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Driver's News: October 9, 2006



Spy Shots: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V

2009 Cadillac CTS-V

2009 Cadillac CTS-V

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2009 Cadillac CTS-V

2009 Cadillac CTS-V

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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.

Spy Shots: 2008 HUMMER H3 SUT

2008 HUMMER H3 SUT

2008 HUMMER H3 SUT

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2008 HUMMER H3 SUT

2008 HUMMER H3 SUT

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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

2007 BMW M6 Convertible Neiman Marcus

2007 BMW M6 Convertible Neiman Marcus

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2007 BMW M6 Convertible Neiman Marcus

2007 BMW M6 Convertible Neiman Marcus

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What 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.

We test drive the M6

MINI Traveller Next Year?

2006 MINI Traveller Detroit concept

2006 MINI Traveller Detroit concept

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2006 MINI Traveller Detroit concept

2006 MINI Traveller Detroit concept

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A production version of the MINI Traveller concept, shown last January in Detroit, could 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.

 
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