Friday, December 15, 2006

Honda FCX

6786 Miles Per Gallon Car And Some More Awesome Vehicles By golbguru The FCX is based on hydrogen fuel cell technology and though it’s still a “concept”, Honda is expected to roll out a fully functional fleet by 2008 for US. It is rumored that the production version will not differ much from the concept ...


Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Cars

Driving The Future In A Hydrogen Car TheDay - New London,CT,USA... Inside fuel-cell cars, hydrogen and oxygen are compressed, using an air compressor not unlike one you might use today to pump up tires or operate power tools. ...


Thursday, December 14, 2006

Futuristic Mazda Ryuga

Mazda Ryuga Concept Car By Niki At the North American auto show a world premiere of the concept Ryuga by Mazda will takes ... The Japanese concept with the futuristic doors proceeds with the ... The combination of the petrol and electro engines gives the car 155 hp. ...


Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Race Car Inspired BMW M3

German premier automotive maker BMW continues to maintain its hold as the top selling luxury auto brand in the world. Battling with archrival Mercedes-Benz year in and year out for the highest laurels, BMW continues to constantly tweak its existing line and add new vehicles to its line in a bid to stimulate and strengthen customer interest. One area where BMW has found much of its recent success is with its race car inspired line of vehicles, the M Series. Since 1979 various Motorsports [M} tags have been affixed to vehicles that have been developed by the BMW Motorsports division, including the BMW M3 a car based on BMW’s popular 3 Series. Today, BMW engineers are hard at work on developing an all new BMW M3 and, if all of the auto buzz is correct, very few cars will be able to keep up with this 400 hp road commander. Please keep reading for a closer look at the all new, soon to be released, BMW M3.

A pitched battle in autodom continues to gather force pitting German automaker against German automaker. Legendary Mercedes-Benz is taking on heralded BMW for the right to call themselves the top selling luxury brand in the world. For years, the honor belonged exclusively to Mercedes-Benz, but a recent stumble on Mercedes’ part coupled with a surge of new products from BMW has placed BMW in first place. Not far behind the two is Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, but for now the battle remains a fight between these two German automakers.

For luxury car enthusiasts, the BMW-Mercedes rivalry has been a win-win battle as both automakers have been pouring engineering funds into their vehicles. Neither automaker is resting on their past achievements; instead both are pressing forward to add the latest safety features including Mercedes’ Night Vision Assist and BMW’s impact absorbing bumpers which absorb stronger impacts without damaging the vehicle’s main body. Safety is one of the chief concerns for consumers when selecting a particular luxury brand according to all of the leading automotive industry surveys.

For BMW, its latest automotive project has been a closely guarded secret until very recently. Camouflaged spy shots of the all new BMW M3 have been circulating on the internet for some time now but only since June has a pre-production version of a fully unclothed BMW M3 been spotted. It was seen navigating the twisting roads of Southern California according to The Car Connection, the vehicle information and shopping site.

For BMW enthusiasts, news of a BMW M3 pre-production sighting means one thing: BMW will soon announce the date in 2007 when its latest M Series car will be available in dealer showrooms.

Right now, the current BMW M3 is still based on the fourth generation 3 Series which was replaced in 2006. The new BMW M3 will be based on the latest generation body frame and feature some notable improvements over the previous BMW M3 model including:
A larger, more potent V8 engine with an output of 400 horses. Currently, the BMW M3 features an inline six engine with a 333 horsepower output. The new model is expected to rocket from start to 60 in under 5 seconds, topping out at 155 mph.

A six or possibly seven speed manual transmission.

A longer wheelbase for better weight distribution.

Styling cues from the BMW M3 will find its way to the new model from front wing vents to twin exit exhausts along with the ubiquitous M series recognized emblems.

For Mercedes enthusiasts they can point to the soon to be released 2007 C Class, which is the direct competitor for the BMW 3 Series, as evidence that DaimlerChrysler will not let BMW out of its crosshairs anytime soon. A new AMG [motorsport] version of the C Class will follow, ratcheting up what is certain to a pitched battle to be enjoyed by compact luxury car devotees worldwide.

Additional competitors to the BMW M3 include the Cadillac CTS-V, the Audi RS4, and the Lexus IS. Prices have not been set for the new M3, but they can be expected to top out at around $60,000 fully equipped.

Copyright 2006 -- Matthew C. Keegan is a freelance automotive writer covering classic, current, and future models for All About Bimmers. You can find quality BMW M3 and BMW M5 SAV parts and accessories at the All About Bimmers shop.

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Hummer Green Car

Hummer goes Green with new concept - UK... The Hummer O2 concept features a phototropic body with algae-filled body panels that transform ... So there you have it – the first car to look like it’ll be ...


The Highly Refined and Capable BMW X5 SAV

Sport utility vehicle sales continue to plummet in the face of surging gasoline prices now topping the three dollar per gallon mark. Indeed, this segment of the vehicle market has produced some of the largest profits for automakers globally and this loss of sales is impacting manufacturer bottom lines the world over. Yet, demand hasn’t dried up altogether and a rebound is possible once gas prices stabilize. For BMW owners, a larger vehicle such as the BMW X5 SAV is almost a necessity no matter what gas prices may be. Yes, the BMW X5 SAV is big topping out at just over 5,000 lbs. Are you in the market for a luxury sport utility vehicle? If so, BMW’s largest model may just have something to offer to you.

For the record, BMW calls their SUVs an SAV: a sport activity vehicle. BMW’s marketing arm felt that customers should know that beyond it’s off road prowess, the BMW X5 SAV can tow as much as 6,000 pounds; carry bicycles with an optional bike rack; hold a canoe on top of its roof; and stow camping or other activity gear in its generous sized rear quarter.

Although new to the game when its first SAV was released during the late 1990s, the technology powering this vehicle is not. Uniting BMW car technology [the X5 is based on the BMW 5 Series] with renowned Range Rover SUV engineering, BMW has fully harnessed the relationship it has with its British off road division. This is important to note as BMW entered the SUV market fresh without having had the benefit of producing a capable sport utility vehicle previously.
The chief attribute of the BMW X5 is its size as the vehicle can carry five passengers comfortably and all of the stuff needed to transport them to their various activities.

Furthermore, since the X5 is based on the BMW 5 Series, the SAV shares many features with its passenger car stable mate including: four wheel independent suspension; front and rear wheel anti-roll bars; speed sensing steering; four wheel disc brakes with ABS; electronic stability with traction control and brake assist; and a host of passenger comfort items including Bluetooth wireless; low tire pressure warning; premium sound system; on-board computer; and power everything. A retractable cargo cover completes the BMW X5’s bountiful storage offerings.

Engine choices include a 3.0L I6, a 4.4L V8 or a potent 4.8L V8. Surprisingly, the EPA fuel mileage figures for the smallest and largest engines are the same: you can expect a combined 18 mpg when driving either model numbers that line up with the industry average. A diesel aspirated engine is available for the European market but no plans have been put in place to make that engine available in the US. The BMW X5 is built exclusively in South Carolina, but likely the diesel engine does not meet the stringent US government [EPA] pollution requirements.

BMW is fast at work preparing its second generation X5 a vehicle that should be longer and heavier than the current model. Automotive experts are suggesting that the new BMW X5 will add a third row of seats to accommodate two more passengers and to differentiate the model from its slightly smaller, but also five passenger capacity X3 stable mate.

Prices for the current BMW X5 start out at just over $42,000 and top out at more than $70,000 with all options included. Chief competitors for the BMW X5 include the Mercedes M Class, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Acura MDX.

Copyright 2006 -- Matthew C. Keegan is a freelance automotive writer covering classic, current, and future models including the luxury BMW X5. You can find quality BMW X5 Accessory products and BMW X5 Parts at the X5Pros shop.

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A Box Car From Honda?

Step Bus Concept from Honda By Edwin The Honda Step Bus Concept might look too boxy and boring more most of us, but before you pooh-pooh it, why not linger around and read more about its abilities and features? This unique concept car aims to represent the ultimate ...


