2010 Paris Auto Show Prototypes: Seat IBE Concept

Unveiling the Ibe all-electric sports coupe at the Paris Auto Show took little-known manufacturer Seat from obscure to red-hot with one sweep of the drop-cloth. Until now, the Spanish car maker has largely been known for nondescript VW-based hatchbacks. But the candy-apple coupe should ensure that the public not only remembers the Seat name… but pronounces it correctly (it’s SAY-at).

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BMW M100: The Fastest, Most Expensive, M Vehicle Ever

BMW M100: The Fastest, Most Expensive, M Vehicle Ever
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BMW’s striking Vision EfficientDynamics concept is headed for production.

BMW’s striking Vision EfficientDynamics concept is headed for production in late 2012 or early 2013 as a 450-hp, twin-turbocharged halo for the company’s new environmental initiative. Theoretically at least, the production car, which may be badged M100 (shown here as an artist’s interpretation based on spy photos), has what it takes to eclipse its most serious rivals. Extensive computer simulation suggests that it will outpace the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the Audi R8 5.2, and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Power will likely come from the twin-turbo in-line six that’s being cooked up for the next M3 and will be transmitted to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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Lotus City Car Concept – A Lotus for the Masses?

At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, British manufacturer Lotus turned the establishment on its head by unveiling nothing less than an entire range of new vehicles. Yes, the wraps were taken off five performance coupes and sedans that the Hethel automaker will soon be producing. And, in true Lotus tradition, each one sports a moniker starting with the letter E: Esprit, Elan, Elite, Elise and Eterne.

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First Look: Lotus City Car Concept

First Look: Lotus City Car Concept
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Even Lotus wants a piece of the urban runabout market.

Lotus unveiled a lot of future products at the 2010 Paris auto show, but the City Car concept is the most puzzling. This tiny plug-in hybrid or full electric vehicle is slightly larger than a Toyota iQ and uses the powertrain we first saw in the EMAS concept at this year’s Geneva auto show.

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Nissan Townpod Concept

Nissan Townpod Concept
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Paris 2010: Nissan’s Townpod Blurs Lines Between Compact, SUV, and Van

Is it a car? Is it a van? Is it an SUV? According to Nissan, its Townpod concept, which debuted this morning at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, is a little of everything.

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Renault DeZir Concept

Renault DeZir Concept
Renault DeZir Concept - 2010 Paris Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
Paris 2010: Renault DeZir Swoops in to the Show

To state the obvious, one of the reasons the Paris auto show is unique is because the French automakers are on their home turf. We see Renault, Citroen, and Peugeot at the Geneva show each year, but their most exciting cars always debut in Paris. DeZir is the latest Renault EV concept and it looks pretty cool.

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First Look: Smart Escooter Concept

First Look: Smart Escooter Concept
Smart Escooter Concept - 2010 Paris Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
ForOne? Smart Unwraps Electric Escooter Concept Before Paris Show

Two automakers have promised electric scooter concepts for the 2010 Paris Motor Show, but only Smart has shown the finished project — the Escooter — ahead of its official debut.

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First Look: Audi e-tron Spyder Concept

First Look: Audi e-tron Spyder Concept
Audi e-tron Spyder Concept - 2010 Paris Motor Show - Automobile Magazine
A preview of both the R5 and Audi’s hybrid strategy.

At first glance, the Audi e-tron Spyder unveiled in Paris might appear to be just a topless version of the e-tron Coupe shown in Detroit. The most significant difference concerns the drivetrain. Whereas the e-tron Coupe was a pure EV, with an electric motor driving the rear wheels, this latest e-tron concept is a plug-in hybrid that sends power to all four corners in a system that Audi calls e-quattro.

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Photo Gallery: Audi e-tron Spyder Concept – 2010 Paris Motor Show – Automobile Magazine

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