2014 Paris Auto Show Preview

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Does anyone remember the days when international auto shows had a three month lead time for appearing in printed buff books? I’m not sure what’s worse: waiting for a few grainy shots and 50 word blurbs, or having everything revealed beforehand in a high-stakes game of PR one-upmanship and slow reveals.

TTAC will have live coverage of the 2014 Paris reveals, even if many of them have been, well, revealed early. Here’s what to expect when the show kicks off on Thursday, October 2nd.

  • Audi TT Roadster: An open-roof version of Audi’s MQB-based sports car.
  • Audi TT Sportback concept: Not content with keeping the TT a coupe, Audi will show a 4-door TT concept.
  • BMW X6: second generation model is bigger, wider, taller, uses carryover platform.
  • Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow 2L concept: Citroen’s Cactus manages 117 mpg thanks to aero tweaks and an ultra-efficient powertrain.
  • Ferrari 458 Speciale A: A droptop 458 Speciale, painted an awful yellow hue.
  • Fiat 500X: A Jeep Renegade in Armani Exchange clothing.
  • Honda Civic Type R Concept: A veiled preview of the first turbocharged Type-R.
  • Infiniti Q80 Infiniti’s “1+1+1+1” sedan, which is really more like a 2+2.
  • Jaguar XE sedan: First public showing of Jag’s 3-Series fighter.
  • Kia Sorento: Kia’s next generation compact CUV will debut, but won’t hit showrooms until MY 2016.
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport: Land Rover’s newest small crossover.
  • Mazda MX-5: We’ll finally learn technical specs for Mazda’s newest sports car.
  • Mercedes-AMG GT: AMG’s newest flagship sports car.
  • Mini 5-door: A replacement for the Clubman, the biggest Mini will sport a proper set of rear doors.
  • Toyota C-HR concept: Toyota throws its hat into the small crossover ring.
  • Volkswagen Golf Alltrack: VW’s Outback debuts with diesels and lots of cladding
  • Volkswagen Passat: An all-new Passat, based on MQB with a smaller footprint and a plug-in variant
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI: More power to better compete with the Ford Fiesta ST
  • Volvo XC90: Volvo’s do-or-die crossover.
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  • Marcelo de Vasconcellos Marcelo de Vasconcellos on Sep 30, 2014

    Include coverage of the Renault Espace, please. The death of the original minivan, or one of the originals, will be showcased in Paris. Deep sigh. The French will have strong exhibitions at the Salon. Make sure your reporter at least passes by. I at least will read everyone as will the larger part of TTAC's international readers.

    • Johannes Dutch Johannes Dutch on Sep 30, 2014

      Very well said. For once show some Renaults, Peugeots and Citroëns here instead of the very usual (and mostly boring) suspects. Peugeot seems to be back on track with a beautiful and fresh line of B-, C- and D-segment cars. I've read about the new Renault Espace last week, they call it a crossover, not an MPV~minivan. I've also read that DS will become a separate PSA brand. The DS models are now the high-end Citroëns, like the Citroën DS5.

  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Sep 30, 2014

    I'll be in Paris in June next year for the Paris Air Show. This is also a great show, East meets West. One of my plans in retirement is to make it to all of the major international auto shows. Until then I'll just dream of the car shows and be happy with the Air Shows.

  • JOHN One is for sale on an ebay car donation site.https://www.ebay.com/itm/305579991767?itmmeta=01HYHVJ49MCC6HEWQY5AX9MX85&hash=item4725fca2d7:g:k9cAAOSw5V5mThFw
  • Scott So they are losing hundreds of millions of dollars and they are promising us a “Cheaper EV”? I wonder how that will look and feel? They killed the Fiesta because they claimed that they couldn’t make a profit on them and when I bought the first one in late 2010 they couldn’t deliver the accessories I wanted for it! Then I bought a 2016 Fiesta ST and again couldn’t get the accessories for it I wanted. They claimed that the components were going to be available, eventually. So they lost on that one as well! I don’t care about what they say anymore. I’ve moved on to another brand.
  • Michael S6 CX 70 or 90 will not be on my buying list. Drove a rental base CX 90 and it was noisy and the engine noise was not pleasant. Ride was rough for a family SUV. Mazda has to understand that what is good for Miata isn't what we expect in semi luxury SUV. My wife's 2012 Buick Enclave has much better Ride and noise level albeit at worse gas millage. Had difficulty pairing my phone with Apple CarPlay
  • Michael S6 What is the metric conversion between one million barrels and the number of votes he expects to buy.
  • NJRide This could give Infiniti dealers an extra product maybe make it a sub brand