September 2008 Archives

BMW X1 Concept Unveiled Before its Official Unveiling in Paris

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BMW is going to officially unveil the BMW X1 concept at the Paris Motor Show this week, but we have the first few official photos now of the concept.

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.

Toyota Develops the World's First Rear Window Airbag

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Toyota has developed the world's first ever rear window airbag that will be featured on Toyota's upcoming iQ minicar.

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.

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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.

Couple Sets World Record at 58 mpg in 2009 VW Jetta TDI

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VW recently launced the VW Jetta TDI which is legal in all 50 states. A couple recently drove the new Jetta TDI thru 48 states and achieved 58.82 mpg setting a new Guiness World Record.

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.

Porsche Says Nissan Cheated with the GT-R at the Nurburgring

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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.

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Lamborghini has released a fourth teaser image of its upcoming four-door coupe concept. This is likely to be the last teaser since the concept is set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this week.

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.

Stay tuned.

All-New 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Exposed?

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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.

2009 Honda Element Gets a Facelift...More Photos Leaked

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Earlier today a single photo scan of the revised 2009 Honda Element leaked onto the web. Now we have even more photos of the new Element thanks to HandA-Accessories.

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.

2009 Audi S3 Gets 7-Speed DSG Transmission

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Audi has just announced that not only is the 2009 Audi S3 available as a five-door for the first time, but a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission is also available.

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.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S Unveiled

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Mercedes has unveiled the ultimate McLaren SLR, the SLR 722 S Roadster, which features the same 650 horsepower 5.5L V8 mated to a five-speed automatic as the coupe.

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 Shoots for Number 1 with the Chevy Traverse

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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.

BMW is Worried About the Launch of the All-New 7 Series

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BMW's new North American chief, Jim O'Donnell is worried about the launch of the all-new 7 Series in the US next spring.

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.

2010 or 2009 Honda Element Exposed

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It looks like the Honda Element is going to get a new front end that is very similar to the recently introduced Honda Pilot.

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.

Revised 2009 Mazda MX-5 Photos Leaked!

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Photos of the revised 2009 Mazda MX-5 have leaked onto the web thanks to km77. The photos clearly show the changes that Mazda has done to both the softop and hardtop versions of the MX-5.

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.

Audi Photos Show Up on the Web...Is this the 2010 Audi A8?

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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.

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When the 2011 Chevy Volt was unveiled last week it was understood that the small 1.4L engine would not recharge the battery for the electric motor, well now it looks like it may.

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.

2010 Acura TL gets an All-New 6-Speed Manual Transmission

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Honda has announced that the 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD will be available with an all-new 6-speed manual transmission.

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.

Maserati GranTurismo MC Corse Concept Unveiled

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Maserati has released details and photos of its latest competition model, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Corse Concept which is based on the 430 horsepower GranTurismo S.

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.

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GM has announced plans to invest $370 million in a new manufacturing plant that will build global 4-cylinder engines.

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.

2009 Dodge Ram Lone Star Edition Unveiled...Dodge Loves Texas

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Dodge has unveiled the 2009 Lone Star Edition Dodge Ram at the State Fair of Texas.

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.

2010 VW Golf GTI Photos Released

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VW has unveiled the all-new Golf GTI..well kinda. VW posted these photos of the new Golf GTI on its German media site.

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.

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Following the release of two teaser images of its upcoming four-door sedan, Lamborghini has decided to release a third teaser of the rear end of the car with LEDs that are definitely influenced by the Reventon and Gallardo.

Hyundai Street Concepts Genesis Coupe to be Unveiled at SEMA

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Hyundai has partnered with Street Concepts to create a modified Genesis Coupe for the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The Street Concepts Genesis Coupe will debut at the SEMA show on November 4, 2008 alongside other coupes designed by Rhys Millen and HKS.

CNG-Powered Toyota Camry Hybrid Concept Coming to LA

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Toyota has announced plans to display a CNG-Powered Camry Hybrid Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November.

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.

2009 Lincoln Navigator Gets a Bump in Fuel Economy

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Ford has announced the changes to the 2009 Lincoln Navigator SUV.

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.

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Chrysler has officially unveiled the Chrysler EV, Dodge EV and Jeep EV today, which are Chrysler's answer to the Chevy Volt that was unveiled last week.

2010 Audi S4 and S4 Avant Unveiled with 333 Horsepower

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Audi has officially unveiled the 2010 Audi S4 and S4 Avant ahead of the Paris Motor Show next month.

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VW has officially taken the wraps off a concept version of its upcoming pickup truck that is going to be shown off at the 62nd IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover.

Dealers Want the Mazda2, but Mazda Execs are Hesitant

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Ever since the current Mazda2 was unveiled we've been asking when the car will be available in the US.

