Shots: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V
TheCarConnection's team of spies has snagged the hot
version of the next CTS-a 2009 CTS-V prototype. This is not the run-of-the-mill
(future) CTS. This prototype has a huge bubble in the hood, performance wheels
and wide tires
, unique (larger) exhaust pipes and-the photographer
swears-an obvious supercharger sound.
Shots: 2008 HUMMER H3 SUT
TheCarConnection has reported in the past that HUMMER
has been planning a pickup based on the H3 SUV
and on the H3 SUT concept that's made the auto show
circuit. but here's the proof: Judging by this prototype, it looks like GM is
poised to expand its HUMMER model range with an H3-based pickup.
Side Airbags Save Lives, IIHS Says
Curtain-style side airbags can cut deaths in
accidents by more than half in sport-utility vehicles and by more than a third
in all vehicles, according to a new study of data presented by the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS, an insurance industry-funded
research group, says that curtain-style bags are far more effective even than
body-protecting side airbags alone, but those side airbags themselves can cut
the risk of death in an accident by more than 25 percent. Today, more than 80
percent of vehicles sold in theU.S. have
curtain airbags standard or available for order. Automakers are phasing in
standard side curtain airbags and have until September of 2009 to install them
in all vehicles. Once standard, the IIHS estimates that 2000 deaths per year
will be prevented.
Neiman Marcus Offers Xmas Bimmer Tidings
would you like to find stuffed in your stocking this year? It's a loaded
question for sure, but it's good to ponder now that Neiman Marcus has teased its
annual holiday catalog with a special-edition BMW M6 Convertible. The latest in
a string of special-edition vehicles to grace the department store's annual
Christmas Book, the 2007 M6 Convertible Limited Edition will come in a Ruby
Black exterior paint with Piano Black trim, power leather seats and an
11-speaker sound system. Some 50 copies will be produced and sold through Neiman
Marcus for $139,000 each. The cars will come with the chance to pick them up at
the factory in Germany
and meet with some of its
designers, along with business-class tickets for the trip. Interested? Mark your
calendar for Oct. 18th
and on that day, call 866-303-2696.
Oh, and bring that American Express card.
test drive the M6
MINI Traveller Next Year?
production version of the MINI Traveller concept, shown last January in
come as soon as next year. MINI execs on hand at last week's Paris auto show say
the production version of the Traveller will arrive in showrooms before the next
version of the Cooper Convertible. The Convertible, introduced in 2004, is about
halfway through its life cycle, execs indicate, which could mean a 2008
model-year introduction for a revamped ragtop. Until then, the existing
Convertible will share a production line with the new MINI Cooper being
introduced in Europe shortly and in the U.S.
, just after the new year.