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- Alfa Romeo 156: Renowned for its exceptional handling and performance reminiscent of the classic 164, the Alfa Romeo 156 stands as a master of midsize sedans, recognized as the 1998 Car of the Year.
- Alfa Romeo 156 Alfa Romeo 159: Considered Alfa’s best-looking model since the 166 saloon’s launch in ’88, the 156 boasts unmatched aesthetics in its class, coupled with superior driving dynamics.
- Audi A4 Audi A4: The Audi A4 marks Audi’s triumphant return to the U.S. market, celebrated for its outstanding handling, braking, and performance, contributing to colossal sales figures.
- Citroen C5 Citroen C5: Featuring an electronically controlled hydropneumatic suspension system, the C5 offers one of the smoothest rides on the road, blending comfort and performance seamlessly.
- Ford Mondeo Ford Mondeo: Known as the Ford Contour in the U.S., the Mondeo garners success both stateside and in Europe with fine handling and an exceptionally quiet engine and ride.
- GM Opel Vectra GM Opel Vectra: Positioned between the Honda Accord and Nissan Maxima, the German GM Opel Vectra delivers impressive handling without compromising on interior trim, boasting German engineering prowess.
- Honda Accord Jaguar X-Type: The Jaguar X-Type, Jaguar’s smallest and most affordable model, retains a powerful V6 engine and classic styling, offering a luxurious driving experience.
- Honda Accord Honda Accord: Neck and neck with the Camry in the American market, the Accord’s well-manufactured design is also appreciated in Europe for its quality craftsmanship.
- Mercedes C-Class Mercedes C-Class: Replacing the aging 190 model, the C-Class upholds Mercedes’ vaunted quality while offering a slightly smaller size compared to rivals like the A4 and BMW 3-series.
- Nissan Maxima Nissan Maxima: Known for its comfort, the European-spec Maxima unfortunately lacks the high-output V6 3-liter engine standard in U.S. versions, contributing to its rarity in Europe.
- Peugeot 406 Peugeot 407: The sleek and durable 407 updates the breakthrough 405 chassis, delivering excellent handling and modern design.
- Renault Laguna Renault Laguna: Instantly popular upon its debut, the Laguna offers smooth driving dynamics, a modern interior design, and spacious trunk space comparable to the Honda Accord.
- Rover 600 Rover 600: As a successor to the previous 600, the Rover 600 maintains its status as a worthy model in its class, with potential improvements following Rover’s acquisition by BMW.
- Saab 9000 Saab 95: Brand-new to the Europe By Car fleet, the Saab 95 offers a spacious interior focused on comfort, comparable to the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6.
- Toyota Avensis Toyota Avensis: Built with professionalism in mind, the Avensis offers reliability and comfort in a sober package.
- Toyota Avensis Volvo S40: Combining safety and attainability, the Volvo S40 sets the precedent on any road with its turbocharged engine and impressive performance.
- Toyota Avensis Volvo V70: Luxurious comfort and impressive safety make the Volvo V70 a standout in Europe, turning heads with its latest iteration.
- VW Passat VW Passat: The new Passat for 2001 boasts rear seat legroom and trunk space, based on the Audi A4 platform, making it highly sought-after throughout Europe.