Ray Massey brings MailOnline an exclusive sneak peak of the cars of the future as the Future Drive Motor show revs up for its launch this Spring
Families and car-fans are set to enjoy an exclusive sneak peak today into the exciting star cars of tomorrow as the Future Drive Motor Show revs up for launch this Spring.
Mailonline, the Daily Mail and its sister Mail on Sunday are the headline media partners of the new automotive extravaganza which promises to whisk current and would-be drivers back to the future of motoring .
Major car makers including Vauxhall, Nissan, Citroen and Volvo will be exhibiting a wide range of their latest and yet to launch vehicles as well as providing customer test drives at the Future Drive Motor Show at London’s ExCeL which runs from Sunday May 5 to Sunday May 12 inclusive.
Vauxhall will be showcasing its electric range-extended Ampera, which was voted European car of the Year 2012, as well as its perky and frugal new ADAM super-mini.
Nissan is presenting its new electric LEAF which will be built at the Japanese giant’s Sunderland factor.
Citroen is expected to show its prototype DS3 Electrum, a ‘plugged-in’ electric vehicle whose internal combustion engine and fuel tank have been replaced with an electric motor and batteries. But the French car-maker is also hoping to have a surprise in store.
Volvo is showing off the world’s first plug-in diesel hybrid, the V60 D6 AWD (all-wheel drive).
The car is fitted with a conventional 2.4-litre D5 diesel engine to drive the front wheels, while the rear wheels are powered by a 70hp electric motor. It can also manage up to 31 miles on electric-only zero exhaust emissions, with average exhaust emissions of just 48g/km.
Also there will be the Volvo V40 which features the world’s first pedestrian airbag, Lane Keeping Aid, an ingenious Park Assist Pilot that makes parallel parking easy, and a low-speed collision avoidance system called City Safety that operates up to 31mph.
Nissan is presenting its new electric LEAF which will be built at the Japanese giant’s Sunderland factory
A spokeswoman said: ‘To demonstrate this technology, Volvo Car UK will be providing visitors with the chance to put two of them to the test – Park Assist Pilot and City Safety.’
The Future Drive Motor Show will also include an electric supercar paddock with high performance and hi-tech vehicles that can make you ‘green’ or green with envy, a garage of the future, a motorbike and scooter test drive area as well as a teenage driving experience and kiddies’ driving area.
Guy Zitter, managing director of Mail Newspapers said: ‘We are delighted to be partnering with the Future Drive Motor Show in London this spring.
‘The 15.6 million readers of The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and Mail Online are passionate and very knowledgeable about motoring and spend considerably more on cars than consumers of any other British newsbrand. ‘
Vauxhall will be showcasing its electric range-extended Ampera, which was voted European car of the Year 2012
‘It will provide our readers with a unique opportunity to get close to the action at the ExCel Arena. Those who attend will enjoy testing a wide range of vehicles and previewing the new technologies sweeping across the motoring market. ‘
Giles Brown, managing director of the Future Drive Motor Show added: ‘It will showcase today the automotive technology of tomorrow. It will have something for everyone and every reader will have the chance to have a really enjoyable and enlightening day out.’
Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief of leading motoring magazine Auto Express, which is also backing Future Drive Motor Show said: ‘Whether we like it or not, the motor car is now an essential part of all our lives. So this show is an absolute must for anyone who wants to see just what the not-so-distant future holds for it – and for us.’’
The Future Drive Motor Show take place at ExCeL London from May 5th- 12th 2013
Tickets are priced from £12 in advance and children under 15 are free.
More details at: www.futuredrivelive.com
British cars lead the way when it comes to for dream wheels, says a new poll by organisers of the Future Drive Motor Show.
It asked motorists: ‘If money was no object, which car brand would you like to see in your garage?’
Four built-in Britain brands made the top ten – Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar and McLaren.
They were followed by three Italian car-makers Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati, and three German manufacturers Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Audi.
Four built-in Britain brands made the top ten – Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar and McLaren (pictured)
James Bond’s favourite car-maker Aston Martin was placed top of the desirability list following the appearance in Skyfall of the legendary DB5, which first appeared on celluloid in the 007 adventure Goldfinger.
Giles Brown, Future Drive Motor Show managing director said: ‘It’s such great news that cars built here in the UK are so desirable and top of the shopping list if money was no object.
‘Here’s hoping that the increase in the price of a lottery ticket does not decrease the number of winners who would more than likely buy one of these iconic brands.’
He added: ‘The glamour and desirability of our iconic brands seems to grow, ingrained in our minds are the ‘Bentley Boys’, the ‘James Bond Aston Martins’, the reputed most desirable car in the world – the ‘Jaguar E-Type’ and the new boy on the block, McLaren, needs no introduction’.
More details at: www.futuredrivelive.com