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Best cars from the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Our pick of the cars launched at this year’s show

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.


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2012 Paris Motor Show

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.

More on this…

  • 2012 Paris Motor Show – our full show coverage, including 26 car videos
  • Hundreds of car reviews – full test lab results for the cars you can buy today
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