Geneva Brings New 911
The upcoming Geneva Motor Show
will be the setting for the launch of Porsche’s sixth-generation 911 Turbo. The
new Turbo model will show up at the Palexpo in March, powered by a 480-hp
version of the classic Porsche flat-six engine, up 60 hp in this edition.
Porsche says the new model will zip to 60 mph in less than 3.9 seconds when also
outfitted with the standard six-speed manual transmission — and even quicker
with the six-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, in 3.7 seconds or less.
With either transmission, top speed is limited to about 190 mph. The Turbo will
be available in Europe in the summer;
plans and prices have yet to be
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VW Has Concept A for Geneva
you think “child of a new era,” do you think Britney Spears or Volkswagen? VW
wants you to believe that child is its new Concept A, a crossover coming to the
Geneva Motor Show as a concept vehicle that could give away some details of the
ute. The Concept A blends sport-ute
with sportscar, VW says, from its chrome-framed grille on back. The four-door
(the back doors are rear-hinged) has a sleek roofline that ends in a hatchback
that’s split into tailgate and liftgate sections. A soft top pulls back to open
the cabin to the elements, and the Concept A rides on massive 20-inch wheels.
Power for the concept comes from a 150-hp version of VW’s new Twincharger four;
a six-speed manual gearbox puts power through all-wheel drive. The concept could
host a turbodiesel engine or the 200-hp FSI turbo four, VW admits. Inside, four
bucket seats are surrounded in black patent leather; the console sports a
Multi-Media Interface (MMI) like those on some Audi models. Stay tuned for more
previews next week from TCC.
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Pontiac Losing Minivan, Getting Base Coupe
dealers at the National Auto Dealers’ Association convention in Orlando are being told
they’ll get a new entry-level coupe to sell, and at the same time have been
informed they’ll lose the Montana SV6 minivan, Automotive News reports. The coupe will
be stopgap product based on the Chevy Cobalt, to be sold until GM comes up with
a better strategy for getting younger buyers into the Pontiac showrooms. The
model, the News reports, will be a 2007 model and will be priced
from about $20,000 like the similar Chevy Cobalt SS.
Spy Shots: 2008 Scion
hot-selling xB is due to be redesigned soon, and the replacement vehicle is
expected to be larger than the current model. This photo captures a prototype mule,
obviously based on the current xB, but stretched, which seems to confirm that
the new xB will be at least a few inches longer than today’s car. —Antoine Guilbaud/Hidden Image
Spy Shots: 2007 Ford
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These photos of updated Ford
Escapes show that a thorough freshening is in the works for Ford’s crossover.
The biggest change comes at the front end, where new large headlamps, which
closely mimic those on the Ford Edge and restyled Expedition, sit atop a chunky
new front bumper that looks significantly more square-jawed than today’s Escape.
The grille appears to shy away from the clean three-bar design of Ford’s Edge
and Fusion, in favor of a trucky look more like the F-Series pickups.