From cobbled old roads, to boulevards surrounded by historic buildings and spectacular architecture, the streets of Paris ooze with French sophistication and style. Driving through the city, as Parisians take a moment of calm seated at outdoor cafes, you’re never more than a short spin from world-renowned symbols of the City of Lights.
Just as Paris Fashion Week debuts the hottest clothes trends on the catwalks, Paris Motor Show is considered one of the world’s major international auto extravaganzas. The oldest motor show in the world, first held in 1898, the event attracts over 1.2 million visitors and takes place at Paris expo Porte de Versailles.
Having premiered at Hyundai’s European headquarters in Frankfurt, the New Generation Hyundai i30 makes its official debut at the Paris show. Set to become the DNA car for Hyundai, representing the core of the brand in Europe, we’re taking it on a drive around some other symbols, the icons of Paris.
The Eiffel Tower
Does anything symbolise the City of Lights more than the gleaming Eiffel Tower? First built for the 1899 World’s Fair, it is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and constructed the tower. Standing over the Champs de Mars, it stretches 324 metres in the air. The most-visited paid monument in the world, the Eiffel Tower welcomes up to 7 million tourists every year.
The Arc De Triomphe
For motorists, the roundabout at Place Charles de Gaulle, historically known as the Place de l'Étoile, that encircles the fabled Arc de Triomphe is as famous as the monument itself. As drivers jostle for position, tourists crane their necks to take in the full splendour of the gateway built by order of Napoleon. Located at one end of Paris’s most famous avenue, the Champs Elysees, it was completed in 1836. It stands 50 metres tall and 45 metres wide. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I rests beneath the Arc.
Take a spin down the right bank of the River Seine in the French capital city's 1st arrondissement to the Louvre Palace. There’s an underground car park available with the entrance located on avenue du Général Lemonnier. The world’s largest museum houses some of the finest art on the planet including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, as well as ancient antiquities from Greece, Egypt, Rome, and more. There are 35,000 works of art on display in 300 rooms. The iconic glass pyramid entrance was opened in 1989 and the museum welcomes over 9 million visitors every year.
Cross the Seine onto the Île de la Cité to visit the stunning Notre Dame de Paris. Completed in 1345, entry to the French Gothic cathedral is free, and there are a number of car parks within easy reach. From coronations to Requiem Masses, the site has played host to huge moments in French history and is easily one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions.
Stretching 1.9 metres long, the capital’s main thoroughfare forms a straight line running from the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle. Thronged with shoppers and tourists, the Parisians call this ‘the most beautiful avenue in the world.’ On Bastille Day on July 14, the traffic on the boulevard makes way for a pomp-filled military parade while the world-famous cobbles have hosted the closing stage of the iconic Tour de France cycle race every year since 1975.
The New Generation Hyundai i30
Debuting at the Paris Motor Show, two previous generations of the i30 have sold more than 800,000 cars in Europe since 2008. The New Generation i30 combines appealing design, an efficient and dynamic ride and comprehensive safety. It also introduces the newly developed front Cascading Grille. Like the iconic symbols of Paris, this design will become the new identity of Hyundai around the world.