Gay Paris

The centre of food, fashion, romance, culture and erm… cars. Yes, that’s right, Paris is home to the imaginatively titled, Paris Motor Show; one of the most important car shows that takes place every other year (alternating with the Frankfurt Motor Show). It’s been going since 1898 (yes – they had cars then) and it brings together all things car – from concept designs to launches, as well as showing off all the latest gadgets and gizmos.

The last Paris Motor Show attracted over a million visitors – which is a lot of car enthusiasts for any city (imagine the interesting conversations). And as well as being a one stop shop for bringing together cars of the past, present and future, it’s an event that’s had its own fair share of firsts. For example, the 1946 show was the first event to be organised on European soil after the Second World War and Denise Colcombert became the first woman to actually sell cars at the show (whatever next).

This year, the show’s jam-packed with new launches, from the much anticipated Land Rover Discovery to the revamped Micra, that Nissan hopes will breathe new life into its supermini legacy. And speaking of legacies, VW’s fully automated electric concept car (no danger of emissions here) looks like something straight out of Tron. The  VW I.D. is fully automated and to activate its fully autonomous functions you simply have to touch the VW logo on the steering wheel for three seconds, it then vanishes into the dashboard so you’ll know that the car’s in charge; leaving you to enjoy the scenery.

But you know, it’s all very well having fancy cars that drive themselves or go from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds (like the Mercedes AMG GT C roadster) – for most of us our car’s about getting to work, school and chucking the weekly shop or muddy dog in the boot. And having a car means having insurance – it’s the law. So, let’s get back to reality and step away from the shiny, exciting cars in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and look at car insurance on your computer in your front room instead – it’s not that exciting in comparison but at least it’s easy when you comparethemarket.com

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