2010 MAZDASPEED3 Premieres Next Month at Geneva Motor Show

Monday February 9th, 2009 at 11:22 AM
Posted by: m35man

2010 Mazdaspeed3 conceptIf you’re looking for a moderately-priced quick little vehicle with a contemporary look, top-tier features, and dynamics that make it a pleasure to drive, the 2010 MAZDASPEED3 — the newest version of the MazdaSpeed family — might just be the car for you.

This is the zoom-zoomiest of the Mazdas, with a 2.3-liter direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder 263 hp, 280 lb-ft torque engine. They’ve upgraded the Mazda3 concept with this newest version, utilizing the latest design enhancements (many borrowed from its main predecessor, the Mazda6) and featuring the addition of a body kit, dual-exhaust, rear diffuser, new wheels with larger rims, a slightly larger rear wing, and a new bulging hood with an impressive scoop.

The first new MazdaSpeed model since 2007 and the third model in the 2010 MAZDA3 lineup, this car has been described as a “road rocket”; “the definition of sporty”; and “The MAZDA3 kicked up a notch”. The 2010 MAZDASPEED3 tested well at Germany’s famed Nürburgring track last year and car enthusiasts have been anticipating this car ever since.

(Retails for $22,740-$24,455)
Read the Mazda press release after the jump:

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New Porsche 911 GT3: At Home On The Road & On The Track

Thursday January 29th, 2009 at 10:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2010 Porsche 911 GT3Ah, the Porsche GT series … such fun. The kind of fun that keeps lawyers employed, tire dealers stocking up on new meats and cops waiting with their radar guns at the ready.

Let’s take a deeper look at Porsche’s new performer, shall we?

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Safe, stunning and smart – the new 2009 Volvo XC60 redefines the small premium crossover

Thursday March 6th, 2008 at 11:33 PM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Volvo XC60

Volvo’s new compact crossover SUV is falling back on its solid reputation of building safe cars. We tested a couple of Volvo cars (C30 and S80) and were never really impressed with their sport and performance features. Even though Volvo marketing efforts were focused on the performance aspects, experts at CarReview felt that the safety features of the cars reviewed were the real strong points. So, it is good to see Volvo hyping up their City Safetyand other safety systems with their new XC60.

The entire XC60 safety package includes a fully integrated alcohol lockout system, Driver Alert Control that warns tired and inattentive drivers with monitoring alerts between lane markings, Adaptive Cruise Control that uses radar sensors to continuously monitor the vehicle in front and adjust road speed accordingly.

And the list of safety features continues:
• Distance Alert helps the driver maintain a preset time gap behind the vehicle in front, even when active cruise control isn’t on.
• Blind Spot Information System detects vehicles in the blind spot during daylight and darkness.
• Intelligent Driver Information System controls driver distraction by delaying incoming phone calls or text messages.
• Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver with a sound if the car crosses lanes without a turn signal.
• Collision Warning fires red warning lights on the windshield and sounds a buzzer sounds if you’re approaching another vehicle.
• Collision Warning with Auto Brake offers an audible and visible signal, then engages the brake pads before braking automatically.
• Emergency Brake Lamps start flashing from their high-mounted position when you press hard on the brake pedal, then turn to solid light.

Continue reading for the official press release from Volvo as the XC60 is featured during this week’s Geneva Motor Show.

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2009 Infiniti FX Makes World Debut at Geneva Motor Show

Thursday March 6th, 2008 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Infiniti FX

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 4, 2008) – Infiniti today revealed the all-new 2009 Infiniti FX performance luxury crossover in conjunction with the Geneva Motor Show. The second-generation FX, with its fusion of sports car and SUV design, will be offered in three models, including a new 5.0-liter V8-equipped Infiniti FX50. The 2009 FX is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti dealers in the United States and Canada in June 2008.

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Solar Roof Panels on Saab Hybrid Concept

Monday March 3rd, 2008 at 6:33 PM
Posted by: Derek

Saab 9-X Hybrid Concept

March 3, 2008 – At the Geneva auto show today, General Motors took the wraps off what could be Saab’s entry into the super-fuel-efficient small-car wars.

It’s the 9-XbioHybrid concept, a two-door coupe powered by a small turbocharged gasoline engine that has a mild hybrid system. GM estimates fuel economy at 48 mpg on gasoline and 36 mpg on E-85.

” Our goal is to offer a portfolio that has something for everyone,” said Bob Lutz, GM’s vice chairman.

The concept car has some neat touches, including solar panels on the roof that recharge the battery pack for the hybrid system.

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In The Name of Racing: Mini John Cooper Works and Mini John Cooper Works Clubman

Monday February 25th, 2008 at 11:22 PM
Posted by: Derek

Mini John Cooper Works Clubman

Two Mini John Cooper Works models will make their debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. The Mini John Cooper Works and the Mini John Cooper Works Clubman will feature the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with Twin Scroll turbocharger and direct injection that delivers 207 horsepower and a maximum torque of 192 pound-feet.

The Mini John Cooper Works will accelerate to 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the Mini John Cooper Works Clubman achieves the same in 6.8 seconds. Both models are also fitted with standard motor racing technology: light alloy rims, light and extremely high-performance brakes, a new exhaust system and a modified six-speed manual transmission. The long and detailed press release is below for those who have some free reading time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ford Confirms Fiesta as Global Name for Small Car

Friday February 15th, 2008 at 6:22 AM
Posted by: Derek

2008 Ford Fiesta

  • Ford’s new-generation global small car to be previewed at 2008 Geneva Motor Show. Its worldwide name is confirmed – Ford Fiesta.
  • New Fiesta is the first product of Ford’s new global product development process, with versions due for launch also in Asia and North America between 2008 and 2010.
  • European production of new Fiesta begins in fall 2008.

COLOGNE, Germany, Feb. 14, 2008 – Ford’s new small car family will use the Fiesta name around the world, the company confirmed today.

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