Paris 2014 motor show
2014 Mondial de l’Automobile
Everything from cheap chique to dear gear set to roll-out in Paris
12 August 2014
This year's Paris motor show featured few surprises, but still managed to
impress with the sheer amount of hot metal on display.
The biggest surprise was undoubtedly the reveal of Volkswagen's XL Sport, a
polarising lightweight sports car powered by a Ducati motorcycle engine.
Although everything else seen at the Mondial de l'Automobile was either teased
or leaked beforehand, Audi still impressed with its TT Sportback concept, a
stretched TT with four-door practicality and coupe like styling.
Lamborghini managed to steal some thunder with its Asterion electric hybrid
vehicle, a first for the Italian supercar-maker.
In the hot hatch department, Honda brought its upcoming turbocharged Civic Type
R, while Nissan pulled the wraps off its Nismo-tuned Pulsar.
Not one to be upstaged at their own show, French manufacturers Citroen, Peugeot
and Renault pulled out all the stops. Citroen wowed audiences with its gorgeous
Divine DS concept, Peugeot took aim at the hot hatch market with its 308 GT and
Renault showed off its futuristic Eolab petrol-electric hybrid.
With the curtain drawing to a close on another Paris motor show, all eyes now
turn to Los Angeles, the final big show of the year, so stay tuned to GoAuto
for all your latest motor show coverage.
With the shadow of the Paris motor show now looming large, many marques have
given glimpses into their show line-up, ensuring this year's Mondial de
l'Automobile will be one of the most important of the year.
Although Mercedes-Benz has already taken the covers off its AMG GT, the elegant
German coupe will likely garner the attention of both show-goers and media
Infiniti has been slowly teasing its Audi A7-rivalling Q80 Inspiration ahead of
its debut in Paris, with many eager to see if Nissan's luxury arm can match the
comfort and opulence of its German-based competition.
Similarly, the Toyota C-HR concept has piqued the interest of many petrol-heads
around the world, wondering if Toyota can truly deliver on a stylish and
Mazda will finally delve into specifics about its all-new MX-5, while hometown
manufacturers Renault and Peugeot will be gunning for the hybrid hero title,
each with ultra-efficient concept cars.
With numerous surprises still in store and many more details to be uncovered,
stay tuned to GoAuto for all you Paris motor show coverage.
The biennial Mondial de l’Automobile shares its crown as ‘world’s largest’ with
Frankfurt, hosting the mighty motorshow on alternate years.
Many of Europe's biggest manufacturers save their most important models for the
show and this year looks set to be no exception.
Mercedes-Benz will unveil its much teased but not yet seen Porsche 911 rivaling
AMG GT coupe, Fiat will pull the sheets off an SUV version of the super-popular
500 hatchback, and Skoda is poised to reveal the latest Fabia.
The build-up to the show is always punctuated with teaser images and titbits of
information so keep an eye on GoAuto for all the latest.
Soft-top sensation: Mazda's eagerly awaited and heavily hyped MX-5 sportscar will make it first official public appearance at the Paris show, following its simultaneous triple global unveiling in early September.
Cars at the show: