In case you didn’t know, we as the media get to have sneak peak at the Australian International Motor Show ahead of you the ‘General Public’. What this allows us to do is get up close and personal with all of the vehicles.
As it was our very first Motor Show we were very excited to be a part of it for the very first time. Also this means that we may miss some things along the way, but we’re doing our best!
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The media day kicks off with presentations from each manufacturer who has vehicles to unveil and this year we got pretty lucky with world premieres as well as Australian premieres. Below are some of the stand out – must see – reveals:
Lexus – LF-LC – World Premiere
We’ll start off with something which is pretty special. The LF-LC Concept which made its world premiere.
The LF-LC leverages Project LFA with the use of carbon fibre and also highlights for Lexus their next-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system which actually gives this car 372kW (500HP!) of power. Not bad for a hybrid.
Let’s just say that this car is stunning in person. It simply looks sensational and with the extremely cool tech which is in the car it makes a pretty great concept. The two 12.3inch LCD screens provide things like entertainment, air conditioning and navigation and to save distraction by the driver they have a remote touch-screen device to operate the screens.
Ford – Evos Concept – Australian Premiere
The Evos Concept is the cloud-connected Ford. Utilising smart technologies, awesome gullwing doors and a hybrid engine this is a real insight into where Ford is wanting to go in the near future. Ford Australia President and CEO, Bob Graziano, said:
“The Evos Concept represents a huge visual and technological change that will be a showcase of many Ford vehicles going forward”.
We agree, even in the brand new Mondeo you are able to see design cues which would have come from the Evos.
Hyundai – Veloster SR Turbo Street Car – Australian Premiere
If you don’t know what the term ‘hot hatch’ means. Learn it quick. The Veloster SR Turbo is a hot hatch wanting to bully the other hot hatches into just regular hatches.
The matte grey paint covers the body whilst the fluoro orange accent defines the side-skirts, rear diffuser and front spoiler. It also doesn’t stop there. If we venture under the bonnet there are some significant mods that make this something else.
The mods under the bonnet include custom aluminium front-mounted intercooler, stainless steel air intake system, Monza dual-port blow off valve, Monza stainless steel air filter and a XForce custom 3inch turbo back exhaust. Plus let’s not forget suspension and brakes which include front and rear cross driller and slotted rotors, NGM Beta-Max coil overs.
Unlike most special editions – they’ve gone all out!
Mercedes-Benz – A-Class – Australian Premiere
The A-Class has certainly made a big impact here at the Motor Show. Even with a special edition SLS AMG, the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake and a special edition SLK55 AMG the A-Class was the most talked about after the unveiling. Starting at just $35,600 for the A180 BlueEfficiency model this is a very competitively priced vehicle that looks good and certainly makes the BMW 1 series very nervous indeed.
The A250 Sport which is the A-Class model topper starts at $49,900 and produces a nice 155kW with just a fuel consumption figure of 6.6litres per 100km. We seriously want to get behind the wheel of this and cannot wait to jump behind the wheel of this when it launches in March 2013.
Jaguar – F-Type – Australian Premiere
The F-Type. We at Daily Auto Fix are in love with this car and now having the chance to see it in person we are pretty satisfied that this is going to be a popular car.
With this being the first true Jaguar sports for 40 years it is looking to steal centre stage at this Motor Show. The F-Type is a reinvention of the 60’s classic, the E-Type. As the day of press conferences there were a few bored motoring journalists from what we could see but when we were told that Jaguar was next – everyone held their cameras a little firmer to capture the moment it was unveiled.
The F-Type will have three engine variants including a V6, supercharged V6 and a V8 paired with Jaguar’s latest eight-speed automatic gearbox – and it won’t be a slouchy gearbox either.
Lamborghini – Sesto Elemento – Australian Premiere
Yes, you read that right. We have the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento here in Australian at our Motor Show!
Even though this vehicle made its World Premiere in 2010 at the Paris Motorshow, this still pulls the crowds and here’s why: It is a full carbon fibre car weighing 999kg, accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 2.5seconds, looks insane with its guts hanging out the back, and a V10 that produces 419kW (570HP).
I had the very exclusive chance to sit in this insane vehicle and immediately felt that I was inside a rocket, which I guess was true. Even when opening the door you can feel the stiffness and the weightlessness. If you’re thinking about coming to check it out however, make sure you come down during this weekend as the Sesto Elemento.
So there you go! We’ve shown you the vehicles which you simply must check out for yourself. We will be doing more coverage this weekend so make sure you keep check back here for the latest!