Saturday, December 22, 2007

Top 10 Sports Cars

Top 10 Sports Cars
on MSN Autos

The list of the ten most popular sports cars on MSN Autos is based on visits to the site's vehicle research pages during months July through September of 2007.

1. Ford Mustang

When the latest Mustang debuted in 2005, its flashback styling tapped into a deep well of American automotive lust. Its retro design—plainly displayed via round headlights, triangular windows, three-element taillights, and galloping-pony grille—only added appeal to one of the last affordable American sports cars. Three years later, enthusiasts are still loving the Mustang's power, styling and affordability.

2. Chevrolet Corvette

Long an American icon, the current Corvette is also a world class, high-performance sports car. For the 2008 model year, a new LS3 6.2-liter V8 gives the Corvette an extra 30 horsepower and 24 lb-ft of torque. With the new mill cranking out 430 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque, you might assume a car with so much power would provide dismal fuel economy. You can't expect the gas mileage of a Toyota Corolla, but the Corvette's every-day supercar status grows when you learn the EPA estimates for an '08 manual-tranny version are an impressive 16 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Related link: Horsepower vs. Fuel Efficiency

3. Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

Whenever a machine as exotic as the Murcielago hits the road, it can't help but turn heads. The latest iteration of this exotic sports car—the 2007 LP640—only adds to the neck-snapping appeal. The restyled body features new bumpers front and back, larger air intakes, and rear lights designed with a single piece lens. Derived from the Italian for the engine's mounting position—longitudinale posteriore—the LP640 is powered by a 640-horsepower 6.5-liter V12. The V12's torque peak of 486 lb-ft (at 6000 rpm) is channeled through a new 6-speed transmission, stronger rear differential and permanent all-wheel drive.

4. Mitsubishi Eclipse

Perhaps hoping to get back in with the tuner crowd, Mitsubishi went back to the drawing board for the Eclipse, which was all-new in 2006. With styling reminiscent of the machinery in the film "The Fast and the Furious," the latest Eclipse provides voluptuous lines in a sleek and well-contented front-wheel-drive coupe. There is no turbo for the base 2.4-liter 162-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, but plenty of power is on tap for the boulevard in the Eclipse GT, which sports a 263-horsepower 3.8-liter V6.

5. Ford Shely GT500

The most muscular of Mustangs, the GT500 is motivated by a supercharged 500-horsepower V8, which shares components with the discontinued Ford GT. It is easily the lowest cost 500-horsepower car on the road today, with an MSRP just shy of $42,000. That kind of power will get you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.91 seconds, 0 to 100 mph in 10.3 seconds and delivers a quarter-mile time of 12.99 seconds at 117.70 mph. A member of the 500-horsepower club, the GT500 can be had as a coupe or a convertible.

6. Nissan 350Z

Since its introduction in 2003, the 350Z has been a hit with consumers. Available in coupe or a convertible, the Z is powered by a 3.5-liter 306-horsepower V6 that delivers 268 lb-ft of torque. For 2007 Nissan gave the 350Z the next-generation VQ35HR engine with a twin air intake system to reduce airflow resistance. Added for 2007 is the NISMO 350Z, which features a more aerodynamic look, a specially tuned suspension, Brembo brakes and lightweight forged-alloy wheels. NISMO is Nissan's performance products division.

7. Saturn Sky

Saturn may have been waiting a long time to hear this word, but the Sky is a sexy car. Often compared to its sibling, the Pontiac Solstice, the Sky's suspension is tuned differently to provide a more compliant ride. The base engine is a 2.4-liter 177-horsepower 4-cylinder, while the Sky Red Line's mill is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder producing 260-horsepower. Starting price for a 2008 Sky is just under $25,000.

8. Porsche 911

The iconic rear-engine sports car, the 911 has managed to retain its trademark silhouette since its inception over 40 years ago. Curb weights have climbed with content over the years (currently 3,495 - 3,572 pounds), but so has engine output. The range-topping 911 Turbo cranks out 480 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-Six. With a nearly prescient all-wheel-drive system, the Turbo can lunge to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and hit 100 mph in 8.4 seconds using the standard 6-speed manual transmission. Opt for the 5-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and acceleration times improve to 3.4 and 7.8 seconds.

