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Alfa Romeo


The Place of honour on the Alfa Romeo stand at the Paris International Motor Show is reserved for the GTA family, particularly the latest arrival, i.e. the 147- whose world premiere has been timed to coincide with the French Show. The area devoted to this exhilarating, sporty family is triangle-shaped. A 147 GTA occupies the tip of the triangle and also the very centre of the stand. It is positioned on a rotating stand in a dark colour to emphasise the model's Alfa Red livery. The other two corners of the exhibition triangle are occupied by a 156 GTA saloon and, higher up, the Alfa 156 GTA raced by Fabrizio Giovanardi in the Fia ETCC 2002 Championship.


The new Audi A8 combines technical characteristics that set it clearly apart from its class competitors. As the brand's flagship model, it uncompromisingly demonstrates the identity of the next generation of Audi models and embodies Audi's claim of "Vorsprung durch Technik": sporting character and clear design, innovative technology and superlative quality.


The capital of France is once again the capital of the motoring world from 28 September - 13 October 2002, with BMW supplying the highlights: This year's Mondial de l`Automobile sees the launch of the BMW Z4 as well as the six- and 8-cylinder diesel engines in the BMW 730d and 740d - three world debuts setting the standard in their class. And - quite appropriately for the country of Jules Vernes - visitors to the Show are able to look into the future on the BMW stand, intelligent Adaptive Light Control (ALC) revolutionising headlight technology and guiding the driver along winding roads.
  • BMW Z4
  • BMW 730d and 740d 
  • intelligent Adaptive Light Control (ALC)


The design specification for the GT coupé was that it must not only house the hardware safely to realise 180mph plus performance – including a 6-litre, twin-turbocharged, 12-cylinder engine – but that it must also carry four people. The design specification of the GT coupé allowed that a family of four and their luggage should be able to cross a continent in comfort, style and luxury.


 Bugatti EB 16·4 Veyron

Not long now - at the end of 2003 the first 21st-century Bugatti, a blend of traditional craftsmanship and ultra-modern industrial production, will leave the factory - the Bugatti EB 16·4 Veyron, a production car of exceptionally unusual design that will be based on the design study of the same name displayed by BUGATTI Automobiles S.A.S. at the 72nd Geneva Motor Show in 2002.

At the time of writing, in the spring of 2002, the 736 kW (1001 bhp) Bugatti EB 16·4 Veyron, although exhibited as a design study, has already reached a degree of driveline and body development that is close to series production status. The first theoretical performance figures are also available: the new 16-cylinder sports car should reach a top speed of 406 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 300 km/h in under 14 seconds.

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