10 Knockout Cars from the Paris Motor Show

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The prestigious Paris Motor Show (taking place from October 4 through 19, 2014) held annually in — yep, you guessed it — Paris, France, has historically yielded some of the most innovative and interesting designs that the automotive world has to offer. This year’s show is proving to be more of the same. Automakers and fashion designers from around the globe have descended on the “City of Light” stunning onlookers with their latest wares. Names like Lamborghini, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Volkswagen, and Audi have dazzled the automotive crowd enhanced by large framed pictures of beautiful models “dressed to drive” in the latest fashions of previous decades. Art by famed fashion photographers Henry Clarke, Robert Doisneau, Helmut Newton, Peter Knapp, Jean-Daniel Lorieux, and Peter Lindbergh are among the exhibits.

Here is a list of my 10 most interesting cars from this year’s Paris Motor Show, in no particular order, along with a Youtube video link where applicable. Let us know what your favorites are by leaving a comment.


How much more opulence can be added to a luxurious Rolls Royce? Just wait for the 2015 Rolls Royce Phantom Metropolitan a special edition Rolls which pays homage to the world’s great metropolises.

Pulsar NISMO Design Concept

Adding to the Nissan arsenal of potent Nismo street racers, the Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept will soon be offered in the European market, among other places. Unfortunately, those places do not include North America.


As one of the fastest growing brands on the planet, this Italian automaker is treading new ground with the sporty 2016 Fiat 500X Crossover. This SUV looks almost normal; a characteristic that Fiat has worked hard to avoid.


You gotta’ have a French vehicle in the Paris Motor Show — anything less would be “inacceptable.” Luckily, the Peugeot Quartz Hybrid Concept rolls into the show with over 500-horsepower.


As this supercar manufacturer’s initial offering in the hybrid line, the Lamborghini Asterion Concept Hybrid seems to take a step backward into a time when exterior aesthetics were simpler. In typical Lambo fashion, it is packing 900-horsepower.


If you haven’t driven an Audi lately, then you haven’t driven an Audi. The Audi TT Sportback Concept is an off-shoot of the popular Audi TT platform. You can bet that it will offer bold acceleration and exquisite interior trappings.


This offering from VW looks nice but I am skeptical. The Volkswagen XL Sport Concept is based on the VW XL plug-in hybrid but it has a Ducatti motorcycle engine that churns out just 197-horsepower. The engine redline is projected at 11,000 RPMs, with a gross vehicle weight rating of only 1,962-pounds — wait a minute, this just might work.


This British/Indian automaker is lauding the 2017 Jaguar XE as “the most important car in Jaguar’s history.” It marks a new beginning for this iconic automaker in many ways.


The prancing pony is delivering huge dividends among car collectors in 2014. Built on the platform of the 458 Speciale, the 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A keeps with the tradition of upgrading to an open-air roadster after a few years. The “A” signifies “aperta”, the Italian word for open. What’s not to like about an Italian with her top down?


Many North American car enthusiasts would give their eye teeth to have a new Honda Civic Type-R (engine and suspension details). Unfortunately, it will likely never be offered on this continent. Honda has unveiled engine and suspension specs including a turbocharged “Earth Dreams” engine.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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