cars – 5/15 –

After Mercedes is trying to stop Chinese car producer Shuanghuan from a Smart clone on to the European market, BMW also has a problem with the Chinese. Because Shuanghuan is planning on introducing the CEO SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but BMW is planning on taking legal action against them, because the Chinese SUV is a copy of the BMW X5, and BMW won’t accept that. And they are right, I mean, c’mon, it was impossible for the Chinese to try and emerge their car industry, but that’s not the way to do it. And from 1,6 billion Chinese there’s got to be at least one that knows how to design an original car.

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Brabus has prepared a tuning kit for the Smart ForTwo, both the coupe and cabrio versions. Powered by a turbocharged one litre 3-cylinder engine developing 98 bhp, the Fortwo Brabus will go from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.9 sec and to an electronically limited top speed of 155 km/h. Beside the basic Brabus version, a Brabus Exclusive will also be offered, featuring a front spoiler with enlarged air inlets, a special rear apron and heated, leather sport seats.

Prices for the Brabus ForTwo will range from €16,490 ($22,500) to €22,430($30,600). View more pics after the jump.

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No official information, but it seems that a new “Fast and Furious” movie will be made. With rumors saying that it will be released somewhere around next summer, the movie’s action will be set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will feature actors from the first parts, like Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson or Lucas Black. As for the other stars of the movie, the cars, it seems that we’ll see a 1970 Dodge Charger, the new Dodge Challenger plus classic South American muscle cars like the Chevrolet Opala.

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Though no official release from Renault, we know that the French producer will bring details of a new coupe concept at Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Here are some teaser photos caught at the launch of the Laguna coupe.

With the debut scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show in 2008, we expect to see a production version due out at the Paris Motor Show next autumn. The four-seater concept, which is influenced by the Fluence Concept revealed by Renault in 2004, will be available with the 3.5L Nissan V6 engine, a 2.0L petrol turbo and a new 3.0L diesel V6, and buyers being able to choose between a six-speed auto or six-speed manual transmission.

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And you thought your Bentley was cool? Here’s Mansory’s version of the Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Powered by a 635 hp modified engine (70 hp more than the standard) that takes the car from 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) in 5 seconds and to a top speed of over 320 km/h, the Bentley has custom made spoilers and side skirts that gives the car an even more elegant look, plus 20 or 22 inch impressive wheels.

And of course, that’s not all, the interior is also extraordinary, featuring lashings of leather and more carbon fibre than a Formula One starting grid, and of course, a lot of gadgets, like 9-inch touch screens, wireless headphones and electrical picnic tables. Click ‘Read More’ to feast your eyes on even more photos.

Post tags: Tags: auto, automobile, Bentley, car, cars, continental, exclusive, flying-spur, luxury, mansory, Tuning

After yesterday we’ve presented a bunch of photos of the upcoming Ford Verve Concept, today we have some more goodies for you. Here is a cool video of the car, made by Ford.


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The superb Aston Martin DBSisn’t even out yet on the market, and the tuning company Project Kahn designed a body kit for it, consisting of a front and rear bumper, side skirts and boot lip spoiler, supplying the DB9S with a ‘low to the road’ look. In order to supplement that look Project Kahn fitted a set of 20 inch Kahn RSV wheels, which were in fact featured on the Aston Martin DBS prototype.

The kit is available at Project Kahn for £6,699 ($13,400) including fitting but excluding VAT. A set of wheels will cost you £4,000 ($8,000).

Post tags: Tags: Aston Martin, auto, automobile, car, cars, coupe, db9s, dbs, sport, Tuning

Did you get tired of all those 2008 Honda Accord news that came up lately. Well, I almost am. But here’s a nice video created by Carscoop of the car. Check it out!


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Ok, I don’t know who would put something like this on a Ford Fiesta or a Seat Ibiza, it’s a waste of money and time. German tuner LSD offers this kit for all three-door Seat Ibiza 6L models, from 2002 to present, and all three-door Ford Fiesta JD 3 models from November 2001 to present. For either car, the kit will cost you 1,299 euros ($1,750) in Germany. Click for more pics.

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After we’ve seen some spy shots and with only one week until official images and details of the car will be released, here is the latest shot, revealing the new Jaguar XF’s profile completely undisguised.

The new XF is a crucial model for the struggling British marque so its styling is very important, plus that it’s one of this year’s most anticipated car. The C-XF concept promised a lot but this new image shows a much more mundane car, especially its styling up front. Hopefully the new XF will look better once it’s seen in the ‘flesh’ at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

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In addition with the launch of the new Andy Roddick commercial ad, Lexus is also hosting a “Virtual Tennis Open” for charity at New York’s Rockefeller Center in New York next month, offering the real grand prize of a Lexus IS-F.

The 3-day tournament will be using the Nintendo Wii platform, which allows human interaction with a computer-generated tennis game, and will benefit the Andy Roddick Foundation for neglected, abused and sick children.

“We created this event to bring the excitement of Flushing Meadows to Manhattan,” said Steve Jess, Lexus national marketing communications manager. “The Lexus Virtual Open at Rockefeller Center gives them the opportunity to get a taste of it and win a one-year lease on the same vehicle Lexus is awarding to the men’s singles champion.”

Post tags: Tags: andy-roddick, auto, automobile, car, cars, charity, is-f, Lexus, prize

Here are spy shots of the upcoming Audi A3 Cabrio that was first announced back in September 2005. The car, which officials say won’t be available untill at least 2008, has a front part that looks like the current A3 generation and a rear end that seems to have been styled after the new A5. We’re expecting to see the car presented at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Ever since Aston Martin made the DBS official, I can’t get enough of every new thing that comes out and is about this magnificent car. Here’s a presentation video that rocks!


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Lately we came across rumors that Volkswagen is preparing a 4-doors coupe based on the Passat, similar to the fantastic Mercedes CLS. So, it seems that VW is preparing a big surprise for Frankfurt Motor Show. Of course, being the first time we’ve seen these prototype, we have no clues on what will be under the hood, but we only hope for the best. Here is a link to some renderings on Nasioc forums that look very similar to what we see in these spy shots.

Post tags: Tags: 4-doors, auto, automobile, car, cars, coupe, passat, photos, sport, Spy Shots, Volkswagen, vw

A few days ago we presented the 2008 Honda Accord Coupe caught completely undisguised in a supermarket parking lot in Ohio. What those spy shots were missing some clear interior photos. But don’t worry, we have some new photos taken from inside of the car. Enjoy!

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