Even though the European market continues to struggle, the Paris Motor Show promises a heaping helping of high end exotics, sports cars and upscale sedans leavened by a handful of mainstream models and futuristic show cars. 

Among the high performance debuts, this year Paris saw the launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT, the successor to the SLS Gullwing, the Lamborghini Asterion - the firm's first hybrid, Aston Martin and its Vanquish Carbon Editions, Bentley brought a new Mulsanne Speed, Ferrari showed the 458 Speciale A roadster and the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Coupe bowed for the first time as well. 

A little closer to earth, the sports car set welcomed the new Audi TT and TTS Roadsters and the TT Sportback concept, a BMW 2 Series convertible, and an interesting sporting version of VW's high mileage XL1 two-seater.

Among the significant production car launches that will have an impact on this side of the Atlantic is Jaguar's introduction of the new XE sedan, Volvo's XC90 crossover SUV, Ford's new C-MAX people hauler, the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Fiat's offroad-inspired 500X.

For the alternative power set, Porsche debuted the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, its first plug-in SUV and interesting future concepts like the Renault Ecolab, Citroen Cactus Airflow and Peugeot Quartz concept.

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