One of the resounding sentiments at this year’s Paris motor show is that the European automotive industry is not doing well. Of course you needn’t attend a motor show to know this, but seeing the once triumphant, ostentatious and exuberant show whittled down to only a few cars worth mentioning tends to put things into perspective.
The Paris motor show is a chance for the French automakers to strut their stuff, but this year the spotlight was a bit broader. That said, and though there were fewer show cars than in years past, the automakers clearly did not hold back on the quality of concepts shown. Here are a few of our highlights.
Opel Adam Once you get over the name, you can clearly see the diminutive vehicle’s raison d’être. People are moving to more heavily populated areas and want a vehicle they can easily maneuver around the urban environment but also one that shows their personality and character. Watch our video with the exterior, interior and color and trim designers on the project to find out more on the Adam’s design.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept We’ve never been big fans of the Panamera. But we like the Sport Turismo. A lot. Perhaps it’s just our penchant for beautifully proportioned, low-slung wagons? We tracked down Mitje Borkert, Porsche’s general manager of Advanced Design, to chat about the new design and walk around the concept.
Nissan Terra concept The Nissan Terra wasn’t the prettiest concept at the Paris motor show. Designed in Japan with input from the company’s global design centers, the fuel-cell SUV concept did, however, showcase a number of interesting elements. We spoke to concept car manager Tatsuya Shiosaki about the concept’s design in our video interview.
If you want to see more of what was unveiled, here’s a selection of photos from the show.