Paris Auto Show Features More Hybrids

Updates and wrap up from the Paris Auto Show

Paris Auto Show 2008Last week, automakers from around the world converged in Paris to showcase their newest concept cars and innovations. Today (October 19th) is the last day of the show and it is evident that small is in and that hybrids are all the rage. The Paris Auto Show comes on the heels of major economic downturn in the United States, thereby making small, fuel-efficient cars even more appealing to consumers who have watched gas prices rise, stocks tumble and the government bicker over how to solve the situation.

Here are just a few things that have the industry buzzing in Paris:

  • Honda’s new Insight. Due in the U.S. in 2010, the latest reincarnation of the Insight will again be going head-to-head with Toyota’s Prius. Priced around $20,000, the Insight will be about $3,000 cheaper than the Prius, and will be roomier than the earlier version. Rather than seating just two, the 2010 Insight will hold five passengers.
  • Mercedes S-class mild hybrid. When this luxury vehicle arrives in the U.S. in 2009, it may just be the most affordable luxury vehicle yet. Though the hybrid technology is not full, the presence of a lithium-ion battery does increase fuel efficiency.
  • A green Lamborghini? A new Lamborghini four-door concept, the Estoque, may or may not be a hybrid when it goes into production next year. The top-of-the-line automaker is remaining mum on whether the new car will feature hybrid technology or high-performance diesel.
  • Audi gets 62 miles per gallon. The new Audi concept car is boasting high performance and high fuel efficiency. The Sportback is shooting to go about 62 miles in electric only mode – a feat not yet conquered by any other hybrid on the market.

One thing is for sure, there are more hybrid and green technologies on display at the Paris auto show than we have ever seen before. The trend toward a more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly vehicle is here to stay. This has brought changes in what’s under the hood as well as design changes. Increased aerodynamics and lighter frames are bringing even larger cars and SUVs into the green future.

We will keep you posted as other new ideas roll out at the Paris Auto Show, so stay tuned!

Video coverage from CNET
Official Site

Post a Response