The new Chevrolet C6 Corvette made its European debut at the Geneva Auto Salon. The cabriolet version made its world debut at the same time. The cabriolet version is aimed squarely at the European market according to insiders at the Auto Salon. If this is correct it will ensure that the Chevrolet Corvette remains as popular as a performance machine in Europe today as it did when it first came out in 1953. In Switzerland the Corvette is by far the most popular of all American automobiles.
House of BMW
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BMW released a number of new models but the one that received the most attention and the one most difficult to photograph was the new BMW M5 concept car. This M5 will be developed into a new series. On the performance scale it will be at the top of the performance range for all BMW products. Again insiders at the Auto Salon believe that the M5 concept name is only a distraction and this is really the new M5. The new series will not be available in Europe until the end of 2004 and not available in the USA until some time in 2005. It is believed somewhat late in 2005.
The M5 concept car and the new series are powered by a 5.0-liter V10 engine with an output of 373 kW (500 hp). Anyone familiar with the current M5 series will know this is an increase of 74.5 kW (100 hp) over the current V8 equipped M5. The transmission of the new M5 is a newly designed seven-speed sequential manual (SMG). For the rest of the story we will all have to wait for the real thing to arrive. Some sources are saying the new M5 will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (0 to 62 mph) in less than 5 seconds. No prices are available but this new BMW M5 will certainly not be cheap at will be at the very top end of affordability for the middle management sort of person.