The X1 concept is supposed to hint at the production version of the X1 that will be launched next year and judging by past BMW concepts the production model is expected to look close to this. Next year the BMW X1 will be produced at BMW’s Leipzig plant in Germany. BMW is targeting 100,000 units per year. The X1 is expected to be powered by a range of 4cyl and 6cyl gas and diesel engines.
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The rear airbag is stored in the headliner above the rear window and unfolds rapidly during a rear impact to protect the rear passenger. The bag is designed to protect the rear passenger's head and neck during a rear impact. Judging by the amount of metal between the rear seat and the rear of the iQ this looks like a much needed safety feature. Hopefully other small cars will adopt a similar safety feature.
Motor Trend is currently hanging out at the Hyundai/Kia testing facility, in Mojave, California testing 17 new cars to see which one will take the title this year as the "2009 Motor Trend Car of the Year."
Motor Trend is quick to point out that this is not a comparison test and is only open to all-new or substantially upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in the 12 months from November 1, 2007. Motor Trend also does not test vehicles that have been on sale for the past five years.
Helen and John Taylor took off in their new 2009 VW Jetta TDI and drove through 48 states in 20 days, covering 9,419 miles. Their little diesel powered Jetta returned an average 58.82 mpg, which beat the old record of 51.58 mpg. The couple said they were able to achieve that rating by staying within 5 miles of the speed limit. Throughout the whole trip the Jetta TDI only consumed 11 tanks of diesel fuel and traveled 853 miles between fill ups.
A few months ago Nissan took the GT-R to the famed Nurburgring in Germany and completed it in a very fast time of 7:29. Well now Porsche is speaking out and saying that Nissan cheated in order to record that record time.
Porsche recently took the US-spec GT-R to the ring with its 911 Turbo and GT2. Unfortunately the GT-R could not compete with the two German cars and came in a full 25 seconds slower than the time that Nissan recorded.
Details remain scarce about Lamborghini's newest model other than the fact that the coupe is going to be built on all-wheel-drive architecture and will be powered by Audi's 5.0L twin-turbo V10.
German car magazine,Autozeitung claims to have the first official pic of the all-new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class in its latest September issue. According to Autozeitung the photo we see here has not been digitally enhanced.
As previewed by the ConceptFASCINATION, the next E-Class ditches its round headlights for a more trapezoidal shape. The styling of the next E-Class brings the sedan more inline with the styling cues of the rest of the Mercedes lineup specifically the current C-Class.
The most obvious change to the 2009 Element is a new front end that is similar to that on the new Honda Pilot. Outback the Element gets new taillights and a revised rear door.
The 2009 Audi S3 which is available as a three or five-door is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged engine that puts out 265 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. All that power gets the S3 from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds and the top speed is limited to 155 mph.
The SLR 722 S Roadster reaches 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed over 200 mph. The Roadster also features a semi-automatic top that can be lowered in ten seconds.
Only 150 of these very special roadsters is going to be produced and will be available on January 1, 2009.
GM recently introduced the all-new Chevy Traverse crossover that is based on the same architecture as the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. GM is hoping that the Traverse will have what it takes to grab the number one sales spot in the large crossover segment.
Currently Toyota and Honda own the segment with the Highlander and Pilot. Last year Toyota sold 127,878 Highlanders and Honda sold 117,146 Pilots. Chevy boss, Ed Peper claims that the Traverse can beat both of them.
The US economy is so bad right now that O'Donnell has little hope for increased sales of BMW's flagship sedan, which will be in dealerships in March. O'Donnell's main goal is that the new 7 Series does better than the overall import luxury segment.
This brochure scan that was sent to Autoblog clearly shows the changes that Honda has planned for its little box on wheels. The revised Element gets a new front end with a grille that is very similar to the larger Honda Pilot. Inside the new Element is expected to get a fridge (probably like the Ford Flex) and a nav system. A few new colors are also going to be offered. The 2.4L engine is still the sole engine offered.
