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News of February
World debut for the Fiat's New Ulysse, the Lancia Phedra and the Alfa 156 GTA sedan and Sportwagon at the 72nd International Geneva Motor Show
Torino - The Fiat stand features the world premier of the New Ulysse, the MPV that replaces the current Fiat model.
Fiat's New Ulysse
A Lake Blue 2.2 JTD is exhibited on a rotating, angled platform that tilts to show off the car to its best advantage. A little further down, another two versions are accessible to visitors: one equipped with the new 150 kW (204 bhp) 3.0 V6 24v and the self-adaptive automatic transmission, the other with the 100 kW (136 bhp) 2.0 16v. The New Fiat Ulysse is devoted to customers who want a comfortable, roomy, versatile MPV with plenty of seats that offers great practicality.
The indisputable star of the Lancia stand is the Phedra, the new Lancia MPV presented for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.
An elliptical platform in Carrara marble in the centre of the exhibition area houses the new model. All spotlights on the rotating stand are turned on the Lancia Phedra in the 94 kW (128 bhp) 2.2 jtd 16v version in Bellini Blue. This version is flanked by two vehicles accessible to the public, one fitted with the new 150 kW (204 bhp) 3.0 V6 24v power unit and the other with the 2.2 jtd 16v. The Lancia Phedra was created as part of a joint venture with the French PSA group and is bigger than the previous model: it measures 4.75 metres in length, 1.86 metres in width and 1.75 metres in height. It is also equipped with a set of safety, comfort and telematic devices that set it at the very pinnacle of its category.
Alfa Romeo displays its latest novelty in a glass case at the centre of its stand at the Geneva Motor Show: the 2.0 JTS (Jet Thrust Stoichiometric) engine, Alfa Romeo's interpretation of the direct injection petrol engine.
Alfa Romeo 156 GTA
The new Alfa 156 saloon and Sportwagon, two cars which retain only the exterior styling and basic character of their predecessors. Everything else has been radically changed to ensure better performance, more safety, extensive telematic equipment and lavish interiors. The Alfa 156 2.0 JTS is on a rotating platform. The Sportwagon 2.4 JTD is on the floor where it is accessible to the public. Next to the cars a display case illustrates the evolving design of the Alfa Romeo grille, while a facia with the CONNECT system allows the public to try the many functions for themselves and to access the services offered by this innovative onboard telematic system.
Places of honour are also reserved for the Alfa 156 GTA saloon and Sportwagon, two assertive, sporty versions with brilliant, state-of-the-art engineering that harks back to a great tradition of races and victories. A Metallic Grey Sportwagon is on the platform, next to an Alfa Red saloon. Like the new Alfa 156, they are both making their public debut, having been launched recently. The heart of the GTAs is exhibited in a glass case: the 3.2 V6 24V engine, which provides the exciting performance of a racing car, but is also perfect for everyday use
(Feb. 25, 2002)
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