The week in one story
29 September 2006

The big news this week was of course the Paris show. As expected, it was packed with gorgeous and expensive cars – from the Alfa Romeo 8C Competitizione to Audi's 911 rival, the muscular R8 to the Lexus LS600h, the world's fastest hybrid.

But no matter how posh the Lexus is, it will be outshone by the forthcoming baby Rolls that was announced at the show.

We’d seen Lancia’s Delta HPE concept before, but the big news is that we now know it is charged with leading Lancia’s UK return.

We’re also going to get the next Twingo, though Renault only showed a concept at Paris.

There was a stream of other concepts including Skoda’s baby MPV, the Joyster and the rather boring Toyota Auris concept, while Renault staked a claim to the 4x4 market with the Koleos.

Renault's small 4x4 is still a way off, but Nissan's Qashqai 4x4 goes on sale in March. Check it out on our video here, along with show footage of the Peugeot 207 Epure, Mazda CX-7 and Citroen C4 Picasso.

Ford showed its pumped-up five-door Iosis X crossover concept and, rather closer to production, its Mondeo estate concept, but even though it wasn't at Paris, it was the official pictures of the new Mondeo hatchback that really interested us.

There was good news for eco-warriors this week - Honda has readied its roomy, four-seat, next-generation fuel-cell car, the FCX, while the amazing Ariel Atom-based Wrightspeed X1 is an electric car than can out-accelerate a Porsche Carrera GT

On the road, we sampled TVR’s new Sagaris. It's not quite as quick as an X1, but every bit as dramatic. Almost as exciting is BMW’s M6 cabriolet while the Volvo C30 is nearly as good to drive as it is to look at.

Next week we'll have more from Paris, plus videos, reviews and the latest news.

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