Paris Motor Show 2012

See the new models and concept cars shown off at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

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McLaren showed off its next supercar as a concept, without specifying engine or performance figures.

Concept cars of the 2012 Paris Motor Show (pictures)

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

Mercedes-Benz gave high prominence to its SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive.

2012 Paris Motor Show mega gallery (pictures)

CNET attended the 2012 Paris Motor Show, digging up the latest cars in all their technically advanced glory. Our mega gallery encapsulates the major sights from the show.

Despite a lukewarm reception by enthusiasts, Honda hasn't given up on the CR-Z hybrid sports coupe. For the 2013 model year, the CR-Z gets a styling update and a modest power bump.

Honda CR-Z gets a modest upgrade for 2013 (pictures)

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

The signature car of the English landed gentry, the Range Rover has always been known for exceptional off-road capability. Although Land Rover is now owned by an Indian company, its Range Rover SUV continues with its classic style, while continuing up market without sacrificing off-road utility.

Range Rover modernizes, retains utility (pictures)

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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Porsche shows few concept cars, but at the 2012 Paris Motor Show the company unveiled this Panamera Sport Turismo, which it calls its "sports car of tomorrow." Based on the Panamera model, the Sport Turismo concept uses an altered body style, a plug-in hybrid drive system, and a rear-wheel-drive configuration.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo loses the bubble butt (pictures)

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.

PARIS--What do you get when you cross a <a href="" >Mini Countryman</a> with the <a href="" >Mini Coupe</a>? You get the Mini Paceman, a large (for a Mini) sports activity coupe that is the seventh new model in the automaker's stable. The Paceman retains, for the most part, the bulbous front end of the Countryman, but streamlines its profile with two fewer doors.

Mini Cooper Paceman debuts at 2012 Paris Motor Show (pictures)

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

At this year's Geneva auto show, Mitsubishi showed off its <a href="">updated Outlander SUV model</a>. Now, at the Paris Motor Show, Mitsubishi unveiled a new version of this Outlander with a hybrid gasoline-electric drive system. The vehicle will launch in Japan next year, with other markets, including North America, to follow. In the U.S., it would face off against the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and VW Touareg Hybrid, likely undercutting both in price.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV breathes new life into old horse (pictures)

Mitsubishi unveiled a plug-in hybrid version of its updated Outlander model at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, complete with all-wheel drive. The new vehicle could help Mitsubishi in the U.S. market, where hybrid SUV competition is limited.


Less weight means more mpgs at the 2012 Paris Motor Show (roundup)

Automakers at the 2012 Paris Motor Show save fuel and increase the economy of their new models by shedding efficiency-sapping pounds.

The Smart Forstars concept debuted today at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and--surprise--it actually seems like a fun little runabout.

Smart Forstars concept lets you bring your own drive-in theater (pictures)

The Smart Forstars concept debuted today at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and--surprise--it actually seems like a fun little runabout.

The new Mazda6 is the second vehicle to debut featuring Mazda's KODO design language. The pentagonal grill that flows into organic headlamps immediately identify this vehicle as the sibling of the 2013 CX-5 that we recently tested.

Mazda6 wagon debuts in Paris, brings sedan along for the show (pictures)

We'll likely only see one of these new Mazda6 models in the US. It's a shame that it won't be the one with more junk in the trunk.

The Volkswagen's Golf enters its seventh generation at the 2012 Paris Motor show. However, the subtle changes to the hatchback's aesthetic will be lost on all but the most devoted Golf fanatics without a side-by-side comparison.

Volkswagen Golf enters seventh-generation at Paris (pictures)

VW takes an "if it ain't broke..." approach to rebuilding its iconic Golf from the ground up for the seventh time.

PARIS--Although Audi has sold A3 models in Europe since 1999, it did not hit U.S. shores until 2005, and then only in the five-door Sportback version. The car has been long due for an update, but Audi is taking its time with this one. At the Geneva auto show earlier this year, Audi unveiled its <a href="">updated three-door A3</a>, and now, in Paris, Audi showed off the five-door variant, called the A3 Sportback. As Audi will likely continue to only offer the Sportback in the U.S., this is the car we will probably get, and even then not until 2014.

Audi A3 Sportback gets closer to U.S. update (pictures)

Audi showed off the new five-door version of the Audi A3 at the Paris Motor Show, following the three-door version shown last year. Although no new U.S. model has been announced, the five-door version will probably be the one eventually offered.

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