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2014 Mondial Paris Autoshow PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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In contrast to the 2012 version of the Paris Mondial show two years ago, the concept and production cars unveiled at 2014's show strongly put forth the message that the automotive crisis in Europe is now behind us. The five takeaway points we retain from our visit are:

1. Most new production cars in the premium and middle ranges are now using LEDs at the front and rear.

2. To create visual distinction in the front from HID, the LED headlamps tend to use groups of lenses with square, rectangular, and other non-round contours. The big round projector module is being supplanted. Headlamp heights are decreasing in concept cars, also to some degree in new production models. The constraint of the ø70mm lens has been removed by LEDs.

3. We're definitely seeing industry-wide use of DRL and rear lamp design to emphasise styling differentiation and reinforce brand signature. Full red/white light bars or light guides are used more and more, emphasising the brand signature.

Left to right: Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Lexus

4. A trend unveiled in several concept cars is fully-red (rear) or fully-white (front) perfectly homogeneous functional light blocks, using new materials and techniques.

Left to right: Honda, DS, Peugeot

5. We see a proliferation of the ADB, adaptive driving beam or glare-free high beam. All the premium cars and also the middle range cars now use this technology and communicate on it.

Left to right: Audi, Volkswagen, BMW