2010 Paris Motor Show: Peugeot

Celebrating its 200th anniversary, Peugeot is showcasing its signature HYbrid4 all-wheel drive hybrid system featuring an electric motor driving the rear wheels, and a conventional gasoline engine powering the front. The SR1 concept sports car, a luxurious 2+1 coupe has a single, centre rear seat. Its HYbrid4 powertrain consists of a front-driving 1.6 litre gasoline engine and a 70 kw electric rear motor, with a fuel consumption rating of 4.9L/100km.

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2010 Paris Motor Show: Renault

Renault is seriously in the swing of things. Figures as we are literally in this maker’s backyard. Between it and Nissan’s unveils, no less than 10 vehicles will have their covers yanked off. The French are well known for their models (if you catch my drift…) and so it is normal that we find numerous prototypes and concepts, representing design, technology and curvacious lines.

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First Look: Audi Quattro Concept

First Look: Audi Quattro Concept
Audi Quattro Concept - 2010 Paris Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
A belated birthday present

Back in 2008 Audi began work on project Anniversario, a supercoupe that was meant to highlight the firm’s centenary in 2009 with a debut at the Pebble Beach Concours weekend. But then the stock markets collapsed, overt celebrations were no longer en vogue, and at the rather subdued 100 years of Audi party we witnessed the debut of the socially and environmentally more compatible zero-emissions R8 e-tron. A mere twelve months later, however, the global economy has recovered (somewhat), Audi is almost three quarters through yet another record year, and the brand motto Vorsprung durch Technik (Advantage through Engineering) can again be advertised by much harder-core products. As it happens, 2010 marks the 30th birthday of the Quattro 4WD system pioneered by the ingenious Ferdinand Piech, who fathered the iconic Ur-Quattro, which was unveiled at the 1980 Geneva auto show. The most extreme variant of the chunky four-seat coupe was the limited edition, short-wheelbase, plastic-bodied Sport Quattro that triggered all those famous world championship-winning rally cars. What could be a better source of inspiration for the new Quattro?

Photo Gallery: Audi Quattro Concept – 2010 Paris Auto Show – Automobile Magazine

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First Look: Jaguar C-X75 Concept

First Look: Jaguar C-X75 Concept
Jaguar C-X75 Concept - First Look - Automobile Magazine
Striking design and pace-setting technology add up to a remarkably sustainable new supercar.

In times like these, show cars are no longer mere attention-grabbers. To succeed, concepts need to be design exercises with a message—the greener, the better. The Jaguar C-X75 (concept, experimental, celebrating the brand’s 75th anniversary) meets this description with a refreshingly bold and remarkably different approach.

Photo Gallery: Jaguar C-X75 Concept – First Look – Automobile Magazine

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First Look: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept

First Look: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento - 2010 Paris Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
Physical proof that Lamborghini is serious about its weight loss program.

At the 2010 Paris Show, Lamborghini unveiled the Sesto Elemento, the conceptual forerunner to the second-generation Murcielago. Made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) virtually from bottom to top, the Sesto Elemento (for “sixth element,” because carbon is number six in the periodic table) is said to weigh “under 1000 kilos” (2200 pounds)-and thus it undercuts the 1000-kg mark set by Ferrari with its own lightweight supercar concept, the 2007 Millechili, said to preview the next-generation Enzo. As for Lamborghini’s striking two-seater, it uses the chassis and the running gear of the Gallardo Superleggera. It thus is more compact and less extreme than next year’s Murcielago replacement, which remains faithful to the big-bore twelve-cylinder engine.

Photo Gallery: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento – 2010 Paris Auto Show – Automobile Magazine

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First Look: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept

First Look: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento - 2010 Paris Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
Physical proof that Lamborghini is serious about its weight loss program.

At the 2010 Paris Show, Lamborghini unveiled the Sesto Elemento, the conceptual forerunner to the second-generation Murcielago. Made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) virtually from bottom to top, the Sesto Elemento (for “sixth element,” because carbon is number six in the periodic table) is said to weigh “under 1000 kilos” (2200 pounds)-and thus it undercuts the 1000-kg mark set by Ferrari with its own lightweight supercar concept, the 2007 Millechili, said to preview the next-generation Enzo. As for Lamborghini’s striking two-seater, it uses the chassis and the running gear of the Gallardo Superleggera. It thus is more compact and less extreme than next year’s Murcielago replacement, which remains faithful to the big-bore twelve-cylinder engine.

Photo Gallery: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento – 2010 Paris Auto Show – Automobile Magazine

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First Look: Audi Quattro Concept

First Look: Audi Quattro Concept
Audi Quattro Concept - 2010 Paris Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
A belated birthday present.

Back in 2008 Audi began work on project Anniversario, a supercoupe that was meant to highlight the firm’s centenary in 2009 with a debut at the Pebble Beach Concours weekend. But then the stock markets collapsed, overt celebrations were no longer en vogue, and at the rather subdued 100 years of Audi party we witnessed the debut of the socially and environmentally more compatible zero-emissions R8 e-tron. A mere twelve months later, however, the global economy has recovered (somewhat), Audi is almost three quarters through yet another record year, and the brand motto Vorsprung durch Technik (Advantage through Engineering) can again be advertised by much harder-core products. As it happens, 2010 marks the 30th birthday of the Quattro 4WD system pioneered by the ingenious Ferdinand Piech, who fathered the iconic Ur-Quattro, which was unveiled at the 1980 Geneva auto show. The most extreme variant of the chunky four-seat coupe was the limited edition, short-wheelbase, plastic-bodied Sport Quattro that triggered all those famous world championship-winning rally cars. What could be a better source of inspiration for the new Quattro?

Photo Gallery: Audi Quattro Concept – 2010 Paris Auto Show – Automobile Magazine

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