The London Motor Show is the UK’s largest automotive event, with a huge range of new car exhibits, live stunts and Q&A sessions with some of the leading names in the world of motoring. This year’s LMS took place from 16-19 May and was the biggest and best in the event’s history – with plenty for us car fans to get excited about.
If you missed this year’s show and are keen to catch-up with the latest cars and tech unveiled during the event, we’re here with a full recap of the highlights and talking points from the London Motor Show 2019.
World Car Winners 2019 (And a Glimpse at 2020)
The London Motor Show was the first time in which all of the World Car Awards 2019 winners were together in one place, with manufacturers from every category showcasing their award-winning new models. Finding out which cars have won across the six categories is one of the biggest highlights of LMS, with car fans keen to be the first to know which models have bagged the big prize.
Haven’t heard which cars won in this year’s World Car Awards? Here are the winners and runners-up in all six categories:
World Car Design winner: Jaguar I-Pace
Runners-up: Suzuki Jimny, Volvo XC40
World Performance Car winner: McLaren 720S
Runners-up: Aston Martin Vantage, Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé
World Green Car winner: Jaguar I-Pace
Runners-up: Audi E-tron, Hyundai Nexo
World Luxury Car winner: Audi A7 Sportback
Runners-up: Audi Q8, BMW 8 Series
World Urban Car winner: Suzuki Jimny
Runners-up: Hyundai AH2 Santro, Kia Soul
World Car of the Year winner: Jaguar I-Pace
Runners-up: Audi E-tron, Volvo S60/V60
As well as celebrating the best cars of the current year, the London Motor Show kicked-off the 2020 World Car Awards, with a special display and introduction to some of the new cars in the running to become WCA finalists over the next 12 months – including a first look at the new Volkswagen T-Cross, Range Rover Evoque and Kia Soul EV.
The winners will be selected at the New York Auto Show in April 2020, and are expected to make an appearance at next year’s LMS.
Best Cars Featured at the London Motor Show 2019
As well as some exhilarating live stunts and driving, motoring fans had plenty of cars to get a closer look at during the London Motor Show – from innovative new electric models to a handful of incredible upcoming supercars. Here, we take a look at some of the best cars on display.
MG ZS EV
The brand-new MG ZS EV was unveiled for the very first time at the London Motor Show, and was one of the most anticipated new cars at the event. The ZS EV is MG’s first move into electric cars, and when it goes on sale in the UK this September (2019), it will become the most affordable and accessible all-electric car on the market. Watch this space, because we think MG’s latest car could be a watershed moment for electric cars.
Hyundai Tucson N-Line
Hyundai has risen to become one of the UK’s biggest car manufacturers, and the Tucson is one of the brand’s big sellers. This year, the crossover SUV is getting an N-Line facelift, with visual tweaks to make it look sportier, as well as some performance enhancements to give it more grunt beneath the bonnet. The car had its first outing at LMS19, and is expected to hit the forecourt over the coming weeks.
Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 proved one of the most popular cars of the London Motor Show, thanks in part to the hype that’s been gathering about it. Tesla has spent several years perfecting its latest all-electric offering, but the car is now officially available to order at Tesla dealerships. When it finally hits the road, it will be Tesla’s most accessible car to date, and is expected to be a big hit for those wanting to make the switch to electric.
Audi e-tron EV
Sticking with the electric theme, Audi’s award-winning e-tron EV also drew the crowds at the show. Audi’s answer to the Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-Pace, the e-tron is different from other electric vehicles in that it looks the most like a standard car – with conventional styling and cabin layout. It does have a few tricks up its sleeve, however, including innovative new electric side mirrors which Audi claims will give drivers a better view of what’s around them.
Range Rover Evoque
The stylish Range Rover Evoque has been a huge sales win for Land Rover since its release, and now a brand-new version is on its way. The latest Evoque was on display at the London Motor Show, and it proved a big talking point for Land Rover fans thanks to its subtle makeover and range of new features. The Range Rover Evoque is tipped to be one of the big winners of the World Car Awards 2020, so watch this space.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder
As well as the latest electric, hatchback and crossover models, there was a handful of exciting supercars on display at the London Motor Show, including the immense Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder. This is the soft-top version of Lamborghini’s benchmark-setting Huracan Performante, a car which smashed the lap record at the fearsome Nurburgring. The Spyder shouldn’t be far behind its coupé sibling, with a V10 engine producing over 640 horsepower.
Noble M500 Prototype
UK-based car brand, Noble, was among several supercar manufacturers showcasing their latest models at the London Motor Show, bringing with them the all-new, still-in-development, Noble M500 prototype. Sporting a V6 twin-turbo engine and some serious downforce technology, the new M500 is expected to be a rival to the McLaren 570S when it goes on sale.
Most car fans will probably never see a Bugatti Chiron in the flesh, but this was a rare treat for attendees of the London Motor Show. Both the Bugatti Veyron and the Chiron made an appearance at the event, giving petrolheads the chance to sit behind the wheel of two of the fastest and most powerful cars ever made. Although the Chiron has yet to set an official top speed, it was no doubt the fastest car on display at LMS19.
So there you have it, our pick of some of the highlights of the London Motor Show 2019. Click here to find out about other car shows we’d recommend for 2019 or visit the homepage to learn more about our fuel additives and system cleaners.
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