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.