2010 Paris Auto Show

Many of the big international auto shows in Japan and the United States are deep into an era of sobriety, coming off a decades-long binge of wild concept cars and celebrity appearances. That might be the proper approach for the times, but the truth is, we like a good party. And we have to thank the Europeans for having too much love for hot cars to not throw one once in a while. The list of supercar debuts reads like a list of the most lust-worthy cars of the next few years, with announcements from Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Maserati, Audi, Porsche, Bentley, and more. Meanwhile, an even sexier new Mercedes-Benz CLS is joined by its new Audi A7 and S7 competition, as well a sexy midsize coupe, the BMW 6-series.

Even the normal cars at Paris are sexy. The new Volvo S60 and V60 R-Design models are that brand's hottest sedans, Ford has a mean new Focus ST, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque debuts in full form, and yes, even lowly Chevrolet managed to make a great hatchback out of the Cruze. Mini, meanwhile, took something as nerdy and boring as a scooter, added electric power and some attractive body panels, and make the around-town two-wheeler something pretty desirable. Excitement, it seems, can come in all forms, and all of them are at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.