Paris Motor Show 2012 Preview [Gallery]

The Paris Motor Show is held every other year at the Paris Expo in Porte de Versailles, and for 2012 takes place from September 29-October 14. Get all the latest news, reviews and pictures of the new models unveiled by the car manufacturers.

  • Citroën DS3 Cabrio By using a retractable fabric roof but maintaining the DS3's B-pillars, Citroën boasts that the roofless version of its DS3 supermini weighs just 25kg more than the hatchback. Photo: CitroënCitroën DS3 Cabrio By using a retractable fabric roof but maintaining the DS3's B-pillars, Citroën boasts that the roofless version of its DS3 supermini weighs just 25kg more than the hatchback. Photo: Citroën
  • Chevrolet Trax The Trax is Chevrolet's take on the Vauxhall Mokka, a small SUV with front- or four-wheel drive. The aggressive looking five-seater is expected to cost from about £15,000 when it goes on sale early next year. Photo: Chevrolet Chevrolet Trax The Trax is Chevrolet's take on the Vauxhall Mokka, a small SUV with front- or four-wheel drive. The aggressive looking five-seater is expected to cost from about £15,000 when it goes on sale early next year. Photo: Chevrolet
  • Dacia Sandero The latest supermini from Renault's budget brand, Dacia, goes on sale in the UK in January and makes its debut at the Paris motor show. Prices could start as low as £5,995. Photo: DaciaDacia Sandero The latest supermini from Renault's budget brand, Dacia, goes on sale in the UK in January and makes its debut at the Paris motor show. Prices could start as low as £5,995. Photo: Dacia
  • Peugeot 208 GTi Peugeot's latest supermini gets the hot hatch treatment, complete with aggressive bodywork, sports suspension and a 200bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Photo: PeugeotPeugeot 208 GTi Peugeot's latest supermini gets the hot hatch treatment, complete with aggressive bodywork, sports suspension and a 200bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Photo: Peugeot
  • Range Rover Lighter and more fuel efficient than the model it replaces, the new Range Rover is expected to feature even better on- and off-road capabilities. The engine range will consist of supercharged V8 petrol or V6 and V8 turbocharged diesels. Photo: Range RoverRange Rover Lighter and more fuel efficient than the model it replaces, the new Range Rover is expected to feature even better on- and off-road capabilities. The engine range will consist of supercharged V8 petrol or V6 and V8 turbocharged diesels. Photo: Range Rover
  • Ford Fiesta Ford's Fiesta supermini receives a mid-life refresh for the Paris motor show, with a new grille and the European debut of MyKey, a system that enables the owner to configure maximum speed and audio volume limits, as well as ensure that driver aids cannot be deactivated. Photo: FordFord Fiesta Ford's Fiesta supermini receives a mid-life refresh for the Paris motor show, with a new grille and the European debut of MyKey, a system that enables the owner to configure maximum speed and audio volume limits, as well as ensure that driver aids cannot be deactivated. Photo: Ford
  • Kia Pro_cee'd Another car getting the three-door treatment is Kia's Cee'd hatchback, which makes its debut at Paris as the revised Pro_cee'd. Peter Schreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer, describes it as 'a car you want to drive, not just own'. Photo: KiaKia Pro_cee'd Another car getting the three-door treatment is Kia's Cee'd hatchback, which makes its debut at Paris as the revised Pro_cee'd. Peter Schreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer, describes it as 'a car you want to drive, not just own'. Photo: Kia
  • Mini Paceman Mini has made a coupé version of its Countryman, which will be unveiled at the Paris motor show. The Paceman will be available in front- or four-wheel-drive configurations, with the turbocharged Cooper S model producing 184bhp. Photo: MIniMini Paceman Mini has made a coupé version of its Countryman, which will be unveiled at the Paris motor show. The Paceman will be available in front- or four-wheel-drive configurations, with the turbocharged Cooper S model producing 184bhp. Photo: MIni
  • Ford Mondeo The new version of Ford's Mondeo will be available with the company's impressive 1.0-litre Ecoboost three-cylinder petrol engine. Photo: FordFord Mondeo The new version of Ford's Mondeo will be available with the company's impressive 1.0-litre Ecoboost three-cylinder petrol engine. Photo: Ford
  • Volkswagen Golf The seventh-generation Golf is slightly longer and roomier than the model it replaces and uses the VW Group's MQB platform. The Bluemotion version returns 88.3mpg on the EU Combined cycle and emits 85g/km of CO2. Photo: VolkswagenVolkswagen Golf The seventh-generation Golf is slightly longer and roomier than the model it replaces and uses the VW Group's MQB platform. The Bluemotion version returns 88.3mpg on the EU Combined cycle and emits 85g/km of CO2. Photo: Volkswagen
  • McLaren P1 The McLaren P1 is the spiritual successor to the famous F1. A design study of the car will appear at next week's Paris motor show. Photo: McLarenMcLaren P1 The McLaren P1 is the spiritual successor to the famous F1. A design study of the car will appear at next week's Paris motor show. Photo: McLaren

The 2012 Paris motor show will open between September 29 and October 14 2012. Showgoers will be able to visit between 10am and 8pm. The 2012 Paris show will stay open from 10am and 10pm on October 4-5 and 11-12.

As far as we can tell, Frankfurt 2011 was the biggest show in the past few years, with about 930,000 visitors. After that, Detroit came at the beginning of 2012, followed by Geneva, with about 850,000 and 700,000 visitors respectively.

But all these shows will be eclipsed by Paris Motor Show this year. How do we know? It’s because two years ago, 1,265,000 million journalists, enthusiasts and regular folks attended, and it’s reasonable to expect even more this year.

No less than eight pavilions, tens if not hundreds of companies, hundreds of new and exciting cars and millions of camera flashes from the first press day to the last visitor coming out the doors on October 14th.

At next week’s Paris Motor Show, McLaren Automotive will show off the P1 concept, a car that will do little to increase McLaren’s model range. The P1 concept heralds a new production car to be launched next year.

Just like its only current model, the MP4-12C, which comes in hard-top and convertible formats, the P1 is a two-seat low slung hyper sport car. Those in the market for a sedan or SUV must continue to look elsewhere.

McLaren released no details about the new concept, and merely said it will slot in above the MP4-12C in the company’s limited model line-up.

However, expect the P1 concept to use many of the construction techniques that McLaren employed on the MP4-12C, such as an aluminum tub and suspension pieces clad in carbon fiber panels. Engines for the MP4-12C come from Ricardo, an engineering company. As Ricardo maintains a major factory practically next door to the McLaren plant in Woking, UK, engines for the P1 will likely come from the same source.

As for design, the P1 shows a curvier body than the MP4-12C. The beltline dips down from the front fender, while the driver cell bubbles up in the center. A single, large exhaust port is integrated with the rear panel of the P1, positioned up high, while diffusers mark the lower rear of the car.

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