AUTOS: Compacts in Paris

At the Paris Auto Show in the ornate Grand Palais last week, nine shiny Renault Ondines revolved slowly on separate turntables, opening and closing their doors automatically in a kind of automotive ballet to the strains of Swan Lake. But beyond the new Ondine, which is a dressed-up version of the Dauphine with a slightly more powerful engine, French makers introduced only two other new models: a Citröen convertible and the Peugeot 404, which is a more crisply styled version of the popular 403 sedan. Other European automakers had not one new model...

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