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Renault Zoe e-Sport and Formula E racer lead EV parade in Paris

French multinational automobile manufacturer Renault has revealed its eDams team racer in preparation for the Formula E Paris ePrix along with the dashingly quick Zoe e-Sport Concept and a whole lot of production Zoe 40 units for retail purposes. Now we would like to wholly witness a race between the two high-powered electric vehicles.

Renault eDams team is a force to reckon with, as they’ve been leading the Formula E standings. The team celebrated the outstanding performance of its homestead by having a parade of their electric vehicles through the City of Light. Last Saturday in Paris, Sebastian Buemi earned his fifth win in six races of the current season of the Formula E. This means that he presently has a lead of 43 points in the electric racing series.

Leading the way of the procession are the Renault eDams R.S. 16 race car and the dapper Zoe e-Sport Concept in a video released by Renault. However, the drivers don’t follow a particular formation in the clip. But this doesn't mean that the Zoe e-Sport can't catch up with the R.S. 16. Renault confidently claimed that its conceptual hot hatch variant of the Zoe can leave you in the dust with its 62 miles per hour (100 km per hour) run, needing only 3.2 seconds to reach that coverage, and according to the French automaker, this performance can outrun the open wheel Formula E racer. That's a solid performance coming from a hatch.

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Spotted: Matte white Lamborghini Centenario arrives in Paris

Lamborghini has begun handing over the Centenarios to their rightful owners in different parts of the world. Last month, the first out of the forty Aventador-based Centenario has been delivered to an affluent car collector all the way to the UAE. There is also the menacing matte black Lamborghini Centenario that was being transported in Germany a few days ago. And very recently, a matte white Centenario has made its way to Paris!

The white Lamborghini in the video is believed to belong to a certain Qatari Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani. By far, the matte white finish is the most extraordinary paint scheme of all that has been delivered.

While the Centenario model that was put by Lamborghini at the show stands last year come in carbon fiber finish with yellow accents, this one generally comes in matte white body paint. But in many ways, it happens to express a different character since it also comes with contrasting color scheme.

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DriveClub Bikes launched at Paris Games Week, available in either standalone or expansion

A new trailer of the standalone superbike racing version of DRIVECLUB was recently shown at the Paris Games Week. Its release caught many fans by surprise as DRIVECLUB had kept the planning under wraps while development continued in the past year.

This standalone expansion by Evolution is fuelled by the excitement of superbike racing. The developers aimed to make it as fun as possible while still keeping a level of realness and control that fans have come to expect of the company.

The game offers a totally new racing experience from its high-performance superbikes with their amazing speed and agility. The thrill consumes the player who can ride the superbike online or offline.

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Tesla to open its showroom in Paris by the end of the month

Electric sportscar maker Tesla Motors Inc. plans to open its showroom in Paris by the end of the month in time for the Paris Motor Show. This will be Tesla’s 14th store around the world.

Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Tesla actually only has one product -- the Roadster electric sportscar. It is an elite, niche product that is priced at $109,000 in the US and cost even more in other countries.

Tesla believes that to increase sales, the car has to be displayed in locations that have many wealthy consumers and car enthusiasts. 

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Opel/Vauxhall released today new details regarding the GTC Paris Concept, which will make its debut later this month in the French capital. Finally, we know that engine is in this concept: a 2.0-liter Turbo gasoline engine with direct injection capable to deliver an impressive 290 hp (213 kW) and mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Due to this power, the concept also received fully adaptive FlexRide suspension and an limited slip differential in the front.

Measuring 4.46 meters, the production version of this concept promises to be the ideal compact sporty car, offering plenty of space for five persons (although we’d recommend just four).

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Prior to the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Chevrolet unveiled today the 2011 Orlando MPV, its first entrant into the European MPV segment. Set to make its official debut in Paris on 30th September 2010, the new car is based on the Orlando Concept, which was unveiled back in 2008, at the same auto show in the French capital. 

The new car adopts a bolder look with its low roofline and crossover inspired silhouette, which means it will be quite a presence on the streets and its low swept roof line will be complemented by the muscular wheel-arches housing 16, 17 or 18 inch wheels.

