DEATHS ROSE IN 2001
Traffic deaths rose slightly last year, to the highest levels in 11 years, according to the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In nearly 3 trillion miles traveled, some 42,116 Americans died as a result of car crashes, slightly more than 2000’s 41,945 deaths. About 60 percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts. The numbers were the highest since 1990; however, traffic injuries were down by nearly 5 percent.
FORD, BALLARD SHOW OFF FUEL-CELL GENERATOR
Ford and Ballard Power Systems on Wednesday showed a combustion-powered hydrogen generator that could make fuel cells reality at the end of the decade. The generator, powered by a Ford 6.8-liter V-10 engine, will go into production later this year. Power utilities and other like companies will be able to use the powerplant to generate electricity during peak periods. Ford is a part owner in Ballard, along with DaimlerChrysler.
Detroit Showing Green Bruises by Joseph Szczesny (8/5/2002)
VW ENDS CABRIO IN U.S.
Volkswagen AG said it will stop selling its Cabrio model in the U.S., replacing it with the 2003 New Beetle convertible to be introduced at the North American International Auto Show in January. The current Cabrio is built off the Golf III, not the Golf IV that is sold today, which accounts for why the Cabrio has been VW's worst-quality vehicle. The Cabrio, which retails for between $19,600 and $22,300, was introduced in 1979 as the Volkswagen Rabbit Convertible. The company said more than 223,000 Cabrios have been sold in the U.S. The Cabrio will still be available in Europe, the spokesman said. –Jim Burt
Spy Shots: ’03 VW Beetle Conv. by Brenda Priddy (7/15/2002)
2003 Porsche Cayenne
Porsche also has announced the pricing for its upcoming sport-ute, the controversial Cayenne. The Cayenne S with a 340-hp, 4.5-liter V-8 engine will cost $56,665 including destination and will include an alarm system, automatic air conditioning and a CD stereo with ten speakers. Porsche promises a zero to 60 mph time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph. For the Cayenne Turbo, Porsche installs twin intercooled turbochargers to boost output to 450 hp. The $89,665 Turbo model is promised to have a zero to 60 mph time of 5.6 seconds and top speed of 165 mph.
VW Unveils Touareg, Finally by Jim Burt (4/29/2002)
2003 Porsche Cayenne
Volvo says the base all-wheel-drive version of its new XC90 sport-ute will run $35,725, including the stand-alone option of all-wheel drive ($1750) and $625 in destination fees. A front-drive XC90 won’t be available until spring of 2003, but will cost $33,975 including destination. Both of those models sport a 2.5-liter in-line five with a single turbocharger and 208 hp. The all-wheel-drive XC90 T6, with a 268-hp, twin-turbo in-line six, will be $40,600. While no plans exist right now to import the European five-cylinder diesel model, Volvo president Vic Doolan says the common-rail diesel is a possibility for the model during its seven-year run. The XC90 goes on sale in the U.S. in November with what Volvo describes as the first roll-stability control system, which uses the brakes to restore vehicle stability if a sensor between the front seats detects imminent rollover.