Doors open to let the world in

The British International Motor Show 2008, sponsored by Zurich Connect, ended yesterday featuring 23 global debuts and more than 50 models making their first European appearance. In total, visitors were able to see 600 cars on show from 60 manufacturers, worth a total of more than £37 million.

Opel’s Insignia led the list of mainstream debuts, while sports car fans headed directly for the all-new Lotus Evora. For lovers of performance cars, it had to be the Ford Focus RS, the most advanced Focus ever made and the luxurious Continental Flying Spur from Bentley Motors.

Other cars seen for the first time included the SEAT Ibiza SportCoupè, the new-look Land Rover Discovery and the Nissan Qashqai+2. ‘Green’ international premieres included the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic, with CO2 emissions under 100g/km, and a whole host of electric cars that emit no CO2 at all.

This article was first published on Times of Malta on August 4, 2008
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