European luxury and sport at the 2012 Paris Motor Show (roundup)

As our coverage of the 2012 Paris Motor Show winds up, we reflect on the impressive displays and sheer ambition in the automakers' efforts, during a time when the European economy is in a bit of a slump.

PARIS--These may be trying times for the European economy, but that automakers rallied at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, bringing out a variety of new concepts and some model updates relevant to the U.S. buyer. As has become a theme given European interest in CO2 reduction, many of the cars we saw featured hybrid or electric drive trains. And many new models and updates were what we in the U.S. consider premium cars boasting fine coachwork.

Here is our last day roundup from the 2012 Paris Motor Show.


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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept

Porsche showed off a new concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, a shooting-brake-style car with a plug-in hybrid drive system. With less of a bubble butt than the production Panamera, it will likely still invite controversy.


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Mini Cooper Paceman

Mini reshuffles its Countryman crossover to create its seventh new model, the Mini Paceman sports activity coupe.


2013 Range Rover
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Range Rover

The Range Rover got a much needed update for 2013, which debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The newest version of the old warhorse goes to a lightweight aluminum body while keeping its powerful engine and off-road capability.


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Honda CR-Z

Honda's hybrid sports coupe gets a bit more power and a new S+ feature that behaves like an electric nitrous boost.


McLaren P1
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McLaren P1 concept

McLaren, known for its innovative sports car, the MP412C, unveils its next two-seat racer, the McLaren P1. CNET's Wayne Cunningham takes a look at the concept car and gives us his thoughts at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.


Nissan Terra SUV concept
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Concept car gallery

This year's Paris Motor Show featured quite a few concepts, design studies from major automakers featuring new technologies such as electric drive systems.


And if you want to take in the entire show in what photo gallery, visit our Paris Motor Show mega gallery , with all the new cars along with some other sights from the show floor.

Click here for full coverage of the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

 

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