The wildest of the bunch was the Smart Forstars concept. They call the Mini Cooper-looking car a sports utility coupe, though it looks like a hatchback to us. The name comes from the glass dome on the roof that gives passengers a view of the sky.
The Forstars uses the new Smart Brabus electric drive 60-kW motor. It features software that can connect with a smartphone to set the temperature before you get in the car. The big feature is a projector that aims out the front of the car and can project a movie onto any surface. It works from a Bluetooth connection on a phone. A high-quality sound system in the doors provides the audio.
Audi says its Crosslane Coupe concept merely previews future design and technology ideas, yet we know that it’s actually our first glimpse at the Q2 crossover due next year. The new Q2, however, will probably incorporate some of the clever styling and efficiency strategies shown in the Paris show car.
The optimistic economy claims, angular styling, and fanciful touches like a removable CFRP roof panel make it clear the Crosslane Coupe is just a concept car. Yet we can expect to see much of the design language and some version of this plug-in hybrid powertrain when the Audi Q2 makes its official debut in late 2013
A car produced by a company with the most historic success this side of Ferrari in Grand Prix competition would aim for nothing less.
McLaren says this will be a range-topping version for its lineup, which includes coupe and spider versions of the MP4-12C. The company will use technology from that supercar—and advance it. Specs are not confirmed, but we expect the P1 will employ an upgraded version of the twin-turbo V8 fortified with KERS. Plus McLaren’s carbon-fiber monocoque will advance lightweight technology even further.
The 2012 Paris motor show, or as it is officially known – Mondail de l’Automobile – will take place Sept. 27 through Oct. 14, 2012. It occurs every two years alternating with the Frankfurt motor show in Germany. The Paris motor show is a spotlight for the latest in design, but automakers will also be showing off their latest concept cars, green cars and supercars.