Second Teaser Image of Lamborghini Mystery Car Released

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Earlier this week Lamborghini released a single teaser image of a new vehicle that is going to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next month.

2009 Ford F-150 Starts at $21,320

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Ford has announced the pricing for the all-new 2009 Ford F-150.

2009 Ford F-150 SFE Unveiled with Unsurpassed Fuel Economy

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Ford has announced today more details about the all-new 2009 F-150 and the new F-150 SFE.

Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept Unveiled Ahead of Paris Show

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Saab has unveiled the 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept ahead of the Paris Motor Show next month.

2009 Pontiac G3 Unveiled...Why Do We Need Another Aveo?

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Just when we thought GM was done with the sort of badge engineering they did in the 80's they go and unveil the Pontiac G3, which is basically a Chevy Aveo with a new grille.

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VW recently unveiled the all-new VW Golf aka Rabbit in the US. Know comes word that the diesel version of the new Golf will be offered in the US by this time next year.

VIDEO: Corvette ZR1 and 2010 Camaro SS Hit the Track

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Here's a video of two of GM's beloved cars hitting the track together.

2010 Ford Mustang Dash Revealed

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Last week teaser shots of the 2010 Ford Mustang were released and today we have another shot of the dash and part of the interior.

Saab 9-4X Revealed Before its Official Unveiling in LA

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Saab is set to unveil the all-new 9-4X SUV at the LA Auto Show in November, but we now have our first view of the production version.

Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID Unveiled with 28 MPG

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID.

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There were rumors a while ago that Toyota was considering a small lineup of Prius branded hybrid vehicles...well it looks like Toyota execs have put the topic back on the table.

Chevy Orlando Concept Shows off its Rear End Before Paris

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GM is going to unveil the Chevy Orlando Concept at the Paris Motor Show next month. The automaker released two sketches of the concept earlier this month and now we have a third shot of the rear of the car.

2011 Chevy Cruze Could be Priced Higher than its Japanese Rivals

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As the world waits for GM's newest small sedan the Chevy Cruze, now comes word that the pricing for the car could be higher than its main competitors.

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GM officially unveiled the 2011 Chevy Volt today during its 100-year celebration. Here are a bunch of videos for your enjoyment.

Lamborghini Mystery Car Headed to Paris...Teaser Image Released

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Amid all the Chevy Volt news today, Lamborghini has released a single teaser image of a new mystery Lamborghini that will be officially unveiled next month at the Paris Motor Show.

2011 Chevy Volt Officially Unveiled...Finally!

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After weeks of photo leaks, GM has finally unveiled the 2011 Chevy Volt during the automaker's 100-year celebration today.

All-New 2009 Acura TL Starts at $34,955

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Acura has announced the pricing for the all-new 2009 Acura TL.

Small RWD Cadillac Gets the Green Light

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Cadillac is planning on launching a new small rear-wheel-drive sedan that will go head to head with the BMW 3-Series.

No 2009 Audi RS6 for the US! Start Your Whining Now

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Audi has recently confirmed that the US will not receive the 2009 Audi RS6 due to fuel economy and emissions requirements in the US....lame!

Mitsubishi Releases a Single Teaser Image of a New Model

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Mitsubishi has released a single teaser image of a new vehicle that will not be unveiled until October 2nd at the Paris Motor Show.

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Lincoln has already confirmed that the Ford Flex based MKT has received the green light for production. Well the production version of the MKT concept is set for a debut next January at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

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Porsche has officially released the first teaser image of the upcoming four-door Panamera Gran Turismo.

GM Halts Corvette Production Due to the Poor Economy

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GM is going to halt production of the Chevy Corvette for a week starting Oct. 6th due to the economy and the ongoing automotive recession.


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To celebrate its 60th birthday, Lotus has produced the diamond anniversary Lotus Europa.

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Now Testing in the UK

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Toyota has been testing a plug-in version of the popular Prius hybrid in Japan for some time, but now the automaker has announced that testing is going to continue in the UK as well.

VIDEO: 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Hits 195 MPH on the Autobahn

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Here's a video of the 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 speeding down the Autobahn. In this video the uber-fast Corvette reaches 315 kph (195.73 mph). Apparently it could have gone even faster if it hadn't run out of road.

Chrysler Improves Gas Mileage by 2 MPG on 2009 Minivans

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Chrysler has announced the changes to the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans.

Official Photos of the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS

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Yes, yes...I've heard your gripes about all the Camaro news..but get over it. Some people still want to hear about this car. :P

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition that is powered by a new four-cylinder diesel engine.

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Next month Mercedes is going to unveil the Mercedes-Benz ConceptFASCINATION at the Paris Motor Show.

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MINI has officially unveiled the MINI Crossover Concept that is going to have its world debut at the Paris Motor Show next month.

