Yom Kippur at the Paris Motor Show 2012


Today is “The Day” i.e. The Day of Atonement on the Jewish Calendar. There’s no holier day for The Chosen People. It’s also the first live day of coverage for journalists at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the first show of the rambunctious Auto Show Season. How do these fit together?

Since we didn’t win the Kia Canada Photography Contest and Twitter gives a more interactive glimpse of the proceedings anyways, let’s see how the world’s largest and most influential automakers fared in Paris today and what they have to atone for as a result. Even with more guilt-assuaging plug-in hybrids than sexy booth babes, you’d better believe they’re still guilty beyond reproach.

In no particular order, the 6 Most Sinful:

All but on link head to AutoGuide, who’re doing excellent coverage as usual!

1. 1300kg Bentley Continental GT3 (https://bit.ly/PphSh9) – AutoGuide

Bentley must atone for making the standard Conti GT weigh 1000kg more.

2. Rolls Royce Art Deco Special Editions (https://bit.ly/Q1vTma) – AutoGuide

RR must atone for the lack of steel brightwork, Art Deco lettering, and white wall wheels.

3. Facelifted Honda CR-Z (https://bit.ly/S9lovw) – AutoGuide

Honda must atone for still, still! not giving the CR-Z enough power. 200hp should do it. Make it so.

4. Jaguar F-Type (https://bit.ly/P6QFhV) – AutoGuide

Jaguar must atone for over-pricing its smallest car by a solid $20k. Expect Canadian prices to start around C$75,000 and shoot up into the C$120,000 range. It’s not even that pretty!

5. Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo (https://bit.ly/SRojJu) – AutoGuide

Porsche must atone for making the rest of its 4-doors so heinous. Porsche, we had no idea you were capable of this!

6. Lamborghini LP560-4 MkII (https://bit.ly/SARmWR) – Jalopnik

Lamborghini must atone for resting on its laurels and falling in love with too many triangles.


It was probably pretty tricky to fast at the endless buffet that is the life of the traveling auto journalist (not that we’re envious), but for those of the Tribe, we wish them strength and all the best in the New Year.

[Photo credit: Josh Decker/Quattro World via Jalopnik, Andrew Frankel]