9. Mazda MX-5 Miata

Introduced in the summer of 1989 as a 1990 model, the MX-5's quick steering, go-kart-like handling and sporty styling have helped the Miata land a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling two-seater sports car in the world. Following the trend of retractable hardtop convertibles such as the Volkswagen Eos and Pontiac G6, Mazda has added one to the MX-5 lineup. The retractable top adds only 75 pounds without reducing cargo room. Prices start under $21,000 for a 2008 Miata.

10. Lamborghini Gallardo

Another thrill machine from Lamborghini, the Gallardo is a two-seat mid-engine sports car equipped with a 520-horsepower 5.0-liter V10. For 2007, a lighter and more powerful Superleggera version has been added to the lineup. The Superleggera boasts extensive use of carbon fiber, bringing the sports car's weight to just under 3,000 pounds—making it more responsive and better suited for the track. With 522 horsepower on tap, the Superleggera boasts a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds, and a 195 mph top speed.

Top Luxury Cars

Top Luxury Cars
on MSN Autos

The BMW 3-Series continues its reign for the seventh consecutive quarter as the most popular luxury car on MSN Autos.
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compiled by MSN Autos

While the wheelbase remains the same, the new CTS is a little longer and provides more rear-seat room.

Though based on the Honda Accord, the Acura TL sedan has a completely different look and personality—one that leans heavily towards performanc

Redesigned for the 2008 model year, exterior changes are highlighted by a more pronounced Mercedes emblem and a new grille.

Redone for the 2007 model year, the Lexus ES 350 has a longer wheelbase, more power and a new transmission.

Some people buy them for the comfort or features, and some just to make a statement. Regardless the reason, luxury cars are more than just an appliance to carry you from point A to point B. MSN Autos separates this segment into three categories: entry luxury, luxury and ultra luxury. Of the most researched vehicles in the third quarter, only cars from the first two categories made our list.
Leading the pack is the hot-selling BMW 3-Series, the seventh consecutive quarter that this Bavarian icon has been the most popular luxury car on MSN Autos. Its 5-Series sibling slotted into second place.
Mercedes-Benz has three vehicles in our Top Ten list, with the new-for-2008 C-Class taking third. Compared to its predecessor, this near-luxury sedan has been totally revamped with a bigger and bolder look.
Representing the domestics is the Cadillac CTS in fourth place. Receiving its first makeover since its introduction, the entry-luxury sedan features a still chiseled but sleeker look, an optional 304-horsepower direct-injected engine, and a more posh interior.
Photo Gallery: Popular Luxury Cars
The list of the top ten luxury cars on MSN Autos is based on total visits to the site's vehicle research pages during the months of July through September 2007. Here's the complete list:
1. BMW 3-Series
Entry-level sports sedans are a hot item and BMW seems to have mastered the formula. After getting a major overhaul for 2006, a sporty coupe joins the lineup for 2007. Beyond the re-skin, the new twin-turbocharged, 300-horsepower 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine, and new xDrive all-wheel-drive system are now available in all 3-Series coupes and sedans. The beautifully sculpted twin-turbo 335i Coupe will leap to 60 mph in only 5.13 seconds, and eclipse the quarter-mile in just 13.70 seconds.
2. BMW 5-Series
The 5-Series is available in a sedan or a wagon and has been updated for the 2008 model year. Ride and handling have always been exceptionally strong attributes for this luxury player, and this version is no different. On the surface the 5-Series gets a refreshed look, and beneath the skin, engine choices are a 230-horsepower 3.0-liter Six (528) or the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo Six in the 535. A number of new features have been added, including a lane departure warning system and active cruise control with a "Stop & Go" feature.The 2008 5-Series starts at just under $45,000 for the sedan and $54,000 for the sports wagon.
3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Getting a makeover for the 2008 model year is the redesigned, fourth-generation C-Class. A standout styling cue is the new grille and larger Mercedes emblem-a more mature look for a machine nearly 4 inches longer and 2 inches wider. Engines are carryovers, but a new all-wheel-drive system will be available with an automatic transmission in the C300 Sport and C300 Luxury trims. The revised steering and suspension is tuned to make the C-Class more agile, in hopes of competing with the class-leading 3-Series. Prices for a 2008 C-Class starts at just over $31,000.
4. Cadillac CTS
Cadillac's aging image began to change with the CTS debut in 2003, allowing it to woo many potential BMW 3-Series owners. Though conquest sales are always nice, it's the younger age demographic that really matters to Cadillac. The brand's transformation continues for 2008, with the CTS's first major redesign. The new entry-level Caddy includes more room, power and performance. Partly developed on Germany's famous Nurburgring race track, the CTS is offered with three suspension setups and all-wheel-drive is a $1,900 option.
5. Acura TL
Acura has brought new meaning to the term well-equipped, and the TL is no different. Based on the Honda Accord, the front-wheel-drive sedan provides a luxurious cockpit loaded with comfort and convenience features as standard. Rear-seat room is impressive, and the sharp handling TL provides plenty of snap from its 3.2-liter V6. Enthusiasts may want to opt for the Type S, which has a more powerful 286-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, a firmer suspension, a limited-slip differential and a more aggressive look.
6. Lexus ES 350
Also known as the luxury version of the popular Toyota Camry, the ES 350 was redone for 2007 with a longer wheelbase, more power and a new transmission. To differentiate between the two, Toyota has made the new ES even more of a pure luxury model. Ride comfort and handling have been improved, the new 272-horsepower V6 provides plenty of refined thrust, airbags can be found all over and there's a new optional panorama roof. For added safety and luxury, an optional new pre-collision system can be had along with a Premium Plus package. Expect this version to do even better than the Lexus ES 330.
7. Lexus IS
A major competitor to the BMW 3-Series, the IS is a major improvement over its predecessor, with silken lines and more powerful engines. Partly derived from the GSGS sedan, the IS is longer, wider, taller, and has a longer wheelbase than the previous edition. The top-of-the-line model is the rear-wheel-drive IS 350, which has a 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 that can hustle the car to 60 mph in only 5.6 seconds. For the more fuel-conscious, the 2.5-liter IS 250 offers respectable mileage at 20 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway.
8. Infiniti G35
The G35 has been a hit since its introduction with the sporty-looking coupe grabbing most of the attention. But that may change as Infiniti has given the sedan an update for the 2007. The re-do includes more power, sleeker styling and an improved interior. Available in rear- or all-wheel drive, the new G35 can be had in Base, Journey and Sport trims. Unlike the coupe, which for 2008 receives a larger 3.7-liter V-6 and has been retagged the G37, four tall adults can easily fit in the sedan. Prices start at just over $31,000 for the base G35 sedan.
9. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Redesigned for the 2007 model year, the E-Class has a full array of safety features that include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, Electronic Stability Program, eight airbags and active head restraints. Its suspension design and technology arrive via the S-Class, and the Airmatic air suspension on the E550 and E63 AMG provides a smooth and self-leveling ride. To increase fuel efficiency, a clean diesel sedan costs just $1,000 more than the gas-powered version, with a mpg rating of 23 city and 32 highway.

10. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Mercedes' flagship sedan is quiet, luxurious, agile, powerful and filled with a long list technological features. Engine options range from the least expensive S550 with a 382-horsepower 5.5-liter V8, to a 604-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter V12 in the S65 AMG. Owners may find the Park Assist and Infra-Red Night View Assist especially useful. The radar-based Park Assist can help the driver park by showing red, yellow and blue lines on a dashboard screen as a guide. For night-time driving, the Infra-Red Night View Assist can extend the driver's forward visibility nearly 500 feet.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New Mercedes Benz: C-Class

New Mercedes-Benz : C- Class


You can choose between two different petrol engines for the new C-Class. The C 200 Kompressor version comes in the guise of the 4-cylinder model with supercharger:
The drive in the powerful C 200 KOMPRESSOR is provided by a 4-cylinder supercharged engine. Thanks to a new engine management system and a modified piston profile, output and torque have been increased. The C 200 KOMPRESSOR produces a magnificent 184 hp and 250 Nm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 8.8 seconds, with a top speed of 230 km/h.


With its soft materials, fine trim elements and more space than ever, the interior of the new C-Class is particularly inviting. Shoulder and elbow room have been increased. Your rear passengers will also quickly feel at home thanks to their increased legroom.

Numerous eye-catching design touches provide an outstanding atmosphere in the interior, making driving the C-Class quite literally an enjoyable experience that knows no bounds.


You are spoilt for choice with the C-Class: three characteristic equipment lines, countless optional extras and an extensive range of accessories.


The ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE equipment lines lend your C-Class a special touch.
C-Class lines

Standard equipment

The multifunction steering wheel, the THERMATIC 2-zone automatic climate control and the seats with partial power adjustment – just some of the many standard equipment features on the new C-Class.
C-Class standard equipment

Light-alloy wheels

Not an easy decision: the large selection of stylish light-alloy wheels.
C-Class light-alloy wheels

AMG sports package

The AMG sports package is sheer dynamism: with numerous details inside and out.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Volkswagen Concept

Volkswagen up! Concept

John Lamm, Road and Track

Calling it no less than the reinvention of the Volkswagen, VW Chairman Martin Winterkorn introduced the up! Concept, a 4-passenger rear-engine hatchback with a flexible architecture that may be used for an entirely new family of vehicles.

This small city car is unmistakably a Volkswagen, with a basic shape and styling cues similar to those found in the larger Rabbit/Golf hatchbacks. The difference is that this vehicle has much shorter overhangs thanks to the positioning of the powerplant, which could be a conventional 2- or 3-cylinder engine or even a hybrid/fuel-cell unit, over the rear axle.

Even though the up! measures just 135.8 in. long and 64.2 in. wide, the cabin has a spacious feel thanks to thin-backed bucket seats that in all positions, except the driver’s, can be folded forward flat or removed all together. In addition, the seat cushions themselves are actually air mattresses that can be inflated or deflated to match the occupants comfort level.

Although the basic controls are simple, the center touch screen incorporates a proximity sensor similar to Apple’s iPhone, which allows for intuitive operation of complicated functions. While the up! is a concept, Winterkorn emphasized that VW is serious about building such an urban car and other variants as well, both for European and export market. In fact, one of the rumors circulating at the show was that development of the next-generation Beetle has been stopped to see if this new rear-engine platform can be adapted to that model.

Saturday, October 6, 2007



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Type Subsidiary
Founded 1947
Founder Enzo Ferrari
Headquarters Maranello, Italy
Key people Luca di Montezemolo, Chairman and President
Jean Todt, CEO
Giancarlo Coppa CFO
Industry Automotive
Parent Fiat S.p.A.

Ferrari Enzo. Oil painting of an Enzo Ferrari by Tamás Kádár, 2007.Ferrari S.p.A. is an Italian sports car manufacturer based in Maranello and Modena, Italy. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929 as Scuderia Ferrari, the company sponsored drivers and manufactured race cars before moving into production of street legal vehicles in 1947 as Ferrari S.p.A.. Ferrari's cars are among the most desirable of vehicles to own and drive, and are one of the ultimate status symbols of wealth in the world. Throughout its history, the company has been noted for its continued participation in racing, especially in Formula One, where it has largely enjoyed great success, especially during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, late 1990s, and 2000s.

Finally, after years of financial struggles, Enzo Ferrari sold the company's sports car division to the Fiat group in 1969 in order to help ensure continued financial backing for the foreseeable future. Enzo Ferrari himself retained control of the racing division until his death in 1988 at the age of 90.

Ferrari also has an internally managed merchandising line that licenses a wide range of products bearing the Ferrari brand, including eyewear, pens, pencils, perfume, clothing, high-tech bicycles, cell phones, and even laptop computers. Financial Times named Ferrari number one on its 2007 list of the 100 Best Workplaces in Europe.

History of Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari never intended to produce road cars when he formed Scuderia Ferrari in 1929 as a sponsor for amateur drivers headquartered in Modena. Ferrari prepared and successfully raced various drivers in Alfa Romeo cars until 1938, when he was officially hired by Alfa as head of their racing department.

In 1940, Alfa Romeo was absorbed by the Fascist government of Benito Mussolini as part of the Axis Powers' war effort. Enzo Ferrari's division was small enough to be unaffected by this. Because he was prohibited by contract from racing for four years, the Scuderia briefly became Auto Avio Costruzioni Ferrari, which ostensibly produced machine tools and aircraft accessories. Also known as SEFAC (Scuderia Enzo Ferrari Auto Corse), Ferrari did in fact produce one race car, the Tipo 815, in the non-competition period; it was thus the first actual Ferrari car (it debuted at the 1940 Mille Miglia), but due to World War II it saw little competition. In 1943 the Ferrari factory moved to Maranello, where it has remained ever since. The factory was bombed by the Allies in 1944 and rebuilt in 1946, with the war ended and the Mussolini government overthrown, to include a works for road car production. Right up to Il Commendatore's death, this would remain little more than a source of funding for his first love, racing.

