My feet complained and my body ached as Day One of the 2014 Paris Motor Show drew to a close. That wasn’t surprising, given that there were 32 product launches to take in. The Mondial de l’Automobile stretches over eight widely spread halls at the city’s exhibition centre and boasts visitor numbers that top those of Frankfurt, though in practice the biennial German event is generally regarded as the world’s biggest.
Obviously the French manufacturers go all out at the Paris Motor Show, but all the big makes are represented to a greater or lesser extent. Perhaps the new-model reveals this year were not universally top of the pile, but the glitz and glamour we’ve come to expect of top international shows was clear to see. The concept cars were on show were generally more conservative – possibly looking more production-ready prototypes than flights of automotive fantasy – and fewer in number.
For the moment, I’ve put together a quick gallery of some Paris Motor Show highlights. I’ll do a fuller report-back later today with more pictures: there were some good-looking machines on show (we’ll do a “PM pick of the show”), predictably some ordinary ones and some frankly head-scratching efforts.
There’s also plenty of technical background on the new Jaguar XE and the Land Rover Discovery Sport to come. We travelled to Paris in a party of eight South African journalists as guests of Jaguar Land Rover to attend the pre-show reveal of these two new models that will compete in slightly more modest categories for both these brands.