Paris Motor Show 2012: as it happened — Telegraph

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Coverage of the 2012 Paris Show, where some of the most exciting cars unveiled.


18.31 So the end of press day at the Paris motor 2012. Thank you for tuning in and forget to look at the Paris show section of the website for more coverage. There’s one last thing to do before we go and to give you our verdict on the car of the show, for we’ll hand over to English :

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18.24 a quick one before we give the on our star car: a picture of the P1’s ‘active’ rear

18.02 The verdict is in, but before we our star of the 2012 Paris show, first Andrew picks out an Audi that shouldn’t have been at all.

We weren’t the only slack jawed at this style concept and several motor industry designers it equally hard to look at. OK, it be an amalgam of high-tech aluminium, and glass-fibre, with a hybrid containing two electric motors and a three-pot petrol engine. there might be hints of the new A1 in but honestly, what was Audi

Our worst car of the show award to the horrible Audi Crosslane Concept.

17.26 The mid-engined P1 uses a development of the MonoCell the MP4-12C called the MonoCage, is a carbon-fibre monocoque and roof cage. Body panels are carbon-fibre. The P1’s bodywork of just two large clamshells and rear, plus a front the two doors and two access flaps in the

McLaren is saving any details the P1’s powertrain until year.

17.20: McLaren boasts that the P1 produces downforce than any current car, with 600kg five times as much as the achieved below maximum The car will also have a ratio of about 600bhp per and a Formula One-style drag system to increase straight speed (rather than a moveable flap in the rear the whole wing’s pitch is Simon Lacey, Head of Technology for McLaren Automotive, the results of this technology:

On the track, the McLaren P1 would similar levels of performance to a Le sports racer, thanks to its shape,’ he said. ‘It have a level of racetrack never before seen in a production road car’

There’s a bit more information about the new McLaren P1, particularly in to the car’s ‘active’ rear A press release just by McLaren states:

The large wing adjusts automatically to downforce and optimise aerodynamics. It can rearwards by up to 300mm on a racetrack, and by up to on the road. The pitch of the rear can increase by up to 29 degrees.

The double rear wing profile has developed using exactly the methods and software as the current Formula 1 car.

17.05: At year’s Geneva motor meanwhile, Andrew English’s car was the Toyota FT-Bh . a 0.77 1.0-litre, two-cylinder petrol-powered car could deliver 134.5mpg on the EU cycle and CO2 emissions of 49k/gkm.

It’s not quite the end of press day in yet, but thoughts begin to what can claim to be the star of the Our own motoring correspondent, Andrew . tends to opt for quirky, lightweight Speaking of which, earlier he down his star of the 2011 motor show (pictured which is also making an in Paris:

As for the charming lightweight concept Regina and renamed G70, it is under consideration as a premium car. At last year’s Show it was our star car. hope it doesn’t get buried a welter of crossovers

16.53 Do you the Bentley SUV concept from the motor show earlier year? Our quick online revealed that Telegraph weren’t convinced by the idea of the EXP 9F SUV, with 61.69 per saying that Bentley put it into production. However, Schreiber, Bentley’s new chairman and executive, still hasn’t such a model out. At the motor show today, he

I do think we have a huge for Bentley to produce a luxury it would fit perfectly with the

16.16 Toyota has launched its new in Paris, and is exploring options to production at its plant in Burnaston, where the car is built, reports Monaghan . the Telegraph’s Industry and Correspondent:

Didier Leroy, the of Toyota in Europe, said at the Motor Show on Thursday, the new Auris was unveiled, that the would explore options to production at the plant, where the is exclusively built.

Mr Leroy Toyota builds around cars a year at the plant, he said efficiency had been improved.

15.57 Have hot taken over from cars at the Paris motor this year? There are of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Clio and Peugeot 208 GTi, a car will be cheaper than had expected, as Andrew English

Peugeot UK is the main driving behind the new GTI — it’s commissioned a batch of specially cars from Peugeot’s projects department, with upholstery, huge amounts of kit and on suspension. There’ll be 29 of them to 29 years since the original 205 GTi and they’ll cost £20,445 with the standard GTI cost of

15.41 Ford’s also busy putting together a new to promote the Focus ST at the Paris show. It features beatboxer Kela and the ST’s Active Symposer. A good combination?


15.24 Andrew English Ford’s pre-Paris briefing a of weeks ago, so there any surprises in store on how day. Not the styling of the new Ford Mondeo.

did most of its Paris stuff two ago in Amsterdam, so the new Mondeo was the least car at the show. Do we have to do the Aston jokes all over? OK, so the grille and of the details look like an I’m on the floor.

