In 1898 the world's first auto show was held in Paris at the Tuilleries Gardens. Only a few vehicles were on display, and people were so skeptical of this new mode of transportation -- Le Car -- that exhibitors had to drive their automobiles from Versailles to Paris to prove their validity.
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More than a century later, the 2010 Paris Auto Show is home to over 100 world premieres. Alternating years with Frankfurt Auto Show, Paris has become the platform for unveiling supercars and especially this year, electric vehicles. This year's line up includes vehicles from Ford, Jaguar, Peugeot, Land Rover, Citroen, Mercedes, Nissan, BMW, Fiat, Audi, Mini, Lotus, and Fisker Automotive. With the auto industry emerging from a few years of serious adversity, it's good to see a Paris show so fresh, stylish and future-leaning.
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