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Future Cars and Technologies

Cruising down the road American have come to love the automobile and what it stands for. But what will our future cars look like? Some advanced thinkers and concept car creators are envisioning bio-diesel-electric cars with large body capacitors built out of space age materials. You are saying WOW; tell me more. Okay they plan on using four wheel drive where each wheel has an electric motor, like the Diesel Audi Sports Cars that the Germans drive at 150 mph on the autobahn. They are thinking of strong bodies made of things like carbon nanotube construction. Even a Hurricane like Katrina, Rita or Wilma could not hurt them or you inside. The windshields would be made of composite construction using these same materials, which would be 50 times lighter than steel and stronger or harder than diamonds. Indeed this material now exists. Meaning in a decade or more you will be driving one.

We will be manufacturing future cars with all this and more, cars, which do self-diagnosis, self-driving and even fly when needed. And can you say 250 mph gallon fuel efficiency? But we are talking a different type of fuel. Yes you could go for that, but what is the price? Don’t worry they will be as or more affordable than our current gas-guzzlers. Engineers and concept future car designers know that light-weight is the key to re-designing the automobile for efficiency and economy, either way. Composites, Alloy mixes, carbon nanotubes and even Aluminum Oxynitride will be used in future cars. Haven’t heard of some of these new materials? Don’t worry you will soon. Would you like to learn more about future car topics?

Future Car Topics

Realize that in the future our cars will not look anything like the cars we are driving now, just like the cars we are driving now do not look anything like Henry Ford’s Model “T” or like the Orville or Wibur Brother’s first flying craft does not look anything like an F-16 of a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. The future is our, are you coming with us? Will you be an early adopter of the latest technology or will you take a wait and see and watch approach? Think on this.

Lance Winslow, a retired entrepreneur, adventurer, modern day philosopher and perpetual tourist.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Mustang's Ace of Spades

ITALIAN MUSTANG SMOOTHS THINGS OUT By The Car Nut We mention that car because the show car concept of that was the Giugiaro "Ace of Spades". Parts of themes from that fabulous concept are still appearing on new cars today! Could this Giugiaro design study for Ford see parts of it wind ...


The Green Car Revolution

Eclectic Car - Very Green The new Eclectic Car is a far out design concept that revolutionizes the word green! The continuous increase of gas prices, economic crises, wars, omnipresent pollution, irreversible changes in the climate,… ...


GM Saturn Vue Green Line

GM's Front-Wheel-Drive, 2-Mode Hybrid System Debuts in 2008 LOS ANGELES – General Motors Corp. will expand the industry’s most diverse portfolio of hybrid technologies in 2008 with the debut of its front-wheel-drive, 2-mode hybrid system in the Saturn Vue Green Line SUV, the automaker announced ...


Friday, November 24, 2006

Volkswagon Unviels Neeza!!

Volkswagen Neeza Concept unveiled in China By Leftlane News Volkswagen on Friday unveiled the Neeza concept at the Auto China 2006 trade show. The company describes the show car as a "crossover of a coupé and a station wagon." The name Neeza was derived from "Ne-zha". ...


The Future of Cars, Unleashed is singing a new tune for future car trends. Recently, it has reported the upcoming trends of cars that will hit the market in the coming years. 15 new innovations are predicted to wow car enthusiasts in the next 10 years. According to Patrick Olsen, managing editor of, "You can find some of these innovations on the market today, and the technology exists to incorporate many of these innovations in the near future.

Cost and consumer demand will help determine whether these innovations become standard, become options for select luxury vehicles--or never make it out of development." Car innovations include advanced flexible fuel systems that could allow all types of fuel interchangeably. From gas, hydrogen, diesel, E85 to electric and battery power, name it and the fuel system can handle them.

There is also the anticipated invasion of active tires. These tires are made from synthetic compound that can be transformed any time to manage various road conditions with just one push of the button. Another expected innovation is the autopilot where the driver does not literally drive because his car is guided by the navigation system. Aside from the aforementioned, lane charger warning that monitors traffic, camless engines that demands airflow according to the car’s workload, and self-repairing paint that prevents scratches are also expected to amaze the automotive market in the coming 3 to 5 years.

Also included in this time frame are the launching of navigation systems with real-time traffic information, electric window tinting and self-parking cars. Within 2 years expected car innovations include keyless entry and ignition, collision mitigation system which prepares a car for an accident, automotive black box, adaptive break lights, economy mode cars, and computer center cars that can manage calls, emails, music and music.

The automotive industry never fails to amuse car fanatics with its amazing innovations. In the coming years, expect more exciting and fabulous innovations from Toyota accessories, Volkswagen accessories, Volvo accessories and the rest of the renowned car manufacturers. Also expect that auto parts go with these changes.

About The Author
Shane Morgay is a 34-year-old native of Ohio. She love cars and knows detailed information about them. She has a collection of miniature car collectibles and would love to have these collectibles become real ones. She works for a car part supplier most days of the week.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Giugiaro Mustang Concept

Giugiaro Mustang Concept – 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show By Larsen The Giugiaro Mustang, a concept car reported to be shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, has been caught red handed during a fill up at a gas station in Italy. The concept has been jointly developed between Ford and ..


Volvo C30 Concept

2006 Heico Sportiv Burton Snowboard Volvo C30 Concept By Blogmaker 2008 Burton Vapor snowboards, C60 bindings and SL-10 boots will also be showcased with the concept car. Custom blue LED lighting makes the gear glisten in the dark like so many snowflakes on a moonlit winter night. ...



Mazda to Reveal All-New Concept Car PaddockTalk - USAMazda Motor Corporation today announced the global reveal of an all-new concept car, Nagare (pronounced na-gah-reh), at the Greater Los Angeles International ...


Aero X - "Concept Car of the Year "

Saab Collects Top Design Trophy news aktuell (Pressemitteilung) - Germany... Environmentally-friendly coupé praised for stylish design and aircraft influences The stunning Saab Aero X Concept has been crowned 'Concept Car of the Year ...


VolksWagen 375 HP punch

Volkswagen News - SEMA: VW R GTI packs 375 HP punch By tsikot The decision was made to dial back the power numbers comared to last year’s R Concept cars in favor of a more “streetable” car, though Jenkins found many ways in which to achieve an equal measure of performance through lopping off some ...


Sunday, November 05, 2006

Futuristic Nanospyder Concept Car

Volkswagon Designers Create Futuristic Nanospyder Concept Car PaddockTalk - USA... hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, wheel-mounted electric motors and inflatable organic body panels combine to form the unusual shape of the two-seater concept. ...

50 JK - Wrangler Unlimited Edition

DaimlerChrysler News - DCX showing 4.2-liter Cummins diesel in ... By tsikot At SEMA next week, Jeep will be showing a concept Wrangler Unlimited dubbed 50 JK. The Mopar Skunkwerks team beefed up this hardtop four-door Wrangler concept with a four-inch lift, 35-inch tires, and Dana 44 axles. ...

2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Preview By Algreen The production-ready 8C is virtually unchanged from the concept car of the same name that wowed the crowds at the Frankfurt Motor Show three years ago. It is powered by a Maserati-derived 4.7-litre V8 with 450bhp and 346lb ft of pulling ..

Friday, October 06, 2006

Corsavan - Concept Car Representing Opel

Making dreams come true Bangkok Post - Thailand ... Another concept car that is obviously the market-ready model, the Corsavan is the hot-hatch version for the Corsa range of sub-compact cars. ...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Honda Showcases Home Energy Station at the Paris Motor Show

Honda to exhibit 'home energy station' - 30th August 2006 Platinum today - UK... car manufacturer Honda is to showcase its new 'Home Energy Station' at the Paris Motor Show as a complement to its latest fuel cell concept car – the FCX. ...

Monday, August 28, 2006

Ford Releases Budget Hybrid Car

Ford 'PZEV' Badging Helps Consumers Choose to Drive Green Yahoo! News (press release) - USA... Ford Focus PZEV produces the same low level of smog-forming emissions as the top selling hybrid car for about half the price. ...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Peugeot and GM Unveiled Thier Latest Concept Cars

Peugeot 908 RC Debuts at Paris Motor show Dublin People - Read more...Peugeot’s latest concept car, the 908 RC, will take pride of place at the Peugeot stand at September’s International Paris Motor Show. ...

Camaro roars into town Durham region news - Toronto,Ontario,Canada... According to GM, the new Camaro will be nearly identical to the concept car unveiled to rave reviews in January 2006 at the North American International Auto ...

