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Paris Motor Show 2016, Toyota FCV Plus concept
Paris Motor Show 2016, Peugeot 3008, front
Paris Motor Show 2016, Peugeot 3008, rear
Paris Motor Show 2016, Peugeot 5008, front
Paris Motor Show 2016, Peugeot 5008, interior
Paris Motor Show 2016, Renault Alaskan
Paris Motor Show 2016, Citroen C3
Paris Motor Show 2016, Citroen C3, front
Paris Motor Show 2016, Renault Trezor, front
Paris Motor Show 2016, Renault Trezor, rear
Paris Motor Show 2016, Nissan Micra, reveal
Paris Motor Show 2016, Nissan Micra, interior
Paris Motor Show 2016, Land Rover Discovery
Paris Motor Show 2016, Land Rover Discovery, reveal
Paris Motor Show 2016, Land Rover Discovery, seats
Paris Motor Show 2016, Honda Civic Type R prototype, front
Paris Motor Show 2016, Honda Civic Type R prototype, rear
Paris Motor Show 2016, Honda Civic
Paris Motor Show 2016, Kira Niro, hybrid powertrain
Paris Motor Show 2016, Hyundai Ioniq
Paris Motor Show 2016, Hyundai RN30 concept
Paris Motor Show 2016, Audi RS7 piloted drive concept
Paris Motor Show 2016, Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
Paris Motor Show 2016, Suzuki Ignis
Paris Motor Show 2016, Suzuki Ignis, rear
Paris Motor Show 2016, Suzuki Ignis, interior
Paris Motor Show 2016, Toyota Mirai
Paris Motor Show 2016, Toyota Mirai, detail
Paris Motor Show 2016, Toyota FCV Plus concept, badge
Paris Motor Show 2016, crowds

NO Ford, no Volvo, no Mazda, Bentley nor Aston Martin - the Paris Motor Show 2016 is almost as notable by its absentees as in the cars of the future.

Whether it be prudent strategy - it's not cheap to show your wares at an international motor show - or the virtual world of new cars available online, the void of some big hitters brought opportunities aplenty.

The French car makers, on home soil, lapped it up expanding the size of their stands to massive proportions.

Peugeot packed no fewer than 47 models on to an area half the size of a football pitch as it showed off the latest 5008 MPV and the new 3008 crossover.

Next door, Citroen was staging the world premiere of the new C3 hatchback - now complete with Airbump side protectors first seen on the C4 Cactus - while Renault touched several bases revealing the Alaskan pick-up truck and a space age high performance electric supercar called the Trezor.

Renault's sister brand Nissan completed the picture by unveiling the fifth generation Micra which will be built at a Renault factory in France, bringing Micra production back to Europe from Asia.

The Micra, now of supermini proportions, sharply styled and high on technology and personalisation option used to be built in Britain. Anyone for Brexit?

But such customer-oriented features are becoming key to any car's appeal in this day and age.

Connectivity is what the next generation of cars is all about whether they be small, large or capable of climbing mountains.

As Land Rover proudly took the wraps off the all-new go-anywhere Discovery, Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth was quick to focus on its high tech qualities which now include the world's first APP to control the seating arrangement adjusting the seven seat set up from far away and a Spotify music system specially created for JLR.

Saying that both of the booming British brands now went about planning its cars of the future like a technology company more than an auto maker, Dr Speth said: "Our corporate purpose is to create experiences people will love for life."

Gone are the days when cars were just about travel. Now they are as much about being a computerised family zone as sitting with your laptop, phone or tablet in front of the televisions at home.

And if micro circuitry has transformed life on the move, it's also having an impact under the bonnet.

A new breed of hybrids is emerging which all use battery powered electric motors to reduce the workload on the engines making 50 to the gallon motoring an everyday occurrence.

Kia has such a hybrid with the Niro, Hyundai with the Ioniq and so does Renault with the new Scenic.

Suzuki is also in on the hybrid act revealing for the first time its new Ignis - a compact crossover that looks remarkably capable and will be available with all-wheel-drive. Watch out Audi Q2.

Go a stage further and turn them into plug-in hybrids - as the Korean car makers will be doing with the Niro and Ioniq - or even pure EVs and low to zero emission motoring is going to become more of a reality.

Better battery technology has been critical to the hybrid assist cars and on the pure electric front too - increasing range to realistic proportions as demonstrated by Opel with the new Ampera E - a compact battery powered hatch which can run for almost 400 miles on a single charge.

It may, only may, be on its way to Britain with Opel's sister brand Vauxhall saying it is ‘evaluating' the car's potential.

Another rung up the eco ladder leads to hydrogen fuel cell power, already available from the likes of Hyundai, Toyota and Honda with cars that generate their own electricity producing water as the only waste product.

To prove they are the way forward Toyota was not only showing off its Mirai fuel cell car but also had its hydrogen powered FCV Plus concept on display - the first time the car has been seen outside of Japan.

On the hotter front, Honda revealed a prototype of a new Civic Type R alongside the all-new British-built Civic hatch, Hyundai announced it was to release a high performance version of the new i30 and showed a concept version called the RN30 and Ferrari grabbed the limelight with the sensuous GTC4Lusso T, the Italian supercar brand's first four-seat V8.

Significantly so-called autonomous vehicles - or cars which can drive themselves - were few and far between. Audi had the RS7 ‘piloted driving' concept car on display and the other German brands such as BMW and Volkswagen were hinting at more robo-cars, but that was about it.

The systems need to make them tick - such as lane departure warning and anti-collision radars - are becoming more and more available even on the smallest of models but the indication from the Paris show was that it may be premature to consider the days of driving for pleasure are numbered.

Or perhaps there's just a drip-feed of technology to come first...

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