Latest Technology on Wheels: The New Cars of 1993

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THE new technology of the 1993 model year brings luxury, safety and style to a new line of cars, trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles.

Major body and under-the-hood improvements continue to enhance many new models. The dazzling high-tech innovations have augmented performance, security and comfort.

Chrysler for example, launches its new LH cars, the automakers first new car line in more than 10 years. The Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision are three new mid-size cars containing several innovations including a redesigned interior that offers more space for passengers.

The new Ford Probe is another example of innovation. The Probe has a newly designed multi-valve 2.0 liter engine and a 2.5 liter engine in its GT model, which provide more power to the new subcompact.

Ford is also unveiling the Mercury Villager, a new van that seats either five or seven passengers and has a powerful 3.0 liter V-6 engine. In addition, Ford introduces its newest luxury car, the Lincoln Mark VIII, which will be powered by a new 4.6 liter V-8 engine.

Two other luxury cars also offer technical advances that give owners greater safety and security. The Cadillac Seville offers its customers new steering and suspension systems that automatically select the proper settings based on the car's speed. The two systems provide better steering and road handling. The 1993 Lincoln Continental offers a new safety feature. The cars remote keyless entry system is now standard equipment and 'allows a person to unlock the car and open the trunk from a distance.

General Motors also presents a new battery-rundown protection innovation in its Buick Skylark and Oldsmobile Achieva to protect against inadvertent mistakes that drain the car's battery.

Sports car enthusiasts will find modernization in the new Honda Civic del Sol. The sporty two-seater features a removable aluminum roof-panel that allows the car to be changed from a hardtop coupe to a convertible. …