Look past the glitz, glamour and girls, and motor shows offer an early insight into what you can expect to see in car showrooms – from right now, up until a decade down the line.
Here are our top five cars from the recent Paris Motor Show, to give a flavour of the exciting new metal showcased this year.
Watch the video above to find out why we chose the winners in each of our categories. And below, we take a brief look at each of our top five Paris Motor Show stars.
Most Practical Car – Skoda Rapid
Medium-car size doesn’t have to mean medium-car interior space – Skoda’s new Ford Focus rival boasts a huge boot and plenty of rear legroom.
Most Improved Car – Ford Mondeo
Striking new looks should genuinely tempt some buyers away from the BMW 3 Series. Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will also intrigue cost-conscious buyers.
Best Concept Car – Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
We’re not always fans of concept cars, but we really hope this estate version of the Panamera makes production. It looks stunning, and would be a real rival for the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake.
Best Efficient Car – Volkswagen Golf Mk7
Among all the hybrids and electric vehicles being showcased, the new VW Golf’s claimed 88mpg and 85g/km CO2 emissions figures for the BlueMotion 1.6 diesel version are strikingly bold.
Most Desirable Car – Jaguar F-Type
Watch the video and you’ll understand why this is our most desirable car. With a design harking back to the E-Type, this car is nothing short of breathtaking. If it drives like it looks, Jaguar has a game-changer on its hands.