In Paris, Pininfarina shows
the Nido concept car that shows all aspects of design and engineering combined
in a small and safe model. Nido shows Pinin’s solutions for a better future. Of
course, Pininfarina also had the Ferrari F430, for which it designed the body.
year, Lexus wil unveil a new model, the HLS, High Luxury Sedan, which will
be positioned above the LS430. The HLS will have to compete with cars such as the
Mercedes-Benz CL and S-Classes. Also in the pipeline is the new IS, that will
definitely get a 180-hp diesel engine, which will give it a better chance for
success on the European market. We think this will be the D-4D Clean Power
Toyota unveiled in
Paris in the Avensis Clean
Power. Lexus did not bring anything new to
Paris, but the GS300 and the RX 400 hybrid made
their European debut.
Toyota Avensis Clean
Clean is not
only the future of the gas engine: diesel powerplants will be much more
environmental friendly too in coming years. Although most manufacturers are
cutting particle emissions by equipping diesels with particulate filters,
emissions of NOx is the next point of focus.
says its 2.2-liter D-4D Clean Power
diesel engine is the most powerful and most environmental friendly in its class.
The engine delivers 180 hp and has 295 lb-ft of torque. NOx and particle
emissions are well below the Euro IV emission standard. The Avensis concept car
has a mesh grille and air intakes in the bumper.
Suzuki showed its new
Swift in Paris.
The small car shows that such a model still can offer enough interior space for
two adults and two children in the rear. With a length of 146 inches it is the
ideal city car and will compete with the Toyota Yaris and others. Although
small, it’s not slow: with a 91-hp 1.3-liter, a 105-hp 1.5-liter and a 1.3-liter
diesel with 70 hp, the Swift will be more than able to provide transportation
for commuters. Its top speed
is 109 mph. The new Suzuki is built
Subaru Forester and Legacy
The Japanese brand is looking forward to unveil their
version of the big SUV next year, which is a joint project with Saab. Until then
they have to do with two new versions, one of the Legacy and one of the
Forester. The Legacy 3.0 R Spec B Touring Wagon is the top version of the Legacy
and is equipped with a flat six with 245 hp and 219 lb-ft of torque. Also the
sedan will be available in Spec B trip. The Forester has a new variant: the
2.5XT AWD, that has a 2.5-liter turbo engine with 210 hp and a maximum torque of
The small French car manufacturer Venturi presented its
first sports car 20 years ago. It was a 161-inch-long coupe that was produced
until 1996 and was offered with a 2.5- or a 2.8-liter engine. At the same time
Venturi also built a convertible variant. In 1992 Venturi unveiled its more
spectacular 400 GT, followed in 1995 by the Atlantique 300. Now, Venturi has
shown a completely different car, the Fétish. The new model is powered by an
electric engine with 245 hp and a maximum torque of 162 lb-ft. With a weight of
only 1773 lb, of which 772 lb are taken by the batteries, the Fétish can
accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds, while it reaches a top speed of 106
mph. The range is 217 miles.
mainly carbon fiber and aluminium for the 153-inch-long Fétish, which will be
built to order beginning in November and which will be shown in the
U.S. at the L.A. Auto Show that opens
to the public on January 8, 2005. Buyers will have to pay $480,000 or the
equivalent in Europe; a U.S. price hasn’t been set.