April 2008 Archives

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Kelley Blue Book has released its list of the top ten coolest vehicles under $18,000 for 2008. Most of us can think of a list of cars that we would "label" as cool, but most of these cars probably don't list for under $18,000.

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The current Prius was introduced for the 2004 model year, so its growing a little old even though it is the best selling hybrid in the US, by far. Next January, Toyota is going to unveil an all-new 3rd generation Prius.

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Honda released the all-new 2008 Honda Accord last September and it seems like most people, well at least people that make comments on here, said the car was ugly. Well it looks like the US buying public has spoken and the new Accord was not only the best selling car in the US last month, but the best selling vehicle.

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Volkswagen officially took the wraps off the Passat CC (four-door coupe) in Detroit earlier this year. VW expects approximately 60% of the sales of the CC ( VW dropped the "Passat" portion of the name) to come from the US.

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The slowing economy and insane gas prices in the US have made it increasingly harder for automakers to sell their large SUVs and trucks.

Toyota and Scion Inventories Increase to Record Levels

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Declining auto sales in the US have forced many automakers to make cutbacks and to rethink their current lineups. Until now this did not include Toyota which continues to sell record levels of its Prius, Camry and Yaris vehicles.

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BMW unveiled the M1 Hommage Concept this weekend at the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este. The concept pays tribute to the original M1, which just had its thirtieth birthday.

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Suzuki has just announced that the 2009 Suzuki SX4 is going to be the first car in America for under $16,000 that will feature a standard navigation system.

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Mazda has officially unveiled the 2009 Mazda6 for the North American market.

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Lexus has officially registered names for its upcoming IS Coupe, which provides more evidence that the automaker is finally going to release a coupe version of its smallest sedan.

It's Official the 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 puts out 638 HP!

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GM officially unveiled the 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, but at that time the automaker had yet finalize the certification of the 6.2L LS9 V8.

VW Jetta BlueTDI for the US Market Unveiled...It Gets 60mpg

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Volkswagen has unveiled the Jetta BlueTDI that has been developed specifically for the North American market.

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Peugeot has officially announced today that the RC Z concept car is going to be produced.

Chevy Announces 2008 Cobalt XFE with Improved Fuel Economy

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Gas prices are over $4 a gallon in some places in the country, so everyone is finally demanding more fuel efficient models. Couple that with the Bush administration announcement a few days ago about the new fuel economy standards. Now automakers are trying to figure out creative ways to squeeze out even better fuel efficient models. Chevy is hoping to capture some of these fuel-economy minded consumers with an updated Cobalt.

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Just in time for spring, Saab has unveiled the 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible Yellow Edition.

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Ford announced today that the automaker posted a $100 million profit for Q1 2008, which is a $382 million increase over the same period last year. Most of the profit can be attributed to strong sales in Europe and South America, which helped offset the declining US market.

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Mael Oberkamph a photographer and photo rendering artist has created what he calls the BMW M-Zero Concept (not officially created by BMW).

2009 Audi A3 Unveiled with a Minor Facelift

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Audi has officially unveiled the refreshed 2009 Audi A3 and A3 Sportback.

VW Has Killed Plans for a Golf Diesel-Hybrid

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Volkswagen unveiled the Golf TDI Hybrid Concept at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year. At the show VW execs eluded to the fact that the concept would one day enter production...but it looks like those plans have changed.

VW Announces Carefree Maintenance Program on 2009 Models

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Volkswagen has announced the new Carefree Maintenance Program that will be available on some of its 2009 models.

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Chevy launched the all-new Malibu last fall and it has recieved a lot of attention especially from the automotive press. I even drove all three versions right before it was released. One of the main sore spots was the 4-cylinder that was mated to a four-speed automatic (how archaic for a 2008 model). GM promised that eventually the 4-cylinder would be mated to the six-speed automatic transmission and here it is...

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Today the Bush Administration announced that by 2015 all automaker's fleets must average 31.6 mpg.

More Photos of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-new GLK SUV this past weekend in Beijing.

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The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 starts at $40K when you factor in the gas guzzling tax. That's a little too high for most of us, so for the 2009 model year there will be lesser powered Challengers with a much lower price tag.

More Photos of the 2009 Audi Q5

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Audi has released more photos of the 2009 Audi Q5 SUV.

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The BMW 550i is near the top of the 5-Series range, right below the M5. According to BimmerFile the all-new 5-Series is going to feature the same V8 in the X6 SUV.

Sporty 2009 Ford Fiesta S Unveiled in China

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Ford has unveiled the Fiesta S at the Beijing Auto Show. The Fiesta S is essentially the same as the Fiesta that was originally unveiled in Europe with some "sporty" elements thrown in.

2009 BMW X6 EPA Numbers Released and They Aren't Pretty

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BMW has released the preliminary MPG estimates for its newest SUV, the 2009 X6.

2009 Ford Fusion Gets a New Engine and a Six-Speed

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Ford recently held its dealer meetings in Las Vegas where the automaker announced the changes to the 2009 Ford Fusion.

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Buick officially took the wraps off the Invicta Concept today at the Beijing Auto Show.

2009 Audi Q5 SUV Officially Unveiled in Beijing

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Audi has officially unveiled the all-new 2009 Audi Q5 SUV that is making its world debut in Beijing.

2008 is the Last Year for the Hyundai Tiburon

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Hyundai unveiled the all-new rear-wheel-drive Genesis coupe at the New York Auto Show last month. It was rumored that the new coupe would eventually replace the Tiburon in the lineup, although Hyundai execs eventually said it would not. Well John Krafcik, Vice President of product development for Hyundai recently told the Automotive News that the this is going to be the last year for the Tiburon.

