Citroen seem certain to steal the limelight in the 57th Paris Motor Show which opened in the Parc des Expositions, Versailles, today (Thursday October 1).
GV Exhibition Hall
TV PAN INT. Exhibition of cars
SV & CU Citroen GS
SV PAN Citroen SM & GS models
CU & SV Chrysler 160 GT (2 shots)
BV & SV Opel 'Manta' (2 shots)
SV Volkswagen K70 (2 shots)
CU & SV Autobianchi All (2 shots)
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Background: Citroen seem certain to steal the limelight in the 57th Paris Motor Show which opened in the Parc des Expositions, Versailles, today (Thursday October 1). Most interest on the first day of the ten-day show centred around their two models, the maserati-engined luxury SM model and the middle-range GS.
Of the two models, the smaller GS attracted most of the attention. Although more expensive than other cars of a similar size (it costs about 11,000 Frances--725 sterling) it appeals to a large and competitive section of the market. Citroen claim that the smooth lines of the Gs make it the world's most perfectly aerodynamic car. The 1,013 CC flat-four engine gives the new car a top speed of about 150 kilometres per hour (95 miles per hour).
The American Chrysler Company hope to rival the Citroen on the French domestic market with their new Simca models. The Simca 160 GT will cost about 13,000 Francs (about 860 sterling) and has a top speed of about 155 KPH (98 MPH).
The Opel company's new model the "Manta" is named after the giant ray fish--the black devil of the sea. It is General Motors' answer to the Ford Company's successful model the Capri, appealing to the same range of customers. They will be producing four different versions for the French market.
The Volkswagen K70 represents a complete departure in styling for the West German Company. It is the first Volkswagen with the engine at the front and bears little resemblance to the world-famous "beetle".
The Italian Autobianchi firm presented the A112 "mini" car, which they hope will rival the popular BMC and Honda models.