As I've mentioned before in my various observation postings, Paris is not always the best place for a traveller to oogle cars. They do, however, put on one of the best auto shows in the world. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the first pavilion... more to come.
|The Ford Focus is right at the front door, featured here in tangerine scream.
It's not the sort of thing you can get in North America, I'm afraid.
|Poor Mazda. They just can't make a cool car.
So they brought this relic from a museum.
It was a crowd pleaser.
|Jaguar had a nice shiny display for their C-X75,
a twin-turbine-equipped, electrically powered, four-wheel-drive,
boasting a 205-mph top speed. Only one problem, you can't
buy one for any price. Bad Jaguar!
|More SFX showing off this concept car you can never own.
|Ford Fiesta had this here RS WRC and you'll actually be able to buy one.
It has a 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine pushing
out like 400 horsepower or something sick. I want!
|Alfa Romeo shows off its Brera Spider. You can buy one of these,
but I'm not convinced of a reason why. :)
|The Ferrari California. Pure sweet sickness. Low Emissions. What'ev.
|Maserati showing off the same ol' GranTurismo. Snore. Actually I love
this car and here it is with a flat blue exterior! Woot!
|Here's the same Maserati, ready for the track.
|For a mere 300,000 Euros you could drive away this Venturi Fetish.
It's all electric and if you take a driving course you'll keep up to me
in my Porsche. Good luck on passing me. :)
|Venturi is also making this 300hp electric dune buggy called the America.
I don't know if you'll ever actually be able to buy one.
|The 300 HP Citroen Survolt. Plug me in! Woot!
|This car was just pretty from every angle.
|Peugeot BB1 Electric Concept Car. Kinda cool, but not for me.
|Peugeot SR1 concept car. All electric. All fantasy.
Just for show and never for the showroom.
|Who doesn't need a Mercedes with gullwing doors?
All the Mercedes entries were featuring flat white paint.
|Smart Cars on the walls.
|Smart Cars on the rooftops!
|Rolls Royce: A nice vehicle for extremely rich people to go tailgating.
|Rolls Royce. Nom!
|BMW came out with this nifty electric bike. I'll be we see these like...
everywhere in the next 2 years.
|Bimmer also showed up with a 100% electric Mini.
|This Honda 3-RC Concept trike is one vehicle...
|... that is probably incredibly easy to get killed on. Every engineer
in the world knows that 3 wheeled vehicles tip. Bad Honda!
|Dawn tries on the latest Nissan Z for size.