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New Audi, Seat and Skoda models debut in Paris

Concepts unveiled and electric Octavia debuts

New models from Audi, Seat and Skoda are among the stars of the Paris Motor Show, which opened this morning.

The Audi Quattro concept, a new version of Seat’s zero-emissions IBE show car and Skoda’s first-ever electric car have all been unveiled.

Audi Quattro concept

New Quattro concept: shorter and lower than the RS5

New Quattro concept: shorter than the RS5

Audi says the stunning new Quattro concept reveals the basic design and appearance of all of its forthcoming new models.

Although it bears the name of the Eighties classic Quattro model, it is based on the RS5 coupé, but with a new engine and significantly reworked body.

It is shorter and lower than the RS5 and uses a new version of the five-cylinder 2.5-litre TFSI engine found in the TT RS. This has power of 402bhp, giving the Quattro a 186mph top speed and a 0-62mph time of just 3.9 seconds. It also has the latest version of Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system, so performance and grip should be exceptional.

Fuel economy is claimed to be a relatively respectable 32mpg – partly due to the lightweight carbon-fibre and aluminium body.

The Quattro also shows off the future front-end design of Audi models. It has all-LED headlamps that change the beam pattern depending on how and where you’re driving.

Seat IBE concept

Seat IBE hints at a future sporty coupé

Seat IBE hints at a future sporty coupé

We’ve already seen the Seat IBE concept at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, but this version looks far closer to reality. It hints at a future sporty coupé, which may become part of the Ibiza range.

The IBE produces zero emissions thanks to its lithium-ion battery. This offers peak power of 100bhp, but continuous power is closer to 65bhp. Despite the fairly small figures, Seat claims it will hit 30mph in 3.6 seconds, 60mph in under 10 seconds and go on to a limited top speed of 100mph.

It also has a smart-phone link-up feature that means it can share music and applications with mobiles and operate them via the dashboard and steering wheel controls.

Skoda Octavia Green E Line

Skoda's first electric car

Skoda’s first electric car

Skoda’s first electric car comes in the form of the Octavia Green E Line. Although the Octavia Estate on which it’s based might look a bit old-fashioned next to the Seat and Audi concepts, this one is pretty close to hitting the roads.

In fact, test models will be launched in Europe in 2011. The Octavia has an 87-mile range, and is limited to 80mph. Performance won’t be stunning – it produces 115bhp and takes 12 seconds to hit 62mph, but it is larger than most current electric cars and Skoda says interior room and luggage space is unaffected by the battery kit and electric motor.

Another cool feature is the photovoltaic panels on the roof that contribute to the battery’s charge when it’s sunny. The Octavia is very popular with Which? readers, so we’ll be really interested to see how this electric version performs.



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