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The top 10 cars of the Paris Motor Show 2010

Check out the new production cars and concepts

This year’s Paris Motor Show is bursting with new production cars and concepts. Here’s our round-up of the 10 most exciting.

Ford Focus ST

Ford Focus ST

Following an industry-wide downsizing trend, the latest Ford Focus ST ‘makes do’ with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine (the outgoing model was powered by a bigger, 2.5-litre five-cylinder unit). 

However, it still manages to produce a scorching 246bhp, and since this engine is a variant of Ford’s latest Ecoboost line-up it should prove considerably more efficient, too – the current Focus ST is well known for its thirst.


Range Rover Evoque at Paris Motor Show

Evoque is the smallest Range Rover yet

Range Rover Evoque

The striking and futuristic Evoque is the smallest Range Rover yet, and is the production version of the much-lauded LRX concept car. 

Although it’s no bigger than a Land Rover Freelander, it’s been badged Range Rover to reinforce its ‘premium’ positioning in the model line-up. Needless to say, the higher price tag will also differentiate it. Land Rover is calling the Evoque a ‘cross-coupe’ design – which really means it’s a compact SUV with three doors and a sloping roofline.

Honda Jazz Hybrid

New hybrid Jazz will debut in October

New hybrid Jazz will debut in October

The new Jazz Hybrid is the first supermini-sized vehicle in Europe to be offered with hybrid technology. 

According to Honda, it’s capable of running on electric-only power for short periods and, offering 64.2mpg combined, it’s significantly more efficient than the standard 1.2-litre petrol. But in spite of its small size, CO2 emissions still don’t drop below the magic 100g/km mark; the figures are yet to be fully homologated, but during internal testing 104g/km is the best Honda could do.

Audi Quattro

This is the forward-looking version of what is probably the most-loved Audi of all time, the Sport Quattro. 

New Quattro concept: shorter and lower than the RS5

New Quattro concept: shorter than the RS5

Although it’s only a concept, Audi says this car displays the character of all the cars it is set to release over the next few years, so it’s pretty important. 

But will it drive like the original Quattro? Yes, if the stats are anything to go by. It has a compact body made from aluminium and carbon fibre, which means it should be both light and nimble.

Jaguar C-X75

The Jaguar C-X75 is an ultra-efficient jet-powered supercar. It’s capable of up to 205mph, and can hurtle from 0-62mph in a lightning-quick 3.4 seconds. Floor the throttle and you’ll get from 50-90mph in just 2.3 seconds.

The C-X75 is capable of up to 205mph

The C-X75 is capable of up to 205mph

So far, so supercar. But there’s a catch – the C-X75 runs on batteries. Four powerful 145kW (195bhp) electric motors – one for each wheel – produce 780bhp, and the C-X75 delivers an incredible 1180lb ft of torque (pulling power).

Lotus Elite

The Lotus Elite is an all-new 2+2 ‘super coupé’ that’s set to take on the likes of the Aston Martin DB9 and the Ferrari 599 GTB. 

It’s quite a departure from the small, lightweight models like the Elise that are Lotus’s bread and butter. 

'Compact but spacious' new Elite

‘Compact but spacious’ new Elite

It’s quite a departure from the small, lightweight models like the Elise that are Lotus’s bread and butter. 

Besides the ‘shark-like’ styling (Lotus’s words) the engine will certainly be important; the Elite will use a 5.0-litre petrol V8 delivering as much as 611bhp.

Vauxhall Astra GTC Paris

Technically it’s a concept car, but the Astra GTC Paris gives us a strong hint of what the upcoming three-door Astra will look like. It’s 4.46 metres in length, and apparently has ‘ample’ interior space for five. 

As with the previous generation three-door Astra Sport Hatch, it has a distinctly coupé-like profile – combined with sharp crease lines and a modern look that still manages to clearly identify the car with latest Vauxhall line-up.


Volkswagen Passat

New Volkswagen Passat promises up to 1,000 miles on a tankful

VW Passat

This is the all-new Passat, and it’s coming to the UK in early 2011. 

VW has been conservative with the re-design, keeping the car’s proportions near-identical to the current car and altering the front end to bring it in line with other models like the Golf and Touareg. 

The outgoing Passat has proved comfortable and decent to drive in our tests (if a bit unreliable), but it’s never been a car to stir the soul. It doesn’t look like that is about to change.

BMW Concept 6 Coupé

New concept features modern BMW styling

New concept features modern BMW styling

The BMW Concept 6 Coupé is a large 2+2 with modern BMW styling that’s still somehow reminiscent of so-called ‘shark-nose’ BMW coupés of the past. 

The front of the Concept 6 features full LED headlights for the first time on a BMW, complete with ‘corona ring’ daytime running lights, and adaptive functions to provide maximum visibility at night. 

These are likely to make it to production.

Seat IBE Concept

Yes, we’ve already seen the Seat IBE concept at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, but this version looks far closer to reality, plus it has a full interior, while the previous car was exterior-only. 

Seat IBE hints at a future sporty coupé

Seat IBE hints at a future sporty coupé

The Seat IBE hints at a future sporty coupé, which may become part of the Ibiza range if the name is anything to go by. The IBE emits zero local emissions thanks to its lithium-ion battery. This offers peak power of 100bhp, but continuous power is closer to 65bhp, so it might not quite have the pace to match its looks.

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