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2005 Detroit Show Preview II Page 3


2005 Kia Spectra5 by Marty Padgett (10/4/2004)
A hip, hype-free solution to your street cred problems.

Kia Rounds Out the Rio

A sleeker Rio subcompact will hit the Kia stand at the Detroit show as well. On January 11, Kia will show off the totally new Rio , which gets redesigned with a longer wheelbase, wider track, and more horsepower than the last version. Kia promises better handling, a smoother ride, and improved performance, as well as class-leading interior space and six standard airbags. It arrives in showrooms next summer.

Subaru B9X/Saab 9-6X

2006 Subaru B9X

2006 Subaru B9X

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2006 Subaru B9X

2006 Subaru B9X

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The new Subaru seven-seater crossover due next year will be called the B9X, and it's expected to show up in Detroit alongside a Saab version that may be badged the 9-6X. The $40,000 crossover will stretch the Subaru brand in price, positioning and in global cooperation, since a version of the same vehicle will be headed for GM's Saab division as well. It will come with all-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. The new styling theme of the B9X will show up on future Subarus, and is previewed in this sketch distributed by Subaru. The car-based B9X goes on sale next summer.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

2005 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

2005 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

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2005 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

2005 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

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Porsche is set to launch the Cabriolet versions of the new 911 at the Detroit show. Available in standard 911 Carrera Cabriolet and Carrera S trim, the new droptops are 2005 models that sport an electric top capable of defrocking themselves in 20 seconds and on the go at speeds of up to 30 mph. The Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including the Porsche Sound Package Plus (CD radio with nine speakers), larger wheels, and a wind deflector are added as standard equipment as well. The Carrera S Cabrio uses its 3.8-liter flat six to spring to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds; the Carrera Cabrio has a 3.6-liter flat six that does the same in 5.2 seconds. Available for purchase in mid-March, the Cabrios are priced at $79,100 and $88,900, depending on how much power you need.

2005 Porsche 911 by TCC Team (10/25/2004)
Turning convention on its head — almost invisibly.

Mitsubishi Raider and Eclipse

2006 Mitsubishi Raider

2006 Mitsubishi Raider

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2006 Mitsubishi Raider

2006 Mitsubishi Raider

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The Dodge-sourced truck Mitsubishi will put on sale next year will be dubbed the Raider, in a nod to Mitsu's SUVs past. The ailing Japanese carmaker told its dealers in New Orleans on Thursday that the truck will get a standard V-6 with a V-8 option, two different cab configurations, and distinct style to keep from confusing it with the Dakota, on which it's based to a minimum. A 500-watt sound system and Bluetooth integration of cell phones will please the techno-addicted.

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Mitsu also told dealers that the 2006 Eclipse will bow alongside the Raider at the 2005 Detroit auto show in January. The new Eclipse will actually go on sale first — in summer 2005, a couple of months ahead of the Raider. The Eclipse will get more powerful four- and six-cylinder engines (the six is worth 260 hp), an available six-speed manual gearbox or five-speed automatic and 18-inch wheels, and an optional 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with a six-CD in-dash changer, MP3 playback, and nine speakers with a 10-inch subwoofer.

2005 Mitsubishi Evolution MR by Bengt Halvorson (9/20/2004)
A little more punch, and a little softer around the edges. Still, better make it a decaf.

2006 Audi A3 Sportback

2006 Audi A3 Sportback

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2006 Audi A3 Sportback

2006 Audi A3 Sportback

Audi A3

The A3 five-door from Audi is migrating to the States next year, and will be pitched at those hazily defined active-lifestylers who never sit down long enough to be properly tagged for observation. The A3 treks across the Atlantic in May 2005 as the entry-level vehicle in the brand's U.S. lineup. At about $25,000 base, the A3 will occupy a unique niche that's not quite station wagon and not quite hot-hatch. Audi poses the Mazda3, Saab 9-2X, MINI and other jazzy more-than-two-doors as possible competition, but given its upscale heritage and five-door format, it's difficult to pin down exactly what you'd price out on Edmunds or Kelly Blue Book before going out to comparison shop.

2006 Audi A3 Sportback by Marty Padgett (8/9/2004)
Audi improves its Golf game.

ALSO COMING:

BMW Crossover vehicle

Ferrari Superamerica

Honda Hybrid SUV

Hyundai hybrid

Isuzu SUV

Suzuki Grand Vitara


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