The new MX-5 gets a new front end that draws cues from the RX-8 in addition to revised taillights. The1.8L and 2.0L engine choices are expected to remain the same although the 2.0L engine has been revised with lower friction parts and a new air intake that provides a more aggressive sound. The front suspension has also been modified to provide more steering feedback and traction control is now standard.
The Audi A8 is definitely one of the oldest cars in Audi's lineup and a redesign is in the works. The forum Gulf4Cars has posted a few photos of what we can expect the 2010 Audi A8 to look like, but the main question is are these photos real or just photo shopped.
If these photos are indeed real, the next A8 is going to feature a more evolutionary redesign. The front of the car features the same grille that we've now used to from Audi mated to new headlights that are similar to the rest of the new Audi lineup. The rear end also features taillights that are very similar to the new A4 and A6.
John Lauckner, GM's VP for Global Program Management claims that the engine in the Volt will indeed send whatever surplus energy it has to the lithium-ion battery. It was originally understood that once the Volt reached 40 miles the battery would become a"paper weight" until the battery could be recharged using a 120 or 240-volt outlet. Although the engine does have the ability to recharge the battery, the engine will never come close to fully charging the battery.
Currently the all-new 2009 TL is only available with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Next fall the TL will be available with a manual transmission and receives other performance modifications. This is the first application of a manual transmission to Acura's SH-AWD system.
The engine from the GranTurismo S has been upgraded with a new intake system, catalytic converters and a center-exit exhaust that boosts horsepower to 450. The suspension has also been upgraded and there is a new larger rear spoiler and increased track. 8x12" front and 18x13" rear wheels fitted with racing slicks help put all that power to the ground. In order to keep that power under control the brake discs have been enlarged with monobloc racing calipers and there is a FIA-approved rollcage for even more protection.
The plant is going to produce the new 1.4L engine for the Chevy Volt and Chevy Cruze small car. Construction of the new plant is expected to start immediately and be completed in 2010. The new plant will create 300 hourly jobs.
The state of Texas is Dodge's single largest truck market. Because of this Texans are going to get a special edition (exclusive) of the all-new Dodge Ram. The Lone Star Edition starts as a Ram Crew 1500 SLT in either two or four-wheel-drive. The 5.7L HEMI V8 with a five-speed automatic, chromed 4-inch dual exhaust, 20 inch painted silver wheels (20-inch chromed wheels are available), chromed grille surround with chromed billets, quad headlamps and fog lamps are part of the new package. Inside there is a new lighting group and a leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Lastly there is unique Lone Star badging on the tailgate.
The 2010 GTI is powered by a 2.0L TFSI four cylinder that puts out 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. On the outside the new GTI gets many of the same changes as the new Golf. The GTI will reach 0-62 mph in 7.2 seconds and gets a combined 31 mpg on the European cycle.
In 1999, Toyota sold a CNG-powered four-cylinder Camry to fleet customers, but since gas prices were much cheaper than they are now there wasn't much demand for the vehicle. The special refueling techniques and limited refueling infrastructure also hurt the program. Well now Toyota is unveiling a new Camry Hybrid that is powered by CNG. Currently there are 1,000 CNG refueling stations in the country, but less than half are open to the public.
First Ford has improved the Navigator's fuel economy to 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway for 4x2 models. Ford achieved these results by using software to shut off the fuel supply to the engine during deceleration, similar to the 2009 F-150 SFE. The Navigator is powered by a 300 horsepower 5.4L V8 that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Last week we saw our first glimpses of the production version of the Chevy Volt on the set of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. GM has released a few teaser photos, but the grainy pics from last week were much better...Now to coincide with GM's 100th anniversary, GM is going to officially unveil their most highly anticipated new model.
GM launched the "Employee Pricing for Everyone" campaign last month to move the remaining 08' models and a few 09' models off dealer lots...well GM has extended the program until the end of September.
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