The new 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was caught testing in Spain. Although the front end of the prototype is heavily camouflaged it is obvious that the E-Class may ditch its current round headlights for something more similar to the new C-Class and S-Class sedans.
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Spy photographers have caught a refreshed Hyundai Sonata during hot weather testing. The main changes to the car are the front and rear fascias. The restyled Hyundai Sonata is going to adopt many of the same design cues from the new Santa Fe, Veracruz SUV and the upcoming Genesis sedan.
We've already seen a few spy photos of the upcoming next-generation Toyota Sequoia. Now Brenda Priddy's crew has caught some more shots of the new SUV that will be based on the same platform as the new Tundra.
Jalopnik has posted several photos of the upcoming 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser. As we all know the Land Cruiser is built on the same platform as the recently revealed 2008 Lexus LX570. From the photos it looks like the new Land Cruiser will look almost the same us the new Lexus.
This week has been filled with news and spy photos of the new 2008 BMW 1-Series Coupe. Now Brenda Priddy and Co. have caught shots of the upcoming Cabrio version of the car.
Brenda Priddy's crew has caught the upcoming 2008 Dodge Challenger speeding down a highway. Although the car does have a bit of camouflage, it is still very clear that the production version will look very close to the concept version.
Most of the day today we were all gawking at the recent spy photos of the new BMW 135i Coupe that revealed the exterior sans camouflage. Click Here Well BMW UK went ahead and released the full specs of the UK version of the car. The big news is that they released the full specs on the 3.0L inline six-cylinder twin turbo engine in the 135i.
Brenda Priddy and Crew have caught the new 2009 Ford Flex driving on public roads. The concept was unveiled earlier this year at the New York Auto Show. From the looks of the production version it will be very hard to tell the difference between the concept and production versions.
The upcoming Outback version of the all-new Subaru Impreza has been spotted. The new 08' WRX and standard Impreza have already been revealed this past April. The new Outback version shown here is mainly differentiated by the two-tone body colors.
Finally we have the first photos of the upcoming 2008 Honda Accord sans camouflage. Jalopnik has posted several photos of the new sedan and coupe thanks to Brenda Priddy & Co.
Audi has announced the pricing for the RS4 Cabriolet that the US will finally get this fall. If you can part with $81,900 plus destination and gas-guzzling fees, you better run to your Audi dealer, since only 300 will make the trip over. The RS4 has a 4.2L FSI V8 that puts out 420 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque.
Here's a new promotional video for the new M3, which shows BMW's star F1 driver Nick Heidfeld driving the new car.
This amateur video of the upcoming 2008 Mercedes C63 AMG may have been done by amateurs, but you do get some good shots of the new car. The sound of the V8 is incredible. Click the link to see the full 3 minute video.
Honda's revised 2009 Ridgeline pickup has been caught by spy photographers. The new truck will feature a modified front end that may also be close to what the next Pilot will look like.
Spy Photographer Brenda Priddy has caught the upcoming 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 undergoing testing. This new version of the 911 will feature at least 525 horsepower and 540 lb.-ft. of torque.
Cadillac's gas-guzzling SUV is about to get gas-saving technology that will hopefully help improve its image. Spy photographers have caught the upcoming hybrid version testing in Nevada. Unlike the upcoming Tahoe and Yukon hybrids, the Escalade will not get specific styling to differentiate it from the regular gas powered version.
With gas prices consistently at record highs and consumers increasing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, Chrysler has announced new plans to boost the fuel mileage of their cars and trucks. The new family of V6 engines will have cylinder deactivation technology, which will allow them to run on 3-cylinders when less power is needed. The automaker also plans to place its new two-mode hybrid powertrain in more of its vehicles.
Spy photographer Chris Schotanus has caught another glimpse of the upcoming Mini Clubman that is expected to debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The clear images show the stretched Mini's split tailgate and rear passenger side door.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander will be in showrooms within the next few weeks and Toyota has finally announced the pricing for its new SUV. The 4-cylinder from the last generation will not be carried over and therefore buyers will only have one engine choice, the 270hp, 3.5L V6 from the Camry and Avalon. Apparently Toyota is very happy with the fuel economy of the new model. The FWD models will get 17/23 and the all-wheel-drive models will achieve 16/22. Are those numbers that great?
