Paris Auto Show

Jaguar’s C-X75 Hybrid Supercar To See Production

Posted in Car Tech, Concept Cars, Jaguar, Paris Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | May 9th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Image: Flickr user SbastienRondet

When Jaguar showed their visionary C-X75 Concept at last year’s Paris Auto Show, I’ll admit that I had a hard time taking the car seriously. Sure, it was a stunner, but it was also shown as a non-functional turbine-electric hybrid, and history has not been kind to turbine powered automobiles. Remember the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car? How about the GM Firebird Concept from 1953? Gas turbine engines may be ideal for vehicles like helicopters, but their complexity, power delivery and heat output make them less than ideal for road-going vehicles. I guessed that the C-X75 would never see production, but it turns out I was only half right. Read More…

Lotus Pulls A Bait And Switch?

Posted in Exotic Cars, Fast Cars, Lotus, Luxury Cars, New Cars, Paris Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | November 2nd, 2010 | 2 Responses |

2014 Lotus Esprit

Looking back on this year’s Paris Auto Show, Lotus stood out as the manufacturer “most likely to throw away all their working capital building concept cars”. Worse, these concepts took the boutique automaker into some stratospheric pricing and seemed to ignore the basic premise of Colin Chapman’s genius. Instead of “adding lightness”, the five cars shown by Lotus in Paris seemed to add luxury and gadgetry, at the expense of lightness and performance. Even the styling of the concept cars was controversial, taking Lotus in an entirely new, Lamborghini influenced direction.

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You Should Have to Pedal Bicycles, Dammit

Posted in Bizarre, Café Racers, Paris Auto Show, Peugeot by Dustin Driver | October 10th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Bicycles are human powered. They don’t have motors. And they certainly don’t have on-board computer systems. They are the perfect amalgam of man and machine. So you, engineer at Peugeot, and you, SolidWorks whiz at ebike: Stop. Peugeot’s electric-assist bicycle reared its bull-horn-shaped grips at the Paris Auto Show, sporting a hub-less wheel. Electric scooter manufacturers smart also unveiled its ebike, which has an iPhone dock. Seriously. Enough is enough. Few things rival the simple joy of riding a bicycle. Don’t make it any more complicated than it has to be. Hit the jump for more photos.

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Exagon Electric Hybrid: GT-R Meets Opel Insignia

Posted in EcoLust, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Paris Auto Show by Dustin Driver | October 10th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

The French Exagon Furtive eGT electric hybrid looks like the bastard offspring of the Nissan GT-R and the Opel Insiginia. The new car debuted at the Paris Auto Show a few weeks ago, joining the ranks of high-performance extended-range hybrids that are storming the automotive world. The Exagon boasts a claimed 500-mile range and a 155 mile-per-hour top speed. It can also hit 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. It’s driven by two Siemens 168 hp motors for a total of 336 hp. Information on the car’s petrol engine is nonexistent, but one can guess it’s French in origin. French President Nicholas Sarkozy got an exclusive peek at the car during the Paris Auto Show, but he’s not talking.

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Mastretta MXT: Truly Adding Lightness

Posted in Auto Show, Compact Cars, Concept Cars, Paris Auto Show by Dustin Driver | October 9th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Everyone was so excited about Lotus unveiling its line of portly new cars at the Paris Auto Show that they missed the Mastretta MXT, a truly lightweight sports car that lives up to Colin Chapman’s credo of “Add Lightness.” The Mastretta MXT is a 1,980-pound powerhouse, a mid-engine coupe with a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0 liter inline four. The lightweight sports car will be the first car designed, engineered, and manufactured in Mexico. According to Mastretta, the first production units should roll off the assembly line in 2011. It’s one hot little number and hopefully it’ll perform as well as we expect.

