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Paris Motor Show 2000 - Highlights
Photos: Brett Patterson

Audi Steppenwolf concept

The Steppenwolf allroader concept was a surprise debut for the Paris show. It shows a bold development of the geometric themes seen already on the TT and A2, and the continually developing Audi 'face' expressed in the lamp and grille shapes. One of the most noticeable form features is the strongely offset wheelarches which seem to be 'extruded' from the curved fender forms, and which may be seen in production Audi's in the near future. The vehicle also featured a swing-out tailgate, with spare tire on a slide out tray housed in the rear bumper
BMW Group Mini

BMW Group says the MIni is not a retro design car, but an evolution of the original - 'how the Mini would have evolved' had it been continually developed over the years.

The cabin pillars are hidden behind the glass, giving the impression of a continuous window extending all round the car. Inside, the design is a modern interpretation of the simple and straightforward look of the original Mini, with its characteristic centre speedometer. On some models additional instruments are in front of the driver, with the central screen used for the navigation display.

The headlamps and grille are integrated into the wrapover hood, so the entire front end swings up dramatically to reveal the engine bay.
Porsche Carrera GT concept

Another surprise debut for Paris, the Carrera GT has typical Porsche design elements, combined with influences seemingly from Italian exotics. Overall a very powerful, elegant design with flowing, muscular forms and technical details, such as the formed mesh engine covers. The Porsche Carrera GT features a 558-horsepower, V-10 engine. Top speed is 330 kph. "Today, this is still a concept car," said Porsche Chairman Wendelin Wiedeking. "In the year 2003, it may become a reality."
Citroen Osmose concept

Osmose is a symbol of user-friendly vehicle design, a passenger car initiating a new form of relations between pedestrians and motorists. The Osmose design allows for new forms of car sharing, with communication systems and features to optimize shared use "by people who have nothing in common apart from the fact that they happen to be going in the same direction".

The interior theme puts the focus on nature, with a color scheme in green and brown, and a leaf print on the translucent roof that throws shadows onto the floor of the vehicle.

The forms, materials and colors are strongly influenced by European architectural and industrial design, producing a fresh, 'non-automotive' approach to vehicle design.
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