Driver's News: April 24, 2006

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Audi Shows New TT

2007 Audi TT Audi's second-generation TT coupe has been shown to the world, and was on display at theNew York auto show as a part of a fashion show with a mock runway running right through the JavitsCenter. The new TT doesn't showing off the Art Deco lines of the original; Audi's restyled the car in a more modern idiom, with sleeker proportions cloaking a new aluminum space-frame architecture. The new TT, a 2008 model in the U.S. when it arrives next year, will get a host of new hardware. Longer and wider than the last edition, it will be powered by either a 200-hp turbo four-cylinder engine or a 250-hp V-6. Quattro all-wheel drive will be available. A convertible version is expected in 2008 as well.

2006 New York Auto Show: Last Words

The New York Auto Show opened to the public last Friday, with a host of new vehicles from Audi, Saturn, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, and more. TheCarConnection.com has all the news from the show floor, and sums up the show in our Last Words. See all our coverage from New York:

New York Auto Show Coverage

BMW Shows 3 Coupe

2007 BMW 3-Series Coupe

2007 BMW 3-Series Coupe

2007 BMW 3-Series Coupe BMW had planned to wait on releasing news about the upcoming 3-Series Coupe, but some photos were leaked and published today. More news will follow next week, but what we know is that the 3-Series Coupe will initially be available in Europe with three gas engines and a diesel powerplant. The petrol engines are all in-line sixes. The 325i has the 2.5-liter 218-hp engine and sprints from 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds; the 330i is equipped with the 272-hp 3.0-liter variant and accelerates to 60 mph in 5.8 second; and the 335i, with its 3.0-liter turbo engine with 306 hp, takes in 60 mph in only 5.3 seconds. Alle engines are limited to a top speed of 156 mph. The diesel is a 231-hp 3.0-liter. The new Coupe will arrive this summer, while next year a new M3 with a 4.0-liter V-8 and over 400 hp will be available.-Henny Hemmes

TheCarConnection compares the 3-Series and the Lexus IS

Nissan Confirms Hybrid Altima for 2007 MY

Nissan's first hybrid model will arrive for the 2007 model year and will be built in the United States, the company confirmed on Thursday. The new Altima version will arrive shortly after the new four-door sedan enters production later this year. The hybrid powertrain will be built around Nissan's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and Xtronic CVT; those pieces will be coupled to battery/motor technology licensed from Toyota. Contrary to the marketing strategy from Toyota and Ford, the Nissan hybrid will only be available in eight states at launch. The Altima Hybrid will be sold in the states that follow California's tough emissions rules and have shown strong sales of other hybrids - California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Jersey. Nissan says there are no styling differences between hybrid and non-hybrid Altimas. Neither pricing nor an on-sale date has been confirmed.

Lotus Intros "Sport" Brand

The already sporting Lotus Elise and Exige will take another step back toward the track as Lotus introduces Sport versions of the vehicles. The new versions will get Lotus Sport badges to denote their additional performance, starting with the Lotus Sport Exige Cup, a track-only, supercharged version of the two-door coupe with 243 horsepower, and a Sport Elise. In addition to tuning the Elise and Exige for better track performance, Lotus Sport will also offer parts and equipment to owners outfitting their own cars.

GMC Yukon Goes Mobile for CSI

The latest star to be lensed by the director of CBS's crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation won't be another bullet-riddled, heat-decomposed, swimming-pool-waterlogged corpse. Apparently, director MichaelBay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have enough of those. No, the new star will be a pair of 2007 GMC Yukons, which the TV execs and the automaker are outfitting as "Mobile Analysis Units" and donating them to the cities of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Bruckheimer and Bay, as a part of the deal, are producing short video clips walking Web viewers through the build process-in CSI's tony style, of course. The vehicles include 20-inch wheels, TracVision satellite TV, chrome side steps and a power tailgate. The inevitable sweepstakes linked to the stunt is online at www.cbs.com/Yukon, where Webheads can watch the clips of the vehicles being built and play a game for a chance at winning their own Yukon .

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