It has been rumored that Mercedes was thinking about building a high-end sports car that would compete with the Porsche 911 Turbo and Audi's upcoming V-10 powered R8 coupe. Well now spy photographers have caught what they believe to be Mercedes upcoming new sports car that will likely be named the SLC.
In 2006 Chrysler made more cars than dealers wanted. Since the automaker had no dealers that wanted them, they stored them in various places around Detroit. Well now Chrysler is trying every way that they can to get rid of them. Deep discounts and significant rebates have not done the trick, so now Chrysler is going to allow dealers to label the new cars as "used" in hopes that people will finally buy them.
The next generation 2009 BMW 7-series has been spotted undergoing testing in Germany. The new design will be more of an evolution of the current generation with more of a muscular theme throughout. Although you cannot tell from these photos the new 7-series will adopt many of the same styling themes as the smaller 3-series.
Saab is going to end production of the Saab 9-7x next year because of slow sales after only being on the market for three years. The 9-7x is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Trailblazer and is built in Moraine, Ohio. The Trailblazer is also going to be discontinued. Both SUVs will be replaced by crossovers.
World Car Fans has posted spy photos of what they believe is a V8-powered Lamborghini Gallardo prototype. The car shown here has a slightly modified front fascia and a revised exhaust, which might suggest that there are also some engine modifications.
It is rumored that Mercedes-Benz is going to unveil up to 18 different "green" vehicles this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This will include a range of diesels, hybrids, Bluetec-diesels and fuel-cell vehicles. Mercedes already provided some of the details on a new S-class hybrid that will also feature a Bluetec-diesel, that will be out by the end of the decade.
TheCarBlogger has posted photos of what is believed to be a new body-on-frame full size SUV from Kia. The SUV shown here was spotted in South Korea and due to the fact that it looks almost production ready, we should see it in showrooms soon.
Thanks to Winding Road and the spies over at KGP, we have some new photos of the upcoming V-10 powered Audi RS6 with virtually no camouflage.
With gas prices at near record levels, consumers continue to flock towards more economical and environmentally friendly vehicles, such as hybrids or the new diesel powered vehicles. HUMMER currently does not offer a hybrid or diesel powertrain in its lineup, which has hurt their image. Currently HUMMERs are seen as gas-guzzling, over-sized machines.
The upcoming sedan version of the recently revealed BMW M3 has been caught on the test track. This is the first new M3 sedan in a decade and it takes many styling cues from the new coupe.
Temple of VTEC and Brenda Priddy have caught more photos of the new 2008 Honda Accord Coupe interior. The interior looks pretty much the same as the pics that were posted earlier this week, although they are from the other side of the car. There is also a pic of the inside of the driver's side door.
GM is going to build a new range of diesel in engines in 2009. The new 4.5L V8 will have class leading torque, power and refinement. According to GM, the new Duramax turbo-diesel will boost efficiency by 25 percent, while cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 13 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 percent.
Scion, Toyota's youth oriented brand has been on the market for only about four years, but Toyota has managed to hit their target market head on. One of the main reasons that Scion is one of the most recognized car brands among younger drivers is because of their marketing. Scion is not pitched as only a car brand, but a lifestyle. When you buy a Scion you are not only getting a "cool" ride, but you are also gaining access to a community.
According to Dr Bernd Bohr, chairman of automotive component company Bosch, 20% of all new cars sold by 2015 will have the new start-stop technology. The technology turns off the engine when the car comes to a stop at stoplights or in traffic. This new technology will reduce emissions and increase the fuel-economy of vehicles equipped with the technology.
Spy photographers have caught the upcoming 2009 Lexus LF-A testing. The prototype seen here has many features, such as the function-only taillights that are meant to hide the actual styling of the car.
Last week it was reported that Nissan is working on a new small sports coupe model that will take cues from the Nissan Urge Concept. Now spy photographers have caught an interesting prototype testing at the Nurburgring in Germany. At first glance it looks just like the current 350Z, but upon closer examination you can see that there are differences.
Yesterday we informed you about the new campaign that Saturn is going to do, which will involve placing Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords in Saturn showrooms. Saturn hopes that buyers will see that their Aura sedan is better than the Accord or Camry. The comments are still coming in about that original story.(Click Here) Well now thanks to Autoblog and Saturn we have a look at their first commercial for the campaign. The video is after the jump.
