What To Expect From The 2012 Paris Auto Show
|   Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Germans. The ones from Volkswagen especially, but BMW also takes a step into the spotlight as it unveils its latest concept car; that is what the world should look forward too. But there are others too.

With the launch of the latest Golf, Volkswagen will focus everyone's attention at the Paris Auto Show, which will take place 27 September-14 October. This will be happening in the detriment of French competitors like Renault and the group from PSA Peugeot Citroen, even if they have the home advantage.


In Europe, the best-selling car is represented by the compact hatchback. This new generation, the 7th by the way, of the Golf will enter into a rough competition with Mercedes Benz, and the new A class, and BMW, with the 1 Series.

For Ford, a very important move is introducing the mid-sized Mondeo, the European version of the Fusion. Likewise, Opel plans to introduce the Adam mini car, while Chevrolet brings the Trax crossover, a sibling of the U.S. Buick Encore.

Audi will reveal a small SUV, called the Q2 and will also introduce the A3 Sportback plus a convertible version of the RS 5 Coupe. The A3 is the first Volkswagen Group car underpinned by the new MQB platform, which VW claims will be used on some 40 different models and over 6 million vehicles by Audi, Skoda, Seat and VW brands by 2018.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer is a preview of a car which is likely to go on sale as a rival to the Mercedes-Benz B Class. The plug-in hybrid is powered by a 195 horsepower 1.5 liter gasoline engine and an electric motor. The FWD platform will underpin up to 9 BMW and Mini models. It represents a crucial part of BMW's goal of reaching annual sales of 2 million by 2020, up from 1.67 million last year.

The Trax will be Chevy's first step in the growing subcompact SUV/crossover segment. It is related with the Opel Mokka and Buick Encore. The five-seater will be offered in Europe with a 1.4 or 1.6 liter turbocharged gasoline engines or a 1.7 liter turbocharged diesel. All-wheel drive is optional. Expecet it in Europe early next year; some 140 countries will get it but not the US.

Land Rover has reduced the weight of the Range Rover by up to 926 pounds through heavy use of aluminum in the SUV's body shell. The fourth-generation Range Rover has an all-aluminum monocoque body shell making it 39 percent lighter than its predecessor. The Range Rover arrives in 140 global markets, including the United States, in late 2013.
In a nutshell, here are some of the cars you can see in Paris shortly:

- Audi A3 Sportback
- Audi RS 5 convertible
- Citroen DS3 Cabrio
- Chevrolet Trax
- Land Rover Range Rover
- Fiat Panda 4x4

- Ford Mondeo
- Jaguar F-Type
- Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake wagon
- Mini Paceman
- Opel Adam
- Renault Clio
- Toyota Auris
- Volkswagen Golf
- Porsche 911 Carrera 4

As for concepts, we have:
- Porsche Panamera wagon
- Peugeot Onyx
- Audi Q2 concept
- Peugeot 2008 Concept
- BMW Concept Active Tourer
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