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Ford to announce its plans for Jaguar and Land Rover

Next week Ford will make an announcement regarding its two British brands, Jaguar and Land Rover. Facing a $327 million (237 million Euro) loss with its PAG (Premier Automotive Group), Ford has been working with financial advisors and tried to come up with a solution for this situation. So by next week they will make a decision and announce it to the rest of us. The Premier Automotive Group, beside Jaguar and Land Rover also include Volvo, which was also involved in rumors about being sold.
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Ford teases with Kuga

It seems Ford is preparing us a surprise for this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, where rumors say they will present the Ford Kuga, a stylish new crossover concept based on last year’s Iosis X Concept. The Kuga is a compact five-door 4×4 and from its looks Ford is getting closer and closer to a production model, because we can see Ford continues it’s “kinetic design” direction plus headlights similar to those already used on the new Mondeo. Word on the street it that production will start early next year and the car will go on sale next spring.

As we said, this is only a teaser, because Ford only released a sketch but no technical details about the new model.
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New spy shots show more on the BMW X6

Here are some spy photos of the upcoming BMW X6 taken in Germany. We have seen in the past some other spy shots of the X6, heavy camouflaged, but these ones give us a pretty godd idea of how the sport crossover from BMW will look like. We can see a front part resembling the X5′s one and a very interesting back part, which I admit I find it pretty weird, but stylish at the same time. It’s a strange feeling, but I think things look good and BMW is in for a hit with the X6.

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BMW 3 Series Cabrio Tuning by Hamann

The German tuner Hamann presented their modified version of the recently introduced BMW 3 Series Cabrio. Modifications include an aerodynamic body kit, engine upgrade and interior mods. The exterior modifications give the new 3 Series Cabrio a more aggressive look with a new HAMANN front spoiler, new side sills, HAMANN 4-pipe sport muffler plus 18, 19 and 20 inch wheels.

The 4-cylinder engine available for the BMW 320i got a power boost of 10 HP / 7 kW and 10 Nm torque, that takes the car to 233 km/h (5 more than the standard 228 km/h). The 6-cylinder gas engines on the BMW 325i and on the BMW 330i got an increase of 13 HP / 10 kW and 17 HP/ 12 kW and both about 25 Nm torque as well. Top speed goes to 250 and 265 km/h . An interesting feature is the 250km/h speed restriction deactivation included for the 330i. Most impressive is the BMW 335i which got a 37 HP power boost that speeds the car up to 279 km/h top speed. For the current diesel model 330d customers can expect a significant power boost of 272 HP/ 200 kW making possible a top speed of 256 km/h (standard: 245) and 600 Nm at 2000 rpm/min.

Of course, HAMANN customizes every 3-Series to individual customer requests. For example, luxurious leather upholsteries in a variety of colors are possible, as are extensive multimedia conversions featuring DVD player, TV or Playstation. Overall, the 3 Series Cabrio got a pretty impressive tuning package from Hamann.
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510 HP Ferrari F430 Scuderia

Michael Schumacher, the seven-times F1 champion will unveil the new Ferrari F430 Scuderia at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show.

The new Ferrari F430 Scuderia is said to be equipped with a more powerful 4.3-liter V8 engine producing up to 510 hp at 8500 rpm, which means Ferrari managed to squeeze 27 hp more than F430′s original motor. And with its dry weight of only 1250 kg (which is about 100 kg less than the standard Ferrari F430) the new F430 Scuderia features stunning 1/2.45 power to weight ratio.
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First VW Scirocco spy shots

Autoblog published the first spy photos of the VW Scirocco taken by KGP Photography somewhere in the California desert. The car looks weird with that camouflage, but we can get a pretty good idea of how the Scirocco will look like. And it resembles pretty much the IROC concept presented last year by VW. And for those wondering if the Scirocco will come to the US, the fact that these spy shots were taken in the US could be a good sign. (more…)

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The new Volkswagen Phaeton Coupe

Volkswagen is preparing a new generation of Phaeton, and it looks like they will also introduce a new two-door variant of the Phaeton into production. Spy images of a test-mule wearing Audi A8 panels and missing the rear doors reveals that developers are testing a new coupe model.

I hope that they will have more success with the new gen Phaeton, because that actual generation, one that I personally liked very much, wasn’t that successful and it’s a shame, becuase it’s a great car.
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The new Mercedes Benz C Class Sportcoupe

No detailed info so far, but rumors say that next year, at the Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes will present the new generation C-Class Sportcoupe. Here are some renderings based on several prototypes seen being tested. Probably the new Mercedes C Class Sportcoupe will share the mechanics with the actual generation of C Class.

