2002 Fiat StiloEnlarge Photo
The replacement for the Fiat Brava and Bravo, the Stilo, features a new angular look for both three and five-door versions shown at Frankfurt. When they go on sale later this year in Europe, they will offer a choice of engines ranging from a 105-hp 1.6-liter in-line four to a 170-hp 2.4-liter in-line four in high performance Abarth models. The Abarth model gives Fiat an entry into the competitive ‘hot-hatch’ segment of the Euro market.
2002 Lancia Thesis
Lancia’s anything but conservatively styled Thesis was unveiled as the company’s new flagship. The car, which blend the combination of luxury with Lancia’s unique style ‘exudes Italian class.’ It is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6, a 2.4-liter five-cylinder, a 2.4-liter turbodiesel or a 2.0-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine.
2002 Lancia ThesisEnlarge Photo
Mitsubishi concept Frankfurt 2001Enlarge Photo
Many people in the U.S. are unfamiliar with Mitsubishi’s success in rallying. But in Europe and Japan, the company is well known for it. The Shogun Desert Stormer Concept presents a new idea of what direction Mitsu will take for styling in the future. Under the hood is a high performance 3.5-liter V-6. Power is put to the ground through AWD. Production is reasonably certain for Europe and Japan, however, U.S. consumption is unlikely.
2002 Lamborghini Murcielago
The Diablo’s long-awaited replacement finally debuted at Frankfurt. The new car, called Murcielago (Italian for bat, but also the name of a breed of bull) is powered by a 6.2-liter V-12, with 570 hp at 7500 rpm and 480 lb-ft of torque at 5400 rpm. The car has scissor-type doors like the Diablo and will have permanent AWD. Lamborghini expects to produce about 400 of the cars per year when production starts.