Consumer Car News: 9/30/02

September 30, 2002

2004 GRAND PRIX READY FOR SPRING
Pontiac will show off the 2004 Grand Prix this week at the Texas State Fair — but you don’t have to get horse hockey on your shoes here to see it. The ’04 Grand Prix gets smoothed out and styled up, though it doesn’t grow any larger. There are three models in the lineup: GT, GTP and GTP with the Competition Group. The GT gets twin exhausts and 16-inch wheels, standard traction control and ABS, an interior blessed with higher quality trim, as well as a 200-hp version of the venerable 3.8-liter V-6.

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

The GTP adds supercharging for 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Both engine variations have electronic throttle control. The GTP with the Competition Group, which Pontiac expects to account for 10 percent of Grand Prix sales, adds 17-inch wheels with 142-mph-rated tires and TAPshift (Touch Activated Power) control to the automatic tranny. For accessibility, the rear doors swing open 82 degrees, the trunk opening is 10 inches wider, and the lift-over height is almost six inches lower. Couple that with flat-folding rear and front-passenger seats and the Grand Prix can swallow a kayak, GM says. The new Grand Prix begins assembly at GM’s Oshawa plant in the first quarter of 2003.

 

2003 Ferrari Enzo

2003 Ferrari Enzo

FERRARI BOWS TO PRESSURE
Auto executives like to say they always like to produce one car short of demand. But what do you do when you receive a steady flow of complaints that you’ve more seriously shorted the potential market for your $700,000 sports car? In the case of the new Enzo, Ferrari’s fastest and most powerful road car ever, you crank up production from 349 to 399. But the Italian marque won’t have to worry about vehicles gathering dust at the dealer showroom. “We have already sold out all the cars,” announced Luca de Montezemolo, chairman of Ferrari-Maserati. “So on the day of the (public introduction), this car is no longer available.” Named for Ferrari’s legendary founder, the Enzo will churn out 650 horsepower, hit a top speed of 217 mph, and launch from a dead stop to 60 in 3.6 seconds.
2002 Paris Auto Show by TCC Team (9/29/2002)

 

Cunningham C-7 Concept

Cunningham C-7 Concept

CUNNINGHAM PROJECT HALTED
Cunningham Motor Company has suspended further development and engineering activities on the company's Cunningham C-7 vehicle, an ultra-luxury grand touring car intended to compete with Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley and other high-end vehicles. Chairman and CEO John McCormack says a lawsuit has been filed by company co-founder, Briggs S. Cunningham III, against other company leaders and shareholders. The unspecified action has led to the withdrawal of financial support from backers. Said McCormack: "Over the past three years, a tremendous number of people worked very hard to make the C-7 project a reality. It is most unfortunate that the Cunningham family chose to express their concerns in this manner."

 

2003 BMW Z4

2003 BMW Z4

BMW PLOTTING S.C. EXPANSION
BMW will announce a major expansion of its U.S. assembly plant on Thursday, Automotive News reports. The trade weekly says that the Bavarian automaker will spend $400 million to expand its plant near Greer, S.C., to expand its capacity. It’s unknown whether BMW plans to add a model to the plant’s mix — currently it builds the Z4 roadster and X5 sport-ute. By committing to the $400 million expansion and hiring 400 new workers, the paper reports, BMW will trigger an additional $80 million in incentives already agreed with the state of South Carolina.

 

2002 GMC Yukon

2002 GMC Yukon

GM RECALLING SUVS
GM says it will recall some 597,000 of its large sport-utility vehicles because people are pinching their fingers in the seats. The vehicles include the 2000-2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon and Denali utes; longer versions of the same vehicles aren’t affected. The company says 14 people have pinched their fingers in a slit in the seats when folding down headrests in the second-row seat. GM will put plastic protectors over the pinching spot free of charge.

 

2003 Infiniti G35

2003 Infiniti G35

G35 JOINS RECALL MOVEMENT
The Infiniti G35 sport sedan is being recalled for a defective fuel-line connection. Nissan’s luxury brand will bring back 20,300 G35s sold in the U.S. and Canada to fix the link in the fuel lines, which hasn’t resulted in any accidents or injuries but could pose a fire threat, Reuters reports. Infiniti will send notices to owners through the mail; repairs will be free of charge.

 

VW’S ON THE LIST, TOO
Reuters also reports that more than 300,000 Volkswagens are being recalled. The news service says some 332,950 VW Cabrios, Golfs, Jettas and New Beetles from the 2000 model year are being recalled for improperly marked child-seat anchors. The NHTSA is also asking Volkswagen to amend owner’s manuals to advise drivers of the mistake.

 

IRS CUTS MILEAGE DEDUCTION
The Internal Revenue Service will be stingier with its mileage deduction next year. Runzheimer International recommended, and the IRS accepted, a half-cent cut in the standard per-mile business deduction to 36 cents, effective January 1. The Rochester, Wisc.-based management consulting firm has made its recommendation to the IRS since 1980, and explains the cut as the result of falling gas prices.

2019
The Car Connection
See the winners »
2019
The Car Connection
Commenting is closed for this article
 
Ratings and Reviews
Rate and review your car for The Car Connection
Review your car
The Car Connection Daily Headlines
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.
Thank you! Please check your email for confirmation.