Page 1: Intro
We're not in Paris, as lovely as it would be to stroll the Champs d'Elysses with a hint of autumn in the air. No, we're glued to our cubicles in Southern California instead, but that doesn't keep us from letting you know what's happening 5,500 miles away. For two days at the end of September, the world's automakers showed off their latest models to reporters. We've got a summary of what's new from the 2004 Paris Auto Show.2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S: Like this car needed more power and performance. With a 520-horsepower, 6.0-liter V12 motor under the hood, the Vanquish S generates 60 more ponies than a "regular" Vanquish, running to 60 mph in about 4.8 seconds and topping out at more than 200 mph. Steering, suspension, and brakes are tightened up to keep this most powerful Aston Martin ever crafted under control.
2006 Audi A3: A new premium hatchback designed to appeal to younger buyers, the 2006 Audi A3 includes a 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, an available Direct Shift Gearbox transmission, standard stability control, and plenty of optional goodies such as an "Open Sky" sunroof. Sales start in May of 2005.
2006 Audi A4: Audi's entry-level luxury sedan gets a makeover that showcases the company's new corporate styling theme. Audi confirms the addition of a 3.2-liter direct-injection V6 making 255 horsepower to the 2006 Audi A4, but we suspect the A3's 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will be standard on the base A4, making the V6 a step-up model. Expect traditional Audi interior design, with quality materials and an elegant, upscale appearance. The 2006 A4 arrives in North America shortly after the first of the year.
2007 Audi Q7: Audi confirmed that the Pikes Peak Quattro concept vehicle will be produced starting during the first quarter of 2006, and that its name will be Q7 rather than the long-rumored A7 moniker that seemed more logical. The Audi Q7 will be based on the same platform as the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg, but with seven-passenger capacity. That means it will excel both on and off the road.