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Held during October in the French capital, the Paris Motor Show happened to be the first motor show in history, after beginning in 1898. Since the late ‘70s the show has been a biennial event and in 2016, the Paris Motor Show welcomed more visitors than that of the Tokyo and Frankfurt Motor Show, meaning it is the most visited motor show in the world. We take a look at our favourite models from this year’s show below.

5. New BMW 3 Series

An icon in the automotive world, the all-new BMW 3 Series looks set to continue its success as BMW's best-selling model. Despite being a brand-new model, this new seventh-generation version is easily identifiable as a 3 Series thanks to the car's iconic kidney grilles, smart lines and choice of familiar trim levels. In typical BMW fashion, the 3 Series is beautifully dynamic, with comfort and refinement complementing the overall package. Inside, a whole host of new state-of-the-art technology is available too, which includes Intelligent Personal Assistant which learns and also remembers driver behaviour, to further confirm the 3 Series as the ultimate driving machine.

New 3 Series

4. New Porsche Macan

A compact SUV that also doubles as a fine sports car, the new Porsche Macan carries on the outgoing model's immaculate foundations, only this all-new version now offers updated styling amongst other quality enhancements. A new taillight strip dominates the rear of the car, implementing the Porsche logo impeccably.  A driver focused cabin comes complete with beautifully laid out functionality and with Porsche Connect, infotainment is a joy to use. With an array of irresistible colours from the Porsche paint selection such as Mamba Green, Miami Blue and Crayon, the new Porsche Macan can be made to look as individual as you are.

Macan

3. BMW Z4

It wasn't just the 3 Series BMW were showcasing at the Paris Motor Show. Officially unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US, the Paris Motor Show is one of the first times the public have been able to see the all-new Z4 in the metal. Sharp styling is complemented with a new honeycomb effect on the iconic BMW kidney grille, along with stunning soft-top looks. These are met with a choice of BMW high-performance engine options, offering 197, 258 and 340hp. Technology is aplenty within the interior too, with a revised and enhanced operating system, 10.25" touchscreen and Intelligent Personal Assistant which is able to learn driver preferences.

Z4

2. Mercedes-Benz A 35 AMG

An entry-level step into the world of AMG, however, the A 35 AMG is anything but entry-level. This new hot hatchback from Mercedes-AMG sports typical AMG DNA thanks to a powerful 306hp four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, complemented by dominating AMG design. The Paris Motor Show was the perfect stage to present this new model in the AMG range. Showcased in a subtler shade of blue, as opposed to the bright yellow version seen in press shots, it promises to be yet another success within the world of high-performance Mercedes-AMG models. 

A 35 AMG

1. Porsche 911 Speedster Concept

The Porsche 911 Speedster is an iconic Porsche 911 model first introduced in 1988, of which this concept's Guards Red paint is reference too. This particular Porsche 911 Speedster Concept is set for reality, taking on a limited production run of just 1948 examples. The Concept shown at Paris is set to be the final 991 generation of 911 to be made, before the 992 version is released. Being a concept, details are scarce but when it looks this good, and features a specification that looks very much like a polished, near production model, the 991 Porsche Speedster Concept looks set to complete the 991 generation of Porsche 911 perfectly. With over 500hp and engine speeds of up to 9,000rpm, it is set to be a fitting tribute to the iconic 911 Speedster models of previous generations.

911 Speedster Concept