If you like the exterior, then you will definitely love the interior which features the latest design cues from Chevrolet such as the Corvette inspired dual cockpit and ambient blue backlighting to the centre console.

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A large-scale electric vehicle test will be launched in September 2010 in the Paris region, as announced by the Renault-Nissan Alliance and EDF. The agreement, signed on Oct. 9, 2008, was entered by Pierre Gadonneix, CEO of EDF, and Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two partners will test the development of electric mobility for the first time in France during trials in the Paris region.

The one-year trial begins in September 2010 and is to be participated by local government employees, consumers and professionals. A total of 100 electric Renault-Nissan Alliance passenger cars and light commercial vehicles will be used for the test. These participants will be able to use a charging infrastructure at home, at the workplace, in car parks and on the public highway.

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As part of a plan to revamp its parts distribution activities, PSA/Peugeot Citroen SA will shut down a warehouse near Paris by 2012, according to its spokesman. This warehouse, which has 390 employees, will be closed to make way for a spare parts distribution hub at its site in Vesoul, eastern France, as well as a network of local warehouses.

The spokesman discussed a plan to reorganize the logistics of spare parts, with two strategic axes to concentrate global spare parts logistics for Peugeot and Citroen at the Vesoul site,

PSA will build an entire network of local warehouses for spare parts distribution. He also said that the plan would be shown to the group's works council on April 20.

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Some of you folks don't remember but 60 years ago, on 7 October, an iconic car was born: the Citroen 2CV. With this occasion the French manufacturer decided to celebrate the 60th birthday of the vehicle at the Paris Motor Show, on October 7, 2008. In order to do this Citroen contacted Hermes!

No, not the Olympian god from the Greek mythology, the "other" Hermes, a French high fashion house specializing in leather, lifestyle accessories and perfumery luxury goods. As you may know already, Hermes already has a special edition of the Bugatti Veyron but this didn't stop them to customize another vehicle: the 1989 2CV 6 Special.

The classic vehicle got a new brown body painting, while the interior received new leather trim on the door facings, interior rearview mirror, gear knob, steering wheel ,driver's sun visor but also on the two seats that are upholstered in Hermes grey-beige cotton canvas and natural leather. In order to complete this finishing touch, the bonnet and interior trim at the rear is now featuring new Hermes cotton canvas.

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Ford revealed today at the Paris Motor Show its new Ka custom model available in three different and original packages especially built for the new version of Ka. Three different kits inspired on different themes, with special designs for both interior and exterior are translated in the Ka Digital, Ka Grand Prix and Ka Tattoo. 

The Digital Ka has a fresh look featuring patterned body stripes and green grille surround at the exterior. At the interior the car gets seats featuring patterned inserts with green headrests, green door panels, door pulls, steering wheel ad rings around the air vents.

The Grand Prix kit features at the exterior the same patterned body stripes with solid color grille surround and door mirror cappings which can be combined with a rear spoiler and white alloy wheels.

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Another show, another Audi concept! After last year the German manufacturer unveiled its Audi A1 project Quattro, today, another concept inspired by the project we mentioned breaks cover: the Audi A1 Sportback Concept. The new vehicle represents a five-door seater and with its dimensions of 3.99-meter long (13.09 ft) and 1.75-meter wide (5.74 ft) it combines cutting-edge, dynamic styling with optimum economy of space and supreme quality.

The new car features under the hood a 1.4-liter TSI engine delivering 150 hp, connected to the front wheels by means of the S tronic dual-clutch transmission. Beside this engine we can find an all-electric engine, integrated in the drive train, which is capable to develop 27 hp and an additional 150 Nm of torque (110.63 lb-ft) .

The vehicle can use both of the engine when this accelerates, providing an impressive propulsion - A1 Sportback has a maximum torque of 400 Nm. As you expected the electric motor is capable to power the vehicle alone for zero-emission driving and has a range of 100 km or 62.14 miles. If you ran out of energy there is no problem because you can recharge the electric engine from any power socket or simply use the 1.4-liter TSI engine.

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