Paris Motorshow 2010


The Honest John Guide to the Paris Motor Show 2010

The 2010 Paris Motor Show (officially the Mondial de l'Automobile) gets under way on 30 September. Below are the star cars from the the show from all the key manufacturers, including mainstream models, concepts and a few oddities.



Audi at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


Audi quattro coupe concept


It's been 30 years since the original Audi quattro was first shown and to mark the occasion, Audi has unveiled this - the Audi quattro concept.

It uses the same 2.5-litre turbocharged engine that's in the TTRS, with a whopping 408bhp. This combined with a lightweight aluminium body to turn-in some serious performance figures, powering the quattro from 0-60mph in just 3.9 seconds


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Audi A7 Sportback - on sale January 2011

The stylish Audi A7 Sportback will be launched in the UK in January 2011 with a starting price of £43,745 for the entry-level 3.0 TDI model. The four-door 'coupe' as Audi describes it, is actually a practical five-door hatchback, designed to bridge the gap between the A6 and A8.

Read how the A7 Sportback is designed to offer something different


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Audi A1 1.4 TFSI 185bhp - on sale December 2010

Thanks to the use of a supercharger along with the turbocharger already fitted to the TFSI engine, the hottest A1 yet produces an impressive 185bhp giving it a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds putting it firmly in hot hatch territory. It gets a seven-speed twin-clutch S tronic gearbox as standard.

Read details of the performance A1 and its claimed 47.9mpg



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Alfa Romeo at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


Likely to be showing a new diesel engine to replace the 1.9-litre JTD. More details as we get them.



Bentley at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


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Bentley Continental GT - on sale late 2010

Bentley has launched a revised version of its luxurious Continental GT coupe which adds a sharper exterior look along with a contemporary, hand-crafted cabin which promises class-leading refinement. The V12 engine has also been upgraded and a new V8 powerplant will be added in 2011.

Read full details on the latest generation of the Continental GT


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BMW at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


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BMW X3 - on sale October 2010

With sharper looks influenced by the BMW X5 and BMW X1, the fresh X3 promises to be a considerable improvement on the already very capable current model, with improvements in handling, engine efficiency and cabin quality. It will be diesel only and prices start at £30,490

Read how the new X3 promises high economy figures and low CO2



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Chevrolet at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


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Chevrolet Orlando - on sale early 2011

The compact Orlando MPV from Chevrolet promises to be good value for money. It's a seven seater and should come well equipped as standard plus it's based on the Chevrolet Cruze saloon and uses the same engines including a decent 2.0-litre diesel with 131bhp or 163bhp.

Read details on the family-friendly cabin features in the Orlando


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Chevrolet Captiva (revised) - on sale Spring 2011

Despite being a good value SUV, Chevrolet's Captiva hasn't proved especially popular in the UK, so the brand will be hoping the significant changes it's making will make it a more attractive choice. As well as a sharper look and improved cabin there are new engines and gearboxes.

Read more about the raft of improvements to the Captiva





Citroen at the 2010 Paris Motor Show



Citroen DS3 Racing - on sale early 2011

Citroen's new performance DS3 Racing will be powered by a specially tuned 1.6-litre THP engine with 207bhp which gives the newcomer a swift 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds putting it firmly in hot hatch territory. However it also has a price tag to match at £23,100.

Read about the exclusive DS3 Racing - 200 are coming to the UK



Citroen C4 - on sale early 2011

The all-new Citroen C4 is a car which the French manufacturer hopes will be good enough to take on the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. It's promising exceptional levels of quality, interior space and comfort, along with responsive handling. You can expect it to cost around £15,000.

Read how the C4 hatch will come with a micro-hybrid e-HDi engine



Citroen C-ZERO - on sale early 2011

If the C-ZERO looks familiar then that's because it is essentially a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, offering zero fuel consumption, zero CO2 emissions from the tailpipe and zero engine noise. However, the price is expected to be high at around £24,000.

Read the C-ZERO story so far and how the electric system works





 Ferrari at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

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Ferrari SA Aperta - sold out!

The super-exclusive SA Aperta is based on the Ferrari 599 and is a special series of which a limited number of just 80 will be built and all have already been sold. Ferrari chose to build 80 SA Apertas in celebration of Pininfarina's 80th anniversary and it promises to be an instant classic.

Read about the limited edition V12-powered SA Aperta



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Ford at the 2010 Paris Motor Show



Ford Mondeo (revised) - on sale October 2010

Among the changes to the revised Mondeo are subtle exterior styling tweaks including LED daytime running lights, an upgraded interior and more efficient petrol EcoBoost and TDCi diesel engines. There is also a revised 2.2 TDCi engine on offer which boasts an impressive 200bhp. It's due here in October and prices are expected to remain the same.