Friday, August 04, 2006

Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE to be shown in ONS2006 Exhibition

by Margaret Adams

In the 2004 North American International Auto Show, the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE concept car was unveiled. Although the show did not feature Mazda MX6 parts, Mazda had stolen the show when they featured the RX-8 rotary engine system that was designed to run on two different fuels, hydrogen and oxygen. Following the success of the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE in Japan last March, the Mazda Motor Corporation will present the RX-8 Hydrogen RE at the ONS2006 (Offshore Northern Seas 2006). The ONS2006 is an energy exhibition that will be held in Stavanger, Norway from August 22 to 25. The exhibition will feature the international concern on energy conservation and challenges encountered in the energy industry.

Along with the ONS2006, the national HyNor Project will open the first hydrogen filling station in Norway to promote the utilization of hydrogen as an alternative fuel.

"The hydrogen station in Stavanger is the first step of a long and exciting journey for hydrogen, and we are very proud to have Mazda present at the opening. Hydrogen has always suffered from the classic chicken-and-egg debate. The car manufacturers wait for a fuel distribution network to be set up, and the fuel suppliers wait for cars to be produced. In the end we decided to take a risk and build the first station and as you can see, the first cars have already arrived," said Brage W. Johansen, Manager of Hydrogen Group, Statoil ASA and member of the HyNor National Board.

Mazda's research and development of the hydrogen rotary engine was first started in 1991 and the first public road test of the hydrogen rotary engine happened in 2004. The Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE features a unique fuel system that consists of a high-pressure hydrogen tank. The rotary engine of the Mazda RX-8 allows the utilization of hydrogen fuel and gasoline. Using hydrogen fuel offers a reliable s .

James Muir, President and CEO of Mazda Motor Europe said: "Mazda means business when it comes to developing alternative fuel vehicles. Proof of this, is that we will be driving into a new Norwegian hydrogen filling station in a car that is not a prototype, but a model that Mazda has begun to lease to regional governmental authorities and companies in Japan. It uses both petrol and hydrogen at the flick of a switch. It's safe and it's fun to drive. With several countries in Europe beginning to invest in hydrogen infrastructures, Mazda's RX-8 Hydrogen RE represents an important step towards eventual mass production."

About the Author
Margaret Adams is the present manager of the largest auto manufacturing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This 35 year old maiden is a certified car enthusiast.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Reviving The Old Dodge

Dodge reviving Challenger muscle car for '08 San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA... buffs who had been invited to attend the unveiling. "The Dodge Challenger concept propels the pony car into a new era," he said. ...


Friday, July 14, 2006

Wow, cool concept cars!

Citroen turns head with Buggy Galway Independent - Ireland... Masterminded by Citroen’s award-winning designer, Mark Lloyd, the striking C-AirPlay concept car is a futuristic urban supermini, featuring iridescent white ...

2007 Jaguar XK 4.2 Automobile Magazine - USA ... Although the concept car was criticized for being something of an Aston Martin clone, Jaguar styling chief Ian Callum insists that the XK silhouette is a must ...

330 mpg from the Aptera? - USAHow does 330 miles per gallon sound? That’s the efficiency offered by the Aptera, a new hybrid concept car being produced by Accelerated Composites. ...

Gadgets drive up comfort factor Hamilton Spectator - Ontario, Canada... responsibility is to ensure drivers' bums are carefully embraced. Ford's new Lincoln MKS concept car has seats that are heated and cooled. ...

Next-Gen Rally Cars are here!

Next-Gen Rally Car: Peugeot Testing Successor to 206WRC Line - Santa Monica,CA,USA... The company provided a sneak preview of the car earlier this year at Geneva, with the 207 RCup concept. The first racing-car prototype ...

This is something to watch for about the next generation of rally cars. I bet that other rival auto manufacturers are also ready to produce thier prototype of thier next concept for for rally cars.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Cars of Your Dream Come True

Freaky Futuristic Family Cars Transport News Network - UK Not, as you might think the all-new Nissan Origami but the winner of the 'Best Overall Concept Car' prize at this year's prestigious Royal College of Art's ...

Concept car puts student in pole positionUK PR wire (press release) - Sharjah,United Arab Emirates ARTVPS highlights the use of its RenderDrive technology to help one student win the Best Overall Concept Car award at this year’s Royal College of Art’s ...

Goodwood Festival of Speed: new cars on show
Channel 4 News - London,UK
... Alfa Romeo will show the latest Spider, based on the Brera coupe, in the UK for the first time, as well as the 8C Competizione Spider concept car, as seen at ...

JOHN DVORAK'S SECOND OPINION Can GM learn something from Apple? MarketWatch - USA... GM from Chrysler as Vice Chairman of product development he immediately showed major moxie with a 1,000 horsepower 16 cylinder Cadillac concept car dubbed the ...

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Which Hybrid Car is the Best?

US Emits Nearly Half World's Automotive Carbon Dioxide Environment News Service - USA... The Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept car displayed at the Stockholm Motor Show is a convertible that runs on bioethanol fuel and electric power. ...

Saab Shows Fossil Fuel Free Hybrid at British International Motor ... Easier - Chester,UK... The award-winning Aero X Concept Car makes its London debut, after being unveiled to global acclaim at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show in March. ...

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Worlds Best Concept Car Show

New Chrysler And Dodge In UK
ITV Motoring - London,UK
... The Nitro that will be seen at the Show is actually a concept car, but a production version is not far off, and both ranges will become available on the UK ...

Evo X (read ten) will look like this concept car.
Bangkok Post - Thailand
... With the World Rally Car rules that allowed greater freedom of engineering and modifications in effect since 1997 and Mitsubishi's reluctance to ''not fix it ...

China Carmakers' Global Talent Hunt
BusinessWeek - USA
... Meanwhile, Hangzhou-based Geely, which was the first Chinese auto company to display at the Detroit Auto Show when it showed a concept car there in January ...

Top 10 Tuesday - Concept Cars
IGN - Brisbane,CA,USA
... them all the time. Who can blame us? The concept car has undergone a rebirth over the past couple of years. While concept cars of ...

Volvo shows car with multi-fuel concept - Niskayuna,NY,USA
Goeteburg (Sweden), June 21 (DPA) Volvo has presented a multi-fuel concept research vehicle to cater to the variously developed alternative fuel systems in ...

New Models: Toyota working on hybrid sports car
Channel 4 News - London,UK
... Toyota showed a concept car named after Alessandro Volta (inventor of the battery) at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2003. This coupe ...

One of a kind gas station
WNDU-TV - South Bend,IN,USA
... dealership. Students are taught the benefits of alternative fuels as they play with soybeans, run through a maze and sit in a concept car. ...

European premiere for new Chrysler Sebring at London Motor Show
Easier - Chester,UK... of next year. The Dodge Nitro on the show stand is the concept car that was unveiled at the 2005 Chicago Autoshow. It is the Dodge ...

Show shifts GM's Camaro to center stage
Patriot-News - Harrisburg,PA,USA
... On display will be six Camaro Pace Cars, the Nomad concept car, a Camaro concept mock-up car and the Avalanche E-85 concept car. ...

Ford designers allowed to be bolder in rally plan
Detroit Free Press - United States
... "What Ford Fairlane?" Schiavone joked, hinting at a concept car that the automaker has heavily suggested might carry Ford-buying families of the future. ...

Cadillac Attacks Fuel Efficiency
Wired News - USA
... Not likely: When the BLS was unveiled as a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in 2005, General Motors made it clear that it was designing a European-only ...

Launch Report Alfa Romeo Spider
CARkeys - UK
Although Alfa Romeo's new Brera coupe has been described as a "concept car come true", its avant garde silhouette and vaguely van-like proportions are ...

Michelin challenge showcases alternative fuel - Detroit,MI,USA
This year, a trio of Volvos, one with a prototype Multi-Fuel powertrain, steals show. The Mercedes-Benz BionicCar is a concept car in clean diesel technology. ...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ride the Future

Best in class: North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Award - Munster,IN,USA
... The Concept Car category is typically the most widely contested segment each year. ... The Chevrolet Camaro took the 2006 Concept Car of the Year Award. ...

DaimlerChrysler to present pioneering drive concepts at the ... - Italy
... Whereas the E-Class model is already available on the market as a production vehicle, the fortwo concept car demonstrates the future potential of this drive ..

IL Report: More Details Emerge on Plans for Dodge's "Diamondback" Line - Santa Monica,CA,USA
... The pumped-up V10 engine that lies beneath the concept car's stacks is rated at 615 horsepower, which combines with the trimmed weight for a predicted 3.5 ...

