2010 Paris Auto Show Coverage

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Alternating years with the Frankfurt Auto Show, Paris is one of the major highlights on the automtoive calendar with all the major European countries taking part. Like Frankfurt, it’s also a launch-pad for exotics and supercars, and 2010 is shaping up to be no different.

While plenty of more sedate models will no doubt leak-out in the lead-up to the show, current pricey models tipped to debut include the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, a successor to the Lamborghini Murciélago, the Audi RS7 and even a new Lotus sports car (Espirt?). Alsoset to debut is the new Range Rover Evoque, plus the Hyundai’shighly-anticipated Veloster.

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2010 Paris Motor Show Schedule

Live Media Coverage Sept 30th, 2010
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7:30am – 7:45am Opel
7:45am – 8:45am Volkswagen Group
8:45am – 9:00am Toyota
9:00am – 9:15am Lexus
9:15am – 9:30am Ford
9:30am – 9:45am Land Rover
9:45am – 10:00am Jaguar
10:00am – 10:30am Peugeot
10:30am – 11:00am Citroen
11:00am – 11:30am Renault
11:30am – 11:45am Nissan
11:45am – 12:00pm Venturi
12:00pm – 12:15pm Smart
12:15pm – 12:30pm Mercedes
12:30pm – 12:45pm Maybach
12:45pm – 1:00pm BMW
1:00pm – 1:15pm Mini
1:15pm – 1:30pm Volvo
1:30pm – 3:00pm Fiat Group & Chrysler
3:00pm – 3:15pm Mazda
3:15pm – 3:30pm Rolls-Royce
3:30pm – 3:45pm Suzuki
3:45pm – 4:00pm Mitsubishi
4:00pm – 4:15pm Hyundai
4:15pm – 4:30pm Matra
4:30pm – 4:45pm Kia
4:45pm – 5:00pm Lotus
5:00pm – 5:15pm Saab
5:15pm – 5:30pm Fisker Automotive
5:30pm – 5:45pm Bollore
5:45pm – 6:00pm Chevrolet

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Top 2010 Paris Auto Show Highlights

Lotus Elite Supercar Revealed Ahead of Paris Auto Show Debut With 612-HP

Lotus has just revealed what it claims is just the start of a “new era” for the historic British sports car maker; a 612-hp supercar dubbed the Elite…

Ford Focus ST to Debut at Paris Auto Show With 247-HP

Ford has just announced it will debut a new high-performance ST version of its new Focus model at the Paris Auto Show, with global sales planned…

Lamborghini Murcielago Successor Teased Ahead of Paris Auto Show Debut

Lamborghini has just released the first of six teaser images for its next super sports car; the successor to the outrageous Murcielago…

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2010 Paris Auto Show Preview News



IPL G Convertible is a Concept in Name Only [Paris 2010]


October 2, 2010 | After debuting the IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) G Coupe at Pebble Beach, Nissan’s luxury arm has unveiled the IPL G Convertible at the Paris Auto Show…



Volvo S60, V60 R-Design: Naughty Volvo Now a Hottie Too [Paris 2010]


October 2, 2010 | Volvo is adding even more style and a touch more performance to its new S60 and V60 models thanks to an optional R-Design package…



Infiniti M35h to Get 39-MPG, Hit 60-MPH in Just 5.9 Seconds [Paris 2010]


October 2, 2010 | Infiniti still doesn’t have much of a presence in Europe, but the brand it looking to continue to grow thanks to a strong lineup of sport-oriented luxury models on one side, and an expanding hybrid and EV initiative on the other…



Citroen Survolt Shows Us That EVs Don’t Have To Suck [Paris 2010]


October 1, 2010 | Citroen’s Survolt electric car is pretty single-minded. While the Tesla Roadster is an electric sports car for the road, the Survolt is meant to be an outright race car…



Paris Auto Show Special: Race Cars [Paris 2010]


