The first major auto show after the long summer break is taking place in Paris this coming week, kicking off on October 2 and playing host to more than 250 makes from over 18 countries. All the major automakers will be there, and so will your Motor Authority team.
We’ll be bringing you all the latest info and live photos direct from the show floor once the action gets underway. In the meantime, here's our hand-picked list of some of the stars, as well as what we know so far about them.
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CONCEPT CARSInfiniti Q80 Inspiration
: Infiniti has hinted at a new flagship model for the past several years and we’ll finally get our first look at the vehicle this week in the form of a grand four-door coupe concept. Infiniti hasn’t mentioned production just yet but the automaker’s former boss, Johan de Nysschen, came out with comments earlier in the year about not one but two range-topping models
: a sedan with coupe-like styling to rival the Porsche Panamera and a more sports-oriented model. It’s clear we’re looking at a preview of the former here.
Lamborghini Concept Car
Lamborghini's 2014 Paris Motor Show press conference teaser--is a four-doored model coming?Enlarge Photo
: Lamborghini has also been teasing a sleek and sexy car for this week’s Paris Auto Show. Unlike the Infiniti concept, we don’t know what the Lamborghini will be called, although there are rumors it may be branded an Asterion. We also don’t know much about the concept’s design, but the official tagline “Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it” suggests we may be looking at a vehicle with 2+2 seating or perhaps even four doors.
Peugeot Quartz Concept
: After a stale showing at the previous Paris Auto Show back in 2012, Peugeot is pulling out all the stops for its lineup at this year’s event. The highlight of its stand will undoubtedly be the Quartz concept, which is said to be packing a hybrid drivetrain good for almost 500 horsepower. This hybrid drivetrain sits in a vehicle that’s not much bigger than a Range Rover Evoque and has been designed to be compatible with Peugeot's modular EMP2 platform.
Audi TT Sportback Concept
Alleged Audi TT Sportback concept (Image via Auto Zeitung)Enlarge Photo
: Audi has been testing the waters for a third TT derivative by revealing a series of concept cars of the past year. The latest of these concepts is expected to be a new five-door (four regular doors plus a liftback) ‘Sportback’ version of the TT debuting in Paris, which German media have described as a smaller sibling to the A5 and A7 Sportback models. We also hear that power in the concept will come from a 2.0-liter TSI rated at 420 horsepower.
Toyota C-HR Concept
: Another sporty concept headed to the 2014 Paris Auto Show is the Toyota C-HR, which previews a new subcompact crossover the Japanese automaker is planning. Toyota is yet to reveal full details on the C-HR, but the automaker does state that the latest concept is powered by a hybrid powertrain. Toyota also states that the concept features its new ‘Keen Look and Under Priority’ design language.
Citroën Devine DS Concept
: This cool little concept from Citroën isn’t destined for production but it does show the direction the French automaker plans to take with its new DS luxury line. Apart from it being completely devoid of Citroën’s chevron logo, the Devine DS is based on a standalone platform and features unique design elements such as the slit-like headlights, chrome grille surround, and diamond pattern grille insert.
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