Volvo Creates Prototype V70 Powered by Five Fuels - Canada
... standards. Last year's Bibendum Challenge vehicle was the breathtaking 3CC electric concept car. (Photo: Volvo Cars Canada). what ...

Liberty Carriage: Geiger Powers Up the Chrysler 300C
Line - Santa Monica,CA,USA
Geiger turns an already head-turning car into a stunner: the Geiger Chrysler 300C SRT8. In Germany, the 300C gets a bit of the Dodge Magnum in the back. ...

Ford Concept Car Wins Top Design Honors
Autochannel - USA
The 2006 Ford Reflex concept car took top honors Wednesday at the Ward's Auto Interiors Show. IRVINE, CA - June 9, 2006: The Reflex ..

The Volvo Multi Fuel Concept Car
South Asian Women's Forum - New Delhi,India
Volvo has introduced it Multi Fuel Concept Car at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2006. The five-cylinder, 2.0-litre prototype car ...

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Concept Cars: The Cars for the Future

SEAMO Announces 2006 Concept Vehicle of the Year Award Winners
Yahoo! News (press release) - USA
... of the classic two-plus-two configuration, juror Marc Stengel says, "If small is beautiful, the C30 is truly gorgeous." The Concept Car category continues to ...

Ford snags 4 awards for concept cars
Detroit Free Press - United States
... go into production someday," said Ford designer Pat Schiavone. The 400-horsepower Camaro won the category for best concept car. ...

Ford failing to keep Focus in small car race?
Autoblog - Santa Monica,CA,USA
... In accounting terms that means two years of no sales in the small car arena ... 4. Ford's statement of future plans for small cars has all the "dynamics" of a loser ...

Hydrogen fuel cells are the wave of the future - just not the near
...Autoblog - Santa Monica,CA,USA
... 1. i fell that hydrogen can be the fuel of the future but car companys should focus on hydrogen internal combustion right now and the fuel cell could come ...

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Best Fleet of Future Cars....

2007 Saturn Sky For Saturn, the Sky's the limit
Mississauga News - Ontario, Canada
... The 2007 Sky is the car that had to be built to grab that attention. The Sky is just about as close to driving a concept car as you can get. ...

BMW, TOTAL Pair for Hydrogen Vehicle -
... seems to be lagging behind, with no news nor rumours of a hydrogen test fleet or potential hydrogen cars since showing it's A2H2 Fuel Cell Concept car at the ...

Chevrolet's Redesigned Camaro Can't Hit the Streets Soon Enough
The Ledger - Lakeland,FL,USA
That's all I can say after 40 minutes driving the ravishing Chevrolet Camaro concept car around General Motors proving grounds in Milford, Mich. ...

Peek into future at Kuala Lumpur
Jakarta Post - Jakarta,Indonesia
... The Toyota Motor Triathlon Race Car (MTRC), for example, is an open-wheeled, two-seater concept car that uses fuel cell technology. ...

Daimlerchrysler to Present Pioneering Drive Concepts at The
...Auto Racing Daily - USA
... The smart fortwo cdi hybrid concept car combines a diesel drive system with an electric motor, and it demonstrates that hybrid systems can not only reduce fuel ...

Nissan launches cars jointly designed with Conran company
MarketWatch - USA
... The first joint work by the two firms was a concept car displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2003 followed by jointly designed compact models in 2004. ...

New sport concept car from Tan Chong
Malaysia Star - Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia, expects to introduce its sport concept car in Malaysia next ...

Fulda Maybach Exelero
BusinessWeek - USA
... the modern interpretation of the streamlined car of 1938, a number of creative minds were assembled in the project team for the new Fulda Maybach Concept Car. ...

Showcase: KLIMS conquers!
Malay Mail - Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
... 2006-winning vehicle Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution and the Colt Ralliart Turbo prototype; Lotus Exige S and APX crossover, and Volvo 3CC concept car are just ...

Ogle: It's the future, silly!
New Straits Times - Persekutuan,Malaysia
... Since Honda is busy working on a self-drive system for its cars, perhaps this future car will simply drive itself. But where does ASIMO fit into all this? ..

Chevy's new Camaro
Independent - London,England,UK
... chief Bob Lutz, never very good at staying "on message", has declared the intention to put the Camaro into production, and I'm driving the concept car right now ...

20 years of convertibles
Montreal Gazette (subscription) - Montreal,Quebec,Canada
... It also received the Best in Show award for its Aero X concept car during its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March. ...

Volvo Cars YCC Concept Car Has Received The 2006 Swedish Design ...
Auto Racing Daily - USA...
YCC (Your Concept Car) is Volvo Car Corporation‘s attention-grabbing concept car, devised, planned and created entirely by a team of women. ...

Madrid Auto Show: Citroen C-Buggy live shots!
Autoblog - Santa Monica,CA,USA
Alberto, our compatriot over at Autoblog Spanish, snapped a bunch of shots of the Citroen C-Buggy concept car, an off-road interpretation of the Citroen C ...

Full throttle for Mille Miglia
Engineer Online - London,UK
BMW has unveiled a concept car that combines modern technology and historical styling prior to this year's Mille Miglia race in Brescia , Italy . ...

How Women At Mazda Shape The Future
carpages - UK
... They have already helped to create the Sassou concept car and other new models for the Japanese manufacturer, which sells 300,000 cars a year in Europe. ...

Aston Martin to put Rapide concept into production - USA
It's been a rumor for a few months now, but Aston Martin has confirmed that their Rapide concept car will be put into production. ...

Monday, May 29, 2006

The History Of The Porsche

by Andrew Manifield

Ferdinand Porsche played an important role in the development of airplanes and racing cars, and the construction of tanks for the Wehrmacht. He is an automobile engineer with more than a thousand patents to his name. He was appointed chief engineer at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart in the 1920s. Later on, he set up his own engineering workshop and designed among others the Volkswagen. At the plant where Volkswagen was made, Wolfsburg, he was chief of operations and at the end of the war he was interned by the Allies.
He was released a few years later and started building his first car with his son, Ferry Porsche. The car was named the Porsche 356 and it was a sports car and a reminiscent of the Volkswagen. It had the same four-cylinder boxer engine that was rear-mounted, just like the VW. It was far from being a powerful sports car, developing only 40 bhp and a maximum speed of 87 mph (140 km/h). First produced as a convertible and later as a hard top it distinguished by the very elegant and innovative body. It was developed in the workshop of Erwin Komenda, a master of restrained streamlining who had been in charge of sheet metal and design techniques at Porsche since the VW Beetle. The new style of closed coupe was designed by Komenda and it soon became the embodiment of the sports car, thanks to its fastback.
This tradition was continued by Komenda and Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, the founder's grandson, with the 911.
The 911 became easily recognizable: it had attractive sloping bonnet and what later became characteristic "frog eye" headlights, curves running from the top edge of the windscreen to the rear bumper and a straight waistline. From a functional and technical point of view it was more like BMW 1500, although it retained the stylistic features of the original Porsche. The new 911 will become the foundation stone of Porsche's identity, even though the design was not always appreciated. During the 1970`s and 1980`s, the designers attempts to distance Porsche from its legendary design brought the company to the edge of disaster. The more modern 924 model, "a people's Porsche", developed with Volkswagen, as well as the 928 were far from fulfilling the expectations.

In the 1990`s, the company realized that what for over twenty years was perceived as a straitjacket, it was in fact a market advantage. During the 1990`s, Porsche became highly profitable since they now knew that the typical Porsche features were timeless. Nearly forty people now worked in the design department on further developments of the long-running 911. These developments included the 911 GTI, a powerful combination of sports and racing car, put forward by the in-house designer Anthony R. Hatter. In 1999, chief designer proudly presented the new Boxster which enabled Porshe to establish a second independent range of models.

About the Author:
Having spent months of research on different subjects, for independant companies, Andrew Manifield has decided to publish his articles on many subjects at his own website, visit to learn more.

Monday, March 27, 2006

The Future of Hybrid Cars

Saab to Launch "Cleaner" Hybrid at Stockholm Motor
Line - Santa Monica,CA,USA

"... talking hybrids for some time, and now General Motors' Swedish subsidiary will give the world a glimpse of its hybrid system by showing a concept car at the ..."

