new Colt city car and of Subaru with the Solterra, its first 100% electric SUV. On the Honda stand, a renewed range awaits visitors, around three flagship models: the ZR-V, a compact SUV with a sporty DNA, the e:Ny1, a 100% electric model designed on a completely new base chassis, and the CR-V with its hybrid engines e: HEV and e: PHEV. Other rarer brands like Vinfast are present and demonstrate that emerging countries, here Vietnam, have surfaced.