Jaguar Celebrates Victory
2005 Jaguar XK Victory EditionEnlarge Photo
Where Are The Japanese?
Once one of the nation’s biggest and most important auto shows, the annual L.A. gathering has faded a bit in recent years. Public attendance remains enormous, but automakers have been shifting their resources — in the form of product previews — to the Detroit auto show that is staged later in January. Los Angeles Auto Show organizers were able to pull together a modest dozen or so unveilings this year, but there were some notable gaps in the offerings. Not a single Japanese manufacturer held a news conference during the two-day media event, with South Korea’s Hyundai the only Asian brand. Privately, officials from several Japanese makers said they were embarrassed by the lack of involvement that, ironically, helped put the spotlight on such domestic brands as Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge. But the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is expected to draw at least ten times the news media turnout next week, they explained. The L.A. show isn’t likely to gain much more traction until autumn of 2006, when it moves to a new November date, positioning itself closer to the beginning of the new model year.
Saleen Serves Up A Bigger S7
2005 Saleen S7 Twin TurboEnlarge Photo
Spyker Takes Beachhead in
The rear-wheel-driven C8 range has an aluminum Audi V-8 engine with 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual. A limited-slip differential and ABS are standard. The Spyker C8 Spyder has a top speed of 187 mph; that of the faster Double 12S ranges between 187 mph and 215 mph, depending on engine output. All cars are hand assembled, and custom built to individual specifications of the buyer.
Spyker has presented its car(s) during the Pebble Beach Concours weekend in the past three years and will participate in the 12 Hours of Sebring this year. The company has ten dealers in the U.S. —Henny Hemmes