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X-TRAIL FOR X-PHILES Nissan says the X-Trail concept will give customers real off-road ability combined with first-class on-road handling and performance. It’s presented as a showcase for Nissan’s advanced off-road technology: X-Trail debuts a new drive-by-wire 4x4 system, along with ESP (Electronic Stability Program) with traction control and a new 2.0-liter gas engine in a compact SUV-looking body.

2001 Opel Corsa

2001 Opel Corsa

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CORSA GROWS UP GM says the all-new Opel Corsa is more grown-up and more spacious, but Europhiles will still recognize it as the successor to the best-selling compact o the last generation. Three and five-door models will offering significantly more interior space, as well as front and side airbags for driver and passenger, lap-and-shoulder belts for all five occupants (with belt tensioners and force limiters in the front), Active Head Restraints on the front seats and Opel's patented Pedal Release System. In addition to five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions, Opel says it will also offer an alternative gearbox called "Easytronic," a sort-of automatic with some level of manual control.--Bruce Patterson

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