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At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Cadillac will present their new 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. Based in the CTS sport sedan, the Sport Wagon’s styling include signature V-shaped deck and tailgat, large, vertical taillamps with light-pipe technology, power-opening liftgate (via key fob or in-vehicle button), CHMSL integrated in subtle roof spoiler. Besides that, the car also features integrated roof load management system with cross bars, cargo management system with adjustable in-floor containment, new 19-inch wheels and a larger panoramic rear sunroof.

Under the hood, the CTS Sport Wagon is available with two versions of the 3.6 liter V6 engine. The first one develops 304 hp (227 kW), produces 25 percent less emissions and has a fuel economy of 26 mpg highway rating. The standard 3.6 liter VVT engine produces 263 hp (196 kW) and 253 lb.-ft. of torque (343 Nm) and serves as the base engine in North America. The engines are matched with six-speed transmissions, including an Aisin six-speed manual or an electronically controlled Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic. Also, an efficient 250 hp 2.9 liter turbo-diesel engine is being developed for European and Asian markets.

Following the Pebble Beach premiere, the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon will arrive into Cadillac dealerships in spring 2009.

Check out more photos after the jump. Read More: “Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon unveiled”

Don’t know about you, but that’s definitely one of the ugliest concept cars we’ve ever seen. We don’t have much details about the car, except that the Lada concept might be unveiled at the upcoming Moscow motor show which starts on August 24. What were they thinking?

More photos after the jump. Read More: “Lada concept to debut at Moscow show?”

The Lamborghini Reventon is exclusivity taken to the extreme, only 25 ever made, each with a price tag of €1 million, and has been sought after by a lot of car enthusiasts which have the spending power to buy it. Well polish supercar manufacturer Veno thought that there might be a market for all those who didn’t get to buy a Lambo, and came up with this replica after the italian model.

Sure, the company said it has taken the design from jet aircrafts, and that it represents the hard work of their design team (who probably just searched Google for images of the Reventon) and that the quality of the supercar will match and even overcome producers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani or Koenigsegg. The engines available will be taken from Audi, their 4.2 litre V8, with three versions, capable of delivering 350, 450 and 700 HP, and later on, customers will be able to equip it with engined taken from the Corvette C6, including the one from the Z1, a 6.8 litre V8. Other tehnological innovations include carbon fiber used in most of the body parts and in the brake discs, a night vision camera capable of detecting pedestrians or onboard computer with access to wireless Internet. Plus, their green department has stated that the company is currently experimenting with an electric powered version, equipped with the newest generation of high performance batteries.

Although they said that about 50 cars will be made, I’m sure once that Lamborghini’s lawyers find out about this car, they’re going to have a field day. Until then, feast your eyes with their fruits of “hard labour”. One more photo after the jump. Read More: “No money for a Reventon? Get a Veno!”

The luxury crossover market is growing more and more, with examples like the BMW X6 or Mercedes GLK. And the profit which is to be gained has also attracted american producer Cadillac, which recently showed us the first official photos of its new model, the SRX. Although it will be launched some time next year, the car is set to start a tour of the grand motor shows, starting with the one in Paris, in October.

This new model does have a lot in common with the Provoq concept, showed at last year’s Detroit Motor Show, and the represents the evolution of the design line found in the CTS and CTS-V sedans. The level of craftsmanship and the power which will be available to the driver are, in Cadillac’s view, the strong points of the SRX, which will definetely recommend it in the luxury crossover and small SUV range. Although the american producer is keeping the tehnical specs under lock and key, rumours have started going around that an AWD tehnology will be employed, and that one of the engines powering this car will be the 3.6 litre V6. More details are set to come most probably after it’s debut in Paris. One more photo after the jump. Read More: “Official photos of the 2010 Cadillac SRX”

After a few days ago we got the chance to see a sneak peek, today GM released the first teaser photos of their Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid that will be available in 2010. The GM blog post also mentions that design was and is a very important part of the Volt development because the drag force can account for up to 20 percent of the energy consumed in an average vehicle.

From the photos we can get a pretty good idea of the Volt’s styling, with the rounded and flushed front fascia, tapered corners and closed grille. Like one of our readers pointed out, it reminds us a little of Saab design, but still, that doesn’t meanit doesn’t look good. Check out the other teaser photo after the jump. Read More: “GM releases new Chevrolet Volt teaser photos”

The only thing that crossed my mind after seeing this video was “Wow!”. This Audi R8, codenamed “Blackbird”, is definitely one of a kind. First of all, it looks great, with those black wheels but if you imagine this car only has looks, oh, you’re so wrong. Because it’s more stuffed with gadgets than the KITT: four GPS units, two radar detectors, police scanner, CB radio, kill switch for all rear lights, high-speed broadband Internet with Wi-Fi running on a tablet PC, power ports, takedown lights, remote-controlled exhaust bypass valve and a…liquid-cooled infrasonic wave pulse generator. But enough said, just enjoy the video!

Read More: “Wow! The Audi R8 “Blackbird””

We’ve seen the new Porsche Panamera in dozens of spy photos, but only the exterior, so we didn’t have any clue on how the interior will be like. Well, now we’ve also got a glimpse on what the passengers will enjoy. And I really think Porsche did a great a job with the car’s interior, which looks great. Even though there are a little too much buttons for my taste, I really like the overall design, including the steering wheel from the facelifted 911. Like the guys over at WorldCarFans say, the navigation system’s display could prove to be a little too low and difficult to read, but I’m sure German engineers thought of that too.

