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? Itâ€™s because two years ago, 1,265,000 million journalists, enthusiasts and regular folks attended, and itâ€™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, aÂ 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, theÂ 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.