2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part X Page 2

January 10, 2006

2006 Audi Roadjet concept

Subaru Reviews B5 Concept


The Subaru B5-THP made its North American debut today in Detroit. The world premiere of the concept vehicle was in October in Tokyo. Subaru is eager to show its Turbo Parallel Hybrid (TPH) powertrain system and lithium-ion battery technology that lies underneath the skin of the sporty two-seater. The powertrain consists of a thin, 10-kW motor generator between the vehicle’s turbocharged boxer engine and the automatic transmission. In the B5-TPH the boxer operates up to 30 percent more efficiently than a conventional gasoline engine. Subaru did not announce any production plans.



Record Year for Maserati

In 2005, Maserati saw record sales in North America for the fifth time in its recent history. With 2,100 cars delivered the Italian sports car brand generated a 53-percent increase in sales over 2004. Of the 2,100 sold cars, 1,500 were Quattroportes, which led with a 33-percent share the segment among sedans with a base price between $100,000 and $200,000.

In Los Angeles Maserati unveiled the Quattroporte Sport GT and the GranSport Spyder models and in Detroit the Quattroporte Executive GT made its entry into North America.

The Executive GT is the most exclusive version of the four-door Maserati, and is recognizable thanks to the chrome front and side grilles and ball-polished 19-inch wheels. The interior is equipped with Alcantara suede for the roof lining, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with wood inserts and a Comfort Pack. The rear passengers have separate climate control zone with their own control panel, retractable wood rear tables and retractable screens on the windows for extra privacy. The price of this version is $115,000.

The Sport GT and the GranSport Spyder that were announced at the L.A. Auto Show have a price of $110,000 and $111,000 respectively. The three models will arrive at dealerships in March.


2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part I by TCC Team (1/8/2006)
Car and Truck of the year, Lexus LS has eight speeds, Enclave concept..

2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part II by TCC Team (1/8/2006)
Shelby GT500, Ford Reflex, predictions for 2006 and Lutz on GM financials.

2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part III by TCC Team (1/8/2006)
Hyundai HCD-9 Talus, Santa Fe, and the death of the five-day car.

2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part IV (1/8/2006)
Nissan's next steps, Benz GL-Class, GM hybrids.

2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part V by Bengt Halvorson (1/8/2006)
Honda Fit, Ford Edge, and more from Bill Ford.

2006 Detroit Show, Part VI by TCC Team (1/9/2006)
The new face of Lincoln, Mazda Kabura, Infiniti G35 and MINI Clubman.

2006 Detroit Show, Part VII by TCC Team (1/9/2006)
GM planning big price cuts, Aston Rapide, Volvo C30, XK pricing.

2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part VIII by Bengt Halvorson (1/9/2006)
Jeep Compass, Toyota Camry, Nissan Sentra and Urge.

2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part IX by TCC Team (1/10/2006)
Camaro by the numbers, Acura RDX, Jaguar gets Ford help.

2006 Detroit Show, Part XI (1/10/2006)
GM Value Pricing, Mitsu Eclipse and Concept-CT, CX-7 pricing, Scion xB 3.0.

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