The unofficial theme of this year’s Paris Auto Show is electrification. Land Rover is bucking the green trend with a massive gas-slurping SUV, but just about every other major car-maker is showing something that’s either hybrid or fully electric. Volkswagen, Renault, Opel, Mercedes-Benz, and Citroën are among the companies that hopped on the bandwagon. Hell, even Porsche put a gasoline-electric 911 front and center. It’s a track-only race car, but history has shown the tech that debuts on Porsche race cars usually trickles down to production models in a couple of years’ time.
It’s understandably difficult to get buyers and members of the media to take you seriously as a company if you showcase a futuristic self-driving hybrid displayed next to a classic car with four drum brakes and a pair of carburetors. That means vintage models were largely overlooked during this year’s Paris show; in fact, the only one I saw during the press days is a 1970s Suzuki Cervo. It was parked next to the new Ignis, a city car which borrows a handful of styling cues from the Cervo.