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New cars for 1994.

WITH better engineered, more high-tech looking and more sensibly proportioned automobile models for 1994, American carmakers are continuing their quest for buyers' confidence and a larger market share. For the most part, the uncluttered, chrome-sparse "European look" that characterized most U. S. and Japanese cars during the 1993 model year and which blurred the visible line between imports and domestics continues with the 1994 model lineup.

Most of the 1994 model changes are non-cosmetic, no-nonsense innovations aimed at improving engine performance, handling, comfort, fuel economy, horsepower, emission reduction and safety. The same is true for trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles, whose growing popularity has made them an important part of the 1994 auto output, both foreign and domestic.

Advanced features that used to be optional at additional cost are now standard in many of the Big Three's models as well as in many foreign imports. They include driver- and passenger-side airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronically controlled transmissions, variable-effort steering, traction control, automatic door locks, tilt steering wheels, rear seat belts and air conditioners that use non-ozone-depleting refrigerant.

Among the major changes in 1994 car design and styling offered at Chrysler are the improved door beams and structural reinforcements for dynamic side impact protection on the New Yorker, LHS series, Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision. Dual driver- and passenger-side airbags have been introduced as standard equipment on all Chrysler minivans.

Ford's year-old luxury car, the Lincoln Mark VIII, has added new Nudo leather seats, memory-outside mirrors and remote memory recall for seats and mirror positions. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the 1994 Ford Mustang features an all-new interior and exterior, a 3.8 liter, V-6 engine and the pony emblem on the grille. The 1994 Ford Taurus offers passenger-side airbags and 15-inch wheels and tires.

Cadillac is unveiling the new DeVille Concours, a six-passenger luxury sedan with a 4.6 liter engine, expanded climate controls, precision instrumentation and an 11-speaker audio system. The 1994 Cadillac Seville luxury sedan offers a more powerful engine, new interior and exterior colors and improved safety features. Cadillac's Sedan DeVille models have completely new interiors and exteriors in 1994.

Chevrolet introduces a new convertible in the base Camaro and Z28 models with sequential fuel injection, which provides a smoother idle, better handling and lower emissions. Also, the Chevrolet S-10 Pickup has new trim, new seats and more interior space.

Oldsmobile has cut models for 1994 by seven to 15. The moderately priced Oldsmobile Achieva includes a new sports sedan model and standard driver-side air bag. Every 1994 Buick has a driver-side airbag and anti-lock brakes, including the Regal, which has a more powerful V-6 engine and a standard theft-deterrent system.

General Motors also presents a new model Pontiac Firebird and a new V-6 engine and four-speed automatic transmission on the Pontiac Grand Am.

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. unveils the all-new, totally redesigned and re-engineered Honda Accord available at the current 1993 base price. The sporty sedan features a wider body with more interior space, new exterior styling and a more powerful 2.2 liter engine.

There is much to offer truck and utility vehicle buyers this year. For example, Chevrolet, GMC and Toyota sport utility units are more powerful, roomier and provide increased safety.

Nissan Motor Corp. has enhanced its car lineup with the addition of new safety and convenience features. The 1994 Altima has front seat 3-point seat belts with adjustable shoulder height replacing motorized belts, and in the SE models' sunroofs are standard.

Toyota has standard driver- and passenger-side airbags in the three sedan models of the 1994 Toyota Corolla. Toyota's best-selling model, the Camry, is available in a new, two-door Coupe in five different versions. The economical 1994 Toyota Tercel makes it easier to carry infants and young children with new passenger seat belts.

Mazda is introducing an LX V6 model to its Mazda 626 sedan. Both models have passenger-side airbags and non-ozone depleting refrigerant.

Following 3 1/2 years of design and development work, Saab Automobile AB introduces an all-new 1994 Saab 900. The new car resembles the old Saab but has major engineering changes to challenge high-tech automobiles from Europe and Japan.

Sweden's other automaker, AB Volvo, is counting on the retooled Volvo 850 to boost its U. S. sales. A new sporty turbo sedan and a new wagon have been added to the 850 lineup.

One of the more revolutionary innovations in 1994 involves marketing, not engineering. General Motors Corp., among others, will offer several car and truck models with non-negotiable prices in California. The models in question will be offered with a package of options at prices lower than what a customer would pay if the car model and the options were priced separately.

As the 1994 model year unfolds, carmakers continue to respond to buyers' demand for more safety, comfort and power. So if a new car is in your immediate future, several tantalizing choices among domestic and import cars await your final decision.

Lincoln Mark VIII (right) provides a computer-controlled suspension system for precise handling. The five-passenger luxury sedan has added new Nudo leather seats for a richer appearance and cloth-wrapped secondary sunvisors. Functional changes include memory outside mirrors and a remote memory control feature. The new model offers a standard 280 horsepower, 4-cam V-8 engine, one of the most powerful among luxury cars.

Chrysler New Yorker (left), a sophisticated six-passenger luxury sedan with a sleek, aerodynamic design, features new variable-assist speed-proportional power steering for a classy and comfortable ride. The new model offers a standard 240 horsepower, 3.5 liter, V-6 engine, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, noise vibration and harshness control, an electronic vehicle anti-theft system, and new side-door beams and structural reinforcements.