Sports Car Than Run on Fuel Cell

Mazda delivers first street-legal hydrogen-powered RX-8s
Autoblog - Santa Monica,CA,USA

"... take part in the Japan Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Demonstration Project (JHFC), an evaluation designed to assess the viability of alternative-fuel technology out ..."

wow.. i wanna get my hands on the wheel and feel the rush..

Audi Cars are Breaking Records in Car Innovation

25 years of Audi Quattro
AME Info - United Arab Emirates

"... The latest additions to the legendary quattro four-wheel drive range are the Audi Shooting Brake concept car and the Q7, which was launched at the Dubai Motor ..."


Yeah this Audi shooting break concept sure is shooting for the future of Audi's latest auto fleet. A crossbreed of the hatchback and coupé characteristics, gives the adrinalin rush you are looking for while enjoying the luxury of an SUV spacious interior.

From the creator of Audi Quttro, come another breaking technology in automotive design , the Audi Q7. Audi is committed to pursue its excellence in the automotive industry with it latest line of product. Q7 is fresh from the assembly, an ambition that becomes a dream come true.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Auto Trends

by Ian Velvet

Fads come and go, sometimes on a whim, other times because of outside forces. Here at the halfway point of the new millennium's first decade, car culture has sure taken some interesting turns.

Those of you who innocently took a test drive of a plain-Jane Nissan Altima when it was new in 2002, floored it, and nearly sprained your necks upon discovery of 240 horsepower, may have suspected that the standards of speed had risen a tad since the 90s. Turns out that was only the beginning. Nowadays, the Volkswagen Passat raised that same family car bar to an excessive 280 horsepower. We have little $30,000 Mitsubishis that can leave Camaros for dead. The 500-horsepower Dodge Viper suddenly seems ordinary, and the once-acclaimed Acura NSX is a joke. Whether or not you're a speed freak, there are two trickle-down benefits: the minimum standard of horsepower has risen from 55 (Geo Metro) to 103, and very few Japanese import cars in any segment are truly underpowered anymore. Not a bad development.

Cars just won't stop growing. Every redesign has to be bigger than the last one; the new Toyota RAV4 is 14 inches longer than the last, and current Civics now dwarf Accords of years past. It's an inevitable force of marketing; no one wants to pay the same money for less car, right? Bigger also means heavier; our cars pack more pounds than ever.

And there's no rule that contradictory trends can't coexist. Apparently Americans expect their cars to compete with the speed of sound while also using less gas than their walking shoes. The Toyota Prius hybrid heads into its third year with unsatisfied demand, a long line, and a price premium. All this, despite an ample supply of the perfectly serviceable Corolla at the same dealers. No automaker wants to be caught with their pants down, and all are rushing to market with a hybrid, even if it means using systems developed by competitors (Nissan's Altima will use Toyota hardware).

We seem to want our import cars with more stuff and more personality. The 90s banality in our styling is gone, even on the most banal cars like the Accord and Camry. And notice how almost every car has power windows and locks standard, and how even the Kia Rio comes with six airbags and a powerful stereo. Is it any wonder that the average car now costs $28,000?

Speaking of "cars", we may be moving toward the day when that word will again apply as a general term. SUVs are suddenly for the foolish. They always have been, but now everyone seems to know it, too. Ford's Explorer and Expedition are going down the drain, and the Excursion has already expired. The bigger the SUV, the bigger the sales drop. Little cars are selling better than ever, even old-timers like the Sentra and Neon.

Lastly, we're going foreign, and fast. The Big Three's market share was 60% at the early part of this decade; that will stand at or below 50% by the end of it. This is hardly a new trend, but its recent acceleration is alarming. One thing for sure is that in terms of the players, the market has matured. Only two major automakers set up American bases in the 90s (Kia and Daewoo), and the 2000s have brought none.

Cars can't get bigger or faster forever, yet no one can stand still. Hybrids are hot, but the long-term experiences remain to be seen. What will become of all this automotive craziness? Check back in ten years.

About the Author
Ian Velvet publishes's Import Cars articles. His expertise in Import Tuning is evident is all his articles. Newly publishing Ezine's online to illustrate and educate consumers.

Monday, March 13, 2006

2008 Saturn VUE: Inspired by Opel

by Matthew C. Keegan

General Motors' Saturn division is hard at work on building a replacement for its small SUV, the Saturn VUE. Currently based strictly on U.S. technology, the 2008 VUE is expected to be heavily based on Opel technology: Opel is General Motors' principal European brand. This is good news for those who were concerned that GM would ditch the Saturn VUE. Instead, the SUV will get new life and additional support via its new relationship with Opel. While it is too early to know all the details about the upcoming Saturn VUE makeover, there are some things we do know about this revamped model.

Ever since Saturn released the first "S Series" models back in 1990, the company has struggled to maintain a unique identity. Neglected by parent GM, the upstart Saturn brand had to wait nearly a decade before additional vehicles were added to its line including the Saturn VUE SUV. Along with the "L Series" midsize cars, the three vehicle lines [ION having replace the S Series] fully comprised the Saturn line for several years. Unfortunately, none of the three models were stand out performers, so the brand suffered accordingly.

With the demise of Oldsmobile has come new life for Saturn. Now a fully integrated GM division, Saturn is getting additional vehicles to help beef up its line up. Drawing upon its highly regarded dealer network and high consumer satisfaction scores, Saturn is being quickly remade into a European style division. Saturn has Opel to thank for that.

Along with the coming Aura midsize sedan which is heavily based on an Opel design, the Saturn VUE will be based upon the Opel Antera GTC. An Antera concept has been making the rounds of auto shows across Europe and what we know about the Antera points to what we can expect to see with the VUE.

The Antera is slightly smaller in size than the current Saturn VUE; although the Antera reportedly will have only two doors, the Saturn VUE model will get four doors. Both vehicles are closer in size to the current Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V models, their chief competitors. This smaller size also permits Saturn to introduce a slightly larger 7 passenger SUV next year, the Outlook.

The 2008 Saturn VUE will feature both four and six cylinder gas powered engines. Expect both AWD and RWD to be offered. The Antera's front end will be redone to mesh with the current Saturn look. Beyond that, the VUE will likely incorporate current GM technology with upgraded safety and performance features included. A base price of around $20,000 for the FWD model is likely with fully loaded AWD versions retailing for as high as $30K.

The 2008 Saturn VUE will be built in Spring Hill, TN home of the original Saturn plant. Along with the Outlook, the Aura, the SKY roadster, the RELAY crossover, and the ION compact, new life is being breathed into Saturn thanks to Opel. This is good news for Saturn fans that have loyally supported the automaker since its inception more than 15 years ago.

About the Author
Copyright 2006 -- Matt Keegan writes extensively about automotive topics on his The Auto Writer blog. For the best Domestic Exhaust brands including premium Corsa Mufflers and Corsa Tuning, Matt urges you to shop online today for big savings.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Mazda MX 6: Shining Amidst A New Trend

by Kimberly Meyer

Who does not know what a Mazda is? Mazda has certainly been one of the most popular and most recognized vehicle brands the world over. A person who has been living in a world where there are automobiles and vehicles and cars would certainly know what a Mazda is. This vehicle brand is probably very popular because of the type and kind of cars that they craft and produce. The vehicles are made of quality materials, are unique, and can really do perform well.

This vehicle company was founded in the year 1920. It was known then as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd. and it was led by Jujiro Matsuda. The company's first products were machine tools, however it later on shifted to producing automobiles. The very first vehicle that they produced was the Mazda Go and it was done in 1931. Uniquely, unlike any other vehicle, the Mazda Go actually held only three wheels. Even if the company has been producing vehicles since 1931, Mazda was only fully and officially recognized as an automobile maker in 1960. This time, the company had already been able to produce their very first car with four wheels. And they named it the Mazda R380 coupe.

One of the vehicles that run under the popular brand of the Mazda company is the Mazda MX 6 which was introduced in the early 1988. This vehicle holds performance, versatility and style amidst the trend in the automobile world where sports coupes were running low and the world is slowly becoming invaded by sport utility vehicles. But the Mazda MX 6 was a sports coupe and yet it continues to shine amidst the current trend that time.

