Panamera wagon ranks among 10 most significant designs from Paris auto show
|Luca Ciferri is Editor-in-Chief at Automotive News Europe.|
The gloomy European market outlook and a worsening price war were the dominant topics of discussion at last month's Paris auto show, but the Mondial de l'Automobile – as the French call their home show – also delivered a number of significant new products.
Here is an alphabetical listing of the 10 designs/design elements that captured my attention.
Audi Crosslane: The crossover concept stands out because of its sharp lines and for showing the evolution of Audi's distinctive single-frame grille. The new grille, which is intended for future crossovers of the Q family, is more three-dimensional and puts more emphasis on the four-ring logo.
BMW Active Tourer: The first concept based on BMW's new front-wheel-drive architecture tries to do something that is nearly impossible: make a people mover look sporty from the side. Audi tried this in 2006 with the Roadjet concept, which it decided not to build. Mercedes-Benz introduced a completely different, dedicated visual identity for its compact minivans with the first- and second-generation A class. Maybe BMW should give its design team another try before freezing the production model?