September 2007 Archives

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This summer BMW officially unveiled the all-new BMW 1-Series Coupe that we are going to get here in the US in Spring of 2008. Now BMW has unveiled the convertible version of the coupe that will be on sale at the same time as the coupe.

2009 Chevrolet Traverse Crossover Caught on Video!

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Thanks to the guys over at Edmunds we have a video of the upcoming 2009 Chevrolet Traverse.

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Last week Subaru released the first official teaser image of the upcoming WRX STi and today the automaker has released a second photo of the back of the car.

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BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer has revealed a few of BMW's plans for th next ten plus years. The automaker has set a five year goal of selling 1.8 million vehicles per year by 2012 and 2 million vehicles by 2020.

2009 Toyota Matrix Gets Ready for Halloween a Month Early

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Toyota recently announced that the automaker is going to unveil the all-new 2009 versions of the Corolla and Matrix at the SEMA show next month. Today, Toyota unveiled a teaser photo of the next Matrix dressed in a ghost costume.

2008 Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon Hybrid SUVs Achieve 21/22mpg

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GM has been talking about their upcoming full-size SUV hybrids for a while now and there has been lots of speculation about how great they will be.

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Thanks to Fast Lane Daily we have some new photos of the upcoming BMW M3 convertible and sedan as they were getting ready to hit the Nurburgring.


Nissan has launched the official site for the upcoming GT-R that is set to be officially unveiled on October 24th, 2007.

STRIKE OVER: UAW and GM Reach an Agreement

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The strike that involved approximately 73,000 people walking off their job two days ago has ended this morning.

Acura Looks At Niche Models to Increase the Brand's Profile

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Through August of this year Acura's sales are down 7.8 percent. The new MDX and RDX are doing well for the automaker, but its car models are where the improvement is needed.

Ford Escort May Return as a 100MPG Hybrid in 2011

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We all should remember the Ford Escort that was very popular in the 1980's. The "World Car" actually saved Ford in its early days, but as the 90's set in it quickly became unpopular and died by the new millennium.

Bentley May Become Greener

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Bentley's sales have continued to be strong over the past few years thanks to models like the Continental GT Coupe. Although the automaker has successfully managed to outsell Maybach and Rolls Royce it is looking towards the future.

2008 Mitsubishi EVO X Unveiled with 295 Horsepower

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The official unveiling of the all-new Mitsubishi EVO X is right around the corner. This means that the first photos of the car are finally showing up on the internet. Some of the larger automotive publications have already posted their initial reviews of the awesome car.

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It is very rare for an automaker to make revisions to a model right before it is introduced because of consumer backlash, but that is what Ford is doing with the all-new Ford Focus.

Audi Delays the Launch of New Crossovers Until 2009

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It looks like we will not see the new Audi Q5 crossover in showrooms until sometime in 2009 at the earliest. Management wants to delay the model until some time in 2009 so that it can be labeled a 2010 model.

Transformers 2 Will be Released in the Summer of 2009

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Transformers has managed to pull in over $700million worldwide since its release this summer, so it is no surprise that there is going to be a sequel.

In the Future all Volkswagens Will Have a Hybrid Option

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According to Ulrich Hackenberg, head of product development at Volkswagen all future VW models are going to have either a mild or full hybrid option.

More Photos and Official Specs of the All-New 2009 Honda Fit

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Well just a few days ago photos of the all-new Honda Fit (Jazz) leaked onto the web. Now we have some more official photos of the car and product specs of the car that is set to be officially unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show.

The All-New Nissan GT-R is Going to Show up in Gran Turismo 5

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The production version of the Nissan GT-R is set to be unveiled at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show. Sony is going to going to release a demo version of the next Gran Turismo game to coincide with the unveiling.

Official Teaser Image of the Subaru WRX STi Released

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This is the first official teaser image of the new Subaru WRX STi that is going to be officially unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show.

2008 Honda Odyssey Unveiled with a Very Accord-like Grille

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Honda has released the details and photos of the refreshed 2008 Honda Odyssey minivan. While other automakers (GM and Ford) continue to move out of this segment, other automakers (Honda, Chrysler and Toyota) continue to remain intent on it.

All-New 2009 Honda Fit Photos Leaked!

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The all-new Honda Fit is set to be unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show later this year, but the first photos of the little car have already leaked.

