Motorshow highlights

Mon, 21 Oct 2002
The Daily Telegraph Sponsored ‘British International Motorshow’ opens its doors to the public on Thursday and it’s going to be a good one.

Stars of the Show will be the never-seen-before 180mph Invicta S1, along with the 180mph TVR T350C, 180mph Aston Martin DB7 GT and the 160mph Mustang powered MG X80, which, though we all knew about it a year ago, has been kept a closely guarded secret since.

There will be lots of fun with an Aston Martin Vanquish, new 2003 shape Jaguar XKR and Ford Thunderbird from the new Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’ which opens in the UK in November. Also MINI stunt driving displays by the brilliant Russ Swift who could park it on a sixpence if there was still such a thing.

The MINI craze really began at the Birmingham Motorshow two years ago, and I predict another craze will start at this one, because we’ll see not just one but three new small sportscars: The MCC Smart Roadster, the Ford Street Ka and the Daihatsu Copen. (What’s that? It’s an eleven foot long 660cc turbocharged 65bhp roadster with a folding metal roof, just like a Mercedes SLK.)

What else is new? Here’s the list:-

Alfa Romeo 147 GTA
Audi A8
Audi All road 4.2 Quattro
Audi S4
Bentley Continental GT Coupé
Caterham Superlight R300
Chrysler Crossfire
Chrysler Jeep Renegade
Citröen C Air Dream Concept Car
Citröen C8
Citröen C3 Pluriel
Citröen New Look Berlingo
Citröen New Look Berlingo Multispace
Daewoo Kalos
Ferrari Enzo
Fiat Ulysse
Fiat Stilo MP Wagon
Ford Fiesta New 3-door
Ford 4x4 Ranger
Ford Sportka
Ginetta G20 – WIN200
Honda Accord
Jaguar XJ Series
Lexus IS200 SportCross
Mazda 6 MPS Concept
Mazda RX-8
Mazda 2
Mercedes-Benz 367 hp CLK 55 AMG Coupé
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution
Nissan Micra
Nissan Almera
Nissan Patrol
Nissan Primastar LCV
Nissan X-Trail 2.5
Peugeot 807
Peugeot 206 GTi 180 bhp
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Boxster
Renault Mégane
Renault Espace
Seat Cordoba
Seat Salsa 'Red' Concept
Skoda 1.2L Fabia Classic
Skoda Octavia RS Estate
Toyota Landcruiser
Vauxhall Meriva
Vauxhall Concept S – Eco-Speedster
Vauxhall 3-door Astra 2L Turbo GSi
Volkswagen Phaeton
Volkswagen Touareg
Volvo XC90
Volvo V70R
Volvo S60R

The show seems to have the backing of His Tonyness, who said: “The British Motor Show will tell the rest of the world that the British car industry, motor vehicle industry, is in good shape. We’re moving forward. We’re at the cutting edge of all the right things, from technology and innovation to road safety, all the areas we need to be in. And the government is totally committed to this industry, one hundred per cent.”

(Well he had to say that, didn't he, because the motor industry is the only big industry Britain has left.)

This year’s Motor Show will feature nearly 300 exhibitors and more than 700 cars on display.

I'll be there, trying to answer your questions in person, in the Hall 3 restaurant from 3.30 - 4.30 on Thursday October 24th and Sunday 27th October.

The show is open to the public from Thursday 24th October (preview day) to Sunday 3rd November. Adult tickets are £15 (preview day £40).

Much more and to order tickets at www.motorshow.co.uk

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