However, there’s one thing I don’t understand…the sportcoupe will be named CLC. What the heck was wrong with the old “Sportcoupe” name? I mean this is getting so confusing, with all these Mercedes models coming out, you won’t really what’s what and I don’t know if this is good, even if Mercedes is expanding its range, but still, I’d prefer if they’d keep it simple.
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The 2009 Audi A4 preview

It looks like Audi will be presenting a new generation of Audi A4 at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, with sales starting at the beginning of 2007. This latest renderings shows that the new A4 will look like the recently launched A5, picking up the same shaped headlights and bonnet.

Another thing the upcoming Audi A4 will have in common with the A5 is its mechanicals, including engines and transmissions. Handling and dynamics will be a major improvement over the current model because of the positioning of the engine behind the front axle.

Audi will also offer AWD quattro models, including the top RS4 model, which will most likely be introduced in 2009. Powered by Audi’s 4.2L V8 engine, the new RS4 is expected to develop more than the current 420hp output, considering that the Mercedes C63 AMG more than 450hp and we expect Audi to better this.
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2008 Toyota Sequoia spy shots

While everyone else announces smaller SUVs and crossovers, Toyota is preparing the launch of a new “giant”, the 2008 Toyota Sequoia. Spy photographers caught the Sequoia out testing, and we can see that Toyota switched to independent rear suspension, which replaces the solid live axle setup in the current Sequoia. Adaptive cruise control is also making its way to the 2008 Sequoia, as evidenced by the sensor on the full-size SUV’s front bumper.

Like the Tundra, the 2008 Toyota Sequoia is expected to get both 4.7-liter and 5.7-liter V8s and either five- or six-speed automatic transmissions. (more…)

Chrysler cancells the Imperial Sedan plans

Chrysler has suspended plans to bring the Chrysler Imperial premium sedan to market due to concerns including stricter fuel economy regulations pending in Washington, D.C., and higher gas prices.

Unveiled as a concept at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Imperial was supposed to be a higher-end model positioned above the Chrysler 300C. It was projected to go to into production in 2009 at Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario, factory, which employs 3,700.

The Chrysler Imperial was going to be based on the next generation rear-wheel platform called the LY that would replace the current LX that underpins the 300C, Dodge Charger and Magnum. Chrysler executives decided to scrap plans for the Imperial in recent weeks. (more…)

29 tips on how to save money on gas

Opentravelinfo has a really cool article about 29 different ways to save money on gas. The tips are organized into 4 categories, Changing Your Driving Habits, Cheap Car Maintenance, Drive Less and Fuel Efficient Cars. In this post there are things most of you probably know, like braking the right way, turning off air conditioning or turning off your engine at stops, but also some tips I didn’t know about, like closing your window at high speed, eco tuning and inflating the tires at the recommended pressure.

Read the full article “How To Save Money on Gas – 29 Tips”

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Mercedes releases eyewear collection

At the Fashion Week event that took place in Berlin, Mercedes presented its sunglasses and eyewear frames collection. Developed in cooperation with the italian producer Allison SpA, the collection has 40 modelswith prices $220 – $357 (€159 to €259) for the sunglasses and from $233 – $330 (€169 to €239) for the frames.

Personally, I don’t know what to say about these, but from the pics I don’t think I really like it, I’m more of a Police fan, but then again…I don’t own a Mercedes, so who am I to say.

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Mini Cooper tuning by AC Schnitzer

German tuner AV Schnitzer released a tuning package for the new Mini Cooper. The R56 Mini is powered by a 170 hp turbo engine and features a performance exhaust system with chrome tailpipe, plus AC Schnitzer racing suspension.

The body kit includes a body-color front spoiler and contrasting rear skirt with integrated diffuser. You also have the possibility to choose Schnitzer’s alloy wheels in 17 and 18-inch sizes. The interior has aluminum pedals and a gauge package. (more…)

Cars and girls in Rihanna’s new video

Ok, this is not necessary about cars, but I found this video on YouTube of Rihanna’s new song, “Shut up and drive”, and I thought it would be nice to share with you. I personally like Rihanna very much (especially her good looks) and this, combined with the cars in the video, gives a pretty good picture. In the clip you can see some nice cars, a Ferrari F430, a 1967 Ford Mustang and a tuned something. Here you go, enjoy!




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