From supercars to Lana Del Rey, the best and worst of the Paris Motor Show

The preview day at Paris reflected an industry growing more nervous: about the economy, about regulations, and finding a future for itself that will look radically different than the past.





Like Lana Del Rey singing in the rain, the automakers at the 2012 Paris Motor Show tried to keep their enthusiasm even as the clouds grew dark. After 12 hours spanning nearly 40 presentations by automakers -- from dry recitations of numbers to a tri-lingual rap performance that wouldn't be welcome at midnight, let alone 7 a.m. -- the preview day reflected an industry growing more nervous: about the economy, about regulations, and finding a future for itself that will look radically different than the past. Some things worked, others seemed out of tune.

Here are our picks for the best and the worst:

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BEST NEW CAR, REALITY DIVISION: Jaguar F-Type

Click here for a photo gallery of the Jaguar F-Type, unveiled this week at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Click here for a photo gallery of the Jaguar F-Type, unveiled this week at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. The new Jaguar F-Type. In pictures, it's nice if a little too restrained. Up close, one gets a much better sense of its heft and details — from the way the tail lamps wrap halfway around the rear fender to the door handles that rest flush with the door when locked and pop out with the fob as needed, in a kind of mechanical handshake. It's been quite some time since a Jaguar evoked this much passion among the scribbling set.

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