"Scuderia Ferrari" literally means "Ferrari Stable"; the name is figuratively translated as "Team Ferrari".


The first Ferrari road car was the 1947 125 S, powered by a 1.5 L V12 engine; Enzo reluctantly built and sold his automobiles to fund the Scuderia. While his beautiful and fast cars quickly gained a reputation for excellence, Enzo maintained a famous distaste for his customers, most of whom he felt were buying his cars for the prestige and not the performance. Ferrari road cars, noted for magnificent styling by design houses like Pininfarina, have long been one of the ultimate accessories for the rich. Other design houses that have done work for Ferrari over the years include Scaglietti, Bertone, Touring, Ghia, and Vignale.

In 2005, four universities were granted the opportunity to design the next vehicle line-up for Ferrari in a student competition named 'Ferrari Concepts of the Myth'. Twenty winners were allowed to show off their concepts in a ¼ scale model and present their work to the board at Ferrari to allow for three out right winners to have the chance to work in the Ferrari design studio at Maranello.

As of 2007, the Fiat Group owns 85% of Ferrari, Mubadala 5%, and Enzo's son Piero 10%. Fiat has shelved plans for an IPO because Fiat Auto has now returned to profitability, thus removing pressure from the group.

Proton Gen-2


The GEN-2 is no ordinary hatchback. Of course, it's stylish and reliable, comfortable for all the family and great value for money. What sets it apart, though, is its exceptional performance.

Behind the wheel, it delivers the superior ride and handling you'd expect from a Lotus-influenced design.

• 5 door family hatchback
• 1.3 or 1.6 litre 16V CamPro engine
• Lotus-engineered precision handling
• Spacious and versatile interior

• ABS, EBD and twin airbags
• Full range of safety and security features
• Integrated Blaupunkt audio system/CD player which is Bluetooth and MP3 compatible

• "It is a really lovely car; powerful, economical and so comfortable..."
• "Everywhere you look there are neat design touches..."

"The GEN-2's cabin is a bit of a treat if you're used to acres of dull grey and boring details. It's styled by the Lotus Design Studio and features a set of vertical air-conditioning knobs on the centre console support and a nice metallic finish that together really are a cut above the class standard in terms of aesthetics.

The steering wheel is also massively more sporty looking... as is the instrument panel with its twin cowled binnacle and metallic look to the dials themselves. Everywhere you look there are neat design touches..."

RAC website
"I would just like to say that I have had four previous Protons and I am now the owner of a GEN-2. It is a really lovely car; powerful, economical and so comfortable with seats that are higher than usual. I do not know much about car mechanics, so I am glad to say that I have never been let down by a Proton. I will always go for Proton."
Sylvia Rodrigues, Lowestoft, Suffolk

Saturday, September 29, 2007

BMW 7 Series: The Best Driving Luxury Sedan in the World; With Impressive BMW Parts from Parts Train

BMW 7 Series: The Best Driving Luxury Sedan in the World; With Impressive BMW Parts from Parts Train
by: Jenny Mc Lane

The fourth-generation 7 Series is the most successful prestige luxury performance sedan in BMW's history. It is a highly prestigious luxury sedan offering generous space and comfort for the driver and passengers. All BMW 7 Series now feature BMW's two-stage Adaptive Brakelights: Whenever the driver applies the brakes harder than usual, the larger brake light area warns motorists following behind. The optional CD changer is now MP3 CD-capable. The standard BMW Assist telematics service includes Bluetooth hands-free phone capability.

Virtually everything in the cabin is controlled through a single mouse-like interface called iDrive. BMW's controversial system controls the heater, the radio, the navigation system. Amazing technology sets the BMW 7 series apart from its competitors. Silent, hidden fans and heating elements cool or warm your rear end or your soft drink; microchips can detect a skidding tire or apply the brakes full force just in case you were distracted by a phone call; power sunshades keep the sun off your rear passengers as adaptive headlights turn with the car.

BMW's iDrive interface system is standard on all 7 Series models, and can operate virtually everything in the car, from stereo to climate controls to telephone to navigation, with a single mouse-like control. Standard safety features include dual frontal airbags, driver and front-passenger side-impact airbags, and BMW's Head Protection System, which amounts to a full-length, tube-shaped curtain on both sides of the cabin for front and rear head protection in a side impact. Also standard is BMW's Active Knee Protection, unique inflatable airbags that protect front passengers' knees. Its Anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control help drivers maintain control and avoid accidents.