The Mazda MX 6 made its way to public knowledge through the Auto Alliance which was actually a joint business enterprise of Mazda and Ford. The sports coupe, Mazda MX 6, held auto parts that were mostly the very same ones that the Ford Probe used. Because of this, the Mazda MX 6 and the Ford Probe were considered to be vehicle twins. Making this vehicle unique was that the designs were actually based on a concept car in the early 1980's. It held a GD platform. It was also made available in several trims which comprised of the LX, the DX, the LE, and the GT. The power of this vehicle comes from a 2.2 liter SOHC Mazda F2 engine which held four cylinders. This engine has the capacity to produce 110 horsepower. A turbocharged version of this very same engine could be found mounted on the Mazda MX 6 GT trim. The turbocharged version can produce some 145 units of horsepower.

Come the second generation of the Mazda MX 6. The new ones held engines that were capable of producing more power. And because of that, it also was very much capable of giving a more impressive performance. For this new batch, the engines that were offered included a 2.0 liter FS engine with four inline cylinders capable of making some 118 horsepower, and the 2.5 liter V6 engine that could produce some 164 to 170 units of horsepower.

Mazda Parts and Mazda Auto Parts has a long list of high quality Mazda MX6 parts, aftermarket parts, performance parts, replacement parts, and accessories that can be accessed through their easy to navigate website. Cool discounts and affordable prices await buyers.

About the Author
Kimberly Meyer is an expert when it comes to automotive issues. She is the manager of her own car parts manufacturing company. This 33 year-old maiden is also a talented writer.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca: Ugly or Not?
Okay, Subaru fans…listen up! Do you think that the all new B9 Tribeca is a beautiful vehicle or is it an ugly duckling? As for me, I have mixed feelings. This particular SUV certainly doesn’t look like any other Subaru, nor does it easily get confused with any other SUV on the market. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; let’s take a look at what sets the B9 Tribeca apart from the pack.

The first time I saw Subaru’s new entry up close I first thought it was Porsche’s Cayenne. No, the vehicles don’t look alike, but the B9 Tribeca evoked a similar response for me: like the Cayenne, it represents a major departure from all other models. For example, the B9 Tribeca offers the following:

5 or 7 passenger seating. This is the first Subaru built that will seat more than five adults.

Big prices: The B9’s base price starts at about $32K.

Side curtain airbags for front seating passengers and second seating passengers [except for the person stuck in the middle seat]

All wheel drive, but you knew that already.

A plush interior. Subaru says that leather trimmed upholstery is available as are heated seats, rear cabin air conditioning, and a sliding glass moon roof.

The B9 is built on a stretched Outback platform and at 66.4 inches it is the tallest vehicle made be Subaru. Oddly, it shares the same 3.0L V6 engine as the Outback, so one can only wonder how hard it will work with 7 passengers onboard navigating steep hills and rounding corners?

I searched far and wide for the reason behind the name B9 Tribeca and found nothing definitive. One auto critic contended that the B9 part of the name came from a previous concept car that was shown by Subaru at car shows, while two reports say that the Tribeca part of the name is from the area of New York City that is the TRIangle BEneath CAnal Street neighborhood of Manhattan. Other than the vehicle being built in Indiana, there isn’t any relevancy in the name. One may think that the B9 portion of the name will prove to be more of a nuisance to remember as consumers have a difficult enough time remembering some two syllable model names, let alone two words.

Personally, I think the idea of building a larger Subaru is wise, especially since Subaru owners previously had no where to go beyond the current crop of compact SUVS and cars in their line up. Beyond that I believe the controversial looks and small engine will disappoint buyers and it may take new sheet metal and a beefier engine to stimulate sales.

Copyright 2005 -- Matt Keegan is a contributing writer for Auto Parts Canada, a wholesaler of fine Subaru parts and Subaru accessories for your Subaru vehicle.

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A Concept of the Future (And the Past)
Pininfarina, an Italian car company founded by Battista “Pinin” Farina in 1930, has long been a symbol of creative extremes in the automotive industry. In its early years Pininfarina operated on a small scale, producing a handful of prototypes and very limited runs of production cars. Soon the company began to incorporate aerodynamics into its designs and the Pininfarina name quickly became famous in the automotive industry.

The company continued to expand long after Battista’s death in 1966. Pininfarina partnered with manufacturers such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and more to create mass production cars as well as some of the most stunning concepts ever built.

To commemorate Pininfarina’s 75th anniversary, the company has partnered with Maserati and Motorola to create the Pininfarina Birdcage 75th Concept, a high-tech design with inspired styling and twelve cylinders. The name “Birdcage” is in reference to the Maserati racing legends of the past which feature some of the same tube construction styling that can be found in the concept.

The Birdcage 75th is based on the same carbon fiber chassis as the Maserati supercar, the MC12, and shares its 6.0 liter V-12 engine that puts out more than 700 hp. The mid-mounted engine is mated to the car’s rear drive wheels by a 6-speed sequential manual gearbox. With a weight of approximately 3300 pounds, the Birdcage 75th should have no problem getting up some serious speed.

On a recent trip to the 2005 SEMA convention in Las Vegas, I had an opportunity to inspect the new Pininfarina concept first hand. What makes most concept cars special is its styling, and the Birdcage 75th has plenty to look at. The basic shape of the car is based upon the most effective aerodynamic shapes in racing. The entire car has a tear drop shape to it and the roofline is low and unobtrusive. The exterior surfaces are low and uncluttered to give it a streamlined look. The upper half of the Pininfarina’s cabin is transparent, offering as clear a view of the road as possible.

Up front, the nose has the familiar Maserati styling as seen on current models such as the Quattroporte. The front grille feeds cool air to the engine and the brakes and is flanked by stylish LED headlights. The rear of the Birdcage 75th boasts thin rectangular LED taillights that fit nicely with the overall design. The entire package sits on top of 20” front wheels and 22” rear wheels styled in the tradition of the Maserati trident (the company’s logo).

There are no doors on the new Pininfarina. To access the interior the entire front section of the car opens. Inside, the interior has been seamlessly mated to the carbon fiber construction of the body. A heads-up display is mounted on a triangular tube structure that is reminiscent of the historic Birdcage Tipo 63. The Birdcage 75th has a host of new technological gizmos (as is to be expected with any concept) including infrared cameras that allow you to enhance vision at night, a central computer that performs many tasks, and more. But what I found most impressive is something a little more subtle. There are now side mirrors on the Birdcage 75th, instead cameras relay images to screens inside the car. The screens are placed at the very outer edges of the dashboard so it is almost as if you are looking at mirrors, like a traditional automobile. The lack of side mirrors also adds to the aerodynamics and styling of the Pininfarina.

The Birdcage 75th hosts a number of Motorola designed communication features based on Motorola’s iDEN cell phones. Some of the features are a bit over my head and are probably not likely to be used by many people aside from hardcore techno-buffs. But then again, this Pininfarina is a concept, and concept cars don’t have to make sense.

Overall the Pininfarina Birdcage 75th Concept is an impressive beast that succeeds in blending technology and good old fashion racing heritage together in a seamless and stylish way. If this is the future of the modern sports car, I like it. We can only hope that one day it will make it to the mass production line.

Zack Engel is the Lead Event Correspondent for The Driver's Seat, a bi-weekly e-zine produced by Nuts for Cars.

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Saab Cars: Born From Jets
by Matthew C. Keegan

The latest marketing campaign from Saab cars traces the automaker's origins back to the days to when the company was formed from a Swedish aircraft maker. One ad mentions that 16 aircraft engineers designed the first cars, which were based heavily on aerodynamic aircraft design. Apparently, the "born from jets" slogan is meant to convey to the public that the same quality that goes into building jets goes into building their cars. What isn't mentioned is that the company that built its first automobiles in 1949 is now part of General Motors, the largest automaker in the world. The Saab jet division is separate, still owned by the Swedes. Are the ads misleading? Perhaps, or maybe Saab is attempting to distance itself from General Motors and to stand on its own four wheels. Let's take a look at Saab then and at Saab now.

After observing several ads about Saab, I decided to conduct a little research into the company. What I learned is a fascinating account of how a small, Nordic nation turned out not just one, but two high quality car lines. The other company is, of course, Volvo. This is simply amazing in that even today the country numbers just over nine million citizens; truly Swedish engineering is as advanced as any country on the face of the earth.

Saab, itself, got started in 1937 just before the outbreak of the Second World War when reconnaissance aircraft were built for the Swedish Air Force. After the war, the aircraft maker kept pace with the emerging military jet industry and developed sophisticated aircraft including fighter jets which also became part of the NATO fleet. On the air carrier side of the house, high performing Saab regional jets found a market in the US and throughout the world.

