When it comes to creating glamour, some phrases in the English language just aren't up to the job.
Take the three words 'mobility service provider'. Nothing could sound more boring, yet we're talking here about something practically every modern car company wants to turn itself into, because the three words describe a business that understands where future success will come from.
Which leads to a curly question: how do you invest these words with excitement and anticipation? Answer: you get PSA Group boss Carlos Tavares to utter them and explain their significance in his uniquely persuasive way.
Today in a reception at a Peugeot HQ in central Paris, Tavares described his company's ambition to become a mobility service provider using links - both financial and co-operative - with "fresh, talented" specialist companies who had a clear vision of the future. While reacting to their influence, PSA would group its car sharing and transport management activities under a new name, Free 2 Move, and would set about catering in the longer term to much more than just the traditional demands of customers wanting to buy new cars, although these would remain important.
The number of people owning cars was going down, Tavares explained, but the number who wanted to use them was expanding. This greater usage meant car production might even go up, not down, as lower car ownership might imply, because replacement would need to be more frequent. It could eventually add up to "a new phase in our history", he claimed.
Tavares agreed that there were many uncertainties in forecasting car demand beyond 2030, "but it is my job to configure the company so it is ready, whatever comes".
Asked why small technology companies should throw in their lot with PSA rather than other high achievers in the patch such as Daimler or Honda, Tavares said he believed his company - which "suffered a near-death experience" just three years ago - had learned the hard way the value of agility and flexibility, which is what the youthful players needed from a big one.
"Our unique selling point," he concluded, "is that we are the dinosaur that knows best that he is a dinosaur." People clapped at the end, rare at such a conference, and Tavares soon disappeared to his next appointment. But it was a bravura performance that will surely have big repercussions.
Read more Paris motor show news
BMW X2 concept teaser
The BMW X2 concept will influence a production model, set to sell for around £30,000 late next year; it?ll share many parts with the X1 but has a more sporting character
A concept for the 2017 BMW X2 will be revealed at the Paris motor show tomorrow, and BMW has released a single teaser image of the SUV onto Twitter.
The concept will influence a production model that will go on sale during the latter half of 2017, officials from the German car maker have revealed. So far, only development versions of the X2 have been seen.
Sister model to the recently introduced second-generation X1, the X2 will become the sixth SUV model to join the BMW line-up and the second to be based on its highly versatile UKL platform ? the same structure that underpins the upcoming second-generation Mini Countryman, which is also planned to get its first public airing at the Paris motor show.
The X2 will rival the Range Rover Evoque, and will be priced from around £30,000. It has been conceived as a sporting alternative to the X1 in much the same way the X4 provides a more dynamic take on the X3 and the X6 acts as a more performance orientated option to the X5.
BMW marketing insiders say the X2 is intended to appeal to buyers who may have traditionally opted for a sporting hatchback yet seek the added security of the high seating position offered by an SUV.
The new X2 is described as being ?more adventurous? in appearance than that of the smartly styled X1, despite the two sharing the same basic structural hard points.
Prototypes seen testing revealed that the production version of the X2 has a bluff front end dominated by a large kidney shaped grille and heavily profiled bonnet ? a look largely shared with the X1.
Further back, the new BMW boasts a more heavily raked windscreen and significantly lower roofline than its mechanically identical sibling, giving it a more sporting profile.
The flanks are characterized by shapely front fenders and a prominent swage line running from the edge of the headlamps all the way through to the forward point of the tail lamps, while the rear features a hatchback-style tailgate that features a separate opening rear window for ease of loading in tight space.
Inside, the X2 shares its dashboard and cabin appointments with the second-generation X1. Despite similar dimensions, the new X2 will not offer quite the same accommodation or luggage capacity, because in part to its lower roofline and more heavily angled tailgate.
As with the X1, the new X2 will offer a range of transversely mounted four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Included in the launch line-up will one petrol variant in the form of the X2 xDrive20i, which runs a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine delivering 189bhp. It will be joined by three diesels all powered by BMW?s widely used turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel: the X2 xdrive18d with 148bhp, the X2 xDrive20d with 187bhp and the X2 xDrive25d with 227bhp.
