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  • Citroen C3 Pluriel

The C3 Pluriel is directly inspired by the "Pluriel demonstration vehicle", a concept car presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1999 and in Geneva and Paris in 2000. This highly original vehicle heralded a new phase in modular vehicle design. This concept has now become a reality. Citroën has developed the technical solutions necessary to offer a host of body configurations on the same vehicle.

With the C3 Pluriel, Citroën has taken a huge step forward in the quest for the ideal car : o able to satisfy user needs and requirements on a day-to-day basis, o adapting at will, o reflecting a leisure-oriented lifestyle. The C3 Pluriel offers a host of body configurations on a single C3.

  • Citroen C-Airdream Concept

With C-Airdream, a 2+2 coupé concept car, Citroën continues to explore the language of styling. Flowing lines, clean contours, sophisticated materials and plays of light take passengers on a journey through the senses.

A harmony of slender proportions and fluid lines with an underlying promise of power, C-Airdream expresses Citroën's vision of sporting coupé design. The contemporary edge of Citroën's design values can also be seen in the interior of C-Airdream. Sculptured lines, contrasting colours, noble materials and plays of light create a harmonious whole with immediate appeal.

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Mercedes- Benz

At this year's "Mondial de l'automobile" (28.9 to 13.10. 2002) Mercedes-Benz is reasserting its position as the most dynamic and successful premium automobile brand with world and European premieres in five model series, four new AMG high-performance cars and a number of trailblazing innovations:
  • S-Class: The number one in the luxury class with the latest tech-nology 
  • CL-Class: Model year 2003 more elegant and innovative · SL-Class: New six-cylinder SL 350 sports car 
  • E-Class: E 200 KOMPRESSOR and E 320 CDI enter the range 
  • C-Class: V6 models now also available with 4MATIC · Mercedes-AMG: World premiere for four new high-performance cars


  • Ferrari Enzo

Ferrari Maserati Group President, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo launched International Media test drive of the “Enzo Ferrari,” the latest car from the Maranello marque. It is due to be launched officially at the Paris International Motor Show in September. 

Montezemolo was joined by Amadeo Felisa, the Managing Director of the Gestione Industriale, who can be considered the “father” of the “Enzo Ferrari” and Managing Director of the Gestione Sportiva, Jean Todt, who had just returned from celebrating Michael Schumacher’s F1 World Championship title in France.

  • Fiat Stilo Station Wagon

Station Wagons have always evoked the idea of travel, freedom, movement and trips. Whether they be long or short, for fun or work, with family or with friends. Or even on your own, towards distant horizons, perhaps with all your sports equipment on board. Now the Station Wagon sector welcomes the Stilo SW, Fiat's newest creation. The space is only to be expected, but you will be pleasantly surprised by the innovative solutions and systems that ensure the car's occupants well-being, driving comfort and safety. Because the Fiat Stilo SW is still a Stilo and, like the saloon, is self-evidently a no-nonsense good-looking car with stacks of personality and attributes that are now permanently encoded in the DNA of any Fiat: innovative design, cutting-edge technology available to all and clever solutions to make life simpler and better.

  • Ford StreedKa

The Ford StreetKa is a small convertible roadster, based on the successful two-door Ka model. It offers classic open-air fun in a desirable, stylish, contemporary and high quality yet affordable two-seater package. Developed to define a new market sector for Ford, the chic two-door roadster will appeal to young singles or couples starting-out. Visteon has enhanced and refined the visual components and systems to ensure that they blend with the exciting "look" of this new model.

Joining them on stage at Paris are a host of new Ford vehicles and technologies:

  • Ford Ka moves up a gear and becomes a family with the addition of the stylish Streetka roadster and exciting Sportka
  • The all-new Fiesta range is extended with a new three-door model and new technology options
  • The all-new Ford Fusion Urban Activity Vehicle benefits from new Durashift-EST transmission and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) options
  • For performance purists, the World Rally Car inspired Focus RS enters production this month
  • Ford’s accessible Sport Technologies, or ST models extend the Focus and Mondeo ranges
  • Ford Mondeo gains a new 115 PS TDCi diesel and the Durashift 5-tronic transmission
  • Ford's Duratorq TDCi range of diesel powertrains expands to include a new 100 PS version for the best-selling Focus. Ford Duratorq TDCi technology is now available across the heart of the Ford range from 68 PS to 130 PS, from Fiesta to Transit.
  • Direct-Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) petrol engine technology for uncompromised performance and low fuel consumption will enter the range later in 2003 when Ford of Europe starts production of a new generation of engines called Duratec SCi – for 'Smart Charge injection’.
  • Ford's all-new Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect are built to take on the small commercial vehicle market with the same levels of strength and dependability as the full size Transit
  • The versatile Ford Ranger gets a new look, new features and a new pillarless four-door Super Cab




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  • Jaguar XJ

The introduction of any new XJ range opens a fresh chapter in the story of the Jaguar marque. Against a background of significant growth - in 2001 Jaguar's annual global sales passed 100,000 for the first time, and this year will show another strong increase

Jaguar XJ


  • Nissan Micra

Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., will present the bold, all-new Micra at the Mondial de L'Automobile 2002 (Paris Motor Show, 28 September – 13 October). Underlining the company’s product-led renaissance, the latest Micra will be the third all-new Nissan to be launched in just 12 months, and will continue to be Nissan's biggest volume seller in Europe. It joins the acclaimed new Primera and strong selling X-TRAIL to spearhead Nissan’s resurgence in Europe.

  • Nissan C+C

But although the new Micra will be the focus of attention at the Paris Salon, it won’t be the only new Nissan compact on display. Sharing some of the limelight will be a stunning Micra-based concept car, the Micra C+C.



  • Opel Eco Speedster Concept
  • Opel Meriva
  • Opel Signum

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