High Gear Media's Social Media Cheat Sheet For The 2010 Paris Auto Show

September 29, 2010

Chances are good that you're reading this from an office cubicle somewhere in America. Or Canada. Or maybe Australia. Or any other place on the globe that isn't the 2010 Paris Auto Show. Not to worry, though -- many of us are right there with you, scarfing down Lunchables from the vending machine and looking for news from the City of Light.   

Of course, you know that we'll take that news and put it under the microscope, unravel it, give you our take on it -- that's what we love to do, and that's why you follow us, here and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheCarConnection) and Twitter (@CarConnection, @TheRealMA, @GreenCarReports, @HighGearMedia). But if you're a real news junkie, you want news from every source, including the automakers themselves.

These days, most car companies are making heavy use of social media, and they're often using those tools to share news as it happens. So we thought you might like to have a cheat sheet for those automakers with big reveals in Paris. This isn't an exhaustive list, so feel free to add to it in the comments below. And for a complete Paris preview, check Marty Padgett's sneak peek at Motor Authority.

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Aston Martin
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/astonmartin
Twitter: http://twitter.com/astonmartin
We're expecting a low-pro unveiling of the not-so-extremely made-over Aston Martin DB9. But hey: as long as they keep that Lagonda concept at home, we'll be happy to pop in for a look.  

Audi
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/audi
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Audi_Online
Audi will be rolling into Paris with a V8 variant of the R8 Spyder and a drop-top version of the e-tron concept. Bon appetit, y'all. 

BMW
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BMW
Twitter: http://twitter.com/bmw_global
BMW won't bring much to the show, but the company's devoted (read: rabid) fans will probably still want a peek at the 6-Series concept.  

Chevrolet
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chevrolet
Twitter: http://twitter.com/chevrolet
 The Aveo, the Orlando, and the you-can-look-but-you-can't-touch-America Cruze hatchback, plus an Opel or two: it's a big event for Chevy. Or Chevrolet.  

Ferrari
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ferrari
Twitter:  (No official Twitter feed that we can find)
Keep an eye out for the California hybrid. It'll have just as much silicone as other California hybrids, but way less Botox.

Ford
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ford
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ford
The Ford Focus ST, like the Chevy Cruze hatch mentioned above, is enough to make us wish we had a second garage in Gstaad.

Honda
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Honda
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Honda
You'd think a hybrid version of the popular Honda Fit would be a pretty obvious choice for American showrooms, but that's what you'd get for thinking.

Hyundai
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Hyundai
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Hyundai
With Hyundai still riding a huge wave of popularity in the U.S. and elsewhere, we're impatiently tapping our toes waiting for the Accent and the Veloster. Or maybe we just need a trip to la toilette.

Jaguar
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Jaguar
Twitter: http://twitter.com/InteractiveJag
We've got the goods on the new Jag concept. Oh boy, do we. Check back this afternoon. Or, you know, look at the company's own stuff. Your choice.

Kia
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kia (P.S. Not the best FB page we've seen)
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KMA_PR (Also, not the best Twitter page)
The Kia Pop looks like a citycar designed for an LSD-inspired mashup of Tron and Valley of the Dolls. Which sounds so good that we've already copyrighted it, so BACK OFF.  

Lamborghini
Facebook: (No official Facebook page that we can find)
Twitter: (No official Twitter feed that we can find) 
 You've seen the tease. Are you ready for the full strip?

Land Rover
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/landrover
Twitter: http://twitter.com/interactivelr 
Juliette Lewis is somehow involved in unveiling the Range Rover Evoque -- and she may have killed the world's pointiest human being, Posh Spice, for the honor. Give that gal some room. 

Lexus 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lexus
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Lexus
You've seen the drum solo. Now take a look at newish versions of the IS and IS-F. 

Lotus
Facebook: (No official Facebook page that we can find)
Twitter: http://twitter.com/grouplotusplc
Lotus' milkshake always brings the boys to the yard. (Girls too.) If you downloaded the Lotus screensaver or visit the company's website, you know just how long you have to wait for a look at the new  Elite, Evora S, and roadster. 

Mazda
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Mazda
Twitter: (No official Twitter feed that we can find, though there are individuals ones for dealers) 
 It's the same Shinari concept you've seen before, but now you can touch it! Well, we can touch it for you.

Mercedes-Benz
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MercedesBenz
Twitter: (No general Twitter feed that we can find, but http://twitter.com/MercedesBenz_TV is pretty good)
Green car fans will want a good look at the A-Class E-cell. Not to be confused with the B-Class F-cell.  

Mitsubishi
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Mitsubishi
Twitter: (No official Twitter feed that we can find) 
We've been talking about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV for a really long time. So long, that we've learned to capitalize it appropriately. Just BRING IT ALREADY.

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