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1998 Geneva Auto Show Coverage

1998 Geneva Auto Show Coverage

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1998 Geneva Auto Show Coverage, Autoweek
1998 Geneva Auto Show Coverage, Autoweek

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AUTOWEEK
MARCH
16,
1998
 
Bad
slice.
Volkswagen'snewestGolf-notyetsoldintheUnited States(thoughitprovidesthebasis fortheNewBeetle)-isthelatestcar tocause amediastirforrollingover infast,evasivemaneuvers.Ironically enough,Germanmediacaughtwind oftheallegedproblemfromVolks- wagenitself,thoughtherevelation stemsfromdrivingtestsorganized byarch-rivalOpel, designedtoshow offthenewAstraforGermandealers. Inthetests,whichwerenotopento themedia,aVWGolfIVreportedly failedamoose-avoidancemaneuver
WORLD
NEWS
This
Week
similartotheonethattoppledthe Mercedes-BenzA-Class.Conductedatagovernment-run drivertrainingfacilityinNorthern GermanyattheendofFebruary, thetestsreportedlypittedthenew AstraagainstfiveEuropeanrivals inawiderangeofdisciplinesaimed atdisplayingthehandlingdifferences amongthecars.Itwasthemanager ofthegovernmentfacility,nota testdriver,whowasdrivingthe Golfwhenitrolled.Opeldeniesany foulplay,andboardmemberHorst Borghshasplayeddownthewhole affair.However,Volkswagenchair- manFerdinandPiechhasengaged anindepen-
pll
Headliner
I
dentpartytoevaluateallGolfmodels inabidtoputanendtowhathe describesas"backyardtestgames." AtGeneva, Piechannouncedthat VWdealerswillretrofitESPtraction controlonGolfIVs,a
fix
thatwillnotrequire newchassistuning.
TYPO.
It
Was
a
typo.
Becauseofpublishedreports,includingone herelastweek,callingitsupcoming SUVtheEscalate,Cadillacplansto announceMarch
13
thatthenameis actuallytheEscalade.Likeescalate, escaladeisaverb,meaning"toclimb ortoenterafortifiedlocation."The goodnewsis,welikeitbetter.
I
AUTOWEEKMARCH
16,1998

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