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2002 Paris Auto Show, Part I Page 3


Volkswagen Magellan concept

Volkswagen Magellan concept

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Volkswagen AG chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder confirmed a published report that the Volkswagen Magellan crossover SUV concept that the company showed at last January's Detroit auto show will be developed as an Audi, and will share some parts and components with the Volkswagen Touareg. VW is introducing the Touareg, Audi A8 and Audi S4 at this week's Paris motor show. Pischetsrieder also said the new A8 shows Audi's design direction of designing its sedans to look more like coupes. "When I was at BMW, we looked at Audi as following in our footsteps all the time...but you can never get ahead of the competition if you do that," said the former BMW chairman. He noted that BMW's sedans were looking more like traditional Mercedes sedans in the coming redesigns of the 5-Series and 3-Series, leaving Audi designs looking all the more distinctive. "I would say Jaguar and Acura were closer to our natural competitors going forward," said Pischetsrieder. —Jim Burt
Magellan at Detroit: ’02 Detroit Show, Part II by Marty Padgett (1/14/2002)


Most new vehicles sold a decade from now, especially premium vehicles, will not carry a spare tire, said Michelin Group chairman CEO Edouard Michelin Wednesday at an industry event sponsored by J.D. Power and Associates and Automotive News. "The spare tire is prehistoric," said Michelin, who says it will take another decade for consumers to accept not having a spare. "Most people do not know how to change a tire anyway," said the Michelin scion. The Renault Scenic in Europe is one car, noted Michelin, that does not carry a spare. "Look at the size of the spare tire sitting under the trunk in a Mercedes S Class, and how much room that opens up," said Michelin.The costs of a run-flat tire are still higher than traditional tires, but the costs are coming down, said Michelin, and there is clearly interest at the consumer level and by regulators, especially in the U.S. —Jim Burt

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