Chief executive Dr Ralf Speth said the cars are ‘at the very heart of Britain’s manufacturing renaissance’Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was the face of the Discovery Sport’s launch,Claudia Schiffer unveiled the new Vauxhall Corsa
‘It’s chic, just like Paris,’ she said of the hot hatchback.
One advantage of the Paris Motor Show clashing with the city’s fashion week is that you just can’t move for supermodels — both on and off the automotive catwalk.
Claudia Schiffer over here one minute, Britain’s Rosie Huntington-Whiteley over there the next.
And then there are the cars. Although Paris chic was all across the metropolis, the Brits did their best to upstage their Gallic hosts by sticking the British boot in — Wellingtons of course.
Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Dr Ralf Speth said: ‘These two cars are at the very heart of Britain’s manufacturing renaissance.’
Huntington-Whiteley led the charge by swapping the catwalk for the new Discovery Sport’s launch on the Seine.
The 27-year-old actress and former Victoria’s Secret lingerie model boarded a giant 250ft barge, transformed into floating off-road assault course adorned with seven pairs of oversized Wellington boots — one of them a 15ft-high pair decorated in the red white and blue Union Flag.
Two of the new vehicles then drove around the course as the barge sailed up and down past many of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral — under the very put-out noses of haughty Parisians. A spokesman said: ‘The boots, a reference to both the Discovery’s versatile seating layout and Land Rover’s unique take on outdoor life, brought a sense of quintessential British heritage and humour to the Rive Gauche.’
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