The 15 Coolest Cars And Concepts At The Paris Motor Show

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The outlook of the auto industry in Europe may be ghastly (with no recovery in sight), but that has not stopped the world’s automakers from putting on a brave face and trotting out their best hopes at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.Alongside the practical vehicles that are meant to boost sales figures, radical concepts presage the future of the troubled industry, and supercars tempt millionaires with a taste for luxury and power.

Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ferrari and others are all out in force, adding life and beauty to an auto show that desperately needs it.

Hitting the market in June, Mercedes-Benz's SLS AMG Electric Drive gets 750 hp and a top speed of 155 mph.

The Fisker Karma has had its problems, but still qualifies as one of the coolest cars in Paris.

The new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is 7 per cent more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

Nissan's TeRRA Concept is an odd-looking fuel cell electric SUV.

The Continental GT Speed is the fastest road car ever produced by Bentley.

Smart's ForStars concept has a built-in video projector.

The Vanquish is the new flagship model of Aston Martin's sports car range.

Lexus's LF-CC Hybrid Coupe concept has a 2.5-liter full hybrid powertrain.

McLaren's P1 is the successor to the F1, once the fastest production car in the world.

Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann introduced the new Gallardo LP 560-4 in Paris.

Porsche's Panamera Sport Turismo Concept Porsche's is a new look for the luxury brand: a plug-in hybrid wagon.

Branded as 'sporty, functional, efficient,' the Panamera Sport Turismo ditches the side mirrors for a cockpit display provided by cameras mounted in the side air outlets.

The Concept Active Tourer is front wheel drive, a very rare move for BMW.

With 720 hp, the F12berlinetta is the most high-performance V12 ever built, Ferrari says.

Peugeot's Onyx Concept features a striking blend of pure copper sheet doors and a matte black body.

Jaguar finally revealed the successor to the iconic E-Type: the F-Type.

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