Carscoop’s A to Z Guide to the 2012 Paris Motor Show [Updated]

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The European car market may be in trouble because of the financial crisis that’s been dragging on for a long time now, but carmakers are gearing up to display their latest models in the City of Light.

From September 29 until October 14, the Paris Expo at the Porte de Versailles will host some of this year’s most important world premieres.

French automakers have chosen the 2012 Paris Auto Show to launch models like the new Renault Clio, Peugeot 208 GTi and Citroen DS3 Cabrio.

Compact hatchbacks are Europe's second most popular segment accounting for nearly 3 million units in 2011. Paris will be the place where some of the most important contenders of the C-segment will launch, including the VW Golf, Seat Leon, Audi A3 Sportback and Toyota Auris.

Every world-class auto show worthy of its name has its fair share of concepts and Paris, won’t be an exception. McLaren will display the successor to the iconic F1, BMW will preview the styling of its new FWD 1-Series GT with the Active Tourer and Peugeot will entice visitors with the Onyx.

Carscoop’s guide to the 2012 Mondial de l’Automobile follows right after the break.

By Andrew Tsaousis