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2004 Paris Auto Show, Part V Page 2

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.


Lexus HLS

Next 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 engine that 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 Power

2004 Toyota Avensis Clean Diesel concept

2004 Toyota Avensis Clean Diesel concept

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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. Toyota 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 Swift

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 in Hungary.


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 236 lb-ft.


Venturi Fetish

Venturi Fetish

Venturi Fetish

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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.

Venturi used 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.

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