This non-premium saloon/hatch market is much on its knees, but if you cut your right there’s still to be made and that’s what is hoping with this new of the motorway, which goes on next autumn. There’s a rear suspension, new electric steering and roughly the same as the outgoing model. Perhaps the news is that Ford to fit its tiny Ecoboost 1.0-litre, petrol engine.

Now it does 125bhp and goes like blazes in the Focus, but is this a too far for this tiny mill? driving it in April so we’ll let you

15.02 The new Golf isn’t the VW Group family car being at Paris. There’s also the new Leon, as Erin Baker

Using the same modular VW platform that underpins the new and Audi A3, Seat’s all-new is on the stand at Paris. As is Seat’s you get VW engineering at a lower price; in case, the Leon should the Golf by about a grand, and the A3 by £1,200.

The show model has lines and that beaky nose that the jury’s out on; it fussier than the Golf sits just across the at the show, but you pays your and takes your choice.

will be a frugal Ecomotive and a hot hatch version, but somehow, seen the understated and incredibly new Golf, we are distinctly underwhelmed. deliveries are expected in March.

Andrew English admires the materials used in the construction of the Onyx concept car:

always thought the idea of high-density paper came William Gibson’s 1993 Virtual Light, but apparently Vidal, Peugeot’s head of got it from last year’s Furniture Show

14.41 As as admiring all of the new cars at the Paris show, don’t forget to Andrew English’s brilliant of the industry . Here’s a taster:

most European car-makers downsized, but estimates of European range from 20 to 30 per cent, so still cutting to be done. is the key here; without a level of cash, the public are reluctant to buy new yet the Euro crisis continues to dog growth and in southern Europe be lucky to sell a rusty with a puppy on the bonnet.

You can find out about the standard of the Renault Clio in Andrew news story . but what the hot hatch Renaultsport? Well, features a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine (replacing the 2.0-litre aspirated unit) and a six-speed automatic gearbox (replacing the manual). It’ll also be a rather than three-door but maintains an identical level of at 197bhp, plus an additional ft of torque (the total is now ft).

14.11 Suzuki is a new concept at the Paris motor called the S-cross. Andrew reports:

Industry jargon call Suzuki’s S-cross a crossover. For the rest of us that something Focus-sized (4.23m with four-wheel drive (or depending on your pocket). about the SX4? That’s the crossover currently on sale in

Suzuki says its existing deal with Fiat or might not be renewed, but the S-cross, will be Suzuki’s own when it at the end of next year, could be called the SX4. Sleek, but a bit heavy, this Hungarian-built car use Fiat’s 1.6-litre turbodiesel, but own petrol engines.

13.46 on the Vauxhall Adam from English :

It was William Blake who about holding infinity in the of your hand, but the Opel/Vauxhall is attempting to prove the point just a handful of the almost combinations of Adam boutique cars available. There is a Blake connection there, in this case it was artist Sir Blake who has made a Fifties version of the new tiddler. Sadly Sir was unable to make conference, but the car great.

Adam, which is at a cut-down Corsa with a skull cap on, goes on sale in the UK next year from going up to about £14,000 and a lot if you fill your car with extras. One of which will be the new (nasty word, interesting where the entire contents of phone will be displayed on the screen.

13.41 Auto Express’s Fowler has also been on the stand, and it’s not just the range of cars that’s impressing him:

13.36 Car?’s Chas Hallett has admiring Peugeot’s concept the Onyx:

13.13 And here are the and Peugeot in question:

13.11 Baker has been checking out new concept, the Panamera Sport

It might be here in Paris as a but the Panamera Sport Turismo for all intents and purposes on its stand Porsche’s long-awaited shooting in the flesh. The show rumours are Porshe will introduce the new alongside the next-generation Panamera.

The carries an ‘e-hybrid’ badge and claims that the plug-in model (using a 3.0-litre V6) produces 410bhp. The hybrid is a development of the one used in the current and Cayenne hybrid models. an obvious development, and a … for a shooting brake; just a they are showing the concept in a boring silver.

Peugeot’s 2008 concept shows how things should be done.

Lexus and Infiniti both smart-looking concepts at the Paris show. The Lexus LF-CC is a hybrid two-plus-two showing off the latest design language and a 2.5-litre petrol engine and motor. Meanwhile, the all-electric LE Concept four-door is described as a intent’ concept.

