Paris Motor Show: the future of driving


The future of driving is just round the corner if the Paris Motor Show is anything to go by.

Renault’s zero-emission pure-electric powertrain TreZor prototype is a new concept for a glamorous two-seat coupe the French carmaker claims will influence the design of its cars well into the next decade.

French collegue Citroën also showed off its new plug-in hybrid hatchback, the CXperience, revealing its ambitions in the upmarket sector.

Talking about high-end cars, the German car giant showed off its huge Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, a futuristic two-seater luxury coupe nearly six metres long.

“There’s always space for people to be imaginative because legislation and rules doing the rounds, you know, they dictate certain things: headlamp height and safety, things like that, whereas a concept car shows people that this is what cars could be, this is what we can really, actually properly do if we’re given the space to do it,” says Alex Goy, editor for Roadshow.

Toyota’s luxury division Lexus offered its new UX concept with its imaginative web-like seating. The so-called “Kinetic Seat Concept” features a spider-web pattern of fibres, said to more closely fit the occupant’s body for greater comfort over long periods.

Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi presented its GT-PHEV, the latest in a series of plug-in electric SUV concepts, reflecting a growing trend for electric cars.

“The electric movement really is gathering pace, legislation demands that it does and the car makers are starting to see that customers finally are willing to buy electrified cars,” said Jim Holder, editorial director at Autocar magazine.

And among the most futuristic designs, Toyota’s FCV Plus. Using compressed hydrogen as its fuel source, its internal power station turns your car into a power source for your home, your other car and they can even feed power back to the grid.


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