October 1, 2010 | As part of our coverage of the Paris Auto Show, we decided to throw in some bonus galleries of cars we thought were cool but didn’t quite fit with the rest of our coverage…



SEAT IBE Concept Car Could Be A Production Coupe [Paris 2010]


October 1, 2010 | SEAT, Volkswagen‘s sporty, Spanish division, is known for taking old VW products, refreshing them, and selling them at firesale prices…



Chevrolet Orlando Debuts To Adoring Europeans And Canadians [Paris 2010]


October 1, 2010 | Most of you are familiar with the Chevrolet Orlando, the minivan touted by Chevrolet as a game-changer that was canned at the last minute for the United States…



Chevy Cruze Hatchback Unveiled for Europe [Paris 2010]


October 1, 2010 | Looking nearly identical to the production model, Chevy has unveiled the hatchback version of the Cruze compact car at the Paris Auto Show…



Chevy Aveo Sets New Course for GM’s Small Car Future [Paris 2010]


October 1, 2010 | After rotting on the vine of General Motors for a few too many seasons, the Chevy Aveo has just been replaced with a new generation model sporting the same subcompact’s badge…



Porsche GT2 RS Combines Carbon Fiber and Awesomeness [Paris 2010]


October 1, 2010 | News doesn’t necessarily have to be new. Sure, that goes against the age old rules of journalism… but it’s true. Case in point: the Porsche GT2 RS…



America, The Ford Minivan Has Returned: Grand C-Max Debut [Paris 2010]


October 1, 2010 | Ford has just unveiled its new Grand C-Max minivan at the Paris Auto Show, which is set to go on sale in North America in the near future…



2011 Bentley Continental GT: Small Changes, Big Results [Paris 2010]


October 1, 2010 | Announced just a few weeks ago, Bentley chose the Paris Auto Show to debut “the new” Continental GT. We say “new” because it’s got the same chassis and engine, along with most everything else. And for the most party the body looks identical…



The New Era of Lotus Exposed


October 1, 2010 | Yesterday Lotus Cars began what the storied British automaker is calling a “New Era” launching an entire lineup of vehicles at one auto show…



Abarth Debuts Punto Evo, 500C Esseesse [Paris 2010]


October 1, 2010 | Abarth, Fiat’s in-house tuner, launched two new vehicles at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, both which feature the optional “esseesse” kits that give the cars a modest power boost…



Lotus Elite Puts Maranello on Notice [Paris 2010]


October 1, 2010 |Matching the Ferrari 599 in output, Lotus has just officially debuted its first supercar, the Elite, at the Paris Auto Show…



Lotus Eterne Concept Debuts, Pu4rists Everywhere Cry [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Well, we had to expect it. With everyone from Maserati to Aston Martin to Porsche producing a four-door, the Lotus Eterne was a smart gambit on the current fad for four-door supercar sedans that look like coupes…



Lotus Elise Concept Usurps It’s Way Into Lineup [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Lotus CEO Dany Bahar noted that the current Elise has been on sale for nearly 15 years, and we couldn’t but help wonder if it really needs replacing…



Lotus Elan Concept Is Something Completely Different [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 |The original Lotus Elan was an icon, a two-seat, four-cylinder roadster that weighed 1,400 pounds and was the inspiration for the Mazda Miata. The new one couldn’t be more different…



Lotus Esprit Heralds The Future Of Lotus Cars [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Lotus unveiled an entirely new product range today, with 5 new cars that mark a complete 180 for the brand. The most significant product for the company will be their Esprit flagship, which will set the tone for future cars as they prepare to do battle with Italy’s best…



Ferrari 599 SA Aperta Celebrates Pininfarina’s Styling Genius [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Some may say it looks a little like a Corvette Convertible, regardless, there’s no denying the Ferrari 599 SA Aperta is classically beautiful…



Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale Debuts With More Power, Less Weight [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC series cars, as well as the Italian automaker’s GT4 race cars, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale brings much of the former two models’ racing capability to the street…



