London Motor Show returns to Battersea Park
posted on May 08 2017 by Karen Liggett
From Aston Martin to Skoda and Mini to Rolls Royce, over 130 brand new cars (and a couple of classics) were on display at the London Motor Show this weekend at Battersea Park.
A number of celebrity guests made an appearance including model and car enthusiast Jodie Kidd, BBC Top Gear’s former Stig Ben Collins, motor racing legendand TV presenter Tiff Needell and land speed record icon Richard Noble OBE.
Alec Mumford, chairman of London Motor Show 2017 which is sponsored by comparison website Confused.com said: '"The show’s opening day was absolutely spectacular.
"The incredible reveals from MG, David Brown Automotive, Clive Sutton, Liberty Walk and Ancaster Group on Thursday really set the tone for what’s going to be a superb weekend."
MG chose this as the venue to unveil its all new XS. The compact crossover SUV is a rebranded version of the Chinese ZS and will rival the Ssangyong Tivoli and Dacia Duster. It is a sign that the old British brand is very much back in action.
Speaking of legendary British cars, this show also marked an end of an era for the London Taxi. This time next year, London will require all cabs in the capital to be hybrid or electric. The upcoming TX5 will be a range extended electric-vehicle, marking an end to diesel powered black cabs. At the entrance was the last of the breed and a book which fans could sign to say goodbye to the old or good luck to the new green black cab.
Stop the Crash held a demonstration on autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with a new Mazda3. If the driver fails to stop in time, the car will automatically stop before hitting an obstacle. What makes the Mazda particularly special is that it also works going backwards!
The show also played host to a number of UK debuts. These include the Aston Martin Valkyrie, a £1 million track car and the new Alpine which drew one of the largest crowds of any car there.