Read about all the key changes to the popular Mondeo range


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Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX - on sale November 2010

The new Ford C-MAX will come in two versions, the standard C-MAX model (pictured) and the newly added Grand C-MAX which offers seven seats and more interior space along with a unique look from the rear. The key feature though is side sliding doors making it ideal for families.

Read full details of the new Ford C-MAX and the Grand C-MAX




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Honda at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


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Honda Jazz Hybrid - on sale early 2011

Honda is set to launch a hybrid version of its popular Jazz, bringing lower emissions and improved fuel economy. It will be the first hybrid small hatchback and features the same engine as the Insight hybrid - a 1.3-litre i-VTEC combined with an electric motor and a CVT gearbox.

Read about the new hybrid Jazz including its styling updates




Hyundai at the 2010 Paris Motor Show



Hyundai ix20 - on sale December 2010

The ix20 is Hyundai's latest model, a small MPV that is actually based on the Kia Venga. It promises to be easy to drive but will make the most of its space with a practical cabin. Engines will include a 1.6-petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel with prices expected to start at £12,000.

Read details of our sneak preview of the new Hyundai ix20



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Infiniti at the 2010 Paris Motor Show



Infiniti M - on sale October 2010

Infiniti's M saloon, a luxury rival to the likes of the BMW 5 Series, goes on sale soon as the M37 - a 3.7-litre V6 powered model with 320bhp but what's likely to be more popular is the diesel M30d which is set to arrive in the UK in October 2010. Prices for the M37 start at £35,150.

Read details of the M saloon and the hybrid version coming in 2011




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Jaguar at the 2010 Paris Motor Show



Jaguar C-X75 - Concept Car

The C-X75 is a 330km/h (205mph) four-wheel drive supercar that's capable of running in purely electric mode for 110km (68 miles) on a six-hour domestic plug-in charge. The innovative, lightweight micro gas-turbines are also capable of very quickly and efficiently recharging the Lithium-ion batteries, giving the car a theoretical range of 900km (560 miles). Is it an XJ220 for the 21 Century?



The XJ Sentinel put in an appearance, too.


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Kia at the 2010 Paris Motor Show



Kia Magentis - on sale March 2011

The Magentis - one of the oldest models in the Kia line-up - is set to be replaced by this striking-looking model early next year. The new Magentis is longer, lower and wider than before and promises to be far better to drive, while the engine line-up will include a new frugal diesel.

Read about the new Kia engines which will feature in the Magentis



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Land Rover at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


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Land Rover Evoque - on sale 2011

This will be Land Rover's undoubted star of the show. The three-door Evoque (previously known as LRX) promises sharp looks and sub-130 g/km emissions, which would make it £90/year to tax if it was on sale today. Best of all, prices are expect to start at £30,000.

Read full details of the Evoque including the engine line up and price...




Land Rover Freelander 2 (revised) - on sale early 2011

Land Rover has given its popular Freelander 2 off-roader some key updates for 2011 including a new 2.2-litre diesel engine with either 150bhp or 190bhp, a fresh exterior plus - for the first time - a two-wheel drive model which will be capable of averaging 47.2mpg.

Read about the new diesel Freelander and its stop/start system




Lexus at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


Lexus CT200h - on sale early 2011

Lexus is promising its new CT200h hybrid will not only be efficient and economical, but will also offer sharp and sporty handling, when it goes on sale in the UK in early 2011. It will be the first small car from Lexus and promises plenty of innovative touches as well as low CO2 levels.

Read how the C200h is set to become Lexus's first affordable hybrid





Lotus at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Lotus Esprit (2013-)


Lotus's new flagship model will be on sale in 2013 with a £100,000+ price tag.


Lotus Elan (2013)

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Lotus Elite (2014-)

Lotus Elite (3)

This stunning newcomer marks the return of a classic Lotus name of old and is the beginning of a raft of new models from the sports car manufacturer which is said to combine classic Lotus attributes of lightweight construction and handling with refinement and quality.

Lotus Elise (2015-)

Lotus Elise (4)

Radical change on the cards for Lotus's best-selling model.


Lotus Eterne

Lotus Eterne

Four-door from Lotus is pencilled-in for the middle of the decade.


 Maserati at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

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Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale  - on sale 2014

Maserati will give a debut to its most powerful and fastest model yet - the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. Inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the race-winning GT4 motorsport models it delivers 444bhp from its upgraded 4.7-litre engine and will cost more thsn £100,000.

