For those who knew upfront what would occur in 2001, you’ll in all probability have crawled underneath a rock. The brilliant spot is that the introduced millennium bug doesn’t materialize. And fortuitously, new automotive fashions brighten up the visitors scene. The next 4 vehicles from 2001 deserve to not be forgotten.
The catastrophe began on January 1 with the café fireplace in Volendam. After which it really solely will get worse, with the unhappy ‘spotlight’ being the 2 planes crashing into the Twin Towers of New York. Seen this fashion, the catastrophe is that Renault brings on himself not so dangerous. And let’s not neglect that 2001 is the 12 months of probably the most lovely trendy Lancia.
1: Lancia Thesis
The Thesis is definitely probably the most lovely Lancia of current years. The elongated LED taillights lie like jewels over the swish rear. The virtually 5 meter lengthy sedan van Lancia is provided with adaptive dampers that present the consolation of a magic carpet. A distinction with its predecessor Kappa is that the Thesis is barely accessible as a sedan and not as a coupe and station wagon.
The inside of the Lancia Thesis is especially lovely with an expensive wooden strip throughout the complete width of the dashboard. The automotive is out there as a five-cylinder engine (170 hp) and with the three.0-liter V6 from Alfa Romeo. The Thesis is typically known as the final actual Lancia. Nevertheless, it’s not a hit exterior Italy. The Thesis is adopted by the Thema, however that’s really a Chrysler 300C in disguise.
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2: Fiat Stilo
The Golf competitor Fiat adjustments its identify typically. First there’s the Tipo. This can be adopted by the Bravo (3-door) and Brava (5-door). In 2001 the Fiat Stilo was given a strive. The design is poorly obtained, as a result of it’s ‘too German’. But the Fiat is on the rostrum of the European Automotive of the 12 months election of 2002. It finishes behind winner Peugeot 307 and runner-up Renault Laguna.
Of Fiat Stilo has three guises: a 3- and a 5-door hatchback (every with its personal design) and a station wagon, the Multi Wagon. The nicest model is the Stilo Abarth, with a roaring 2.4-liter 5-cylinder petrol engine with 170 hp. Nevertheless, the usual Selespeed automated transmission and the navigation system are as dependable because the native mafia boss. Happily, a model with a guide gearbox and with out navigation will comply with later.
It’s distinctive sky window, an open roof consisting of stacking slats. It is all to no avail; the Stilo is a drama for Fiat commercially. His successor is not known as Stilo, however… Bravo. And he can be succeeded by the present Tipo. Mamma mia!
3: Renault Avantime
Lengthy earlier than the idea of crossover turned commonplace, Renault launched the Avantime. A automotive that could be a cross between an MPV, a coupe and a station wagon. The hood continues into the windshield, whereas the rear is nearly straight. The 2 doorways are so massive that Renault devised a particular, sophisticated suspension as a way to simply get out and in, even in tight parking areas.
The Avantime is manufactured by Matra, which beforehand constructed the Espace. The big glass roof is placing, making the inside really feel additional spacious with centrally positioned devices. Irrespective of how particular, the Renault Avantime is a flop. After lower than two years and eight,540 copies, manufacturing stops. Too dangerous, as a result of with the Avantime Renault confirmed that it has braveness.
4: Mercedes SL (R230)
As quickly Mercedes introduces a brand new SL, all eyes on this planet are centered on it. This additionally applies to the fifth technology. Essentially the most radical change in comparison with its predecessor is the roof. It’s not made of cloth, however of metal. A pattern that was began just a few years earlier by the smaller SLK. Till then, the Sport
Leight all the time geared up with a cloth roof (not together with the primary technology 300 SL with gull-wing doorways).
Regardless of the metal roof, the brand new Mercedes SLbarely heavier than its predecessor. Similar to within the earlier technology, the roll bar seems like a satan from a field when the automotive rolls over. The entry-level mannequin is the SL 350 with 245 hp, good for a prime pace of 250 km/h. The SL 600 with 500 hp V12 is the highest model. Not less than, till the arrival of the 612 hp SL65 AMG.