In 1949, the first Saab 92 rolled off of the assembly line, beginning a lengthy history of producing high quality and uniquely engineered cars. Indeed, the original Saabs incorporated an aerodynamic design to lessen wind drag, resulting in higher fuel economy for drivers. This concept was then carried over to all subsequent Saab cars; to this day not too many vehicles on the road can match the 92's or modern day Saab cars' low coefficient of drag.

Beyond making economical cars, Saab - much like Volvo - began to produce cars that were truly safe and innovative. Technological advances brought about self repairing bumpers; side impact door beams; self cleaning headlamps; turbo charged engines; cabin air filters; and other design features that were later copied and picked up by auto manufacturers the world over.

With the growing and expanding global economy, Saab during the 1980s began to find itself hard pressed to keep up with the changing demands of a new world market In order to successfully compete long term, new models would have to be developed and new markets explored. Ultimately, the decision was made in 1990 to spin off the automobile unit from the parent company and into a separate entity that was quickly bought out by investors including General Motors who secured 50% of the business.

Today, Saab has expanded its line up to include its first ever SUV and all car models have received regular and well needed updates. Critics worry about GM's growing influence - indeed, the 9-7X SUV borrows heavily off of GM technology - and if the company can truly maintain some semblance of independence. Some fear that the division will go the way of Saturn and become fully incorporated into the GM fold, while others wonder if the division can provide enough of a distinction to strong European brands including Volvo, BMW, and Mercedes to attract new customers.

For what it is worth, Saab's born from jets heritage may be the strong reminder needed to keep the line distinct and viable. Let's hope that the motto is more than just a marketing ploy.

About the Author
Copyright 2005 -- Matt Keegan is a contributing writer for Auto Parts Canada, a wholesaler of fine Saab parts and Saab accessories for your Saab car or SUV.
2009 Buick Enclave: From Concept to Reality
by Matthew C. Keegan

General Motors has been taking a beating for over a year now due to sales dips, make/model image problems, and labor and legacy issues. Truly, if there was a better time to jumpstart the company, I don't know what it would be. Fortunately, someone in GM's walnut-trimmed boardroom is getting the message: build what we want and we will buy it. The Buick Enclave, a luxury SUV making the rounds of the U.S. auto shows, appears to be one such winner.

I realize that I am in the minority of car critics, but I think that Buick is on the right track. The Lucerne, a full sized car based on the Cadillac DTS, is a beauty and Buick's next newest model, the mid sized Lacrosse, is another attractive looking car. Still, Buick's remaining fleet has been scaled back with only two SUVs and one crossover vehicle, the Terraza, left. At times it isn't clear what plans GM has for its "near luxury" division, but if the Enclave is one example, then Buick has a promising future.

Without having pictures available to show you, it can be difficult to describe the Enclave. When I viewed pictures on various web sites, I couldn't help but think that the Enclave was similar to the Subaru B9 Tribeca. Before you get your knickers twisted in a wad, the Enclave is a swan in comparison to the ugly Subaru.

Sporting a front end akin to the Lucerne, the back end looks a lot like the Tribeca. Overall lines are somewhat car like but the Enclave certainly does sport an SUV look with calmer lines.

What we know about the Enclave at this point is fairly limited. The vehicle sits on a 119 inch wheelbase and is powered by a 3.6L V6. So, it appears that Buick will replace the smaller Rendezvous with the Enclave and keep the larger Rainier. Or, perhaps, the Rainier will be retired altogether. The Enclave has all the amenities a Buick owner is accustomed to including: leather appointments, power everything, OnStar, a variety of entertainment options, responsive handling, and a quiet cabin. Pictures reveal 21" tires with seven spoke wheels. Seating is for six, spread out over three rows. No couch seating either; individual bucket seats are planned for all six passengers.

There is no official word yet whether the Enclave will see the light of day at least in its present interpretation. Still, the vehicle is a fresh look for a refreshed division, something that Buick certainly needs in order to keep the momentum going.

About the Author
Copyright 2006 - For additional information regarding Matt Keegan, The Article Writer, please visit his blog for wit, quips, and freelance writing tips.
Chevy Camaro: Build It and We Will Buy It!
by Matthew C. Keegan

Attention, General Motors! The concept Camaro now making the rounds of U.S. auto shows is a real winner. Keep showing the car, but start making plans to get it! Make no changes to the concept; in other words: keep the boardroom geeks away from the project. Yes, GM is looking at bringing back a venerable nameplate - the Chevrolet Camaro. If all goes as planned, a 2009 model Camaro is a strong possibility. Read on for additional interesting tidbits.

Back in the late 1960s, General Motors responded - albeit a little late - to the wildly successful 1964 1/2 launch of the Ford Mustang. A whole new breed of cars were on the market - pony cars - thanks to the Mustang and GM's release of the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. Indeed, Chrysler and American Motors jumped in too with the Dodge Charger, Plymouth Road Runner, and AMC Javelin competing successfully in a popular automobile segment.

Consumer tastes have changed over the years and the Camaro did not keep up them. Better put, it was GM who did not keep up with the Camaro and it, along with the Firebird, were retired after the 2002 model year. 35 years of Camaro/Firebird history came to a bitter end.

Fortunately for Camaro lovers, it may once again be the hated Mustang that rescues the Camaro. As in the 1960s, GM is witnessing Ford's big success with its retro looking Mustang and GM wants a piece of the action. Unlike GM, Ford never retired the Mustang name and, instead, gave it a complete makeover that has galvanized sales.

The Camaro making the rounds of the U.S. auto shows is a real beauty. Taking its styling cues from the '69 Camaro, the proposed '09 Camaro is expected to feature a 6.0L V8 engine paired with a 6 speed manual transmission. The wheels are 21" at the front and 22" at the back, but smaller wheels are likely to be the production standard. In addition, the Camaro's interior will hearken back to the original model's interior and include its famed twin instrument pod.

With a base V6 available, the standard Camaro may retail for just under $20,000, a highly competitive price for an awesome looking two door coupe. Now, if the powers that be within GM can be persuaded to build the car based on the concept, the Camaro will certainly give the Mustang a run for the money and keep the all new (retro) Dodge Challenger from swiping away Camaro loyalists.

Oh, to dream about big things...the Camaro is one car that enthusiasts want to go from concept to completion and soon! GM, are you hearing us?

About the Author
Copyright 2006 - For additional information regarding Matt Keegan, The Article Writer, please visit his blog for wit, quips, and freelance writing tips.
Saturn Aura: Concept Car No More
by: Terry Brown

This is a concept car from the Saturn Corporation. A mid-sized sedan, this is the future vehicle Saturn Aura. Starting this summer, the production of the Saturn Aura would commence. This sedan would then be built on a long wheelbase that shares the same chassis with other vehicles such as the Pontiac G6, the Chevrolet Malibu, the Saab 9-3, and the Opel Vectra. Designed through the collective efforts of Ryan Vaughan, Tim Kozub, and Ed Welburn, the Saturn Aura would be making its debut this summer for sure and would be the start of the Saturn line of vehicles' dramatic change in style and power.

This concept car from Saturn was introduced to the public this January. This vehicle has been specifically designed so as to replace the Saturn L-Series. The Saturn Aura uses the Epsilon platform, yet this platform is also used by other vehicles that are quite affiliated with General Motors, as listed above. With this long Epsilon wheelbase, the Saturn Aura would be sporting ample legroom for a sedan in the midsize division. This vehicle would also sport 19-inch chrome wheels, along with a new front end, and the very distinct grille that is found on each and every Saturn vehicle since the Saturn Aura is no exception. This vehicle also will hold and feature a four-paneled panoramic glass roof which is very much unlike the glass roof that comes with the Pontiac G6. As per the Saturn Aura's interior, Dave Rand, General Motor's executive director of interiors claims, "The interior of the Saturn Aura epitomizes GM's global design approach to brand revitalization. Seven GM Design studios from around the world used technology that allowed them to contribute to product designs that will make up Saturn's new portfolio. The result is seamless connectivity between the interior and exterior."

