Paris Showfull of eastern promise

On reflection, the press days of the 2010 Paris Motor Show (which opened to the public yesterday) were overshadowed by a single, mostly unmentioned topic.

2nd October, 2010

On reflection, the press days of the 2010 Paris Motor Show (which opened to the public yesterday) were overshadowed by a single, mostly unmentioned topic.

No, it was not the exciting new models exposed, not the much-hyped electric cars, nor the green agenda, but the enormous disposable wealth of the Chinese market which was the great, underlying influence.

Indeed, at many of the major press conferences, Chinese language translation was being offered for the first time,...

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