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Thursday, 26 September, 2002, 14:44 GMT 15:44 UK
Picture gallery: Paris Motor Show
Press day at the motor show
The press get a sneak peek before the public comes in
A motor show - especially the Paris Motor Show, the industry's biggest get-together - is rarely an occasion for modesty.

This year, with dozens of premiers, and a host of revamps, tweaks and innovations, the level of pizzazz has reached deafening proportions.

BBC News Online presents a gallery of the highlights from Thursday's press preview.

Maybach 57
DaimlerChrysler has set new standards of luxury - and expense - with the 300,000-euro Maybach.

Nissan Micra
Coming in somewhat cheaper than the Maybach, Nissan's new Micra model is a rare new launch from an Asian firm.

Smart Roadster-Coupe
The Smart Roadster-Coupe: The latest addition to the offbeat Smart range, an offshoot of the staid DaimlerChrysler empire.

BMW Z4
BMW's Z4 model is another attempt to shed its conservative image, and shift towards the hipper, sportier market.

Ferrari Enzo
The Ferrari Enzo, unveiled for the first time in Paris, is a rare addition to this most luxurious of marques.

Ford StreetKa
Ford's distinctive Ka was a surprise hit: now, the firm has launched the StreetKa, a sportier convertible version,

Porsche Cayenne
By slapping sports-car styling on a chunky 4X4, Porsche hopes its Cayenne will please everyone

Renault Megane II
The new version of Renault's workhorse, the Megane, has drawn huge interest in its home market.

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