A regular feature of autumn in Europe - the Paris Motor Show -- opened in the French capital on Thursday (5 October).
A regular feature of autumn in Europe - the Paris Motor Show -- opened in the French capital on Thursday (5 October). Motoring correspondents said the trends in cars on display were for more comfort, more economical running, and greater sophistication, such as electronic gear boxes with five forward gears.
SYNOPSIS: This is the sixty-fifth Paris Motor Show. A big attraction for French motorists was the new Renault Five, designed to fill a gap in the small-car market. Its six-cylinder motor is turbo-charged and centrally-mounted. Its three-speed gearbox has a novelty: a decision-making electronic brain.
The new Datsun 220C, one of the Japanese firm's larger models, in a year it has been mainly showing off its new series of Sunny compacts.
Two offerings from japan - the Mitsubishi Galant and the sub-compact Colt.
From Ford, the latest in its line of famous Mustangs. This 1979 model has a turbo-charged four-cylinder motor that generates up to one hundred and fifty horsepower. The Chrysler France stand has an extra degree of interest this year, following Peugeot-Citroen's bid, early last August, to take over Chrysler's entire car and truck activities in Europe. The two hundred and thirty million dollar and additional shares bid would make Peugeot Europe's largest car maker.
One of the show's stunners, with its science-fiction silhouette, is Mercedes aerodynamic car. Capable of a top speed of two hundred and twenty-five kilometres (140 miles) an hour, it is powered by one of the most sophisticated diesel motors ever designed since they came onto the market forty-two years ago.
Even faster is this last-minute entry, the B.M.W. M1, whose top speed is two hundred and sixty kilometres (160 miles) an hour. It goes into commercial production next year, and a pepped-up version will compete at Le Mans. Prospective buyers could spend up to one hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars on a single car here.