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Early News of the Paris Show

13th September 1935
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Page 38, 13th September 1935 — Early News of the Paris Show
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T" industrial-vehicle section of the Paris Salon, which opens OA October 3, promises to be distinctly interesting. Although staggering under repeated blows from a rather short-sighted administration, French manufacturers have pulled themselves together and are doing their utmost to conform with a host of confusing, and sometimes contradictory, rules and regulations as to what may or may not run on the road.

Stripped chassis will again be exhibited in the main hall of the Grand Palais, 'whilst complete vehicles will occupy the basement. The usual openair show on the Esplanade des In-. valides is not to be held this year, having been ruled out by the Prefect of Police owing to traffic congestion and the urgent need for parking space in the neighbourhood of the Grand


Palais during the motor show period. Because of this, many makers, such as Renault, Soinua, Citroen, etc., are arranging for a complete show of all models at their respective works, as it is obvious that only three or four industrial vehicles of any one make can be shown in the Salon. Private bus services will convoy those interested from the Champs Elysees to the various factories.

Oil engines will be more in evidence than at any previous Salon, but it does not seem likely that -we shall 'see this year the genuine 100 per cent. French oil unit in a chassis. The forward engine position has made much headway, especially in the case of chassis intended for passenger service, and several French firms will exhibit vehicles of this type for the first time. An all-round advance in coachwork may be confidently predicted for the forthcoming Salon and many striking bodies will be seen.

Tankers for wine transport will be a feature of the show. Vine growing is one of the most important branches Of French agriculture and the recent violent rate-cutting by the railways in this particular sphere does not appear entirely to have achieved its object. The advantage of direct transport by road from vineyard to city, or even to the capital, as compared with pumping into railway tanks and out again, is obvieus.

Amongst transmission systems, the success of the Cotai electro-magnetic gearbox may be specially noted; Sornua will show a 54-passenger bus with this form of transmission. Amongst small delivery vans an important drop in prices will probably be witnessed, especially in the case of the excellent little vans turned ont by -some of the important quantity-production CODcerns.


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