When Nissan released its new 2007 model-year Sentra at the Detroit Motor Show in January this year, the sporty version of the new car, the Sentra SE-R, remained a secret. But now we can reveal the styling of the new sporty car as seen through the cameras of our spies on the German Autobahn.
Crisp angles, fender flares, and a broad arching roofline will give the new Sentra a far more modern look than the rounded shape of the outgoing model. The new SE-R is differentiated from the standard Sentra by bolder front air intakes, larger wheels and performance tires, and a rear deck spoiler lip.
The SE-R also gets more power and beefier brakes than standard Sentras. Look for the SE-R to become official sometime during the 2007 calendar year.-Brenda Priddy
The clue is in the name. This is the VW Iroc, known until now simply as the Concept S. But here's the trick; put the S in front of the Iroc and it starts to make sense, previewing a sports coupe in the mold of the legendary Scirocco. There's another link to the newcomer's famous predecessor - this vibrant color is known as Viper Green, and exactly the same shade was available on the 1976 model range.
Size-wise, the Iroc is 1.4 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider than the Golf hatchback. And check out that nose; it could be the shape of things to come for VW front ends as the official line is that this is "a face that's not yet common to other vehicles in the range."-Richard Yarrow
Highway Deaths Rise
Motorcycle and pedestrian deaths led to an increase in highway fatalities in 2005, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency says that total fatalities last year were 43,443, a 1.4-percent increase from the year prior when 42,836 people were killed in auto accidents. Accordingly the rate of deaths also rose from 1.45 per 100 million miles traveled to 1.47. While motorcycle fatalities were up 13 percent, and pedestrian fatalities were up, the number of younger drivers and children killed in auto accidents fell.
The NHTSA report also found the following:
-The number of young drivers (16-20) killed declined by 4.6 percent from 3,538 to 3,374
-Fatal crashes involving young drivers declined by 6.3 percent from 7,431 to 6,964
-The number of children 0-15 dying in crashes dropped from 2,622 in 2004 to 2,348 in 2005
-And the number of people injured in motor vehicle crashes declined 3.2 percent from 2.8 million in 2004 to 2.7 million in 2005.
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