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Martin Leach and Kylie Minogue, signing the
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|Martin Leach, Ford of Europe President and COO, unveiled six new
products, and finished with a n sensational surprise when superstar
Kylie Minogue entered the platform unveiling the Streetka, coachbuilt
Ford of Europe introduced six new products at the Paris Motor
Show, bringing its tally to 32 in as many months. The
record-setting pace is part of the Company's ongoing product led
Ford of Europe Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David W.
Thursfield, said, "We are continuing to invest heavily in our
product range, which is the strongest it has ever been. Meantime,
we have reduced our costs by over $1 billion over two years,
increased our plant utilization to 95 percent, and reduced our
number of assembly plants in Europe from 11 to six.
Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept
At the Paris Autoshow the Volvo S60R and the V70 R were
introduced. The new Volvo S60 R and V70 R are equipped with what
is probably the world’s most advanced active performance
chassis, with Four-C Technology (Continuously Controlled Chassis
Concept). The promise of the noted Volvo PCC and PCC2 concept cars
has now been fulfilled by the Volvo S60 R and V70 R. No other cars
can combine the uncompromising road contact of the extreme sports
cars with the comfort essential in a family car, in the same way
as Volvo’s R cars do.
When the driver presses the "Advanced Sport" button,
the Volvo S60 R or V70 R is transformed into a pure sports car.
The chassis is optimised for maximum roadholding in all
situations, especially when driving on winding roads and at high
speeds. In fact, it can even be used for track driving.
The DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) system can
allow a higher degree of skid before the system cuts in and brakes
the wheels, straightening up the car. This is obtained by pressing
the "DSTC" button once. In this mode, the spin-control
is also turned off.
Mazda2 (Demio) and Mazda6 MPS Concept
Mazda Motor Corporation showcased the Mazda2 (Japanese naming:
Mazda Demio) at the 102nd Paris Auto Show. The Mazda2 will go into
production at Ford of Europe's Valencia Plant in Spain from the
beginning of 2003 as Mazda's first model produced and engineered
in Europe. Mazda also exhibited a diesel version of the Mazda6
(Japanese naming: Mazda Atenza), with the newly developed MZR-CD
direct injection diesel engine. The Mazda6 MPS Concept shows just
what the all-new midsize could be capable of.
The Mazda6 MPS Concept, which marks another world debut for
Mazda in Paris, is a high performance top-end concept model for
the Mazda6 series, which was developed to show off the car's
sophisticated high performance potential. Focused on even more
driving pleasure, improved dynamics and enhanced stylishness and
expression in exterior and interior design, the all-wheel-drive
concept of a top-end Mazda6 is a contemporary proposition for an
ultimate "Zoom-Zoom" machine.
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