34. Audi self-driving car
A car that parks itself and comes to pick you up when you’ve finished your shopping may once have been only found in big budget sci-fi flicks, but thanks to Audi, it is now a thing of reality. Housed inside an A7, Audi’s “Piloted System” uses an array of lasers and scanners to safely park the car scratch free. Got everything you need from Tesco? Simply open a smartphone app and the car will come round and fetch you. Now that is the future.
Price: £TBC I Link: Audi I Out: TBC
35. Ford Atlas
Modeled on the F-150 which is one of the most popular pick-up trucks Stateside, the Atlas packs a more fuell efficient ‘next generation’ EcoBoost engine with active wheel shutters and a smart chin spoiler to alter aerodynamics. Most notably on the tech front is a dynamic hitch assist system in the cargo area to precisely line up the truck with the hitch and a 360 degree camera giving you a bird's eye view to scope out your surroundings in greater detail.
Price: £TBC I Link: Ford I Out: TBC
36. Paris Motor Show 2012: Smart Forstars
An electric coupe with its very own drive-in projector, the two-seater aimed at urban dwellers hosts the beaming tech inside the front grille with a smartphone dock and camera in place of the rear view mirror. Liberating videos from your iPhone via Bluetooth, the Forstars will blast the audio from the in car sound system which includes a set of loudspeakers. The multimedia-friendly concept also hosts a 60kW (80bhp) magneto-electric motor and a glass bubble roof to stare out into the stars. There’s no news if this moving mobile cinema will become reality, but if you want something sans projector, dock and so on you will be able to get your hands on the smart BRABUS electric drive instead.
Price: £TBC I Link: Daimler I Out: 2013
37. Paris Motor Show 2012: Infiniti Emerge E
Part of the Nissan brand, the Brit-engineered Emerg-E hopes to have you whistling around country roads one day in this plug-in hybrid that packs 402bhp and can hit 0-60 in 4.0 seconds and 0-130mph in a 30 second burst. Made from an aerodynamic, carbon-fibre skin and an aluminium chassis, the two-seater sports car weighs in at 1600kg and hosts a pair of electric motors, and a lithium ion battery pack, that will help you get 30 miles on the clock on a single electric charge.
Price: £TBC I Link: Nissan I Out: TBC
38. Paris Motor Show 2012: Citroen DS9
Teased earlier this year by the French car manufacturer, this hybrid motor is being dreamt up for car lovers in China to spend their hard earned on and looks like it has just pulled out of the batcave. Details of this stylish saloon are relatively scarce at the moment, but it could well follow the Citroen Metropolis by featuring a 2.0 litre V6 engine capable of 272bhp and a 95bhp electric motor if it ever becomes a reality.
Price: £TBC I Link: Citroen I Out: TBC
39. Paris Motor Show 2012: BMW i8
BMW took it upon itself to show that the next generation of sports cars could be powerful, sleek and fuel efficient. The i8 Concept is an illustration of that, and its super-light construction has both performance and efficiency in mind. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain combines an electric engine on the front axle with a 3-cylinder petrol engine in the rear, so the driver can choose how fuel efficient they want to be, alternating between front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Don't be fooled by the i8's eco-friendly credentials though, this car is no slouch and can shift from 0 to 62MPH in just 5 seconds.
Price: £TBC I Link: BMW I Out: TBC
40. Paris Motor Show 2012: Lexus LF-CC
One of the biggest head turners at the 2012 North American Motor Show earlier this year, the hybrid sport coupe with an Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive is all gentle curves and sharp angles with a spindle grille that looks like it wants to shred you from the head downwards. Inside the car is just as impressive with the twin 13.2-inch LCD screens to display and useful navigation and driving information, climate controls and touchscreens on each door to operate the windows, mirrors and adjust seats. A car like this is clearly a long way from production, but if this is a vision of the future we should all be very excited.
Price: £TBC I Link: Lexus I Out: TBC