Cadillac Seville luxury sedan (left) offers increased horsepower, delivered by Northstar's 4.6 liter, V-8 engine, road-sensing suspension, traction control, speed-sensitive steering and an anti-lock braking system to help maintain steering control during hard braking and braking on wet and slippery surfaces. The five-passenger sedan comes in five new colors, four new leather colors, a new chrome grille and an optional trunk-mounted, six-disc compact disc changer.

Chrysler LeBaron convertible (right), a style-conscious, mid-size car, has dramatically reduced its cost with a one-price strategy.

Dodge Intrepid (right), a sporty four-door sedan, has increased power and torque for its 3.3 liter, V-6 engine, supplementing standard touring suspension, driver-and passenger-side airbags, and spacious cargo area.

Chrysler Concorde (left), a mid-size luxury car, combines roominess, comfort and excellent handling. The new Concorde has an optional 3.5 liter, 24-valve V-6 engine.

Plymouth Colt coupe (left), an affordable, high-performance sports coupe, comes with new front and rear fascias, new exterior colors and front radio speakers relocated to the doors.

Oldsmobile Achieva S (right), introduces an all-new SL sports sedan, which, like all Achievas, has a standard driver-side airbag. A new feature of Achieva's electrical management system turns on the interior lights automatically for 15 seconds after the key is removed from the ignition.

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (right) delivers performance, technology and safety at a lower sticker price than the 1993 version. The four-model lineup offers traction control, a four-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission and a new compact disc player.

Buick Regal custom sedan (left), combines comfort, performance and style. The popular car features standard driver-side airbags, anti-lock brakes, rear seats with more supportive foam contours for improved passenger comfort, and a more powerful standard engine in all models.

Chevrolet Camaro convertible (left) sports coupe adds two new exterior colors to the base Camaro and a more powerful 5.7 liter, V-8 engine on the Z28 model. This stylish, high-performance car is equipped with new front-brake calipers that provide more even brake pad wear.

Mercury Tracer (right) provides style in comfort in 4-door sedan or 4-door wagon. The new Tracer has a standard driver-side airbag, a non-ozone-depleting air conditioning system, a 120 mph speedometer and eight new exterior colors.

Ford Escort U (right) continues to focus on safety and affordability. The new model has a driver-side airbag, optional anti-lock braking system, and 14[inches] wheels and tires as standard equipment on the 3- and 5-door LX models and the wagon.

Mercury Cougar XR7 (left) is a two-door sedan that has undergone exterior revisions, including a new grille and taillamps for better styling and improved driving safety. The new model has standard tilt steering wheel rand AM/FM stereo, new keyless entry system, new seats and instrument panels, and an optional cellular telephone.

Ford Probe GT (left), a sporty, two-door hatchback, has added standard driver- and passenger-side airbags.

Mazda Protege (right), a subcompact, affordable quality car with a roomy interior makes several modest exterior revisions, including a new grille, lights and hood.

Nissan Altima GXE (right) is a mid-size luxury sedan that offers performance, style and fuel efficiency. The improvements include a standard passenger-side airbag and a sunroof available with value option package and automatic transmission.

Mazda 626 (left) combines a smooth ride, handling and safety in a luxury car with a spacious interior. The V-6 engine, anti-lock brakes, leather seats and power moonroof are standard.

Toyota Corolla (below), a compact-size, fun-to-drive car with comfort and quiet has improved its safety with the addition of dual airbags and child-friendly passenger seat belts. New features include siderail-mounted front seats for added rear-passenger foot space.

Tayota Tercel (right), is available as a two- and four-door sedan that provides high performance and responsive handling. In the deluxe models, front seats are reclining high-backs with open headrests and doors are trimmed in vinyl.

Volvo 850 Turbo a luxury sedan with impressive performance and style credentials, has been remodeled under the hood with a tranversely mounted, 2.4 liter, five-cylinder engine. The new model features rear-wheel suspension, a side-impact protection system and front seat belts which automatically adjust to the height of the occupants.

Saab 900 (right) is a full-size luxury sedan with the trademark Saab look available in three new models. New improvements include a 2.5 liter, V-6 engine, a compact 5-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission with three different driving modes for sporty, normal and winter driving, and twin, integrated child seats.

Nissan Sentra (left), a popular sedan that offers performance and fuel efficiency, has adopted non-ozone-depleting air conditioning in all models. XE models now include standard AM/FM cassette audio system and cruise control.

Mercury Villager (right), a popular minivan that offers comfort and a smooth ride, adds standard driver-side airbag, new rear-seat-belt locking system, four new exterior colors, new trim touches, an electronic AM/FM stereo with cassette, a battery saver, and a new high-capacity radiator.

Chevrolet S-10 Pickup (right) is a rugged utility vehicle enjoyed by sports enthusiasts as well as families. The new truck has expanded interior dimensions, a new instrument panel, new seats and a new rear-step bumper for easier loading.

GMC Somona (right), a compact pickup truck, has an all-new design in the 1994 models. Improved features include an increase in the frame's stiffness, a 1.8[inches] overall increase in width, and more shoulder and headroom. A new model, the GMC Highrider, unveils with a more powerful V-6 engine.

Jeep Grand Charokee (left) combines performance, handling and luxury in a sports utility vehicle. It boasts a powerful 220 horsepower, 5.2 liter, V-8 engine, a four-wheel anti-lock braking system and standard driver-side airbag.
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