Top five Paris Motor Show concept cars

BMW concept active tourer
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.
While some concepts showcased green technology, others were far more flamboyant in looks and were branded "design studies".

Here we've chosen our top five...


Peugeot Onyx

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.
Numero 9
Citroen DS Numero 9

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
It looks pretty production-ready to us. If made it'll not only be BMW's first MPV in its current model line-up, but also the first Beemer to have a transversely-mounted engine. It's also a plug-in hybrid and has four-wheel-drive. The front wheels are powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and the rear wheels by an electric motor. Its platform is likely to be shared by the new Mini.
SsangYong Concept
SsangYong e-XIV

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.
Nissan Terra

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.
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