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PARIS SHOW: The first walk around

By Glenn Brooks | 27 September 2012

The upside-down Adam running around a track above Opels stand delighted Paris media day one visitors and is sure to be a hit on the public days

The upside-down Adam running around a track above Opel's stand delighted Paris media day one visitors and is sure to be a hit on the public days

The early bird catches the...uncovered world premiere cars here at the Paris motor show on the first morning of media day number one.

I spent the first hour here wandering about seeing various cars and concepts before the final feather duster gave them a once-over and the dust covers went back on. This is a curious process as there are few cars here which the media hadn't been alerted to in advance, as you'll be aware from seeing the links to such models in our preview list.

Throughout the day, press conferences are taking place, each of which is supposed to last 15 minutes. The problem, is, there's no break between, so, if the next OEM happens to be a 20 minute walk from where you are, you'll miss what's being announced. Luckily, not too much tends to be revealed in the typical speech made by the CEO of brand X. And spare a thought for we gents and ladies of the Fourth Estate as the first event took place at 07:30CET (Suzuki), with the covers being whipped off new models every 15 minutes somewhere else in these vast halls until the last one (Subaru) takes place at 18:15.

While Suzuki was showing off its S-Cross concept, I was wandering about opening doors, bonnets and tailgates or pressing my fingers into dashboard plastics on other stands. Here are my first thoughts of what I found:

Author: Glenn Brooks