09 Oct 2014
Automobiles and Fashion at The Paris Motor Show 2014
It's Europe's last big motor show of the year. The Mondial de l'Automobile or the Paris Motor Show is one of the most significant shows of the automotive calendar. The prestigious car show takes place annually, alternating between Frankfurt and Paris but always promises several world debuts of both production cars and concept vehicles. In the past, cars such as the Audi A4 and Porsche Cayenne have made their debuts in Paris. This year the show runs from 4 to 19 October and holds similar high hopes for all car fanatics.
Typically, the French car brands including Renault, Citroen and Peugeot are expected to present some original concept cars at their domestic exhibition. In keeping with this year's theme "Automobiles and Fashion", the show will nonetheless also host some perhaps more glamorous new cars from Mercedes, Jaguar, Lamborghini and Bentley.
Lamborghini has drawn particular attention from the press in the build up to the show, having released a tantalising poster of a car's silhouette and beneath it the slogan "Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it". The 900bhp hybrid called Asterion was finally unveiled on the eve of the show. Lamborghini's Asterion had heads turning, not simply because it is their first plug-in hybrid creation, nor because it is concealing a 5.2 litre V10 engine underneath its bonnet but also the design is truly something to behold. With a 200mph top speed it will become a privilege to take this Lamborghini for a drive.
Elsewhere, Bentley revealed their latest release, the aptly named Mulsanne Speed. The car has been announced as 'the fastest ultra-luxury driving experience in the world'. Unsurprisingly then, the manufacturers have wittingly managed to harmonise luxury and speed by inserting a 530bhp twin-turbo V8 engine, all the while ensuring the passengers are equipped with the latest in technology and connectivity for ultimate comfort.
The more than 1.2 million visitors expected to attend the show will not simply be treated to the latest cars of the era however, Paris' fascination with cars and fashion means that some of the most stylish vehicles over the decades will also be on display. Fifty vehicles will be exhibited to represent the ever changing designs of automobiles from the industrial revolution to the present day. The list begins with an 1897 Panhardfrom the glorious Belle Époque, continues through to the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing of the post-war era and concludes with models from the early Nineties. Equally, the future of motoring will not be neglected, with a testing centre for electric and hybrid vehicles to celebrate the dawning of the green car era.
With over 100 world premieres across a vast 96,000m² exhibition space and an assortment of cars spanning more than a century of car manufacturing, there is certain to be plenty for all to see at the Paris Motor Show. If you are in the area and would like to visit the show's illustrious range of luxury cars, tickets are still available and can be found by visiting the official Mondial de l'Automobile website.