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Saab To Introduce AWD 9-3X, New 9-5
Saab To Introduce AWD 9-3X, New 9-5

Saab's 9-3, which we rated a rather middling 7.6 out of 10 overall in our Car Reviews section, is slated for an AWD option in its base model, to be named the 9-3X. Currently, AWD can only be had on the range-topping Turbo X model with the turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6, helping to quell its torque...Read More»

MINI Bulldog
Mini Bulldog Warms Hearts With No Carbon Footprint

Causing a grin on the face, some warmth in the heart, but nary a trace of CO2 in the air, the plush MINI Bulldog makes its way to select MINI dealers as well as motoringgear.com just in time for a February 14 gift for the owner (or aspiring owner) of a MINI Cooper, Clubman, or even one of the 500...Read More»

2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2-door Convertible Touring Front Seats
UAW's Gettelfinger Blesses Chrysler/Fiat Alliance

Earlier today we reported that yesterday's rumored Chrysler LLC/Fiat S.p.A. alliance is a go, enabling Chrysler desperately needed access to competitive small-car platforms and granting Fiat access to Chrysler's U.S. dealer network. Outspoken UAW President Ron Gettelfinger this morning lent his...Read More»

2008 Audi A1 Sportback Concept (2008 Paris Auto Show)
Audi And Prada Announce Joint Projects In Sport And Culture

Audi, "THE luxury brand for these times," stated Audi of America president Johan de Nysschen in an address from the Detroit Auto Show, has taken the fashion-forward step of announcing joint projects with famed Italian design house Prada. Will such a move add further sparkle and shine to the...Read More»

2009 Mercedes Benz S Class 5.5L V8 RWD
Mercedes-Benz Wins Award For First Lithium-Ion In Production Car

With the introduction of its S400 BlueHYBRID occurring this summer, Mercedes is set to become the first automaker to offer extremely efficient lithium-ion battery technology in a mass production passenger automobile. Significantly, Mercedes bathes the notoriously hot-running lithium-ion cells in...Read More»

2009 BMW 335d
BMW Inline Sixes Earn Spots On Wards' 10 Best Engines List

Last Wednesday, BMW accepted two Ward's Automotive Group awards for its engines: both are twin-turbo inline sixes, one powered by gasoline and the other by ultra-low sulfur diesel. Direct injection, low-mass twin turbochargers, and high-strength aluminum construction enable both powerplants to...Read More»

VW Chico
VW Confirms Next-Gen Polo Coming Stateside

VW's Development Chief Ulrich Hackenburg announced to Automotive News at last week's Detroit Auto Show that the Polo minicar is bound for the U.S. in its next-generation form. "The small-car segment is the fastest growing segment in the U.S.," he said, noting that there is an "increasing enthusiasm...Read More»

2001 BMW Z8-Series
BMW M Video: Germans Love Horsepower and Techno

From an American perspective, German tastes in entertainment sometimes seem quite bizarre. For one, they adored cheezy David Hasselhoff and Baywatch. And second, although this perception may be off-base, we keep getting reports that they love their techno. Whether it's the legendary Sprockets from...Read More»

2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI
Audi Equates Change With Progress: Sponsors Inaugural Coverage

Audi is making possible limited advertising on ABC, CBS, and NBC evening newscasts during Obama's inauguration next Tuesday. They're also doing an 8-page (!) "Progress is Beautiful" newspaper insert in the USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz G Class 4WD 4-door 5.5L Audio System
Happy Birthday To Ute: Mercedes G-Wagen turns 30

On February 5th, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (or G-Wagen, short for Geländewagen, or cross-country vehicle) turns 30. And, incredibly, it sits on its original chassis and retains many of the same stampings for frame and body pieces. This is a vehicle that has not only withstood the test of time, but...Read More»

Jaguar XF
Video: Jag XFR Screams Across Bonneville at 225 mph

As we reported the other day, Jag has set a new speed record for itself out on the Bonneville Salt flats last November 7th. Significantly, the dizzying speed was attained in a mostly stock XFR, the new 5.o-liter supercharged bruiser that is eager to do battle in the high-performance luxury segment...Read More»

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid
UK's Sexy Green Car Show Cancelled

Seeming to prove that it ain't easy being green, the Sexy Green Car Show, which was to be held in May in London, has been cancelled according to AutoCar; they claim the show is an apparent victim of the sudden drop in fuel prices. Of the cancellation, Rob Mackenzie, managing director of IMIE who...Read More»

2009 Audi S6
Audi Snags Two EyesOn Design Awards at Detroit Auto Show

Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Audi snagged two impressive awards at the EyesOn Design Awards Ceremony. The Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro took one of the production vehicle category awards, and the four-door Audi Sportback concept scored a win in the concept category...Read More»

2009 Porsche Boxster 2-door Roadster S Angular Rear Exterior View
2009 Porsche Boxster, Cayman Pricing Announced

What's the new entry fee for Porsche's mid-engine gems, just updated for '09 with lots of new engineering and some styling tweaks? $47,550 for the drop-top Boxster and some ten grand more for the more athletic S version ($57,650). If you want the marginally tighter structure afforded by the...Read More»

2008 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Concept
VW Group Ekes Out Small Sales Increase For 2008

While not quite the killer 20 percent sales boost enjoyed by BMW-owned Rolls-Royce, VW Group enjoyed a 0.6 percent sales increase overall for 2008. That seems like a scant victory, but for 2008 it's actually pretty fantastic news. Broken down by group, VW worldwide sales were as follows for 2008...Read More»

2006 Rolls Royce Phantom
Rolls Royce Defies Down Market

Despite a 2008 that wreaked havoc on car sales, Rolls Royce enjoyed - get ready for this - a 20 percent increase in sales for the '08 model year. It would seem that those who can shell out sick six-figure sums for the gargantuan, opulent, and non-eco-friendly Phantoms and Drophead Coupes aren't...Read More»

2010 Jaguar XFR Spy Shots
Jag XFR Soars Across Bonneville at 225 mph.

A lightly modified version of Jag's latest hi-po luxosedan, the XFR (checkout Marty Padgett's report from the Detroit Auto Show), clawed its way to a rather shocking 225 mph on Bonneville's salt flats last November. No doubt overcoming the insane amount of wind resistance at such speeds was the...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Lineup
Mercedes Delivers 1.5 Million E-Class Models

As the seventh generation of Mercedes-Benz's venerable mid-size, mid-luxury sedan winds down, the firm is proud to announce that it's produced 1.5 million units of the E-Class since its introduction six years ago. Broken down by body style, there were 1,270,000 sedans delivered to customers and...Read More»

Prince Albert of Monaco and Mitsubishi iMiEV
Prince of Monaco Serene and Green with iMiEV

Since 2006, Mitsubishi has been hard at work on its new "i MiEV" concept car. (The acronym stands for "Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle"; still no word on what either "i" stands for or why they're lowercase.) Now the company has begun taking the curiously named car on the road--most recently...Read More»

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