Mo­tor­ing may­hem

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road - Paul Gover Na­tional edi­tor

THE most in­tense pe­riod on the mo­tor­ing cal­en­dar is un­der­way this week. It’s a mix of mo­tor shows, motorsport, new-car ar­rivals and show­room sell­ing silli­ness.

Al­ready we’ve got news of new price lead­ers from Ford and Volk­swa­gen, with a bot­tom line of $16,990 for the up­dated Thai-built Fi­esta and a $21,990 Golf.

But the real ac­tion this week is in Paris, where the world’s car­mak­ers are gath­ered for the biggest mo­tor show of 2010. Detroit in Jan­uary was rea­son­ably solid, and Los An­ge­les in Novem­ber prom­ises to be op­ti­mistic, but the Paris Auto Sa­lon is all about the on­go­ing re­cov­ery of the big brands and the de­sign en­thu­si­asm of the ma­jor Euro­pean makes.

Elec­tric cars top the bill but there are also new­com­ers from Fer­rari and Lamborghini and Maserati, all sorts of city run­abouts, and technology that high­lights the im­prove­ments we can ex­pect over the next 10 years.

Cars­Guide has a full cov­er­age of the show next week, with early news on www.cars­guide.com.au, but by then we’ll be into the build-up to The Big One at Bathurst. This year’s Mount Panorama clas­sic prom­ises to be an all-ac­tion event and noone is bet­ting against a sen­ti­men­tal vic­tory by vet­er­ans Mark Skaife and Craig Lown­des.

The pair have al­ready won the tra­di­tional Bathurst 1000 cur­tain-raiser at Phillip Is­land and have ev­ery­thing they need to take the V8 Su­per­car grand fi­nal.

Just days af­ter the Bathurst 1000 the mo­tor­ing spot­light shifts to Syd­ney and the first run­ning of the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show.

The show cal­en­dar is so crowded that Toy­ota will re­veal its show star, the FT-86 sports coupe con­cept, on Mon­day of show week, a full five days be­fore the pub­lic open­ing.

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