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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.
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
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
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
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.
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
- 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
- The versatile Ford Ranger gets a new look,
new features and a new pillarless four-door Super Cab
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
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.
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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