Audi Approves R8 for Production
2008 Audi R9
Spy Shots: '08 Audi R8 by Hans Lehmann/Hidden Image (10/24/2005)
The production version of the
2005 Renault Clio
The oldest of the many Car of the Year contests that now span the globe, the European version is open to cars that have actually gone on sale, rather than been announced, during the past twelve months.
All the eligible cars are voted on to choose a shortlist of seven, which are submitted to a final round of testing to pick the best. This year's seven were the Clio, the Passat, the Alfa Romeo 159, BMW 3-Series, Mazda5, Citroën C1/Peugeot 107/Toyota Aygo, and the Toyota Yaris.
Jurors have a total of 25 points, which they share between at least five of the seven finalists, and at the end of the voting the Clio edged out the Passat by 256 points to 251. There was a big gap to the rest of the field, with the third-placed Alfa Romeo 159 scoring 212, the 3-Series 203, and the Mazda5 198. The trio of Peugeot, Citroen, and
Veteran journalist Steve Cropley, COTY juror and editor-in-chief of
The Clio is Renault's second COTY winner in four years; the Mégane sedan having won the title in 2003. Last year's winner was the Toyota Prius. -Ian Norris
WJR Auto Report: GM's Gloom
I grew up in an era when most folks believed that what was good for General Motors was good for the country. And vice versa. It's a lot harder to make either argument these days, as the automaker skids deeper and deeper into trouble. Once GM controlled half the
2007 Volkswagen Eos
2005 Frankfurt Auto Show, Part I by TCC Team (9/19/2005)
VW Eos, Benz S-Class and ML63, Jeep Patriot and Compass.
Comerica: Affordability Worse in Q3
Cars are less affordable now than any time in the last four years, according to the latest study by Detroit-area Comerica Bank. The average new vehicle took 26.2 weeks of median family income to purchase in the third quarter of this year, up 1.5 weeks from the last Auto Affordability Index compiled by the bank. The average price of a standard family vehicle was $27,958 in the third quarter, a rise of six percent from last year. Incentives and rebates encouraged people to spend more on new vehicles, the bank said in a release.
FROM THE SOURCE headlines from the latest press releases
Research released today found that more than half of Americans are planning to drive more than 100 miles this holiday season despite slightly higher gas prices, according to a national survey conducted by Goodmind, LLC on behalf of Chrysler Group. New vehicle safety standards, entertainment features, and enhancements in comfort have revolutionized the family road trip experience of today and make longer road trips more desirable to the traveler.
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