Infiniti Plans on Adding 10 New Models by 2010

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Carlos Tavares, Nissan’s global product boss recently told Automotive News that Infiniti plans on adding 10 or so models to its lineup by 2010.

All-New 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser Starts at $63,200

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Toyota has released the pricing for its new Land Cruiser SUV, which was officially unveiled early this week. The all-new Land Cruiser will start at $63,200, which is an increase of $6,985.

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Spy photos of the upcoming Ford Mustang Bullitt have showed up on the internet. This time around the Bullitt version of the popular Ford Mustang will do without any spoilers or hood scoops. Instead it will remain simple and pack more muscle than the Mustang GT.

2009 Porsche 911 Turbo Gets a Facelift and 500 Horsepower

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Spy photographers have caught a revised 911 Turbo testing in Germany.

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The 2008 Subaru WRX STi is set to be unveiled shortly at the Tokyo Auto Show so for now we have to make due with the many spy photos that have surfaced.

2008 Honda S2000 CR on Sale Date Pushed Back to October 6th

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The newest version of the Honda S2000 was set to go on sale this week, but Honda has decided to push the on sale date back a few weeks to October 6th.

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The Honda Civic Mugen RR which is based on the JDM Civic Type R in Japan has a limited production of 300 units. On September 14th at 9am in Japan, the car went on sale. 10 minutes later 300 reservations had been received, which meant the limited edition car was sold out.

All-New 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser is Officially Unveiled

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Toyota has finally officially unveiled the all-new 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser today, although we've already seen many leaked photos of the SUV. The new SUV is being unveiled before its live unveiling at the Australian International Motor Show next month.


More Spy Photos of the All-New Subaru WRX STi

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The all-new Subaru WRX STi has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring ahead of its official unveiling this coming April.

Car Dealers Still Call the 2008 Ford Taurus the Ford Five-Hundred

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According to a new report by CNW Marketing Research, about 20 percent of Ford's dealers are referring to the new Ford Taurus by the old Five-Hundred name.

Hybrid Sales in the US Rise 49 Percent this Year

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Thanks to the popular Toyota Prius, hybrid sales through July are up 49 percent over the same period last year.

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Ford today announced the pricing and details of the "all-new" 2008 Ford Focus.

Cadillac Confirms the Death of the STS and DTS Sedans

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Earlier this year there was speculation that Cadillac is going to eventually drop the slow selling STS and DTS sedans in favor of one premium sedan. Well it has been confirmed by Cadillac officials that both sedans will die after there current product cycles.

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As I was fishing the internet this morning I came across this banner that is advertising $1,500 cash back on the new 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid. I was shocked and immediately thought it was a mistake, but after a visit to Nissan's website the deal is confirmed.

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Last week at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the world's smallest four-seater car. The car measures less than 3 meters in length and is 425mm shorter than the Aygo and 770mm shorter than the Toyota Yaris.

2008 Nissan Rogue Starts at $19,250

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Starting tomorrow Nissan is going to start selling their entry in the crowded compact SUV/CUV segment, the Rogue. The new Rogue will primarily compete with the CR-V and RAV-4 heavyweights.

Volkswagen Wants to Sell 1 Million Cars in the US by 2018

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VW has vowed to close the large gap between itself and Toyota within the next ten years. Part of this new plan is to increase sales to 1 million units in the US by 2018. The automaker hopes to reach this lofty goal by focusing on four core vehicles.

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Spy photos of Hyundai's new 380 horsepower flagship sedan, the Genesis have been circulating for months. Now we have the first photos of the interior of the RWD car that Hyundai hopes will move the automaker up market.


What is the One Thing that the All-New BMW M3 is Still Missing?

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With all the news about the upcoming BMW M3, Audi would like you to know that it is still missing one thing....all-wheel-drive.

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Earlier this summer it was rumored that the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado are going to get a new V8 option for the 2008 model year. Well after some digging the rumor has been confirmed.

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It is being reported today that former World Rally Champion Colin McRae and his five year old son have both died in a helicopter crash earlier today.

The Small Rear-Engined Volkswagen up! May Come to the US

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VW unveiled the automaker's new small rear engined up! in Frankfurt this week. Adrian Hallmark, head of Volkswagen of America, has confirmed that the US is also interested in the car.

