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2014 Paris Auto Show Preview

  • Paris Auto Show kicks off October 2
  • Will feature new releases, revamped models and concept cars
  • 230 makes from over 18 countries to attend

The 2014 Paris Auto Show will hit the headlines in the beginning of October 2014, sparking off the upcoming auto show season. The City of Light and Frankfurt alternate hosting the big European car event of the fall, and more than 230 makes from over 18 counties will be in attendance. This year’s event is sure to be a big step up from the 2012 Paris Auto Show, which came across as rather conservative and unadventurous. With a new air of confidence, the 2014 show will show off brave new models and fresh generations of popular vehicles.

Totally New

The 2016 Jaguar XE is the latest model from the revitalized Jaguar brand. Having wowed us with luxury sedans and sports cars, Jaguar is now entering a ring dominated by the BMW 3 Series, and they’ll be showing off their contender in Paris.

An equally intimidating class is the high-end German sports machine, where the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S will compete. This is the second all-new car from the AMG division of Mercedes-Benz that is not derived from any other road car. The Paris Auto Show will be the first chance for many people to see it in three dimensions.

More accessible, but no less ambitious, is the 2015 Fiat 500X, a subcompact crossover SUV from the Italian company that hopes to increase FIAT’s share of North American buyers. Think along similar lines as the MINI Countryman or something that could rival the Nissan Juke.

Last but not least, it’s au revoir to the 2014 Land Rover LR2 and bonjour to the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport. Jaguar’s more rugged sibling will head to Paris with an all-new compact crossover SUV. Expect it to have some decent off-roading abilities as well as excellent on-tarmac manners.

New Yet Familiar

The 2016 Audi R8 isn’t a radical departure from the model’s first generation, but it should be enough to keep this fantastic supercar near the top of everyone’s dream-car list. Then again, perhaps the auto world’s dreamers would prefer the Ferrari 458M with a turbocharged V8 engine. Or maybe the soft-top Ferrari 458 Speciale?

The 2015 Ford C-Max receives a new look and some technical upgrades for its midcycle revamp, and the 2015 Kia Sorento midsize crossover SUV enters a third generation. The Sorrento is built on a new platform that offers greater cabin space than the previous model did.

Also, still going strong after 25 years, one of the best roadsters in the business now becomes the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. This new car is slightly lighter and shorter than its predecessor, so it should be nice and nimble. Mazda’s 2016 Mazda2 also debuts at Paris. This spry subcompact moves into version 2.0, with styling to match Mazda3 and Mazda6.

Expected to go on sale in the United States around this time next year, a re-designed 2016 smart fortwo sub-subcompact is set to make its first appearance in Paris. New transmissions and a crosswind-assist function as standard might help this 2-seater find more fans.

Meanwhile, the 2016 Volvo XC90 full-size crossover SUV shows off design details from previous auto show concepts as well as making the claim that it’s one of the safest vehicles on the road. It’s the second generation of this 7-seater favorite, and it looks like another hit.

Lastly, a new Mercedes-Benz C-Class cabriolet might just be wishful thinking — but if the Paris show has any surprises, this could be one of them.

New and Still Conceptual

Mitsubishi is set to unveil its Outlander PHEV Concept-S. The concept car is based on the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid compact crossover, which is slated to go on sale in the United States next fall. The concept has slightly different styling and more upscale appointments than the new model. Mitsubishi might offer a package like this for buyers of the production model.

Over at the Toyota stand, there will be the C-HR concept: a 2-door compact crossover. It’s the coupe-mixed-with-SUV formula we’ve seen in other manufacturers’ concepts at earlier shows — but it’s still intriguing.

The first press day at the Paris Auto Show is October 2, and will be bringing full reports on exciting models, world debuts and major developments.

What it means to you: The 2014 Paris Auto Show is set to debut new models, update old models and display could-be models. If you’re interested in purchasing a new car in the upcoming year, or you just enjoy knowing what’s new and hot on the market, make sure you follow along with our Paris Auto Show updates at

Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More

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