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Inside look at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Posted by: Jackie Carey

Bon Jour! With the 2010 Paris Motor Show wrapping up across the pond, we can't help but tap our feet with excitement when we think of the newest of the new that will soon be coming our way. With more miles per gallon, more hi-tech features and more horsepower, this year's Chicago Auto Show is inspiring us to dream big--and to help inspire you to do the same, here is a look at some of our favorites from the Paris Motor Show.

 

VENTURI AMERICA EV DUNE BUGGY

Venturi America

What is it?
A high-riding, high-power lightweight sports car, the America is a "buggy" style automobile that allows eco-conscious drivers to venture off the paved path with a clear conscience. The America features a 220 kW electric motor that boasts a max torque of 380 Nm from 0 to 6,000 rpm.

Why we're excited?
We like that the America looks good almost as much as we like that it offers advanced eco-friendly technology. Not to mention, the introduction of the America coincides with the launch of Venturi North America in Midwestern Columbus, Ohio--the new unit will enable Venturi to pursue technical and commercial development in the U.S.

 

MASTRETTA MXT

Mastretta MXT

What is it?
The MXT is a two-seat sports car that is capable of reaching 100 mph in under five seconds. Riding a finely tuned chassis, the MXT develops more than 1.1 G of cornering and braking force. According to Mastretta, the MXT is suited for long-distance road driving and is orientated toward "spirited" drivers seeking an exhilarating ride.

Why do we care?
Here at the Chicago Auto Show we are, at heart, a group of car-loving enthusiasts. We like to drive fast. Give us the opportunity to drive with "spirit," we'll be eating out of the palm of your hand.

 

LAMBORGHINI SESTO ELEMENTO, Concept

Lambo Sesto Elemento rear

Say what?
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento (Sixth Element) is an extreme example of the future of the brand. Focusing on two features that drive car buying--design and performance--Lamborghini's concept car represents the future of sports car production. Made with forged composite carbon fiber, this model weighs less than 2000 pounds.

Why are we excited?
One, the Sesto Elemento, while not scheduled for production, does what a concept car does best--provides us with an example of Lamborghini's vision of the future. It's great knowing that the Raging Bull hasn't lost its design swagger. Two, we're excited to see a vehicle developed with new production material. Auto shows usually bring out new design features and techie gadgets in abundance, but with the Sesto Elemento, we're happy to see both.

 

CITROEN DS4

Citroen DS4

What is it?
The second model in Citroen's DS line, the DS4 is a meticulously crafted coupe meant to convey prestige. The DS4 offers precise detailing--from chrome touches to premium cabin material--in addition to Citroen's new e-HDi drivetrain and 200-hp gas engine option, which delivers improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

What do we like?
One of the cool features of this vehicle is the high number of engine options available. We like that this car can be built to a buyer's specifications. All DS4 models come with one of five engine options. Consumers can choose between two HDi diesels and three gas powerplants.

 

2012 MERCEDES-BENZ CLS

Merc CLS

What is it?
Mercedes-Benz has refined and improved on its already competitive "four-door coupe" style. Featuring an trademark upright grill, lightweight doors and a suspension altered from the E-Class, the 2012 CLS is also the first car from Mercedes-Benz to offer optional LED headlamps.

What has our attention?
Already a name in luxury circles, we're excited about the 2012 CLS because Mercedes-Benz has really kicked its attention to detail into high gear. With an fresh eye-catching interior, a new electromechanical direct-steering system, driver assistance systems and LED headlamps, the CLS will have a lot to offer luxury-class shoppers.

 

RENAULT DEZIRE, Concept

Renault

What is it?
An all-electric concept car from French manufacturer Renault, the Dezire is a superb effort in automotive imagination. With a full EV drivetrain engine, 150 hp and 160 pounds-feet of torque living under the hood, Renault's newest concept car is a force to be reckoned with.

What do we like?
The Dezire compensates for its lack of shear horsepower with a stunning style and flashy attitude. The ultra-wide stance, reverse butterfly hinged doors and shiny coat of paint makes our mouths' water.

 

LOTUS 2013 ELAN, Concept

Lotus Elan

What is it?
The Elan is one in a bevy of new concept cars unveiled by Lotus at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. According to Lotus CEO Danny Bahar, the Elan is "built like an athlete with a muscular physique" and inspired by Mario Andretti's 1978 championship winning F1 vehicle. The production Lotus Elan, slated to debut in 2013, will have a 450-horsepower supercharged 4.0-liter V6 engine and a dual-clutch gearbox.

Why do we care?
We have to love that Lotus took the time to dazzle us with more than just a cool concept--instead they rolled out five new vehicles. What's great about the concept Elan is its throwback nature, playing to Lotus' racing history and an American racing icon. With a flat bottom, race-inspired steering wheel, we can't wait to sit behind the Lotus Elan and let loose our inner racer.

 

PEUGEOT HR1, Concept

2010 Peugeot HR1 Concept Image 01 800

What is it?
A two door hybrid from Peugeot, the HR1 concept is a six-speed automatic with a combined drivetrain potential of 147 hp. With a turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine at the front and a 37-hp electric motor at the back, this concept from Peugeot boasts fuel consumption of around 67 mpg. Add in a cross-bred design structure inspired by the city car, coup and SUV that begs patrons to take a second look.

What do we like?
We like getting 67 miles to the gallon. We like opening unconventional doors. We like that more is truly more in the case of the HR1.

 

JAGUAR C-X75, Concept

Jag C X75

What is it?
A new demonstration of Jaguar's "performance through innovation," the C-X75 concept is designed as a range-extended electric two-seater supercar, pushing the boundaries of sustainability. This newest Jag has 145kW electric motors at each wheel, mid-mounted gas turbines, enough battery power to drive from London to Berlin and, to top it all off, produces 580 kW and 1600 Nm of torque. Rarw!

What's so great about it?
The C-X75 is great because it uses RE-EV technology to increase the vehicle's range to 560 miles all while keeping a zero emission range of 68 miles on battery and is estimated to produce just 28 grams of C02 per kilometer on the EU test cycle. Giving us style and sustainability, Jaguar has us purring like the cat that ate the cream.

 

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