Green cars at the Paris Motor Show: updated preview


Opel Ampera-e

Opel Ampera-e

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Fall is approaching, which means it's time for the auto-show season to get underway once again.

Press days for the 2016 Paris Motor Show begin at the end of this month, and we already know several notable green production and concept cars will make their debuts in the French capital.

The show's organizers say no fewer than 24 electric cars will make their debuts. And one maker will be conspicuously absent: Ford is skipping the Paris show altogether.

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As more details and previews have trickled out, we've updated this roundup of green concepts and production cars we're aware of.

The list is given alphabetically by manufacturer, meaning the cars with plugs are dispersed throughout the list.

Media days are September 29 and 30; you can expect more updates before then.

Citroën Cxperience concept, 2016 Paris auto show

Citroën Cxperience concept, 2016 Paris auto show

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Citroën Cxperience concept

The Cxperience is a plug-in hybrid concept that previews the next generation of the French carmaker's C5 sedan.

A small gasoline engine and 8-speed automatic transmission drive the front wheels, while an electric motor powers the rear wheels for a "through the road" all-wheel drive setup.

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Citroën claims the 13-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack provides enough capacity for 37 miles of electric-only driving, but that's likely as measured on the somewhat-optimistic European testing cycle.

It's unclear whether a plug-in hybrid powertrain will be offered on the next C5, but either way that model won't reach the U.S., as Citroën hasn't sold cars here since 1991.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

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Honda Civic hatchback and Type R

Honda will continue the rollout of its 10th-generation Civic compact-car lineup in Paris.

The production Civic hatchback remains faithful to the concept that appeared back in March at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and shares styling cues with the existing sedan and coupe models.

It will get the same engines in the U.S. as well, including 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated and 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engines.

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Both engines will be offered with CVT automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions, the latter being offered in combination with the turbocharged engine for the first time.

Honda will use the Civic hatchback as the basis for the next generation of the sporty (and not all that green) Type R model, which will be sold in the U.S. for the first time.

The standard Civic hatchback goes on sale this fall as a 2017 model, while the Type R is expected to launch during calendar year 2017.

Teaser for 2017 Hyundai i30 debuting at 2016 Paris auto show

Teaser for 2017 Hyundai i30 debuting at 2016 Paris auto show

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Hyundai Elantra GT

The Civic is far from the only hatchback appearing in Paris.

The next Hyundai Elantra GT (known as the i30 in Europe) will make its public debut at the Paris show after an online reveal earlier in the month.

It will share a platform with the Hyundai Elantra sedan, which was redesigned for the 2017 model year.

But—as with the current Elantra GT—the hatchback will likely wear somewhat different styling to distinguish it from the sedan.


 
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