Read the full story on the new hardcore Maserati MC Stradale


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Mazda at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


Mazda5 - on sale October 2010

Mazda has revealed details of its all-new Mazda 5, the latest version of its popular people carrier. As before, the MPV has seven seats and children-friendly sliding side doors - ideal for narrow supermarket carparks - while there are improvements to the interior.

Read about the distinctive Mazda5 and its family-friendly features



Mazda2 (revised) - on sale early 2011

The upgraded Mazda2 gets tweaked engines (now Euro V compliant) and a revised chassis for even better ride comfort. A new automatic gearbox is also set to be introduced, something which was previously unavailable on the Mazda2.

Read about the changes to the Mazda2 including its new front end


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Mercedes-Benz at the 2010 Paris Motor Show



Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG - on sale October 2011

The updated high performance CL63 AMG gets a new 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine with 571bhp and 900Nm of torque which is combined with a new Speedshift seven-speed sports transmission, helping to improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions. But it's priced at an eye-watering £108,185.

Read full details of the thunderously fast CL63 AMG Coupe



Mercedes-Benz CLS - on sale January 2011

The all new CLS gets a four-cylinder diesel with 204bhp which will offer high economy and lower CO2 emissions. This will sit alongside a range of powerful engines including a 261bhp 3.5-litre V6 diesel, plus V6 and V8 petrols with 302bhp and 435bhp. Expect prices from £48,000.

Read about the distinctively-styled new CLS four-door coupe




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MINI at the 2010 Paris Motor Show




Mitsubishi at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


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Mitsubishi i-MIEV - on sale January 2011

Mitsubishi will show the all-electric i-MIEV city car ahead of it going on sale in the UK in early 2011.

We've driven it - but what do we think?




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Nissan at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke - on sale September 2010

Along with the MINI Countryman, the Juke is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of the year. Combining truly unique looks with practicality and low running costs it promises to be a great urban runabout. Prices look affordable too starting at £12,795. 

Read our road test of the impressive Nissan Juke


Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra - on sale October 2010

It may have been put in the shade by the Nissan Juke, but the new Micra is just as important a car for Nissan. The outgoing model is still hugely popular and this version looks set to continue that by sticking with safe styling and strong build quality.

Watch our exclusive video road test of the new Nissan Micra 


Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail (revised) - on sale October 2010

Already one of the most popular and capable all-round 4x4s, the Nissan X-Trail has been improved with a sharper look, a higher quality interior and improved gear change ratios for a better compromise between acceleration and fuel economy. Prices should remain unchanged.

Read about changes to the X-Trail including a higher quality cabin


Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf - on sale March 2011

The Leaf is Nissan's all-electric car and although the Japanese brand appreciates it's not for everyone due to its 100-mile range between charges, it still looks to be the most practical electric vehicle coming and costs the same as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV at £23,990.

Read our first drive of the production-version of the Nissan Leaf


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Peugeot at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


Peugeot 508

Peugeot 508 - on sale early 2011

Replacing the rather ungainly Peugeot 407, the much sleeker Peugeot 508 looks a far more stylish proposition. The big news is that Peugeot's HYbrid4 technology will be available, providing 200bhp performance with all-wheel drive and CO2 emissions of 99g/km or zero in electric mode.

Read more about the Peugeot 508 available as a saloon and an SW


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Peugeot iOn - on sale early 2011

The electrically-powered Peugeot iOn is one of a trio of what is essentially the same car alongside the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Citroen C-ZERO. Like the others it runs purely on electric power with a range of around 80 miles but it's also expensive with prices expected at £24,000.

Read details of the all electric Peugeot iOn


Peugeot 3008 Hybrid

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 - on sale Spring 2011

Powered by a 2.0 litre 163bhp HDi diesel engine and a 37bhp electric motor, the Peugeot 3008 with HYbrid4 technology, is set to be the first diesel full hybrid production car in the world. Thanks to the efficient system it can potentially average 74.4mpg with CO2 of just 99g/km..

Read about 3008 HYbrid4 with 200bhp and four-wheel drive




Porsche at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


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Porsche Carerra GTS - on sale December 2010

The newest member of the 911 family, the Carerra GTS has plenty to make it stand out including a wider rear body and a 3.8-litre flat six engine that's been tuned to deliver 408bhp - an extra 23bhp over a Carrera S. Prices start at  £76,758 for the coupe version

Read more details about the new addition to the 911 family




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Renault at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


Renault's star attraction at Paris is set to be the Fluence ZE electric car.