MINI Scooter E Concept Brings Brand To New Markets [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | MINI’s Scooter E Concept is the polar opposite from the brand’s other Pairs debut, the Countryman WRC, but it represents an important new direction, with MINI focusing on “mobility” as well as cars…



BMW 6 Series Concept Shown In The Metal [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | BMW let the public catch a glimpse of their 6 Series Concept, a car that’s been widely previewed online in advance of its debut…



MINI Countryman WRC Debuts With A Rally Legends In Tow [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | MINI‘s long awaited WRC entry debuted at the Paris Auto Show Thursday as the MINI Countryman WRC, flanked by rally heroes such as David Richards (founder of Prodrive) and Jean Todt, president of the FIA, flanked the car as it revved its engine for all to hear…



Ford Fiesta RS WRC Revealed For Competition Duties [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Ford’s new challenger for the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship, the all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car, made its first global public appearance at the Paris Motor Show today…



Fiat 500 TwinAir Debuts as a Two-Cylinder, High-MPG Urban Solution [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Sure there are lots of high-powered V8, V10 and even V12s at the Paris Auto Show, but as you likely know most Europeans put around in tiny displacement engines…



Smart eScooter, Smart eBike Explore Small Car Brand’s Green Possibilities [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Smart had already teased us with the eScooter concept ahead of its Paris Auto Show debut, but with MINI also announcing a similar concept, Smart decided to take its green initiative to a new level – bicycles…



2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS World Premiere: The Evolution of the 4-Door Coupe [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Mercedes-Benz has just officially unveiled the second-generation CLS, that, like its predecessor, will shape a generation of Mercedes products…



Nissan Townpod Is A “Pure Concept” [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Nissan‘s Townpod is a “pure concept”, but we wouldn’t be surprised if something like it ended up debuting from Nissan in the near future…



Ford Focus ST Is A Hot Hatch For All [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | While many North American enthusiasts lust after European hot hatches, we were privy to one somewhat ignored car in years past…



Audi Quattro Coupe Concept World Premiere [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | 6 speeds. 5 cylinders. 4 wheels putting power to the ground. The Audi Quattro Concept is everything we could ever want from the 4-ringed brand, but unfortunately, it’s still a concept car at this stage…



Range Rover Evoque Surprises With Compact Size [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Land Rover has been pushing its new Range Rover Evoque model as a new direction for the storied British SUV builder…



Jaguar C-X75 to Inspire Brand’s Future Design Direction; Also Makes 780-HP [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | For years under Ford, Jaguar had to play second fiddle to Aston Martin, both in terms of performance and style. With new ownership, Jag has expanded its performance capabilities in recent years with a new line of 5.0-liter V8 engines that make over 500-hp in certain applications…



Lexus CT200h Debuts With High Hopes for Europe [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Lexus has just officially debuted the production version of the CT200h hybrid hatchback at the Paris Auto Show…



Audi 1.4TFSI Teases Us With Hot Hatch Goodness [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | In the long line of hot hatchbacks we wont get comes another enticing product, the Audi A1 1.4TFSI. Based on the more accesible Volkswgaen Polo GTI, the A1 gets the same 1.4TFSI twincharged engine and DSG gearbox, in a much more upscale package…



Audi E-Tron Spyder Isn’t Germany’s Tesla [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 |Audi‘s E-Tron Spyder debuted at the Paris Auto Show today, and surprised observers by departing from the purely electric setup seen in previous E-Tron concepts…



Audi R8 GT Breaks Cover At Paris Auto Show [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 |Audi‘s R8 GT, the most hardcore version of its R8 sports car, got its first public premiere at the Paris Auto Show…



2011 Volkswagen Passat Unveiled [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Volkswagen‘s Passat had its official unveiling today in Paris, and while the car boasts sharp, Phaeton-inspired lines, it won’t be coming to North America…