Source: WorldCarFans

Dodge announced pricing today for the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram. The pickup features three cab configurations, five trim levels, all-new exterior and interior styling and is available for $22,170 for regular cab models, $26,225 for Quad Cab models and $32,530 for Ram Crew 1500 models. Prices include $900 for destination. Customers may choose to purchase the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram, or lease through independent sources. The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram is scheduled to arrive in dealerships this fall.

The new Dodge Ram features: solid axle, coil spring, multi-link rear suspension, cargo management system including unique “RamBox” weatherproof, lockable, illuminated, drainable storage bins, store-in-the-floor bins with removable liners, factory-installed 4-inch dual exhaust, live Sirius Backseat TV and surround-sound audio system. Also, a new engine is available, a 5.7 liter HEMI that produces 390 hp and 407 lb.-ft. of torque, that goes 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds while fuel consumption is at 20 mpg on the highway.

The facelift for the Toyota Hilux is almost out and here are the first details on the car, posted on the Toyota Malaysian website. From what we can see in this photo, the pickup truck got new wing mirrors with signal indicators, restyled front bumper, new front grille and new alloy wheels. According the website, nothing’s changed on the engine, the same 2.5 liter D4-D engine that develops 102 hp at 3,600rpm and 260Nm of torque between 1,600rpm to 2,400rpm.

Read More: “First details on the Toyota Hilux facelift”

NHSTA announced that about 200,000 BMW vehicles in the U.S. will be recalled over a sensor problem that may cause the front passenger airbag not to deploy in the event of a crash. NHTSA says that if the front passenger seat is used often, that might cause small crack to develop in the seat detection mat. This deactivates the airbag and the airbag warning lamp and turns on the passenger airbag “on/off” lamp.

The recall, which is expected to begin during late September, affects the 2006 3-Series, the 2004-2005 5-Series and the 2004-2006 X3. BMW announced that the dealers will rework the front passenger seat sensor mat so that external force application to the seat does not cause a crack to the mat and also the warranty will be extended to 10 years from first registration without any mileage limit.

With the “Tame the Name” promotion, GM tried to find the best name for the Pontiac G8 sport truck and their final decision was the “G8 ST”. Not very complicated, huh? Though a lot of us were expecting the “El Camino” name to be adopted, it seems that they’ve decided not to choose that name. “We actually thought very long about El Camino,” said Craig Bierley, BPG product marketing director for cars and crossovers. “In the end, we felt it was more appropriate to honor the El Camino’s unique place as part of Chevy’s heritage and not use that nameplate on a Pontiac.” After sifting through more than 18,000 possibilities, Pontiac has chosen to keep it simple, naming the recently revealed G8 sport truck the “ G8 ST.”

The Pontiac G8 ST basically creates a new niche, a sports car with truck-like cargo and towing capabilities. Sharing the basic architecture and 361 hp V8 engine as the G8 GT performance sedan, it will offer a 73.9-inch cargo bed that has 42.7 cubic feet of cargo space and can carry a payload of 1,000 pounds (453 kg) or tow a 3,500-pound (1,587 kg) trailer. The G8 ST will be available in late 2009 as a 2010 model and will be backed by GM’s industry best 100,000 mile, 5-year powertrain warranty. Pricing will be announced closer to availability.

BMW’s M3 is quite a good looking car, and the Cabrio version is even better. That being said, tuners can’t really do quite a lot to that car, BMW doing a great job on the exterior styling of the car. But AC Schnitzer decided to have a go at the sporty convertible and here’s the result: the ACS3 Sport Cabriolet.

The german tuners have stayed away from the 420 bhp V8 engine, and instead opted to fit the model with a new sport suspension, and for a cooler noise, fitted the powerdome of the engine with two AC Schnitzer Vents to give a more gruntled sound. The exterior was slightly remodelled, the front end gaining a new carbon fiber lip, modular side skirts to attract attention to the 20 inch wheels and the new AC Schnitzer high performance braking system. The rear was fitted with a carbon fiber rear diffuser and a silencer with chromed tailpipes.

More quality pictures of the car after the jump. Read More: “BMW M3 Cabrio tuning by AC Schnitzer”

These are the first spy photos of the Audi R8 Targa, without any camouflage. The new Audi R8 Targa is scheduled for official launch in March 2009. There are speculations about the name of the new Audi R8 supercar: Targa, Convertible, Cabrio or Spider. But the most likely name will be Audi R8 Targa, as shown in the planning documents for the next years. About the engine, besides the 4.2 liter FSI powerplant that develops 420HP, we could also see the 5 liter V10 twin turbo engine with 580HP, from the Audi RS6. The new Audi R8 Targa is scheduled for official launch at Geneva Motor Show in March 2009.

Read More: “Audi R8 Targa without camouflage”

Perhaps you remember the design of the new Mazda3, recorded a few days ago by the Japanese manufacturer on the European organization OHIM (Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market). In addition to this, Mazda recorded the new MX-5 roadster design, which will have a minor facelift on the radiator grille, headlights and fog projectors. Because only the front part is highlighted, we believe that the remaining body will not suffer major changes. Or maybe will be made later. The latest information said that the new Mazda MX-5 will be presented in premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008.

Sure, a lot of people have come to love Batman, partly due to the great success it had with the latest two films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. But Bob Dullam has taken his passion for the Capped Crusader to new heights, building a life size working replica of Batman’s current vehicle of choice, the Tumbler. Sure, you may think that it wasn’t that hard if you have the blueprints and schematics at hand, but Bob didn’t have those things, building the vehicle from scratch, after pictures taken from the Internet.

It wasn’t an easy build, nor a cheap one, the costs taking him at about $60,000. But he didn’t stop at building the Tumbler, he also made a Batman costume to go with the car, and has also said that he will begin working on the Batpod, which also starred in the two films. So if you see this car in your rear-view mirror, rest assured that Batman is watching over you