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Ford Revives Hertz-Edition Mustang

 

2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350-H

2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350-H

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To mark the 40th anniversary of the classic Shelby rent-a-car, Ford announced the limited rollout of the Mustang Shelby GT-H. The 1965-66 muscle car produced by Ford and Carroll Shelby was offered through Hertz rental outlets for $17 a day and 17 cents a mile. Today, surviving models are among the most prized classics from the muscle car era. Clearly, Ford hopes history will repeat itself with the 500 GT-H coupes that Shelby plans to customize out of his plant near Las Vegas. The Hertz-branded Mustang boasts 325 horsepower, compared to the original Shelby rental’s 306. It will feature a special scoop hood, side scoops, custom fascia, and the black body will be offset by gold Hertz stripes. Ford officials hope the GT-H will continue building momentum for the already popular Mustang, and possibly blaze the path for other limited-production Mustangs. According to Shelby, the concept for the pony car spinoff was conceived and executed in a rapid-fire 90 days.

 

 

Infiniti Morphs G35

 

2007 Infiniti G35

2007 Infiniti G35

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It’s already the most popular model in the Infiniti lineup, and Nissan’s luxury division is expecting to gain even more ground with the roll-out of the 2007 G35 sports sedan. “The design of the original G signaled the design direction for the Infiniti models that followed,” explained Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. Expect the new G to continue blazing a path. The ’07 features an upgraded, engine expected to pump out at least 300 horsepower. It will be offered with an automatic, though an optional six-speed manual will be available as well, along with “intelligent” all-wheel drive. The 2007 G35 will boast a variety of new features, including Active Cruise Control and XM with a built-in navigation system capable of warning about traffic jams. Expect the new car to well exceed the 40,000 sales the G35 logged last year, suggested Infiniti General Manager Mark Igo. And he believes all the new features should increase the car’s appeal to women, in particular.

 
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