Paris Motor Show 2016: What to watch out for

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This year's Paris Motor Show will see many of the largest companies in the autos industry exhibiting their latest models and technology.

The show opens to the public on October 1st and runs until the 16th. Here, CNBC rounds up 10 things you need to keep an eye on at this year's event.

A new Ferrari supercar

The LaFerrari Aperta

The LaFerrari Aperta, which will be on display at the show, will have a limited production run of just 150 cars. The open-topped hybrid car is expected to be able to produce 950 brake horsepower and have a top speed of more than 220 miles per hour (mph).

New SUVs on display

Land Rover Discovery 5

Both the Audi Q5 and the Land Rover Discovery 5 will be on show at Paris. Large SUVs like these are still big sellers, according to Jürgen Korzer, global account director at research agency Kantar TNS.

"Until (alternative energy fulfils our needs), classic cars and buying behavior will remain the same in most markets. This means that the big SUVs will still be attractive, especially when optimized hybrid versions like the new Q5 and potentially also the Discovery 5 with a much higher share of light-weight constructions are produced that are more environmentally friendly," he told CNBC via email.

BMW will also get in on the action, displaying the new BMW X2 concept car, aiming to capitalize on the compact coupé-SUV niche in the market.

Volkswagen's 'new era'

CNBC's Nancy Hulgrave tests VW's concept car
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It's a year on from the Volkswagen emissions scandal and the company now hopes to focus attention on its new electric vehicle concept, dubbed the third era of the VW "people's car" following the Beetle and Golf.

Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen Brands, told CNBC that the company plans to be a market leader in electric cars by the year 2025.

"We will solve the problems, repair our cars and then, probably by the year 2021, become fully electric with a new platform entirely designed for the future and also to challenge the Teslas and probably the Apples of the world," he said at the show on Wednesday.

Kantar's Jürgen Korzer added that he expected VW's concept to be the "star of the show."

Hyundai's appeal to the mass market

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The new generation of the Hyundai i30 will be publicly debuted at the show. The i30 is seen as the carmaker's attempt to appeal further to the mass market of consumers and build on its European profile with this family hatchback.

Missing CEOs?

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne
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Several prominent names are skipping the show this year, including the CEO of Fiat Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne. Other notable absences include the bosses of Ford, Volvo, Rolls Royce and Aston Martin.

Volkswagen's luxury brands Bentley and Lamborghini will also not be on display.

One reason for these notable absences is that the companies are planning to attend larger shows in the future instead.

"We believe it's a case of waiting for some of the bigger shows - Detroit in January, Geneva in March and CES in January too, which is having an increasing automotive presence given the growing amount of technology in cars," the auto analysts at BMI Research told CNBC via email. CES is a consumer technology and electronics show which occurs each January in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Brand new tech

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Lots of new tech and design concepts are expected to be on display at the show. One to watch out for is Nissan's launch of a new engine design which the company says could render turbo-charged diesel engines obsolete.

"We think the brands that are there will be showcasing their technology as much as new models, whether that be fuel types, new powertrains or varying levels of autonomy," BMI Research's auto analysts told CNBC.

"One thing we will be particularly keen to see is Nissan's launch of the variable compression-turbo engine. This is a big leap in technology for internal combustion engines and we'll be interested to hear more about it and how it's received."

No more theory, let's see results

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A big change to the show this year is that, rather than just presenting theoretical technology and high-concept cars, auto makers have put this tech into practice and production.

This change is being driven by greater competition in the sector, according to Kantar's global account director Jürgen Korzer.

"For a long time, the industry has produced concept cars and studies - but many of these never saw the light of day," he told CNBC via email.

"This will now change because of such intense competition not only between car manufacturers and suppliers, but also new players like technology companies and IT specialists that are forcing the speed of innovation to increase."

Renault's reimagining

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The French carmaker has teased the Renault Trezor, a concept car that will demonstrate the firm's new design cycle, for a few days. Little is known about the Trezor at the moment; Auto Express speculates the car may have some autonomous driving features.

Mercedes' new roadsters

The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

Mercedes will debut the new Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster at the Paris Motor Show. Two versions of the car will be made available, the AMG GT (pictured) and the AMG GT C. Both are soft-tops and will be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 4 seconds or less and the GTC will have a top speed of 196mph, according to the carmaker.

Greener energy, greener cars


Several vehicles at the show will have electric or hybrid engines, part of a wider trend of being greener and making more environmentally-friendly cars.

A notable example is the Citroen CXPERIENCE, which is a plug-in hybrid combining an 80kW electric motor with a 200 brake horsepower petrol engine.

However, the focus on alternative energy may prove to be a fad, as the infrastructure to support electric cars has not caught up with the technology.

"Alternative energy will (hopefully) one day fulfill the needs of our cities and the environment but the reality is that the infrastructure is not yet in place for this to be the case," says Kantar's Jürgen Korzer.