Most of us know that the housing market and overall economy in Detroit has pretty much bottomed out because of all the automaker job cuts. Well apparently the housing market has gotten really bad that now sellers are throwing in a free car with the purchase of a house.
Spy photographers have caught the next generation 2009 Nissan Murano testing in Southern Europe. The current Murano has been on the market since 2003 in the U.S. So it is time for a new one.
Being car nuts I'm sure most of us have played a car video game in our time. I for one remember spending countless hours playing Gran Turismo, Grand Theft Auto, and many other car video games that could only be found at the neighborhood arcade. Today car video games have progressed so far that it is almost like you are driving the real thing. Microsoft's latest game, Forza Motorsport 2 is a must have!
It seems like GM is becoming very confident in their new models. First the automaker announced that they are going to have Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords in their Chevrolet showrooms, so that buyers can compare them against the new 2008 Chevy Malibu. Well now Saturn is going to try the same idea with its Aura sedan.
Lately it seems that hybrids get all the attention for being fuel-efficient, but there are a handful of non-hybrid cars that get close to the same levels as the hybrids. In the US this list is dominated by Honda, Toyota and Nissan. Only one European model made the list, the MINI. The big question is: Why aren't there any models from Ford, GM or Chrysler on this list?
According to Motor Trend the Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive concept car has been approved for production in the 2011 model year. The concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit last January. It was based on the Mercedes S600 sedan with a 5.5L V-12 pumping out 510 horsepower.
Apparently Chrysler executives have admitted to their employees that the automaker misjudged the market for the new Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Nitro SUV. In a recent Q&A session a top Chrysler executive addressed the issues with Chrysler employees and assured them that the automaker is moving fast to correct the mistakes.
The new 2009 Ford Fiesta has been spotted on American soil. This next generation Fiesta will be sold in Europe and in the U.S. when it is released.
BMW has already created the wagon variant of the popular MINI, dubbed the Clubman, but now there are rumors that BMW may be working on another version of the car. There are rumors circulating that BMW has already given the green light to produce a compact SUV that will be reminiscent of the early MINI off-roaders.
Many of you may remember the Jetta Trek or the Golf K2 from the 90's that came with a bike or a snowboard. Well VW is doing it again with the current Rabbit. Chicago (U.S.) Rabbit buyers are getting a bike and a roof rack in addition to their new Rabbits. The dealers in Chicago are trying to encourage drivers to use bikes for short/quick distances.
There have been numerous spy shots of the upcoming BMW 1-Series, but these newest ones are of the coupe with very little camouflage. World Car Fans This is the version of BMW's smallest car that we will actually get here in the U.S.
Last year Renault-Nissan was in talks with General Motors about a possible alliance between the automakers. But unfortunately the talks ended when neither side could come to an agreement on the price of the relationship. Now fast forward to 2007 and Renault-Nissan is reportedly looking for a relationship with either Ford or Chrysler.
The Ford Ranger is definitely one of the oldest vehicles in Ford's current lineup. The truck hasn't received a major redesign since 1993 and since the small truck segment has been shrinking, Ford hasn't redesigned it. The current plant that Ford builds the Ranger in is slated to be closed in 2008. So what will happen to the Ranger?
According to the latest issue of Motor Trend, the next generation 2009 Cadillac CTS-v will get the same engine in the upcoming Z07 Chevrolet Corvette (also known as the Blue Devil). The ZO7 is expected to put out about 700 horsepower and the Cadillac will get a detuned version of the same engine with about 600 horsepower.
Every week there are more spy photos of the new 2008 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe. (Edmunds) This time the V6 Accord Sedan has been caught during testing. The difference between this sedan and the earlier ones is the dual tailpipes. A glimpse of the interior has also shown up.
Ford has been pretty slow to respond to the growing need of more fuel-efficient models and with the styling advancement of their sedan range, which has disappointed Ford's senior management. One example is the Ford Five-Hundred aka. Ford Taurus. The styling of that sedan is not only boring, but it also looks like it could have been designed in the 80's or early 90's.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released crash test scores for the newest convertibles. The tests are pretty surprising since the new BMW 3-Series only received a marginal score, while the new Chrysler Sebring received good ratings in the crash tests. Apparently a higher price does not always mean you are getting a better car.
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