Ford wanted to emphasize the connection between its new barnstorming Fiesta WRC car and the humbly–awesome production subcompact. That's meant more production parts in the interior, a new EcoBoost DI/turbocharged engine and, well, not much else.
We've seen it testing in the nude, but Citroën unwrapped its wrapped 2011 WRC car that'll be Sebastien Loeb's wheels starting at Rally Sweden.
Tucked away on the Paris auto show floor was the Orange Speed'R concept, built by students at designer Franco Sbarro's ESPERA design school for France Telecom's Orange mobile phone service. Anyone else hungry for pizza and Sunkist?
Lamborghini says the Sesto Elemento will hit 60 MPH in 2.5 seconds and weighs 2,200lbs thanks to a whole bunch of carbon. But it's just a concept based on a Gallardo with not even an ounce of reality, right?
Meanwhile, in the "Dystopian Vision" hall at the Paris Motor Show, there's the Ligier VIPA, a driver-free electric vehicle with room for six passengers that's as cute as a puppy with encephalitis. Eric Schmidt, your car has arrived!
A note to BMW: if you're not going to bother designing attractive cars, you should at least give them to us in decent colors, like this matte black BMW M3. Also, the whole Joy thing is seriously lame.
The 2013 Lotus Esprit is no longer a light, simple car. It's a complicated and extremely fast one, reaching 205 MPH flat out. Unfortunately, that means its now got a lot of competition.
We were starting to get worried that an auto show in France was lacking in Gallic oddities. Then Citroën showed off the Lacoste, a compact concept with an inflatable roof, no doors and a power lowering windshield. Bon dieu!
"Simplify, then add lightness," Colin Chapman once said. The 2015 Lotus Eterne is incredibly complicated, but it is pretty light. The 612 HP four-seater won't just reach 195 MPH, it's a hybrid.
I can barely type right now I'm so excited. Who knew Stephen Baldwin was going to release four of the hottest supercars ever today? The 2015 Lotus Elise will be the smallest and cheapest, but just look at it!
The Lotus Elite is the new Lotus gentleman's car, offering a trick retractable hardtop with up to 600 hp thanks to a KERS-inspired hybrid boost system and, probably, the new "Lotus" V8. They say it's full of wonderful contradictions.
This 2014 Lotus Elan won't just have a 450 HP V8, but its design was inspired by Mario Andretti's 1978 Formula One car. We didn't realize F1 used to have roofs, but who cares when there's a lotus this hot.
There's another show taking place in Paris right now and it looks like this one actually has cool cars and hot booth babes. That's right, this is Paris Fashion Week and beater Camaros are so hot right now.
Heaping irony upon irony, Germany's take on Amurikan Ford Mustang-like special edition bloat isn't just debuting in a country they invaded and we mock, they've also painted it grabber blue! Think Ford gave them a volk-und-family discount?
A modern take on the ur-Quattro that weighs as little as the original and is powered by a turbocharged inline-five for a 3.8 second 0-60 time? Of course they're not going to make it. Look upon it and despair.
Mini will return to the World Rally Championship next year with this kitted-up Mini Cooper Countryman S, powered by a 1.6-liter DI fourbanger gently massaged by BMW. Expect regular Mini drivers to begin dressing as Paddy Hopkirk for Halloween.
The updated 2012 Nissan GT-R made its bow at the Paris Motor Show, quietly biding its time away from the spotlight. The city of lights is no place for a lizard to go stomping.
This is the 2012 BMW 6-Series, but since it's wearing funky wheels, they're calling it a "concept car." Who cares, what it previews is the production realization of BMW's new styling language, known to cynical journalists as "less ugly."
Here are the first leaked photos of the Lotus Eterne four-door sedan, set to debut officially at the Paris Motor Show. We have no details about the car's performance, but it's clear Lotus has built the vaguest luxosportsedan in history.