Paris Motor Show: The 8 New Cars You’ll Want to Drive

October 2, 2016, 5:08 PM UTC
A Renault Trezor car is displayed at the Mondial de l'Automobile, Paris auto show, during media day in Paris
A Renault Trezor car is displayed at the Mondial de l'Automobile, Paris auto show, during media day in Paris, France, September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen - RTSQ8NQ
Jacky Naegelen — Reuters

The Paris Auto Show will be open to the public through the end of this week. But not everyone can pop over to Paris to see the latest innovations in automotive.

So Fortune has gathered up a handful of notable vehicles worth pining over. These vehicles—a mix of concept and production vehicles—were picked for their performance specs, tech, and of course, looks. But they were also chosen for what they could mean for that particular automaker. Volkswagen’s ID concept, for instance, illustrates what the company’s post-diesel emissions scandal future will look like.


Audi Q5

Rupert Stadler
Photo: Michel Euler — AP
Michel Euler — AP

The Audi Q5 has been the German automaker’s most successful vehicle, especially in the United States, where SUVs and crossovers are more popular than sedans. For this next-generation version, Audi didn’t hold back. The luxury crossover is bigger and more powerful, and yet lighter and more fuel efficient.

It’s also loaded with tech, including up to 30 driver assistance systems. The Audi Q5 will be manufactured at a new plant in Mexico that opened last week.

Land Rover Discovery

International Paris Motorshow, Land Rover Discovery
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Petr Mlch — AP

Land Rover has finally brought back one of its best-known nameplates. The new generation of the full-sized, three-row, seven-seat SUV has been refreshed and updated. The 2017 Discovery is lighter than its predecessor, has semi-autonomous driving features, including one that assists when trying to back up with a trailer attached. The SUV also up to nine USB ports, six 12-volt charging points, and an in-car 3G WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices.

Honda Civic Type R Prototype


The Honda Civic Type R Prototype is displayed on media day at the Paris auto show, in Paris
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Benoit Tessier — Reuters

The Honda Civic Type R prototype is the performance concept version of the Civic. And it has a lot of Honda enthusiasts excited. For the first time ever, the Type R is coming to the United States.

Hyundai RN30 Concept

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Photo: Michel Euler — AP
Michel Euler — AP

There’s a lot to love about this racing concept—just look at it. But it’s also notable because the RN30 hints at what Hyundai’s first N performance car will look like. The upcoming N brand, which Hyundai revealed last year, will be performance and and race-track capable vehicles.

LaFerrari Aperta

The 2016 Paris Motor Show Day Two
Photo: Jasper Juinen — Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jasper Juinen — Bloomberg via Getty Images

Only 200 of these $2 million hybrid convertible sports cars will be produced for carefully selected clients. But even if you have the cash, you wouldn’t be able to buy it. The sports car was sold out before its official debut at the Paris Motor Show.

Mercedes EQ Generation Concept

Photograph by Chesnot—Getty Images
Photograph by Chesnot—Getty Images

This all- electric concept crossover can travel up to 312 miles on a single charge and is loaded with tech. It’s important because Mercedes describes this as a “close-to-production” concept vehicle. It’s meant to be a precursor to a new Mercedes brand called EQ, which will cover a number of electric products, from vehicles and charging services to home energy storage units.

Renault Trezor GT Concept

Press Preview Prior the 'Mondial De L'Automobile' - Paris Motorshow 2016 At Porte de Versailles
Chesnot/Getty Images
Chesnot/Getty Images

The Trezor is all all-electric sports car concept with a Formula E racing heart. The interior of the all-electric sports car is decked out in wood and leather and has high-definition touchscreens. The vehicle has three driving modes: neutral, sport and autonomous. And it accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds.

Volkswagen ID Concept

The 2016 Paris Motor Show Day One
Photo Jasper Juinen — Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jasper Juinen — Bloomberg via Getty Images

Volkswagen wants nothing more than to put its diesel emissions scandal, which erupted in September 2015, in its rearview. The ID concept shows where it’s heading. The ID concept has a battery range between 249 and 373 miles and will be launched as a compact electric car in 2020.

The production version of this car will be the first by Volkswagen to reach the market based on its new modular design for electric cars that the company unveiled last year. In other words, this electric platform is Volkswagen’s future.