Come sail away, come sail away, come saaaaaail away…with Automotive.com, to the exciting glitz and glamour of Paris, for the quatre-vingt-dix-sixième Salon Mondial de l’Automobile. We scraped together enough frequent flyer miles from under the couch to send Hollywood jetsetter Matt Askari on the scene, doing his best Sartre impression. It may be a toned-down show from before–a crippling recession and the bleeding of manufacturer money will do much to dampen spirits–but it’s still, you know, Paris, still a more lavish setting than the COBO Center.
This year we’re charting the unveiling of the new Volkswagen Golf, the Mazda6, the next Lexus IS (with plenty of brown goodness), the gangsta’s paradise Range Rover, a fast car or three, and the very idea of a Porsche station wagon—which, like boudin noir, isn’t as gross as it sounds.
Here’s a bit of trivia that will probably be lost on the denizens of journalists swarming the Peugeot taxicabs around the Place de l’Étoile: the Paris Motor Show is the oldest auto show in the world, founded in 1898, seemingly 15 minutes after Jules Félix Philippe Albert de Dion first rolled away in his De Dion-Bouton Model D. If you’re wondering why that name sounds familiar, de Dion was the Henry Ford of France (complete with Dreyfusian opinions) and pioneered the rear suspension used for over half a century.
None of this has anything to do with the Bentley Continental GT3. But it’s still fun to know that it exists.