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THE build-up to the Paris Motor Show is sparking its usual gallery of 'leaks' and 'glimpses'.

With European markets all under severe pressure as sales tail off due to the downturn, the emphasis at Paris, even at this remove, will be on economy.

More and more marques are going hybrid, and petrol technology is now a major plank for some. Ford's 1-litre EcoBoost petrol, which will feature in the new Mondeo, shows what can be achieved.

Toyota has a plethora of models lined up for the Paris Show, with a new Auris, Auris Tourer and Verso. The new Auris hatch and Tourer estate will both have full hybrid technology as well.

The new Verso compact SUV will be of interest to families looking for a nice-sized car with extra space.

Those at the show will get a close-up look at next year's Yaris Trend.

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