The BMW 7 Series offers that Sheer Driving Pleasure so typical of BMW. Being the e most successful 7 Series ever, Partstrain offers a variety of BMW Performance products and Replacement parts to suit the most demanding needs of its customers worldwide.

Its online catalog at is regularly updated so you always get the latest information on optimum quality low priced BMW auto replacement parts, performance parts and accessories. Motoring comfort, driving dynamics and generous space inside redefines the new BMW series. Featuring more powerful and fuel efficient engines, innovative assistance systems, a wide range of safety features, as well as a superior standard of equipment, the new BMW series of today need no less than superior BMW replacement parts like those from Partstrain when the need arises.

About the author:

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and has a knack for research on cars and anything
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Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers
in the country today.

Monday, September 24, 2007

BMW 3 Series Coupe

BMW 3 Series Coupe

The 2007 BMW 3 Series Coupe is a 2-door, 4-passenger luxury sports coupe, available in 3 trims, ranging from the 328i to the 335i.

Upon introduction, the 328i is equipped with a standard 3.0-liter, I6, 230-horsepower engine that achieves 20-mpg in the city and 30-mpg on the highway.

The 335i is equipped with a standard 3.0-liter, I6, 300-horsepower, turbo engine that achieves 19-mpg in the city and 28-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims, and a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.

The 2007 BMW 3 Series Coupe is redesigned for 2007.

Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza wrx sti Middlesex


Lotus Else


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Honda CR-V


The new exterior of the CR-V begs your attention with its sophisticated, aerodynamic shape and smooth, sleek lines. New for 2007, the easy-to-open, lightweight lift-up tailgate is one piece and opens upward, providing shelter from the elements when loading cargo. And the spare tire is now located under the cargo floor, providing greater handling and enhanced aerodynamics.

The CR-V is the perfect size for your lifestyle—it's big enough to hold everything you need while at the same time delivering great fuel economy.

Honda CRV Video for wathcing

Five adults can soak up the luxurious comfort in the all-new CR-V.

Come in from the cold—the leather-trimmed EX-L features heated front seats to warm you up.

EX-L shown with available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™.

The rearview camera, standard on models that are equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System,™ allows you to see behind the vehicle when backing up.

The new dual-deck cargo shelf allows for easy cargo organization. Larger, heavier items can go under the shelf while lighter items can be placed above. It even hides in the floor when you don't need it.

Honda CR-V

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a 4-door, 5-passenger luxury sedan, or luxury sports sedan, available in 4 trims, ranging from the C230 Sport Sedan to the C350 Luxury Sedan.

Upon introduction, the C230 Sport Sedan is equipped with a standard 2.5-liter, V6, 201-horsepower, flexible fuel engine that achieves 19-mpg in the city and 25-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional. The C350 Luxury Sedan is equipped with a standard 3.5-liter, V6, 268-horsepower engine that achieves 20-mpg in the city and 29-mpg on the highway. A 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a carryover from 2006.

Proton:Satria Neo

Proton: Satria Neo

The thrill of the CamPro 16V engine.

A contemporary style and sense of fun. That's the new Satria Neo, the ultimate hot hatchback. From the distinctive design and unique extras to the numerous safety features, it's way ahead of its class. Add the Lotus developed ride and handling and it's irresistible.

• Powerful 16V CamPro engine
• Prominent wheel arches and centre exhaust
• Striking Lotus-influenced design
• Tuned for precise steering response

• ABS, EBD and twin airbags
• 16" alloy wheels (GSX models)
• Reverse distance sensors
• Remote central locking with alarm and immobiliser

• " It's faster, more powerful and better equipped than its rivals, and it's better to drive..."
• "A good choice for those who want to have fun behind the wheel..."

The Satria Neo is all about energy, style and driving pleasure. Here's a selection of what journalists and customers had to say to about their Satria Neo experience:
"It's faster, more powerful and better equipped than its rivals, and it's better to drive."


"The Satria Neo is a good-value hatchback with decent levels of equipment and sporty styling, but the Lotus link is the biggest draw. With above-average power outputs for the price bracket and a Lotus-honed driving experience, it's a good choice for those who want to have fun behind the wheel while keeping to a tight budget."

