Global recession. High gas prices. Wall Street bailouts. What a lovely time for a car show, isn't it? The average Lamborghini buyer's probably thinking more about a noose right now than how tempting the prospect of a four-door, front-engine bull might be. Still, the show must go on and fear not you day traders — the Paris auto show is home to some high-class fuel savers as well, including the Mercedes-Benz S-class hybrid and a BMW 7-series with the same technology. If you're still into revving engines and consuming conspicuously, Audi's RS6 sedan might be the ticket, though the new S4 should stir some excitement as well. But let's not forget the common man, either. Mazda is showing a preview of a possible minicar, while Chevrolet is throwing its future (the remainder of it not invested in the Volt) behind the new Cobalt-replacing Cruze. If you're really in the ditch, well, we're sure Dacia is showing something nice, too.

  Audi A1 Sportback Concept

  Audi A4 TDI Concept e

  Audi S4 Avant

  Audi S4 Sedan

  Bentley Arnage Final Series

  BMW 3-Series Facelift

  BMW 7-Series

  BMW 7-Series ActiveHybrid

  BMW X1 Concept

  Chevrolet Camaro

  Chevrolet Cruze

  Chevrolet Orlando

  Chevrolet Volt

  Citroën C3 Picasso

  Citroën C3 Pluriel Charleston

  Ferrari California

  Fiat 500 Diabolika


  Honda Civic Hybrid

  Honda Insight

  Honda Jazz

  Lamborghini Estoque

  Lexus IS 250C Convertible

  Mazda Kiyora Concept

  Mazda MX-5

  MINI Crossover Concept

  Nissan Nuvu Concept

  Saab 9-X Air Concept

  Volkswagen Golf

  Volkswagen GTI Design Study

  Volvo DRIVe Technology