 Rolls-Royce at the 2010 Paris Motor Show



Rolls-Royce bespoke design options

Five models from Rolls-Royce featuring the company's extensive personalisation programme will be shown at Paris. The collection includes a Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase in Gunmetal metallic with Sunrise leather interior.

Read more about the unique exterior and interiors on display



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Saab at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


Saab will be showing an e-power version of its 9-3 Sport Wagon estate.

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SEAT at the 2010 Paris Motor Show



The IBE electric 2+2 coupe is an updated version of a car that SEAT displayed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier in the year and promises to match a clean 102ps electric engine with sporty handling.

But what makes it different to the car shown earlier in the year?


SEAT Alhambra

SEAT Alhambra - on sale November 2010

It's been a long wait - the original Alhambra goes all the way back to 1996 - but finally a new model is on the way. It's the sister car to theVolkswagen Sharan and comes with the same sliding side doors (very useful in tight parking spaces) and frugal TSI and TDI engines.

Read details of the fresh Alhambra including its park assist system




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Skoda at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


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All new Skoda Greenline models - on sale early 2011

Skoda will launch Greenline versions of the popular Yeti and the Superb Estate, both of which use the same 1.6 TDI engine that can be found in Greenline versions of the Octavia. Meanwhile, a new 1.2 TDI engine in the Fabia sees CO2 emissions cut to just 89g/km.

Read details on the new Greenline models including mpg and CO2 figures


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Smart at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


It'll be the first opportunity to see facelift versions of the ForTwo Coupe and Convertible models (read more about that here), which is accompanied in the UK by a new advertising campaign (See below).



Suzuki at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


Suzuki Swift

Suzuki Swift - on sale October 2010

It may not look that different from the current Suzuki Swift but we're assured this is a completely new model. Like before it's available as three or a five door and Suzuki is promising improvements to the already great handling along with better fuel economy.

Read our full in-depth review on the all-new Suzuki Swift 



Toyota at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


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Toyota Verso-S - on sale early 2011

Toyota is promising that its new mini MPV - named the Verso-S - will offer a flexible and practical interior in a compact package when it goes on sale in 2011. It will rival the likes of the Nissan Note and you can expect frugal petrol engines and the usual excellent Toyota quality.

Read more details about Toyota's new Verso-S people carrier



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Vauxhall at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer - on sale Oct 2010

The new Astra Sports Tourer promises to be more practical and better equipped than the outgoing Astra Estate, but starting prices are lower with the 1.4i 16v VVT 100bhp ES model costing £16,575 - around £500 less than the existing entry-level variant.

Read about the practical Astra Sports Tourer with its 500-litre boot





Volkswagen at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

New Volkswagen Passat


Volkswagen unveiled the seventh generation of the Passat at the Paris Motor Show with a sleek new look inspired by the luxury Volkswagen Phaeton. More than 15 million Passats have been sold since the first model was introduced and Volkswagen says this latest version sets 'benchmarks in quality, design, economy and comfort.'


Volkswagen Sharan

Volkswagen Sharan - on sale October 2010

The sister car to the forthcoming SEAT Alhambra, the new Sharan comes with seven-seats like its predecessor, but is a big leap forward in refinement and flexibility. It is also more spacious inside than before while the popular 2.0 TDI engine can average 52.3mpg.

Read our full review of the new Volkswagen Sharan


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Volkswagen Touareg - on sale October 2010

There are some big changes for the second generation Touareg, not least the introduction of a Hybrid model which combines a 3.0-litre supercharged petrol engine with an electric motor and delivers 380bhp. But it's the 3.0 TDI V6 which is expect to be the most popular choice.

Read the expert Touareg verdict in our comprehensive review


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Volkswagen Caddy - on sale November 2010

With a sharper look, similiar to the design seen on the new Volkswagen Polo and the forthcoming Volkswagen Sharan, the new Caddy range promises to be cheaper to run than the existing models thanks to more efficient engines, plus there are improvements in quality.

Read about the Caddy including the renamed Caddy Maxi MPV


VW Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta - on sale early 2011

The Jetta isn't as popular as the Golf in the UK where we prefer hatchbacks to small saloons, but it's a big seller in the U.S. The new model is bigger than before with better passenger space and a larger boot. It will also be efficient thanks to Bluemotion technology.

Read details of the Jetta's economical TSI and TDI engines



Volvo at the 2010 Paris Motor Show


Volvo V60

Volvo V60 - on sale October 2010

Following on from the recently launched Volvo S60 saloon, the V60 has been designed to combine estate-car practicality with with coupe design and driving characteristics. Safety is always a key strength on Volvos and the V60 will come with the clever City Safety system as standard.

Read about the full engine line-up for the forthcoming V60





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