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Volkswagen Eos

Volkswagen Eos

The 2007 Volkswagen Eos is a 2-door, 4-passenger convertible, available in 3 trims, ranging from the Base to the 3.2L.

Upon introduction, the Base is equipped with a standard 2.0-liter, I4, 200-horsepower, turbo engine that achieves 23-mpg in the city and 32-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard. The 3.2L is equipped with a standard 3.2-liter, V6, 250-horsepower engine that achieves 22-mpg in the city and 29-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard.

The 2007 Volkswagen Eos is all-new for 2007.

Mercedes-Benz CL-Class


The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is a 2-door, 4-passenger luxury coupe, available in two trims, the CL550 Coupe and the CL600 Coupe.

Upon introduction, the CL550 Coupe is equipped with a standard 5.5-liter, V8, 382-horsepower engine that achieves 15-mpg in the city and 22-mpg on the highway. A 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard. The CL600 Coupe is equipped with a standard 5.5-liter, V12, 510-horsepower, turbo engine. A 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard.

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is redesigned for 2007.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class


The 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a 2-door, 2-passenger convertible sports car, available in 3 trims, ranging from the SLK280 Roadster to the SLK55 AMG Roadster.

Upon introduction, the SLK280 Roadster is equipped with a standard 3.0-liter, V6, 228-horsepower engine that achieves 20-mpg in the city and 27-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional. The SLK55 AMG Roadster is equipped with a standard 5.5-liter, V8, 355-horsepower engine that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 22-mpg on the highway. A 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard.

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a carryover from 2006.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

2007 BMW M

2007 BMW M

The 2007 BMW M is a 2-door, 2-passenger sports car, or convertible sports car, available in two trims, the Coupe and the Roadster.

Upon introduction, both trims are equipped with a standard 3.2-liter, I6, 330-horsepower engine that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 24-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard.

The 2007 BMW M is a carryover from 2006.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Porsche 911 Carrera 4

The 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is a 2-door, 4-passenger luxury sports car, or convertible sports car, available in 4 trims, ranging from the Coupe to the S Cabriolet.

Upon introduction, the Coupe is equipped with a standard 3.6-liter, H6, 325-horsepower engine that achieves 18-mpg in the city and 26-mpg on the highway. The S Cabriolet is equipped with a standard 3.8-liter, H6, 355-horsepower engine that achieves 17-mpg in the city and 25-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims, and a 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.

The 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is a carryover from 2006.

Proton Savvy

Proton Savvy UK
Big queues and small parking spaces, city driving can be tough. Not with the Savvy. It's small and perfectly formed to cut through the traffic and nip into the smallest parking spaces. And it'll cut down the cost of driving with its fuel economy and low insurance group. Better still, it looks pretty cool too.

• 1.2 litre 16V engine
• Spacious interior, funky styling
• Clarion radio/CD player with RDS and Bluetooth capability
• Great fuel economy

• ABS, EBD and twin airbags
• Air con and 15" alloy wheels (Style models)
• Reverse distance sensors for easy parking
• Chrome centre exhaust

• "Work out the size-to-price-to-kit ratio and it's outstanding value"
• "I looked at several other cars but none of them could match the overall appeal of the Savvy"

The Savvy is the ultimate accessory for the streetwise driver. Take a look at how well it suits some Savvy drivers:
"The Savvy design has a wholesome appeal. Work out the size-to-price-to-kit ratio and it's outstanding value. And you can go through the rest of the small print without seeing the Savvy as much as stumble - even down to the warranty."
Journalist Phil Vaughan from the Press Association

"When I was looking for a new car, I wanted a fun little city car to nip around the 300+ roundabouts in Milton Keynes with good fuel economy, a decent specification and something a little bit different. I looked at several other cars but none of them could match the overall appeal of the Savvy. So far I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single one of the miles I have driven. It is a great looking car (especially in Passion Blue) and very distinctive from all angles. The interior is clean and bright (you just have to love those yellow dials) and the layout of all the buttons and switches are simple and straightforward. There is plenty of space in the front, even a 6-footer fitted in, and the cargo net is another thing that helps to set the Savvy apart and it helps to keep the shopping from spilling all over the place - my wife wanted me to add that! My advice is to try the Savvy for yourself - you'll be surprised at just how good it really is."
Mr Mark Daniels, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire