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2005 Frankfurt Auto Show, Part IV Page 2

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Mazda Sassou

2005 Mazda Sassou concept

2005 Mazda Sassou concept

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The future of Mazda’s global B-car plans lies in the Sassou concept, a sharp-looking wedge of fiberglass and luminous blue paint from the Japanese outpost of the Ford empire. The concept is a teensy three-door hatchback with a direct-injection 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine and a minimalist interior with front seats mounted on aircraft-style jacks instead of seat rails. Translucent plastic defines some of the Sassou’s design and interior; panel hide the front and rear lamps, which only become visible once the car is unlocked with a USB key that also can carry the driver’s music choices, mapping information and personal data. The Sassou can be reconfigured into a three- or four-seater by a cleverly changeable back seat.

 

 

Fiat Grande Punto

2005 Fiat Grande Punto

2005 Fiat Grande Punto

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While Fiat struggles to right its finances and figure out how to unlock value from Ferrari while still holding on to the sportscar maker, it’s expanding its bottom line with a new Grande Punto model that grows in size versus the traditional Punto, which remains on sale, while keeping the same general track and length. Styled with help from Italdesign-Giugiaro, the car gets a range of engines including a 90-hp, 1.3-liter turbo four; a 77-hp 1.4-liter four; and a 130-hp, 1.9-liter four. Three- and five-door models will be offered.

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