Paris Motor Show 2012

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  • Important new cars, technology and concepts revealed
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With the global economy seemingly on its knees and oil prices spiralling out of control, one might expect this year's Paris Motor Show to be a rather understated affair.

Not at all: the car manufacturers have proved a rather hardy bunch, and this event represents a show of defiance in such financially straitened times.

Scores of new cars, concepts, revisions and revolutionary technology make up this year's show and if there is a chink in the car industry's armour, the manufacturers are determined not to show it.

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Click on the links below for detailed information on all the Paris Motor Show stars.

Audi A3 Sportback

A 10% improvement on fuel economy and lower emissions mark out the new Sportback. In terms of styling, it's pretty similar to the old car. 
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Audi S3

The new S3 has a 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine capable of 0-62mph in just 5.1 seconds with an average fuel consumption of 40.9mpg.
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Chevrolet Trax

This is the first time the American car maker has entered the small 4x4 segment. A 1.4 petrol and a 1.7 diesel make up the engine line-up.
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Citroen DS3 Cabriolet

The DS3 Cabrio isn't a complete droptop - the folding roof is more akin to that on the Fiat 500 convertible. Still, it's a nice looking piece of kit.
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Dacia Sandero

Dacia will be introducing its affordable Sandero in the UK market in 2013. It may give the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa a run for their money.
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Fiat Panda 4x4

The Panda 4x4 is unique because it is the only four-wheel-drive city car on the market. It's about time other car makers cottoned on to this.
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Ford Fiesta

More a heavy refresh than an all-new car, the Fiesta has a new nose, more kit and a better engine line-up. Platform is still the same.
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Jaguar F-Type

Well, this is a beautiful looking car and it's bound to be a hit with sports car buyers. Jaguar continues its theme of building great cars.
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Kia Carens

You can buy a five- or seven-seat version of the Carens. This is a great people-mover that will be offered at an affordable price. A best-kept secret.
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Kia pro_cee'd

The sleeker version of the new cee'd hatchback has plenty to offer. Strong fuel economy and sleek looks. It should be nice to drive too.
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Mazda6 Estate

The Mazda6 saloon is an impressive package. Affordable, well-built and roomy it's got a lot to offer and the Estate should be no different.
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MINI Paceman

Another model in the MINI line-up that manages to look pretty much like every other MINI. A yuppie-friendly coupe/off-roader.
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Mitsubishi PHEV

Mitsubishi got the electric car thing started with its i-MiEV city car and now it's following that up with a hybrid version of its Outlander.
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Peugeot 208 GTi

Peugeot is still dining out on the success of its legendary 205 GTi hot hatch. Can this latest offering achieve the same sort of status?
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Renault Clio

The great and the good at the Paris Motor Show are 'very excited' about the all-new Clio. We're mildly moved.
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Range Rover

Doesn't look that much different from the old car, but like many before the British manufacturer insists there are plenty of changes under the skin.
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SEAT Leon

This is a sporty looking hatchback and it's clear, just from the styling, that SEAT wants to win the medium hatchback war.
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Toyota Auris

The new Auris is not fighting the style war. It's an improvement, lookswise, on the old model, but still quite dull. Reliable and dependable though.
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Volkwagen Golf

It would have been stupid to expect radical change with the new Golf - why mess around with a tried-and-tested formula? Bit boring though.
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Parkers Top Tip:

To read more about the concepts on display at Paris click here. To see more pictures from the show click here.