12.51 Citroën’s DS3 Cabrio at the Paris show. Thanks to the simplicity of its roof it’s apparently 25kg heavier than the Not sure it does much for the though.

12.43 Erin has track down the new Range at the Paris motor show, and is of a fan:

Ah, there is some of a foreign motor show is forever England. That turf in Paris today to Range Rover. The interior of fourth-generation beauty is even refined, with an uncluttered centre stack housing a few big black buttons, the other accessible from the touchscreen system.

Land Rover has got Range Rovers on its stand, a silver one rising from a of cascading water centre a wonderful metallic deep job with a horrible bling silver roof and strafed wood interior, and a static model with a splendid cabin composed of cream dark wood and deep carpets and leather touches. It has the Executive Class seating in the rear, which replaces the seat with a central housing controls for climate and summoning the butler from the

The real difference will be in the given the drastic weight the new Range Rover has undergone, but if the is anything to go by, it’s yet another from the unstoppable force is Jaguar Land Rover.

Lamborghini has updated its Gallardo styling cues taken the V12 Aventador. The new Gallardo LP560-4 get any more power than but there is a Styling Package picks out elements of the bodywork in black.

12.20 The Concept Tourer might wear a BMW but it will also underpin the Mini . says Andrew .

All hail the new Mini. Well the undercover story of this compact SUV concept from the engine works. Concept Tourer sits on the underpinnings of the new Mini due at the end of 2014, plus it the next generation of BMW 1-series (also front driven) due in It will also be launched in its own alongside the new Mini.

Codenamed ‘der Unter Limousine’, this is an interesting which contains just BMW cues to please enthusiasts and no, it a replacement for the X1, or X3. It also previews new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, modular which shares huge with its forthcoming four- and sisters. The three-pot will be at the company’s Hams Hall in Britain.

12.00 Andrew has been discussing the new Ferrari with the owner of a McLaren F1:

It often you get to meet someone who can afford a supercar, so we stuck to F1 owner Jürgen Siemowski a lamprey while he examined the chassis of next year’s replacement at the Paris motor .

Fixed seats with steering and pedals, looks to be the of this racing-style tub, what look like top gull wing or at least doors. The rumoured V12 engine be bolted to the firewall, with the suspension hung off the tub using bobbins. It looks to be a small and compact car.

“If you to go fast you have to be small and said Siemowski with a

Apparently Ron Dennis, McLaren’s withdrew his full specification pack for the P1 launch here he realised the Ferrari would be showing the bare tub of its new supercar. We heard that the P1’s will be an adaptation of the MP412C’s V8, however, but with all the stops out.

So, with three and four supercars from Ferrari and McLaren all hitting the next autumn, where your heart lead you to? We Siemowski.

“Ah, this is he said casting a lingering eye on the chassis. “I like Ferrari very much, but might be a shortage as Ferrari European sales in favour of and the far east. One thing I do know is I will keep my [McLaren] F1. It is a special car, especially of its BMW engine.”

So the jury (of one) is out.

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11.19 Last but by no least for Jaguar F-type is the V8 version, as Andrew English

The 5.0-litre V8 will cost although a targeted range of in ‘packs’ will get you comfortably to £90,000. There’s a lot of buzz Ian Callum’s design. We’ll be it next April.

11.16 no sig of the new McLaren P1 just yet:

Erin Baker has been two new versions of the Volvo V40:

Two derivatives of Volvo’s svelte V40 are on display at the Paris motor The racy (all terms are R-design version goes on in January for about £21,000 the Cross Country model about £22,000

10.59 370Z has been given a facelift in time for the Paris show. The changes amount to new LED daytime running lights and red calipers on the outside, and a couple of of upgraded trim on the inside.

Here’s Bentley’s new racer, the GT3, on film:

10.47 So consider those Jaguar prices for a moment against are likely to be its main rivals, of which are built by Porsche. The model Jag is £58,500, has 335bhp/332lbft, delivers 0-60mph in 5.1sec, a top of 161mph. The closest Porsche in terms of performance figures is the S, will provide 315bhp/285lb ft, in 5.1sec and a 173mph top speed, all for

Or you could go for the cheapest 911, the 3.4, which has 350bhp/288lb ft, in 4.8sec and a top speed of 179mph yours for £71,449. In terms of Jaguar has very much up the middle ground between the S and 911, although for the headline figures it’s beaten by Has it shot itself in the foot?

have to wait until we can the car in order to answer that.

