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Paris Auto Show 2000: A Preview


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2000 Paris Auto Show logo

Far from the madding crowds of Frankfurt, Detroit, and Tokyo, Paris is the auto-show equivalent of a breather. It’s rife with new product introductions, but against the romantic backdrop of Paris in the fall, even the high-revving Ferraris and exotics seem a bit more laid back.

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Paris is one of the most significant auto shows of the year, however, and this week TCC will be covering the event with this preview of the vehicle debuts (courtesy of our friends at CarDesignNews.com) and with our trademark photo galleries and hot sheets. Check back Friday for breaking news from Paris, and come back Monday for all our coverage from the 2000 show.

2002 Mini Cooper

2002 Mini Cooper

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MINI MANIA FULFILLED? The 2001 Mini Cooper has been seen by most of the world, and now it’s ready for its Paris debut. Mini brand manager Wolfgang Vollath says the first new model in the Mini range will reach U.S. and Japanese markets by spring 2002, selling about 20,000 units a year in the former. Mini executives are quick to stress that the stylish hatch has "the handling of a go-kart, with the highest safety of all small cars". The entry-level model will be equipped with the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine produced in Brazil by a BMW-Chrysler joint venture.

2001 FIat Doblo

2001 FIat Doblo

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DOBLO YOUR PLEASURE A car-like MPV or an MPV-like car? According to Fiat Auto, Doblò is a youthful, original name for a vehicle that’s supposed to ooze fun and likeability. The Doblò seats five people while carrying huge amounts of cargo in the tall-wagon rear. The back seat can be folded down for even more space for all that weekend and sports gear.

2001 Ford Mondeo

2001 Ford Mondeo

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BRAVE NEW WORLD Is this the car the U.S. wanted all along? The new Ford Mondeo (formerly the Contour and Mystique in North America) is based on a new, larger platform. Ford says it represents one of the first key steps in the company’s transformation strategy in Europe. Four- and five-door body styles will be offered, with a wagon back coming next year. New Edge styling in and out, with particular attention to interior finishes, is evident, and the new Mondeo also offers more upscale equipment like projector-style headlights, with a high-intensity xenon option, adaptive dual-stage front airbags, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags, three point seat-belts for all occupants, and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution. Options will include an electronic stability program (ESP), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), an integrated radio/navigation system, and an in-dash six-CD changer.

2001 Mercedes C Class Coupe

2001 Mercedes C Class Coupe

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UP WITH THE HATCH With the new C-Class appearing in U.S. showrooms, Mercedes-Benz is now focusing on a new addition to the entry-level lineup — the C-Class sports coupe. Stock C running gear gets a swoopy three-door treatment, while an available panoramic sliding sunroof lights up the interior without robbing head room. American marketing plans are uncertain.

2001 Nissan Fusion concept

2001 Nissan Fusion concept

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COOL FUSION Nissan’s first concept car of the year is the Fusion, a four-door midsize sedan the company says offers a new approach to its design philosophy. It’s also a fitting Paris debutante, given the company’s recent alliance with France’s Renault SA.

Nissan says the Fusion is a mix of different elements: "hard and soft, cold and warm, technology and human touch, futurism and reminiscence." What, no feng shui? More on this "mono-silhouette" (there’s an awful lot of French in their press releases these days) as the week progresses.

2001 Nissan XTrail concept

2001 Nissan XTrail concept

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