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Honda who is usually known for being one of the most reliable and dependable automakers is issuing a recall of 182,000+ Honda Civics.

Chrysler Recalls Almost 300,000 Jeep and Dodge Vehicles

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Yay for more recalls! Chrysler announced today that the automaker is recalling almost 300,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs due to potential brake problems.

All-New Audi A3 Cabriolet Caught Naked in Germany

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The upcoming Audi A3 Cabriolet has been spotted under going testing in Germany. The car had virtually no camouflage.

Nissan Announces a 78MPG Car That Will Not be a Hybrid

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Unlike most automakers who are focusing on hybrid technology to improve the gas mileage of their vehicles, Nissan has pledged to build a high-mileage car without hybrid technology.

SSC Breaks Top Speed Record at 255.83 MPH!

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Shelby Supercars (SSC) has managed to beat the world's record for the world’s fastest production car.

Land Rover Landie Concept Crossover Slightly Revealed

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Land Rover didn't have anything new to show at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show, but the automaker did tease us with an image of an upcoming baby Land Rover.

Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid Could be on the Market in 2009

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GM has been talking about their Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid for sometime, but the first plug-in from GM could be a Saturn Vue. According to Jill Lajdziak, brand general manager, the Vue will be the automaker's first plug-in hybrid and will be capable of traveling 10 miles on a single charge.

Chrysler Announces New Electric/ Hybrid Division (ENVI)

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It seems like every automaker is jumping on the "green" bandwagon. Chrysler has announced the creation of a new engineering division that is specifically focused on hybrids and electric vehicles.

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It is widely known that Honda who first brought the "hybrid" to the US has failed to win over as many hearts as the Toyota Prius. Sales of the Toyota Prius have far outsold Honda's current hybrid lineup. Well Honda hopes to change that in 2010.

Spy Photos of the New Toyota Prius...Well a Refreshed Version

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Toyota has already announced that the next generation Toyota Prius is going to be delayed until sometime in 2009, but now spy photographers have caught the hybrid with a new front end.

Aston Martin Debuts V8 Vantage N400 and DB9 LM

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Aston Martin has debuted two new models in addition to the recently unveiled DBS coupe. One of the new models is based on the DB9 while the other one is based on the V8 Vantage.

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Mercedes-Benz has released the pricing for the new 2008 C63 Sedan and Wagon.

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Yesterday Ford unveiled their newest CUV for the European market, the Kuga. The great looking CUV follows Ford's new "kinetic" design theme. The Kuga also draws inspiration from the Iosis X Concept CUV that was shown last year.

BMW 1-Series Will Start Under $30,000 in the US

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BMW's upcoming 1-Series is one of the more anticipated models that will be going on sale early next year. BMW has already released the full specs on the two initial models that we will receive here, the 128i and the hot 135i. The one thing the automaker hasn't spoken about is the pricing.

All-New Saab Turbo X Unveiled With 280 Horsepower and XWD

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Saab has unveiled the Saab Turbo X to commemorate 30 years of Saab turbocharging. The new Turbo X recalls the first black 900 Turbo.

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Ford has unveiled the new "kinetic" Ford Focus (UK). The new Ford Focus will begin arriving in showrooms by the end of this year.

2008 Chevy Aveo 5-Door Unveiled...Boy is it Ugly!

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Chevrolet unveiled the 5-door Chevy Aveo today for the European market. It's basically the same Aveo 5-door that we get in the US, but with a new front end that is very similar to the new Malibu sedan, although it is so not cute.

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Honda has unveiled the Accord Tourer Concept that is supposed to give a hint of the styling direction of the next Accord and Accord Tourer (UK) that will debut next year. More importantly this concept could also provide hints of what the next Acura TSX is going to look like in the US, since the TSX is essentially the same as the UK Accord.

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Today BMW unveiled the new X6 Concept, which is supposed to be very close to what we will actually see in showrooms. The X6 crossover is an exercise in design over function, which is apparent with the raked roof that plunges downward after the B pillar. This significantly compromises rear seat room and the luggage capacity of the X6. BMW is betting that X6 buyers will be willing to give up that extra space for additional style over its X5 crossover.

Volkswagen up! Concept Revealed...VW Returns to Its Roots

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Volkswagen is returning to its rear-engine roots with the unveiling of the up! concept car. According to the automaker this small four seater car could actually see production.

