Less weight means more mpgs at the 2012 Paris Motor Show (roundup)

One of the easiest ways to increase fuel efficiency without sacrificing driveability is to shave weight. Lose a gram here, save an ounce there and before you know it, you could be looking at sizeable weight reduction and a complementary reduction in fuel consumption and particulate emissions. At the first day of the 2012 Paris Motor Show, we heard this theme repeated over and over from automakers as they put their vehicles on a diet shaving hundreds of pounds off of their newest models.

Here’s what we saw on the first day of the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

(Credit: Wayne Cunningham/CNET ) Audi A3 Sportback

Audi debuts the five-door variant of the next generation A3, which is the model most likely to find its way to US shores. The new model features updated styling and a bit of trickle down dashboard tech from the automaker’s larger, more expensive models. Expect the A3 to bring along a 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and a 2.0-liter TDI diesel option that outputs 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque when it gets here.

(Credit: Antuan Goodwin/CNET ) Volkswagen Golf MK7

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