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Geneva Brings New 911 Turbo

 

2007 Porsche 911 Turbo

2007 Porsche 911 Turbo

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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; U.S.plans and prices have yet to be announced.

 

CarGirl: What Real Women Drive by Carol Traeger (2/13/2006)
Our battle of the sexes takes place on wheels.

 

 

VW Has Concept A for Geneva

 

Saturn Logo

Saturn Logo

When 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 upcoming Marrakesh 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 Genevapreviews next week from TCC.

 

2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI by TCC Team (1/16/2006)
Tight handling, 40 mpg and the world’s best economy cabin.

 

 

 

Pontiac Losing Minivan, Getting Base Coupe

Pontiac 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 xB

2008 Scion xB

2008 Scion xB

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Scion’s 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 Escape

Dinah Shore Chevrolet

Dinah Shore Chevrolet

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.

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