Rarely have there been so many first showings of electric cars and production-based e-studies as at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Some of the electric vehicles now reach such a distance autonomy that potential buyers will lose their “range anxiety”.
Despite a very low level of promotion about lighting in the booths and press releases of car makers, many interesting headlamps and rear lamps equipped the new production and concept cars exhibited during this 2016 Mondial in Paris. With the arrival of LEDs, the designers have now the possibility to present daring and imaginative new lamps.
The most interesting lights on concept cars were on the BMW X2, Citroën CXperience, Hyundai RN3O, Lexus UX, Mercedes electric crossover, Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept, and Volkswagen EV.
As for production vehicles, the Audi Q5, Citroën C3, Honda Civic, Hyundai i30, Kia Rio, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Micra, Peugeot 3008 & 5008, Porsche Panamera, Renault Alaskan, and Škoda Kodiaq bore the most notable new lights.
Mazda, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Volvo were absent from the show, and surprisingly, the BMW 5 Series, Infiniti QX50 and a mid-life facelift for the VW Golf did not appear.
Three takeaway points :
1. Headlamps in the concept cars accentuate the signature of the brand.
2. Modules and compartments
3. Rear lights to accentuate the brand signature