The brand's other Paris concept, the 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator, has fuel economy of 2 l/100km (141 UK mpg; 117 U.S. mpg). Peugeot engineers used lightweight technologies to shave 100kg off the weight of a standard 208. Like the C4 Cactus Airflow 2L, which also debuts in Paris, the 208 concept is powered by PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's Hybrid Air drivetrain.
Renault says the Eolab concept that it will unveil in Paris previews fuel-saving technologies that will appear gradually on its production cars before 2020. The Eolab's fuel consumption is as low as 1 liter per 100km (282 UK mpg; 235 U.S. mpg), Renault said. Its lowest CO2 emissions are 22 grams per km. The Renault concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that has a 75hp 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine, a 6.7 kWh battery and a clutchless three-speed transmission with an integrated electric motor. The powertrain has a 60km range under electric power only. To achieve such low fuel-use figures, Renault designers focused on minimizing weight and refining aerodynamics.
The third-generation Fabia subcompact that will debut in Paris is lower, wider and sportier than the current model. Media reports have said the Fabia will offer infotainment and safety features from the revamped VW Polo, including adaptive cruise control and emergency braking at low speeds. Another feature from the new Polo will be MirrorLink, which allows drivers to access and use smartphone apps via the car’s touchscreen display.
The redesigned Smart ForTwo, unveiled to journalists in July in Berlin, has its show debut in Paris. The two-seat microcar is slightly wider than its predecessor but the length remains the same. The ForTwo will be powered by new three-cylinder engines co-developed by parent Mercedes-Benz and its partner, Renault.
The new ForFour also will make its show debut in Paris. The ForFour is the first Smart four-seat model since the brand axed a previous ForFour after just two years of disappointing sales. The ForFour and ForTwo will go on sale in Europe starting on Nov. 22. Smart has no current plans to sell the ForFour in the U.S. because it isn't sure if there is a big enough market to warrant the cost of homologation.
The Vitara that will debut in Paris joins a hotly contested segment in Europe for urban subcompact SUVs/crossovers that includes models such as the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008. The five-door Vitara is the production model of the iV-4 concept first shown at last year's Frankfurt auto show. It will go on sale in Europe early next year. The Vitara has lost the boxy utilitarian design of previous models and now has slicker, more mainstream crossover styling.
The C-HR concept previews a potential new entry in Europe's booming crossover segment. Toyota released a teaser image of the model but give few details except to say the concept has a hybrid powertrain and will showcase a “powerful” new design language. Media reports said the C-HR previews a new entry to be launched next year positioned below the RAV4 compact SUV. Toyota also said it also plans to display the finalized design of its fuel cell sedan in Paris, ahead of a scheduled European launch next year.
Volkswagen is taking its Passat midsize car upscale in Europe, aiming to compete with premium rivals such as the BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz C class, and also fight volume competitors such as the Ford Mondeo, which is moving upmarket. The Passat will be VW's first car available with head-up display. The system projects data such as speed and navigation instructions onto a retractable screen over the steering wheel to keep the driver's focus on the road. Other high-tech safety options include functions that can bring the car autonomously to a halt if the driver falls asleep. The Passat built for the U.S. in Chattanooga may get some of these features when it is redesigned in 2017 or 2018.
Volvo is counting on the second-generation XC90's rollout to spark momentum for the brand. The flagship crossover hasn't been significantly revised since 2002. The new XC90 has fresh styling, new safety technologies, more fuel-efficient engines and a more premium interior. It is the first vehicle developed by Volvo since Ford sold the Swedish brand to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in 2010. The seven-seat XC90 is also the first vehicle underpinned by Volvo's new modular Scalable Platform Architecture. Volvo will start XC90 sales in global markets including Europe and the U.S. early next year.
Christiaan Hetzner, Nick Gibbs, Bruce Gain, Ryan Beene, Diana T. Kurylko and Gabe Nelson contributed to this report.