Mitsubishi RPM 7000 Concept
Mitsubishi RPM 7000 ConceptEnlarge Photo
The flashy RPM 7000, a dramatic crossover that's part sports sedan, rally racer, and SUV, makes a bold statement, especially in its bright orange color that, according to officials, is supposed to "evoke the look of hot brakes in the middle of the night at Le Mans." The concept's geo-mechanical design originated at the automaker's Southern California design studio. The interior has a full roll cage and racing-inspired cockpit. Power is provided by a twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder (derived from the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo rally car) making a whopping 315 hp. Mitsubishi officials declared a bright future for the automaker, supported by the additional funds and buying power available from the DaimlerChrysler alliance, along with new strategic management initiatives that will be introduced in the next two months. Mitsubishi sales have jumped 65 percent over the last two years, and the automaker now plans to introduce an all-new vehicle every year for the next five years.
2002 Lexus IS 300 SportCross
2002 Lexus IS 300 SportCrossEnlarge Photo
SPORTCROSS FOR LEXUS. Lexus introduced the IS 300 SportCross, a more utilitarian version of the company's new small sedan, and a sportier IS 300 sedan with a five-speed manual transmission. The new IS 300 models are expected to account for a few thousand units annually of additional sales for Toyota's luxury division. Lexus also introduced the production version of the SC 430 hardtop convertible. The model effectively replaces the SC 300 and SC 400 in the company's lineup while adding convertible capability to the car. Pricing for the new SC 430 was also announced: the car will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of just under $60,000.
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX detroit show
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX detroit showEnlarge Photo
IMPREZA WRX COMES IN UNDER 25K. Subaru formally announced that it will bring its turbocharged Impreza WRX model to the United States when the new model hits showrooms later this year. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter, 227-horsepower turbocharged and intercooled engine. Prices will begin at $23,995 for the sedan, and $23,495 for the wagon. No Impreza coupes will be sold in the United States when the new model gets here. The cars will be in dealerships in early spring 2001. The new Impreza lineup also includes the 2.5 TS Sport Wagon, the sporty 2.5 RS sedan, and an Outback Sport crossover model. A 165-horsepower 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine powers those models.
Read TCC's road test on the WRX by clicking here.
Cunningham C-7 Concept
Cunningham C-7 ConceptEnlarge Photo