The London Motor Show kicked off yesterday, promising to showcase the best of the automotive industry, following on from the reveals of the Geneva Motor Show in March. With exhibitors from around the world due to promote their products at the convention over the next few days, the show may offer an insight into the future of the car world. So, just what can we expect to see on display during the event?
An electric future
We’ve previously posted about the rise of electric cars, so it’s no surprise that the London Motor Show will feature some of the newest electric models on the market. One of the most awaited new cars that will be on display is the I-Pace SUV, Jaguar’s first all-electric car. Boasting an acceleration of 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds and a battery that can last up to 295 miles on one full charge, the I-Pace has shown Jaguar moving into the electric market to rival the likes of Tesla. The car will be having its first deliveries this summer, so its exhibition at the show will give spectators a chance to see it before it hits our roads.
Jaguar aren’t the only company showcasing their electric vehicles: Hyundai and Nissan are also among those who will be putting their all-electric models on display. The prominence of electric at the show could mirror where the automotive industry is headed as a whole. With growing moves against diesel cars and towards eco-friendlier alternatives, it seems that the future of our roads will be focused on reducing emissions, with electricity winning out.
One of the new additions to this year’s London Motor Show is the ‘Built in Britain’ zone. Highlighting the very best of the British automotive industry – from the likes of Bentley, MINI, Rolls Royce and Vauxhall. Brexit is still looming over the future of the British car industry, with fears that car selection will reduce, buying prices will rise and foreign investment will fall – so this zone will aim to demonstrate that Britain is still an important country in car production and innovation, as well as celebrate British manufacturing.
Under the ‘British’ theme, alongside the more classic UK motors, you can also expect to see offerings from less-known companies, such as the brand new TVR Griffith. Rivalling the likes of Porsche, this sports car has been highly-anticipated, with top speeds of 200mph and a 50:50 weight distribution. It’s bound to be one of the most popular attractions during the weekend’s event, as well as help to boost the focus on British companies.
There will be several companies at the show, so it’ll be a great opportunity to see the newest models, from companies like Lotus and BMW to Fiat and Jeep. The event will also offer chances to see motorcycles, military vehicles and vans, meaning all areas of the motor industry will be represented. While we’re sure to find out about all the new car technology on the show as the weekend progresses, it seems that most of the focus will be on electric and British – time will only tell if this reflects the future of our roads.