Porsche Carrera GTS Coupe and Cabriolet Officially Revealed [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Porsche has just unveiled its new Carrera GTS model at the Paris Auto Show, expanding the Carrera lineup to a total of four models. And it doesn’t get much better than this…



Porsche 911 Speedster World Premiere [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | Debuting alongside the Carrera GTS, Porsche has just unveiled the new, limited edition 911 Speedster at the Paris Auto Show…



Lamborghini Sesto Elemento (Sixth Element) Officially Unveiled [Paris 2010]


September 30, 2010 | After much anticipation, Lamborghini has finally released it’s Paris Auto Show debut – a carbon fiber concept vehicle dubbed the Sesto Element (Sixth Element)…



Jaguar C-X75 Revealed as Stunning 780-HP Electric Supercar Concept [Paris 2010]


September 29, 2010 | With styling hints reminiscent of the stunning XJ220, Jaguar has just released the first photos of an 780-hp range-extended electric supercar concept ahead of its official debut tomorrow at the Paris Auto Show…



Ford Focus ST Revealed as 247-HP Hot Hatch [Paris 2010]


September 29, 2010 | Ford has just released full details on its new Focus ST hot-hatch ahead of its Paris Auto Show debut tomorrow. And this is no Euro-market only boy racer…



2011 Volkswagen Passat Debuts At Paris Auto Show


September 29, 2010 | Volkswagen‘s Passat was unvieled in advance of the Paris Auto Show today, and for the first time in years, North America won’t be getting it…



Audi Quattro Concept Commemorates 30 Years Of Quattro [Paris 2010]


September 29, 2010 | Audi‘s Quattro Concept was revealed ahead of the Paris Auto Show today, ending speculation that this car was actually the long rumored R4 baby sports car…



Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Revealed as a 2,200 Lb Carbon Fiber Supercar


September 29, 2010 | After news of the new Italian supercar concept leaked yesterday, Lamborghini has now revealed its carbon fiber technology concept ahead of its debut at the Paris Auto Show tomorrow…



Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Technology Concept Leaks Ahead of Paris Auto Show Debut


September 29, 2010 | For weeks Lamborghini has been teasing us with images of what many assumed was the next Murcielago…



Jaguar C-X75 Concept Rumored to be Official Name of Jag’s Paris Auto Show Debut


September 28, 2010 | Rumors have been circulating that Jaguar is going to bring a new concept to the Paris Auto Show, dubbed the C-X75 – and that’s all the information we have…



Ferrari 599-Based SA Aperta Convertible to Debut at Paris Auto Show


September 24, 2010 | To celebrate Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary, Ferrari has released its most exclusive vehicle ever – the SA Aperta. The name itself is in honor of Sergio and Andrea Pinfarina and just 80 of the vehicles will be built – all of which have already been sold. For the record, that’s just a fifth of the production of the notoriously rare Enzo…



MINI Scooter E Concept Officially Revealed Ahead of Paris Auto Show Debut


September 23, 2010 | MINI has just officially revealed not one, but two of its MINI Scooter E Concepts that will officially debut at the Paris Auto Show next week. Created to bring together a youth-oriented lifestyle element and sustainable mobility, the scooters take significant design cues from the MINI lineup of cars while using a lithium-ion battery pack to deliver guilt-free mobility…



Range Rover Evoque Details Released Ahead Of Paris Auto Show


September 22, 2010 | Land Rover‘s new Range Rover Evoque two-door SUV is on a publicity blitz ahead of its deubt at the Paris Auto Show, and details are begging to emerge…



Peugeot EX1 Electric Roadster Concept Set To Debut At Paris Auto Show


September 22, 2010 | Celebrating its 200th anniversary, Peugeot will be showing off its EX1 electric roadster concept at Paris Auto Show at the end of the month. The EX1 is a uniquely designed, lightweight two-seat roadster that’s all electric. Peugeot even claims that their concept car “has already broken several world records for acceleration from a standing start.”…



