April 2007 Archives
Spy photographers have managed to capture two more pictures of the upcoming M3 Sedan during testing. This is the first M3 sedan, since the E36 sedan a decade ago. Stylistically the new BMW M3 Sedan will be differentiated from the regular sedan. The sedan will feature the same front end as the recently unveiled M3 coupe.
GM has released a pic of GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner, Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz and Fritz Henderson standing in front of a production clay model of the 2009 Chevrolet Camaro. As you can tell the clay model that is being chiseled in the picture is very close to the concept version of the new Camaro. It is almost identical.
Gas prices are expected to reach $4 a gallon in some parts of the U.S. this summer. Because of the ever increasing gas prices, automakers are expecting consumers to continue to flock to smaller more fuel efficient cars, such as the Mini or Honda Fit. Next year the Smart ForTwo will make it to these shores and GM has also shown three new small Chevy concepts at the New York Auto Show. Will these cars that are smaller than the current popular subcompact cars, such as the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris sell?
Honda Motor Co. is forecasting a 3% drop in profit this year, even though the company expects their global car sales to increase 7.7 percent to a record 3.395 million vehicles. The company cites an expected rise in the yen, and a global shift to lower-margin small cars as a few of the reasons for the decline in profits.
There are rumors circulating that Audi is working on a smaller mid-engined sports car to compete with other cars such as the Porsche Boxster. The mid-engined car could use a more powerful version of the company's 2.0L turbo and a turbocharged 2.5L in-line five, which would be in an RS model.
Audi is not content with their current line up. They are set to double their model count by 2015. “We have 22 vehicles in the lineup already and the other 18 in our heads,” said Michael Dick, Audi’s Product Development Chief. Audi already has the new Q5 SUV, the A7 four-door coupe and the A1 compact car in the works. In addition the company is planning on making more variants of the upcoming A5 coupe.
Spy photographers have caught the new 2008 Chevrolet HHR SS during testing. Chevy has been very quiet on the details of this car. The car features bigger wheels, a bigger grille and the 2.0L 260 horsepower engine from the Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Red Line. The car seen here has very little camouflage and under the black tape you can actually make out the "SS" badge.
The once long-neglected GM division, Saturn is finally starting to make a comeback . Thanks to an influx of new models that have been supplied by Opel, the division is starting to finally see a surge in sales. Sales increased 20.5 percent during the first quarter of this year, which is a stark contrast to the other domestic automakers.
Honda has been working on the next NSX for quite a while. They released the Advanced Sports Car Concept earlier this year, but shortly after decided to go back to the drawing board to make the car more distinct. Now comes word that the automaker is trying to not only squeeze 500+ horsepower from a 5.0L non-turbo V10 engine, but also achieve 23.5 mpg.
Well it seems that someone thinks that there is a market for a VW Beetle themed MP3 player. LG and VW have teamed to create a MP3 player that can hold either 2GB or 4GB of music, that was unveiled at the Seoul Auto Show this month. If you were hoping for an MP3 player that is shaped like a Beetle, then I am sorry to disappoint.
VW's Phaeton was not a success for VW in the U.S. The company planned on only selling 20,000 of them, but they only managed to sell a quarter of that amount when they pulled the car in 2005. Even with though the car barely managed to register on the sales screen, the company is moving forward with the next version of the car.
BMW has unveiled the new CS Concept, which is designed as a 4-door coupe to go head to head with Mercedes, Porsche and Maserati. The car is going to be officially unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show. There have been numerous rumors about this "4-door" coupe and this concept provides even more fuel to the rumors.
Spy photographers have caught the new 2009 Mazda 6 during testing. The new car is bigger and more curvacious than the current model. As you can tell the new car will adopt many of the current styling themes of the current Mazda lineup. There is no word on the engine lineup, although there are rumors that the car will ride on the same platform as the new Ford Mondeo and Volvo S80. Also expect to see a version of Ford's 3.5L V6 under the hood.
Apparently Ford's quality is now on par with Toyota and Nissan, according to a new report released today. The RDA Group has released a report on the quality of 2007 model year vehicles. The group concluded that Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles have the same quality levels as Toyota and Nissan in the first-quarter 2007 model-year Global Quality Research System report.
Lincoln is finally working on new products for their aging line-up. This car is a prototype of the 2009 Lincoln MKS, which is bigger than the current MKZ. The MKS was first shown as a concept at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. The production version looks like it is going to retain many of the main details of the concept version.
According to a new study, ethanol-based fuels (E85) are just as harmful or worse than regular fuel to humans. The study was directed by Stanford Associate Professor Mark Jacobson, at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. According to Jacobson ethanol does decrease some of the pollutants, but it also increases others.
Last week a driver caught the first pictures of the new 2008 Honda Accord Coupe during testing. Those pictures were taken with a camera phone, so they were not very clear. Now the professional spy photographers have also caught the coupe during testing. Brenda Priddy's crew tracked down the new Honda coupe and they were able to get more photos of the car and an interior shot. We can thank the Temple of VTEC for posting the new photos.
It seems like every week there is a new story about the current gas issue. Well now comes word that a legislator in California, US is proposing that the state should tax gas guzzling vehicles. The higher taxes on the gas-guzzling vehicles would then go to those people that buy fuel-efficient vehicles like the Toyota Prius.
The first spy pics of the new 2008 Honda Accord Coupe have surfaced. A user on the Howard Forums posted pics of two test mules that were driving by him. As you can tell the car looks very similar to the concept version that was shown earlier this year.
Everyone already knows the apparent risks of driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone. Lawmakers also know about the percentage of deaths and accidents that are caused each year by drivers who were not paying attention because they were talking on their phones. That is why a number of states in the U.S. have made it illegal to drive while using a hand-held cell phone.
Now, according to the Wall Street Journal lawmakers are proposing legislation that would make it illegal to send text messages from your phone while driving.
Honda is going to build a new plant in Greensburg, Indiana to build 200,000 Honda Civics per year. The plant is expected to start production in the fall of 2008. According to an Automotive News story, the automaker is concerned about a lack of diversity in the upcoming city.
Japan's number 2 automaker, Honda has always been known for its fuel-efficient and reliable vehicles. The New York Times has posted an article about Honda's recent commitment to safety as well. "It wants to join Volvo as an automaker best known for safety."
According to Reuters and Autoblog, Ford's new CEO Alan Mulally earned $28.18 million dollars last year while the company posted a $12.7 billion loss last year.
Spy photographers have caught the first images of the V10 powered version of the Audi R8. Leftlane News has posted several photos showing the new car during testing.
World Car Fans has posted spy photos of the upcoming Mini Clubman S. There have been numerous spy photos of the regular version of the upcoming car, but this is the first time we are seeing what seems to be the S variant of the car.
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