2010 Ford Mustang Teaser Shots Released!

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Following yesterday's most revealing spy photos yet of the 2010 Ford Mustang, we now have a few teaser shots of the new Mustang.

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A reader over at Jalopnik sent in a few photos of the 2010 Ford Mustang with most of its leathery camo removed.

Chevy Orlando Concept to be Unveiled in Paris

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GM is going to unveil the Chevy Orlando at the Paris Motor Show next month.

Almost 300,000 Chevy HHR's Recalled

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Almost 300,000 Chevy HHR's are being recalled to fix a storage bin latch issue.

More Photos of the All-New 2009 VW Golf...Finally

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VW has finally seen fit to release more photos of the all-new 2009 VW Golf even though it was unveiled a month ago.

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GM has already announced that the automaker has postponed plans to redesign its large SUVs, so what does that mean for the next-gen Cadillac Escalade? Well GM may build the next-gen Escalade off the same platform as the Acadia, Outlook, Enclave and Traverse crossovers.

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP Officially Produces 415 HP

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GM officially unveiled the 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP earlier this year and now according to the SAE the final output from the 6.2L V8 is 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft. of torque.

2011 Chevy Volt Unofficially Unveiled!

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The first official photos of the 2011 Chevy Volt aren't expected until next week to celebrate GM's 100th anniversary, but thanks to The Car Connection we have some shots of the car now.

VW Golf BlueMotion Concept Unveiled it Gets 74 MPG

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VW has unveiled the Golf BlueMotion concept that gets an astounding 74.3 mpg (European cycle).

VW Microbus is Coming Back!....Well Maybe

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In 2001 VW unveiled the Microbus concept. The response was so positive that it was destinged for production in 2005, but it was eventually killed due to costs...well now it looks like VW may be thinking about reviving it.

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Nissan has adjusted the pricing for the 2009 Nissan GT-R.

2009 Kia Borrego Receives NHTSA's Five-Star Crash Safety Rating

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that the 2009 Kia Borrego SUV has earned their highest crash safety rating in front and side impacts.

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Subaru is going to officially unveil its new Boxer Diesel engine at the Paris Motor Show next month.

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Yes..yes. The Ford Mustang is following in the Camaro's footsteps with the number of spy photos that have shown up, but at least these shots are not just of the hood like last week. :P

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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.

Ford May Add a New Compact Vehicle to the Lincoln Lineup

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Ford's product development chief Derrick Kuzak recently sat down with the Automotive News and revealed that Ford may add a new smaller vehicle to the Lincoln lineup.

Honda Insight Returns! Honda Unveils its Newest Hybrid

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Honda has officially unveiled the Honda Insight Concept which is an early look at Honda's newest five-passenger hybrid.

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Mazda is going to unveil the new Kiyora Urban Concept and the revised MX-5 at the Paris Motor Show next month.

VW Announces 0% Financing on 2008 Models

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As typical at this time of the year most automakers announce new incentives to move more metal before the new models arrive. GM has its "Employee Pricing for Everyone" campaign and now VW has announced 0% financing on its 2008 models.

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BMW is going to slow production of its slower selling V8 engines in favor of more fuel efficient engines, but now the automaker is close to a decision concerning offering 4-cylinder engines in the 1 and 3-Series models in the US.

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Hyundai has been slightly behind its major competitors with no hybrids in its lineup, but that is soon going to change with a new Sonata hybrid. Hyundai is also going to unveil the Santa Fe Hybrid concept this month at the Paris Motor Show.

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Consumer Reports just tested the BMW 135i coupe against the Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Volkswagen R32, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and has given the coupe an "Excellent" overall score.

Chrysler to Unveil Three Electric Vehicles to Dealers this Month

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Chrysler has been one of the few automakers that have been quiet about their future green offerings. Besides the hybrid Durango and Aspen SUVs there hasn't been really any news stories about what is next for Chrysler...until now.

2009 Hyundai i20 to be Unveiled in Paris

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Hyundai is going to unveil the 2009 Hyundai i20 five-door hatchback at the Paris Motor Show this month.

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Honda is going to officially unveil a concept version of its upcoming hybrid tomorrow (Thursday 9/04/08).

GM Releases the 1st Official Photo of the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS

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We've seen so many photos of the new Chevy Camaro, but very few of the SS variant. Last week a batch of un-official photos surfaced on the internet, but now GM has released the first official photo of the Chevy Camaro SS.

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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.

Infiniti's 1-Series Fighter is Still 3 Years Away

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There have been rumors that Nissan, Infiniti's parent company is working on a new entry-level Infiniti coupe that would compete the new BMW 1-Series.

2009 Kia Soul Officially Unveiled

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Kia has officially taken the wraps off the all-new 2009 Kia Soul that is going to be officially unveiled in Paris next month.

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