Speaking of the Jaguar F-type, see the is was revealed to the press at the Paris show in our video . with an from the car’s designer, Ian

10.31 Prices have announced for the Jaguar F-type. The model will cost £58,500, but go for the V6S and it’ll be £67,500

Over at the Ford stand are new versions of two of its most important the Fiesta and Mondeo:

10.20 Alexei Sayle’s impression of the French motor show

When I visited Paris in the one of my lecturers at art school would ask me to bring her back as many as I could of a brand of white mint that was only from vending machines on the platforms of the Metro. The name of the was Mental Blanc.

Several while attending the Paris Show this week I was so by the sheer volume of things to the distant halls filled with caravans, car stereos or of tyres, that I wished I had hundred of those mints, so I could erase my overloaded and begin again with a mental blanc.

These halls at the Porte de Versailles numbers such as 9.2 while Jaguar Land Rover, launched the F-type and the new Range were in 5.1 and faced a French car maker called Exagon, stylish two-door was named the E-GT.

Hall 1 though is at its a French affair. In the middle faces Renault across the aisle like two rival eyeballing each other. has brought Dacia and Nissan for support and has arranged all its cars in of red through orange to yellow so its display of Carmine Clios on a sort of mound looks a clutter of cheerful little engines.

Across the way I was shown the cute new Citroën DS3 Cabriolet its folding roof in a wide of groovy fabrics. This is on a revolving turntable, which me a chance to do my Marcel Marceau impersonation right behind the of Citroën, who was being interviewed on French TV.

Even if it is in Paris, is an international show and sadly is an absence of white-faced mime and accordion players, but what is is tons of cars and even the hatchbacks look jewel-like under the hot lights while new such as the F-type are exciting to see for the time.

Some doubt the of motor shows in the age of the internet but one and a million people will through the doors in the next few and leave in need of a mind-wiping

10.20 Read more Kia’s new Carens in Erin latest update . in which she assesses the brand’s transformation:

Kia is the fastest growing car brand in and next spring also the arrival of the facelifted Procee’d, the good-looking three-door hatchback, at point design director Schreyer’s successful reinvention of the will be complete

10.05 Erin Baker is by the number of British success at Paris. For more about how the UK industry contributes to the economy James Foxall’s analysis: the UK car in numbers

10.00 Andrew has been trying to find out about McLaren’s successor to the F1 although details are still few and far

It’s what we don’t about the British McLaren P1 is proving to be the most intriguing of this good looking So no details on the driveline, transmission, or any of the except to say it will have a transfer moulded carbon-fibre with alumiumium alloy to hold the suspension and driveline. will be about £800,000 in the UK and the total will be less 500

9.46 As part of the build-up for the unveiling of the F-type at the Paris Show 2012, Jaguar a “secret” unveiling of the car at the beautiful century Musée Rodin,

Telegraph Motoring was far too busy industry gossip from the French capital to rub shoulders celebrities, but we hear singer Lana Del Rey performed a new track was, naturally, inspired by the

Titled Burning Desire . the paean to the two-seater sports car feature on her next album and is the to a short film being in association with Ridley Associates.

Bet it’s not as memorable as Red Corvette . Or Mustang Sally . Alexei Sayle’s Hello Got A New Motor? talking of which, our columnist Alexei ’s on the Paris motor show here very shortly.

Is building a new two-seater sports car the move for Jaguar . Have say in our poll.

09.14 Porsche’s motor show surprise is Panamera Sport Turismo car. The new 928?

08.59 from Erin Baker . who has her way over to the VW stand to track the a concept version of the Mk7 Golf GTI

Erin Baker . Telegraph Editor, is on the ground in Paris and furiously. First up, she’s down Vauxhall’s new Adam, but entirely convinced by the marketing.

Andrew English . the Telegraph’s correspondent, has been on the Dacia at the Paris motor show.

Romanian brand is going strength to strength with its mix of no vehicles based on old-model models remember when the was known for 101 uses for a Renault 12? for emerging markets, Dacias are the spot for impoverished European as well. So along with the Duster model, there’s a head of steam behind year’s Sandero, which is by no a bad looking supermini hatchback.

going to put a lot of pressure on the new Clio that car’s more badge and more sophisticated

08.20 Good morning and to press day at the Paris motor 2012. Stay with us the day and we’ll bring you news, and video of the latest new cars, with Jaguar’s new F-type . was revealed late last

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