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Paris Motor Show: Joie de vivre

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Passat & Future

There's a new Continental GT Coupe in town and the gentlemen at Crewe promise that this four-seater will take the notch up from its predecessor in terms of design, engineering, performance, refinement and many others - all of that in the lap of sheer luxury. The new GT sports a body that is sculpted to give the coupe a sharper and more refined appearance.

Chevrolet lined up four world premieres for the 2010 Paris show, one of them being the new Chevrolet Aveo. Gone are the rather staid looks of the earlier Aveo. The designers at GM have now given it a fresh new look, using designs cues befitting a modern Chevrolet. No doubt that some bits, especially the rear-end treatment, look dangerously similar to the Beat sold in India, but on the whole, it's fresh and funky and quite likeable. Engine options include a 1200cc, a 1400cc and a hot(-ish) 115 bhp 1.6. Diesels displacing 1300cc will also be available, with Start/Stop technology. A 6-speed gearbox will make it to some models, something that isn't so common in hatches. BSM predicts the Aveo hatchback and sedan will both make it to our shores by next year. Av' you been waiting for this one?