Top five Paris Motor Show concept cars
The Paris Motor Show isn't just about the cars which will be hitting your local dealerships sometime soon.
This year's 2012 Mondial Automobile Paris Motor Show was home to some of the most interesting concept cars around.
Here we've chosen our top five...
Probably the best Paris concept car by a long way, the Onyx is the result of Peugeot's racing division being allowed to let their hair down. It's made from copper sheets and carbon fibre, and it has the powertrain from a Peugeot Le Mans car – so its has 600bhp and also has a kinetic energy recovery system.
This concept's debut wasn't at Paris but at Beijing earlier this year. However, it still caused a stir thanks to the Paris show being the car's European debut. It's a stunner and showcases what a luxury Citroen DS saloon (DS9?) could look like.
BMW Active Tourer Concept
The e-XIV is a typical concept car because we have no idea whether it'll actually be made or what styling features will appear on forthcoming SsangYongs. It's Nissan Juke-sized and is powered by a 1.0-litre two-cylinder petrol engine with a 107-horsepower electric motor and a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. Theoretical range is 373 miles, but it's unlikely to be built. Interesting, though.
The Terra shows off what the next Nissan Juke-style crossover might look like. Powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and three electric motors, the Terra marks Nissan's foray into new eco-friendly territory and, in theory, off road too. It uses the electric motor from the Nissan Leaf to power the front wheels, and two in-wheel electric motors power the rear wheels.