Porsche 911 Speedster Revealed Ahead of Paris Auto Show Debut


September 21, 2010 | Porsche has just announced that along with the new Carrera GTS model it will also unveil a limited edition 911 Speedster model at the Paris Auto Show…



Lamborghini to Unveil Technology Concept at Paris Auto Show


September 20, 2010 | Contrary to previous rumors and reports, Lamborghini will not unveil the successor to the Murciélago at the Paris Auto Show at the end of the month. That might leave you to think we’ll see the next generation Gallardo on the stand – but that would also be inaccurate…



Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale To Debut At 2010 Paris Auto Show


September 20, 2010 | Maserati is set to debut the most hardcore variant of their GranTurismo Coupe, known as the MC Stradale. With a 20 horsepower boost and some revised aerodynamics, the MC Stradale will fill the role of a Maserati version of Ferrari’s Scuderia variants, without stepping on the hoovers of the Prancing Horse…



Paris Auto Show Preview: BMW 6-Series Concept


September 20, 2010 | Let’s cut through the marketing fluff; the BMW 6-Series Concept is a concept car in name only. If this car doesn’t accurately preview BMW’s next large coupe, we will eat our collective hats…



Audi A1 1.4TFSI Revealed Ahead Of Paris Auto Show


September 20, 2010 | Audi‘s long-rumored S1 hot hatch will not be coming to Paris. Instead, Audi has elected to take the guts of what likely would have been an S1, and package it in a more discrete wrapper, creating the Audi A1 1.4TFSI in its place…



Lotus Elite Supercar Revealed Ahead of Paris Auto Show Debut With 612-HP


September 20, 2010 | Lotus has just revealed what it claims is just the start of a “new era” for the historic British sports car maker; a 612-hp supercar dubbed the Elite…



Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Revealed Ahead of Paris Auto Show Debut


September 15, 2010 | It appears as though the rumors of a higher performance Carrera GTS were true, with Porsche confirming that the more powerful model will debut at the Paris Auto Show in just a few weeks time…



Ford Focus ST to Debut at Paris Auto Show With 247-HP


September 15, 2010 | Ford has just announced it will debut a new high-performance ST version of its new Focus model at the Paris Auto Show, with global sales planned…



Lamborghini Jota To Give Up Top Speed Focus For Weight Reduction, Handling


September 14, 2010 | Lamborghini is embarking on a pragmatic approach to supercar building with its Murcielago successor, known as the Jota…



Chevy Cruze Hatchback Concept Revealed Ahead of Paris Auto Show Debut


September 3, 2010 | As rumored, Chevrolet will debut the Cruze Hatchback at the Paris Auto Show and the American automaker has decided to reveal the new five-door several weeks ahead of schedule…



Mazda Shinari: New Pictures of Mazda’s Stunning Concept


September 2, 2010 | With the reveal of the Shinari concept earlier this week, Mazda has now released an additional selection of photos of the car, making us love this design even more…



Honda Jazz Hybrid Unveiled


August 25, 2010 | Honda has unveiled their Jazz Hybrid, which is sold as the Fit here in North America. We won’t be getting the Fit Hybrid in our part of the world, but it doesn’t look like we’re missing out on much…



2012 Mercedes CLS Revealed With Even More Coupe-Like Profile


August 23, 2010 | Set to debut at the Paris Auto Show in a month’s time, Mercedes-Benz has just released the first official photos of the 2012 CLS…



Lotus Evora S Confirmed for Paris Auto Show Debut


August 17, 2010 | Lotus has confirmed that it will unveil a new Evora S model as one of its many new vehicles a the Paris Auto Show and there’s little doubt that the “S” stands for Supercharger…



Lotus to Unveil ‘New Era’ at Paris Auto Show


June 21, 2010 | Lotus has chosen today, the first official day of summer, to announce (cryptically) the launch of a ‘new era’ for storied British sports car maker. What exactly the ‘new era’ will entail, will become much more clear in exactly 100 days at the Paris Auto Show says Lotus…

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