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Lamborghini has unveiled the Reventon supercar, which is based on the Murcielago LP640 that costs a cheap one-million euros. The car is going to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show tomorrow.

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Honda has released the pricing for the all-new 2008 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe that go on sale this month. The sedan goes on sale on September 12th and the coupe hits showrooms on the 20th.

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Brabus has unveiled its new Bi-Turbo 720 horsepower Mercedes-Benz C-Class a day before it is officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW is Now the Best-Selling Luxury Automaker in the World

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Last month BMW managed to outsell both Mercedes-Benz and Audi, making it the world's best-selling premium automaker.

More 2009 Ford Fiesta Spy Photos

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Brenda Priddy and Crew caught the upcoming 2009 Ford Fiesta driving around covered in camo. These are the best photos yet of Ford's new small car that we will actually get here in the US.

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The all-new Mazda6 is set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show that is right around the corner. Thanks to a leak we now get to see all the photos before the official unveiling.

2008 Audi A5 and S5 Pricing Released...The A5 Starts at $39,900

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Audi has finally released the pricing for its new A5 and S5 coupes.

2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS Unveiled

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Porsche has released the full specs and photos of the new Cayenne GTS that is going to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

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Honda was the first automaker to launch a hybrid powered vehicle in the US with the Insight in 1999. Even though Honda managed to beat the Toyota Prius to market, the automaker has continued to lose market share in the hybrid segment.

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Spy photographers have caught what appears to be a CSL version of the upcoming BMW M3. It is uncertain if this is actually an M3 CSL, but the rear trunklid spoiler and wider track obviously lead us to believe that this is indeed a CSL version.

Is Mitsubishi Finally Making a Comeback?

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Mitsubishi is finally making a comeback this year with the new Lancer sedan and Outlook SUV. The new Lancer is so much better than the last generation and buyers have noticed.

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One of this summer’s biggest blockbusters is coming to DVD on October 16th. The Transformers movie has grossed over $650 million to date.

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Audi has finally released the full details on the high-performance version of the Audi A6 Avant, the RS6 Avant. The wagon is going to be powered by a V10 engine with FSI direct injection and twin turbochargers that puts out 580 horsepower and 480 lb-ft. of torque.

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Carscoop has posted photos of the upcoming AMG version of the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate. The uber-fast wagon is going to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month.

Volkswagen Sets 10 Year Goal to Catch up to Toyota

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VW CEO Martin Winterkorn has made a pledge to close the gap between Toyota and VW. The automaker has set a goal of ten years to catch up to Toyota in terms of productivity and profit. Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking also backs the plan. Wiedeking sees Toyota as the benchmark.

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For years there has been speculation that Ford may eventually kill off Mercury due to weak sales. The current Mercury lineup is aging and there seems to be little new projects in the works. Could this mean that Ford is finally letting Mercury die a slow death?

Lincoln Mark LT 2006-2008 R.I.P.

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It seems that the Lincoln Mark LT luxury pickup has failed to meet sales targets. The Lincoln version of the Ford F-150 was launched for the 2006 model year, but as failed to find a following. The latest reports state that the truck will be discontinued after the 2008 model year.

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Chevrolet as announced the pricing for its all-new 2008 Malibu sedan. The base LS will start at $19,995 and the hybrid variant is going to start at $22,790.

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BMW has just announced the 335i is going to get all-wheel-drive, which actually makes it faster than the rear-wheel-drive version. Infiniti is likely to make AWD optional on the new G37 coupe to keep it competitive with the 3-Series coupes and the upcoming Audi A5/S5.

2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate Unveiled

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The all-new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class just went on sale last month in the US and now Mercedes has unveiled the wagon (estate) version of the car.

2008 Lexus GS450h Unveiled...Lexus Adds Another Hybrid to its Lineup

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This month at the Frankfurt Motor Show Lexus is going to debut the European version of the IS-F and the hybrid version of the GS sedan, dubbed the GS450h.

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The "F" version of the Lexus IS was unveiled earlier this year. The M3 fighter has a 5.0L V8 with over 400 horsepower. It is now rumored that Lexus is working on an "F" version of the GS sedan.

Hyundai i-Blue Hydrogen Powered Concept Revealed

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Hyundai has unveiled a new hydrogen powered crossover, the i-Blue that will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month.

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