2009 Opel Insignia Officially Unveiled...It's Pretty Sexy

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After several leaks the last few days, Opel has finally taken the wraps off the all-new Insignia sedan.

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The first images of Mercedes new X3-fighter the GLK have leaked before its official unveiling in a few days.

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The next-generation Acura NSX has been a long time coming. Originally it was believed that Acura was going to unveil the all-new NSX at the Tokyo Auto Show last fall. But due to an overwhelming amount of criticism of the Advanced Sports Car Concept (pictured here), upon which the NSX is based, designers were sent back to the drawing board.

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Production of GM's Lambda SUVs (Outlook, Acadia and Enclave) came to a halt when UAW hourly workers went on strike at GM's Lansing, Michigan plant.

2010 Ford Mustang Could See the Return of the 5.0L V8

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Ford is working on a new Mustang for 2010 and this time the stakes are even higher since the new Camaro and Challenger are set to steal the Mustang's market share.

Hyundai is Recalling Almost 400,000 Sonatas

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Hyundai has issued a recall of 394,000 Sonatas model years 2006-2008 to check the front seat sensors.

Is This What the 2009 BMW 7-Series is Going to Look Like?

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This photo may or may not be a photo of the all-new 2009 BMW 7-Series. The car pictured here does have many of the same details of the prototypes that have been caught testing, but it could be a really good photoshop.

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VW is reportedly working on a 3rd SUV to fit in between the newly released Tiguan and the larger Touareg SUVs.

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Honda has issued a recall of 353,000 MY 2003 Honda Accord sedans to fix an issue with the windshield wiper motor.

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Honda officially unveiled the 2009 Honda Pilot Prototype at the Detroit Auto Show this past January, now we have the first photos and official info on the production model.

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I'm sure you're as surprised as nearly everyone else in the automotive world when you see a headline like that. Well apparently the new 2008 (US) Focus is selling beyond expectations and Ford is going to increase production of the vehicle.

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Ford just released a newly restyled Ford Focus in the US, but it still not the same Ford Focus that is offered in Europe. This is finally going to change in 2010.

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Yesterday Nissan and Chrysler announced a new partnership that is going to spawn a new small car and full-size pickup.

All-New 2009 Acura TSX Starts at $28,960

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Acura has announced the pricing for its all-new 2009 TSX sedan.

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Acura has already unveiled the new 2009 RL and TSX sedans, but probably the most anticipated model is the all-new 2009 TL that is also expected to be released by the end of the year.

Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLK SUVs are Set to Debut in Beijing

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Audi and Mercedes-Benz are going to use next week's Beijing Auto Show to debut the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK SUVs.

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Chrysler officially unveiled the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but failed to unveil the regular cab model alongside the crew cab.

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GM officially unveiled the Cadillac CTS Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show this past January. At the time the automaker would not say if the car was ever going to enter production, although we all new better.

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GM unveiled the Corvette ZR1 at the Detroit Auto Show this year and the car just recently hit the Nurburgring in Germany to get some track times. Engineers behind the wheel claimed that the ZR1 was able to achieve lap times in the low 7:40s.

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BMW has announced the starting price for its new "Sports Activity Coupe", the X6.

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Ford's new Flex crossover is about to hit showrooms in a few months and Ford is hoping that crossover buyers flock to it...well at least 100,000 of them a year.

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Hyundai is going to unveil a revised 2009 Hyundai Elantra at the Beijing Auto Show later this month.

Ford Wants to Cut Emissions by 30 Percent by 2020

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Ford is pledging to reduce its vehicle's emissions by 30% by 2020 in Europe and the U.S.

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Toyota and Subaru announced today in a joint press conference that Toyota is going to double its stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, the company that produces Subaru cars.

2010 Ford Taurus Spied in Ford's Design Studio!

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A single photo of what is supposed to be the all-new 2010 Ford Taurus has been circulating the web today and here it is.

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VW has released more photos and details on its upcoming 2009 Passat CC four-door coupe.

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Buick officially unveiled the new Lucerne Super at the New York Auto Show last year, but it isnt actually being released until this month. In additon to the new "Super" model, Buick is also releasing a Lucerne CXL Special Edition.

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GM just held a press event for the upcoming Chevy Volt, where those lucky enough to get invited were able to see an actual pre-production Volt dressed up in Malibu sheetmetal and a scale model of what the Volt will look like.

Calling all Ford truck owners!

Chevy Cobalt SS Sedan Unveiled...Well Only One Photo

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Chevy has released one official photo of the upcoming Chevy Cobalt SS Sedan.

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Chrysler is recalling all 2007-2008 Chrysler Sebrings and Dodge Avengers to fix an electrical defect.

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Volkswagen has announced that the automaker is going to issue a recall of every 1999-2005 VW Passat.

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Currently Pontiac claims that the Pontiac Solstice GXP is only capable of putting out 260 horsepower, but according to sources it could be closer to 300 horsepower.

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The Smart ForTwo is finally being offered in the US and it is selling way beyond expectations, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has raised a concern about how the car performed in recent tests.

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Currently Mercedes-Benz does not offer a 4-cylinder C-Class in the US. This may all change due to the high gas prices and new CAFE regulations.

BMW CEO Confirms New tii Models in the Works

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In an interview with Car Magazine, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer confirmed that a range of tii performance options will soon be available on BMW smaller models, specifically the 1 and 3-series.

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NBC has made it official that the Knight Rider made for TV movie is going to become a series on NBC.

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CarMagazine has posted photos of a special Lamborghini that never made it past the sketch tablet, the Lamborghini Ferruccio.

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