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October 2 - October 19, 2014

The Paris Auto Show provides the only significant international audience for the French automakers to show off their unique style.

2005 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
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2005 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

When it debuted seven years ago, the A-class should have been feted for taking a radical new look at how passenger cars were designed: Instead, Mercedes suffered a huge public embarrassment because the A-class failed a Swedish magazine's collision avoidance procedure-the elk test-causing an expensive and time consuming chassis rethink.
Automobilemag
Sep 20, 2004
2005 Honda FR-V
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2005 Honda FR-V

Based on the CR-V platform, the FR-V is another of those mini-minivans that have taken the European market by storm. Drawing from the lead of the ugly but well packaged Fiat Multipla, the FR-V has two rows of three seats, giving seating for six and lots of luggage space-the previous Stream (based on the Civic) had a third-row seat that impinged badly on the cargo area. The FR-V, furthermore has sliding center seats that allow more shoulder room for adults than conventional benches do. With th
Automobilemag
Sep 20, 2004
2005 Ford Focus Euro
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2005 Ford Focus Euro

While American buyers will likely not see a new Ford Focus until 2010, a totally reworked version-in three-door coupe, five-door hatchback, sedan, and wagon forms-goes on sale in Europe in early 2005. The car has been such a huge success for Ford that the new Focus is evolutionary. The exterior styling is actually a bit of a disappointment, because it looks very similar to the outgoing car's, except that the headlamps, wheel arches, and hood line ape the European Mondeo sedan. The three-door
Automobilemag
Sep 20, 2004
2005 Citroen C2 VTS
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2005 Citroen C2 VTS

The awfully cute C2 finally gets some fangs with the introduction of the VTS, Citroen's first hot hatchback since the Saxo VTR/VTS was laid to rest more than a decade ago. At least one old British coot on our staff has fond memories of the even older AX GT, a car that was light and nimble but lacked most rudimentary amenities. The C2 VTS has a 125-horsepower 16-valve 1.6-liter in-line four-cylinder engine linked to a five-speed manual transmission, a sport suspension, and stability control. I
Automobilemag
Sep 19, 2004
2005 Volvo XC90 V-8
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2005 Volvo XC90 V-8

Someone at Volvo apparently ate some bad herring few years back and decided that what this quirky, solid, and safe company needed was a V-8-powered SUV. While it isn't the route that one might have envisioned for the Swedes, the end product makes sense; the hefty XC90 simply needed more power. The new 315-horsepower V-8 comes from Yamaha, the Japanese company known for marine applications. It's transversely mounted, a feat allowed by the compactness afforded by a narrow 60-degree cylinder off
Automobilemag
Sep 19, 2004
2005 Toyota Prius GT
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2005 Toyota Prius GT

From the "answer to the question nobody asked" file comes the Prius GT. For the one tree hugger who bought one of these tip-toeing fuel misers and wished for better handling and power, the Prius GT gets bigger wheels and tires and a lot of stickers. If each sticker added five horsepower, this Prius would be competitive with a BMW M5, but since Toyota cheaped out and used powerless stickers, this Prius makes do with 147 horsepower.
Automobilemag
Sep 19, 2004
2005 Mini Cooper
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2005 Mini Cooper

After more than two years on the American market, the Mini still hasn't worn out its welcome, and it's still a welcome sight on our SUV-clogged roads. More refreshing yet is the new Mini Cooper convertible, which we first drove last spring but which is just now reaching U.S. dealerships. It delivers all the fun-in-the-sun attributes you would expect from a cheap and cheerful droptop but loses none of the hardtop's keen driving character. Convertible prices are $4501 more than comparable hardt
Automobilemag
Sep 19, 2004
2005 Lexus GS
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2005 Lexus GS

Lexus unveiled its next-generation GS at Paris, andthe car looks very similar to the concept versionshown last spring at the New York auto show. The GS isonce again offered in six-cylinder (a new 3.0 V-6,with variable intake and exhaust valve timing) and V-8(4.3-liter) configurations. Both engines use a 6-speedmanu-matic transmission. The V-6's 242 horsepower and229 lb-ft of torque result in a 0-62 mph time of 7.2seconds and a 240-kph top speed; the V-8's 296 hp and309 lb-ft
Automobilemag
Sep 19, 2004
2005 Kia Sport Concept Car
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2005 Kia Sport Concept Car

Forget the high faluting name: this is a preview of the next generationKia Rio, which goes on sale in the U.S. early next year in four-doorsedan and five-door hatchback forms. The exterior was gussied up with asporty body kit and fat eighteen-inch wheels, but this is apparently apretty good preview as to how the new Rio will look. Inside there wasplenty of show car leather and metal trim, but you won't see anythingthis fancy in production, even if the forms and architecture ares
Automobilemag
Sep 19, 2004
2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S
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2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S

Aston Martin has taken a step to put a bit of breathing room in between its mirror-image, six-figure, twelve-cylinder GTs-the DB9 and the Vanquish-by introducing a new, top-spec version of the latter, the Vanquish S. The Vanquish's 5.9-liter V-12 here gets revised cylinder heads for better breathing, which helps bump output by 60 hp and 25 lb-ft to 520 horsepower and 425 pound-feet. The more potent powerplant combines with a shorter final drive ratio to improve acceleration: 0-62 mph is now 4
Automobilemag
Sep 19, 2004

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