Gearbox choice will include a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic along with the choice of either rear- or four-wheel drive in combination with the least powerful diesel engine option used by the X2 xDrive18d.
An image of Renault?s Trezor concept has been accidentally released. The model wasn?t due to be fully revealed until its slot the Paris motor show.
The leaked image shows the full frontal view of the car, including the red windscreen and hexagonal pattern on the bonnet which was previously shown in a teaser image. Another image has since surfaced on Twitter, which also shows the full front end of the car.
Car news website Carscoops originally picked up on the car?s leak, but French magazine L?Automobile were behind it; publishing the front cover of their magazine ahead of the image?s official release time.
Read about this year's Paris motor show here
L'Automobile also showed a smaller image of the Volkswagen ID concept ahead of time.
Another image also shows the car?s rear, which incorporates a full-width light bar and rakish rear windscreen, as well as an aggressive rear diffuser.
We already know that the Trezor will feature autonomous technology from the teaser video released by Renault which showed the car?s driver asleep behind the wheel.
The Trezor signposts Renault?s future design direction, much like the DeZir concept did in 2010.
The Koleos large SUV and Alaskan pick-up truck will join the Trezor on Renault?s Paris motor show stand.
Keep up with all the latest Paris motor show news, with all the latest reveals and details here
The Volkswagen ID concept has been officially revealed ahead of its debut at the Paris motor show.
The all-electric hatchback, confirmed to make production in 2020, is powered by a 168bhp electric motor and is claimed to be capable of travelling between 249 and 373 miles on one charge, depending on the driving circumstances.
The concept features a design that?s completely different to VW?s other models. The low-drag focus of the ID's five-door body is clear with the use of smooth body panels and flat door handles.
With no engine to feed, the car doesn't have a front grille and gets a short, steeply angeled bonnet that feeds into a long windscreen.
Behind this is a panoramic roof that reaches back into an extended roof spoiler that likely helps to boost aerodynamic efficiency.
While Volkswagen hasn't revealed any pictures of the car's interior, four passenger seats with floating headrests can be seen, as can a narrow dashboard and polygon-shaped steering wheel.
Volkswagen has confirmed that the concept has an autonomous driving mode that will be offered in production models from 2025, suggesting this steering wheel is only required during manual modes.
Volkswagen says the ID's design will serve as the DNA for its future range of electric models.
It is the first car to be built upon VW?s Modular Electric Drive underpinnings (MEB) and will sit alongside the similar-sized Golf as a zero-emission alternative.
The car will be shown in Paris this week where more details will be released.
The Aston Martin DB11 has officially entered production today, marking the manufacturer's latest renaissance and renewed product offensive.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin?s CEO, will inspect the first 1000 examples that roll off the production line, although Aston has revealed that it has received more than 3000 orders for its new grand tourer already.
No limit is being put on the DB11?s production run; the only factor determining how many will be made is Aston Martin?s build capacity for the model.
Six more new models will follow the DB11, including a crossover which will be entirely new territory for both Aston Martin and the supercar segment entirely and built in a brand new Aston Martin factory in Wales.
Also under Aston Martin?s ?Second Century Plan? ? so called because Aston turned 103 years old this year ? are a new Vantage, Vanquish, Rapide EV, and Lagonda saloon.
The Vantage is tipped to be revealed around this time next year, while the DBX crossover will arrive at the turn of the next decade. Aston also grabbed headlines earlier this year with the announcement of its AM-RB 001 joint-venture hypercar with the Red Bull Formula 1 team.
The DB11 Volante ? the DB11?s convertible variant ? will go on sale in Spring 2018.
Although not in direct competition with Lamborghini?s upcoming Urus SUV, it?s likely that the cars will rival each other when they come to market.
The DB11 is available to order now, with prices starting at £154,900. Deliveries are set to start in October, although orders placed now won?t be delivered until the end of next year, according to an Aston Martin spokesman.