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Recently, Audi’s A6 sedan was rejoined by the A6 Avant (or station wagon), a model that had previously been absent. The Avant has all the features of the A6 sedan and adds more carrying capacity, more than 36 cu. ft. with the rear seat in place and 73 cu. ft. when folded. A cargo net raises up between the cargo area and passenger compartment to prevent flying cargo from intruding. As an option, you can add a rear-facing third seat to hold a pair of children, making this a seven-passenger wagon.
Whether it’s a wagon or sedan, the A6 is powered by a 30-valve 2.8-liter V-6 with 200 horsepower, just enough to be competitive in this $33,750 to $42,000) arena. Handling is not as sharp as is traditional at Audi, but the company chose to make the A6 interior more plush than before. As a result, ride quality is quite good. Although front-drive is standard, most buyers wisely choose the $1,650 sedan option of the ultra-refined Quattro IV all-wheel drive system, which is standard in the wagon. For foul or fair weather transport, no system offers better performance.
Where this vehicle truly excels is in interior elegance. Audi offers a choice of interior moods that differ in both color and type of wood and material accents. ..RJ.- www.andiusa.com
1999 Auto Shows
One of the best ways for consumers to see the array of new vehicle models on the market is by attending an auto show. Find the city nearest you below and plan a day in auto heaven. Log onto www.autoshows.com for additional cities, or read Automotive News magazine for upcoming shows.
Admission prices listed are for adults. Greater Los Angeles Auto Show (www.laautoshow.com), January 2-10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, $7.00… Philadelphia International Auto Show (www.autoshows.com) January 9-17 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, $8.00… North
American International Auto Show (www.dadanet.com), January 9-18 at the Cobo Conference Exhibition Center in Detroit, $8.00 … Houston Auto Show (www.houstonautoshow. com) January 23-31 at Astro Hall, $6.00… Chicago Auto Show (www.chicago-autoshow.com) February 12-21 at McCormick Place South, $7.00… Atlanta International Auto Show (autoshow.reedexpo.com) March 10-14 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, $7.00… New York International Auto Show (www.autoshowny.com), April 3-11 at the Jacob Javits Center, $9.00. ..RJ.- –V.L.G.
BMW is following tradition in bringing out an all-new 3 Series model by model. First come the sedans, the 328i and 323i. The four-cylinder 318i will no longer be offered in the U.S. Coupes and convertibles remain available in the old body style, as does the high performance M3 (the convertible version is a recent arrival).
While the sedans are new, styling remains quite similar, appearing to be more of a face-lift than an entirely new generation of car. But this is a larger, roomier 3 Series with significant changes beneath the sheet metal. And true to form, the 3 Series remains the epitome of the sports sedan, the one to which all other brands will