Jaguar C-X75: Sexy ‘Lectric Cat

Posted in Concept Cars, EcoLust, Electric Cars, Fast Cars, Jaguar, Paris Auto Show by Dustin Driver | October 8th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Jaguar revealed this sexy futuristic feline at the Paris Auto Show in honor of its 75th birthday. The C-X75 extended-range electric is powered by four electric motors good for 780 horsepower and has a lithium-ion battery pack. It also rocks two biodiesel-compatible micro gas turbine engines that kick in to generate power once the batteries go dead, giving the car 500 mile of additional range. Performance? It hits 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and slaughters the quarter mile in 10.3. And it’s absolutely stunning. The car’s shape is reminiscent of the 1966 XJ13 Le Mans prototype, one of the most gorgeous cats ever designed by the British company. Inside the thing is decked out in all kinds of aluminum and fine-grain leather. Its Bowers & Wilkins audio system uses a honeycomb array of transducers instead of speakers to pipe classical music throughout the cabin and help cancel out the roar of the two micro turbines. Other fun cat facts: The micro turbines move 25,000 liters of air per minute while spinning and their forceful exhaust is used to generate downforce. Rowr.

Mini Cooper S Countryman Debuts In Paris

Posted in BMW, Car Buying, Mini, New Cars, Paris Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | October 4th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Mini Cooper S Countryman

I’ve always been a fan of Mini, and my wife has been threatening to buy a Cooper S as her next car for about five years now. I’ve always wished they were just a bit bigger and had an AWD option for even better handling. It looks like I’m running out of excuses to buy one, since Mini just unveiled the Cooper S Countryman with available AWD at last week’s Paris Auto Show.

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Audi Honors 30 Years Of quattro With Q30 Concept

Posted in Audi, Concept Cars, Paris Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | October 3rd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Audi Q30 Concept

Hard to believe, but Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system has been with us for thirty years. I remember lusting after the first generation of Audi Coupe quattro, and thinking that I’d someday park one in my garage. When I finally did have enough money to buy one (before the U.S. economy went into meltdown), Audi’s styling just didn’t do it for me. Gone were the sleek and edgy (for the time, at least) lines of the original Coupe quattro, replaced by a boring but competent sedan. If only, I thought, Audi would go back and build a modern interpretation of the original Ur-quattro.

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New 2013 Lotus Esprit Stuns Paris Auto Show

Posted in auto industry, Concept Cars, Fast Cars, Lotus, New Cars, Paris Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | October 2nd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

2013 Lotus Esprit

Lotus is on a bender these days, showing five new models at this week’s Paris Auto Show. Not to diminish the significance of the Elite GT, the Eterne sedan, the Elan, the City Car concept or the redesigned Elise, but the new Lotus Esprit flagship is a mouth-watering testament that the supercar is indeed alive and well. How does 611 horsepower sound, in a 3,190 pound car? Is a zero to 100 kph time of 3.4 seconds fast enough for you? How about a top speed of 205 miles per hour?

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Smart eBike: Electric Innovation for When You’re Tired of Peddling.

Posted in Auto Show, Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Concept Cars, Paris Auto Show, Smart by MrAngry | September 30th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t bicycles invented as a human powered mode of transportation with the added benefit of keeping your fat ass in shape? Over the past year I’ve been seeing battery powered bicycles buzzing all over NYC and for the life of me I can’t understand why. Ok fine, for the Chinese Food delivery guys I can see the applications, but for everyone else who owns one I’m just taking it to mean that they’re just flippin’ lazy. Apparently Smart, maker of the crappy ForTwo micro car has now decided to jump on the electric bike bandwagon as well by developing their own electric two wheeler dubbed the eBike and debuting it at the Paris Motor Show. After watching the video you can see that the eBike is extremely well made and packed with some nifty technology like a hub-mounted electric motor as well as iPod integration. Let’s face it though, this is supposed to be a bicycle, not a scooter so what the hell is Smart doing building one of these? The way I see it, this bike will appeal to the same hipster urban-ites who purchased the original Smart Car. Sure it’s cool, but at the end of the day it’s not going to help you lose those saddlebags you’ve been carting around on that big ass of yours. My opinion… save the money, go buy a Schwinn and do some real exercise. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.