This mid-sized sedan is made to be top of the line and is expected to boast around 250 horsepower with the 3.6 liter DOHC V6 engine from General Motors. More likely, a five-speed automatic would also be used for this one. It will also feature a variety of standard features for safety that could include electronic stability control, side airbags and head curtain airbags. It has a European influence as per its exterior and a character that makes it fun to drive. Also, the exterior of the Saturn Aura is considered to be fluid, muscular, and very powerful. It holds bold projector beams with trapezoidal headlamps. These are flanked by a new rendition of the Saturn chrome bar. Its front end has a distinctive mesh grille and circular fog lamps. Helping in cooling the engine compartment are horizontal hood extractors also punctuate the concept's styling up front.

Jill Lajdziak, Saturn's general manager speaks about the Saturn Aura, "The Aura is a sneak peak at a new generation of emotionally compelling Saturn vehicles. It's the kind of vehicle that perfectly supports Saturn's firm commitment to provide great customer service combined with equally outstanding vehicles."

The Saturn Aura is fun to drive and is promised to provide an excellent performance that is the trademark of Saturn vehicles. Auto Parts Information holds a varied collection of Saturn Aura parts and Saturn parts at its user-friendly site.

About the Author
Terry Brown is a 32 year old from Houston Texas, and an enthusiast for anything auto-related. He currently writes auto-related articles for several publications.
Dodge Magnum RT 2006 Car Review

by: Andrew Kier

The new Magnum is a great looking car that will get your neighbors talking as you rumble around the block. The unique styling of the Magnum will also attract gawkers in the form of 18-22 year old guys pointing for their friends to "check that out". And a few people will approach you as you are filling up the gas tank to ask, "Does it really have a Hemi?", with only a vague notion that it somehow makes the car better.

The Magnum is offered with many different engine sizes (either a 6-cylinder or 8-cylinder) with your choice of horsepower output of 190, 250, 340 and 425. The price of the vehicle also corresponds with the engine size starting at $30,345 to the expensive STR-8 model for $37,320. A big part of the mystique around this car is the Hemi engine. The Hemi is short for hemispherical combustion chamber, which creates more efficient fuel burning and allows larger valves for better airflow. Basically, it produces more power than an engine with its displacement would normally produce. (There are also drawbacks to the Hemi, which is why it isn't the only engine that Chrysler produces).

The interior of the car looks much more expensive than you'd expect for the price of the Magnum. Since Mercedes bought Chrysler, the Dodge vehicles I've sampled have had a sharp improvement in interior quality. While on the road, the car is very solid and the seats are comfortable even on long highway runs.

As much as I like the looks, after driving it a while I really have to question the design concept that the Magnum offers. It is a station wagon built to transport a lot of people and a lot of stuff. But mating this with a powerful engine with the taught racing-like suspension is uncomfortable for both. It is like having a Corvette tow a small trailer, and you are in the trailer and the Corvette driver is 15 years-old, pushing the car to its limits. (Only an actual Corvette has a much more comfortable suspension than the Magnum). Even driving on smooth roads, the steering is very darty and difficult to control. And with a large car, all that weaving and road feedback is exaggerated for the passengers and everything you've stored in the back.

I like having a navigation system, but figuring out how to use it with the steering wheel controls made me frequently refer to the user's manual. In spite of the high horsepower and low-end torque I played with when starting from a full stop, the RT model I drove averaged 20 MPG on the higway.

What I presume to be the target market for this car, those 18-22 year-old guys that I mentioned, will probably love this car. And as much as I love driving sports cars, the darty steering and sharp suspension make it too uncomfortable without any spectacular payoff. The 0-60 sprint is fun for a little while, but I'd pass on buying a Magnum as a daily driving vehicle.

About the Author
Andrew Kier is a car fanatic that grew up near Motor City and has been writing for automotive magazines since 1992. He shares his two decades of car comparison experience with recent models. More of his articles are available at
Hybrid Sports Cars Coming Soon
by : Gregg Hall

When one thinks of hybrid automobiles, the image of subcompact economy cars--high on gas mileage and low on top-end performance--undoubtedly comes to mind. However, with gas prices consistently increasing over time, occasionally in sudden spikes, and environmental awareness growing in all quarters, there is a movement afoot to bring hybrid technology into the realm of high-performance sports cars.

Japanese automakers, in particular, seem to be expending a great deal of effort in fusing hybrid technology with sports car appearance and performance. The Subaru Scrambler, the Mazda Ibuki and Mitsubishi's hybrid in its Eclipse line are all progressing in development.
Most of the hybrid research and development currently focuses on adopting the most common hybrid production methods. Lithium batteries and electric motors join forces with top-notch engineering. Preliminary reports indicate that at least one 470 horsepower sports car is under design by a leading Japanese manufacturer.

In addition to hybrid sports car working from the same general principles of their better-known economy car brethren, hydrogen-burning sports cars are also under investigation. Many years ago, Mazda discovered their rotary engine performed exceptionally well while using lean-burning hydrogen as a fuel source. Since that time, Mazda has continued to tinker with this revolutionary methodology in hopes of eventually producing an environmentally friendly sports car that maintains high performance standards.

The most visible hybrid sports car, however, is the Toyota Priapus. A conventional gas/electric hybrid, the Priapus lists at over $70,000. It will be hard for owners of this hybrid sports car to recoup the additional cost in fuel savings, but the automobile is increasing in popularity. Experts predict the limited-production hybrid sports car will perform well in auctions, with car enthusiasts likely to be willing to spend into six figures to procure the low-to-the ground, futuristic Toyota offering--and with good reason. The Priapus boasts zero to sixty mile per hour acceleration in just under four seconds while maintaining an impressive 30 miles per gallon in terms of fuel efficiency.

The Japanese are not the only automakers to spend time and resources plumbing the realm of hybrid sports cars. Two former Jaguar designers are making headlines in England with the development of a V10 hybrid that has recently been awarded significant capital in the form of government grants to bring the concept car into the general marketplace.
With many nations' fuel efficiency standards demanding better fuel economy in the future, gas prices spiking again and again, and a general consensus developing that hybrid technology can reduce pollution and perhaps stem global warming trends, there is no doubt that hybrid automobile research and production will continue to accelerate.

Those who were worried the automotive icon that is the sports car would vanish somewhere along the way as the green movement gathered force can take heart in recent developments. All indicators point toward a greener, more fuel-efficient future featuring jaw-dropping high-performance cars sure to please even the most discriminating sports automotive enthusiasts. As long as there are cars, it seems there will be those who demand impressively speedy, sporty automobiles and manufacturers are not willing to let go of that purchasing base as they explore hybrid alternatives to traditional internal combustion autos.

About the Author
Gregg Hall is a business consultant and author for many online and offline businesses and lives in Navarre Florida with his 16 year old son. Be sure to take car of your car's finish with the patented car care productsfrom
Waiting For the Mazda CX-7
by: Terry Brown

For the past months, Mazda, the automobile company, had been featuring the upcoming vehicle that would be joining the Mazda vehicle line up. This new vehicle has been named as the Mazda MX Crossport during its concept phase. Upon its introduction, it would then hold the name Mazda CX-7. This vehicle has already been receiving many praises for its Zoom-Zoom exterior styling as well as its driver oriented interior even if it is just in its concept stage.

Jim Sullivan, the president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), has stated, "Mazda President Hisakazu Imaki is committed to bringing new products to market and expanding our line of vehicles. The addition of the Mazda CX-7 is great news and a critical step forward for us in North America. To successfully grow our business, we have to be true to our core values and for any vehicle to wear the Winged-M logo on the grille, it must have the soul of a sports car. I am convinced this vehicle will deliver."

This vehicle is built in Hiroshima, Japan and it will be sold first in the United States and in the rest of North America. The Mazda CX 7 is actually mounted on a new platform that is not used by any other vehicle yet. However, it uses the front suspension of the Mazda MPV minivan as well as the rear suspension of the Mazda 5. As for the rest of its components, most, including the turbocharged engine, actually come from the Mazda Speed 6. There will be no options for transmission systems for only one will be made available and that will be the 6 Speed Sport automatic. The power of this vehicle comes from the 2.3 liter MZR engine. It can actually produce some 244 units of horsepower at 5,000 rpm and some 258 pound feet of torque at a very low 2,5000 rpm.

What are the features of this Mazda CX 7? The list includes a fully independent suspension, four wheel ventilated disc brakes with standard four-wheel anti lock braking system, the dynamic stability control, the traction control system, an active torque split all wheel drive, a computer controlled coupling and a front wheel drive.

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About the Author
Terry Brown is a 32 year old from Houston Texas, and an enthusiast for anything auto-related. He currently writes auto-related articles for several publications.