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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible concept

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible concept

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SUNNY SIDE UP. As the story goes, Chrysler public-relations staffers went to the art department just four months ago looking for a New York concept. The PT Convertible is what they got: a chop-topped, lowered PT Cruiser with a glass-windowed convertible top. Chrysler design chief Trevor Creed noted that of all the various alternatives shown to the Chrysler National Dealer Council, “this was their number one, hands-down choice,” and he hinted that as a result, the Cruiser Convertible could very well leapfrog other variants, such as the GT Cruiser. When could it reach market with this or some other variant? “In the 2003-2004 timeframe. It’s got to be in that timeframe to keep the excitement, keep the momentum going.” Both he and Jim Schroer willingly acknowledged that you need to have new variants during the lifecycle, or even a hot vehicle gets old and could die.

 

AFFORDABLE LUXURY. While automotive aficionados have already gotten a preview of Jaguar’s new X-Type sedan, the British automaker used the New York Auto Show to pull the wraps off its aggressive pricing strategy. The base model X-Type, with a 2.5-liter V-6 engine, will go for $29,950, while the 3.0-liter V-6-equipped model will start at $39,950. Executives from a number of competing carmakers were closely watching the preview, and one later conceded the X-Type could make a dent in his company’s own entry-luxury market share. Jaguar hopes to sell as many as 15,000 X-Types this year, due to its late introduction, with volume surging to 35,000 next year. The compact sports sedan segment is the fastest growing niche in the U.S. market, noted Jaguar’s U.S. chief, Michael O’Driscoll, now accounting for 40 percent of the overall luxury market.

 

2002 Audi A4

2002 Audi A4

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HOWDY, AUDI . Say hello to the new Audi A4. The sixth generation of the German marque’s own entry model will debut in October, and should prove a surprise to longtime fans. Audi’s U.S. President, Len Hunt, said the automaker put an emphasis on improving ride quality and increasing interior space. But the new A4 also introduces the first CVT, or Continuously Variable Transmission offered by a luxury automaker. A CVT eliminates conventional step gears, constantly running the engine at optimum speed. Audi officials insist it offers the fuel economy and performance of a manual, with the smoothness of an automatic. It will be mated, initially, to either a carryover, 170-horsepower 1.8-liter, turbocharged in-line four, or an all-new, 220-hp 3.0-liter V-6. (Buyers will have a choice of the “Multitronic” or a stick shift.) A CVT will be available only on the front-drive A4, though a version for the A4 Quattro is under development. Look for the CVT to become a mainstay for Audi, Hunt promised, largely replacing the marque’s conventional automatic transmissions. Audi also announced it will offer the OnStar system on all its 2002 models.

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