Spy Shots: 2008 Subaru WRX
2008 Subaru WRX
2006 Renault Nepta concept
2006 Renault Nepta concept
NHTSA Mandates Stability Control
Anti-rollover stability control will be required on all new passenger vehicles-cars, trucks and SUVs alike-come the 2012 model year, according to a new mandate announced on Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency estimates that from 5000 to 10,000 lives will be saved each year when stability control is made standard on all new passenger vehicles. "No other safety technology since the seat belt holds as much promise to save as many lives and prevent as many injuries as electronic stability control," said Nicole Nason, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at a press conference announcing the new rules. A slew of automakers have already announced their compliance with the rules, including Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and
Scion xA, xB Also Retiring
2006 Scion xB Release Series 3.0
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Malcolm Bricklin's plan to sell Chery's Chinese-made automobiles in the
BMW Has Streetgoing Hydrogen 7er
BMW's first road-ready, hydrogen-powered car will soon take the streets. But the 7-Series sedans outfitted with the company's hydrogen-burning engine will not be available to the public, as has been the case with some fuel-cell vehicles. Instead, the BMW vehicle-which burns hydrogen in an internal-combustion process, and does not produce electricity as a fuel-cell vehicle does-will be used by government agencies starting next year as the German automaker evaluates the on-road performance of the new powertrain. About 100 7-Series sedans with the hydrogen engine will be put into service around the world, with about 25 destined for
Audi V-12 Diesel Fitted to Q7
Audi has big designs on diesels-and the proof is in the latest version of the Q7 sport-utility vehicle. The VW brand has fitted what it calls the world's first V-12 diesel engine into a passenger car. The new powertrain is a 6.0-liter V-12 with some 500 horsepower. Audi claims it powers the Q7 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and up to a limited top speed of 155 mph. The common-rail diesel is mated to a six-speed Tiptronic and of course, quattro all-wheel drive. Audi says there are no plans to bring the 20-mpg vehicle to the States at this point.
Lincoln MKZ Stickers Under $30K
The new Lincoln MKZ-you remember it best as the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr-is getting a price break even as it adds more power and features along with a new name for the new model year. The MKZ arrives in dealers in October with a base price of $29,890, including destination. Ford says the new all-wheel-drive version of the sedan will be priced from $31,765, also including destination. The MKZ gets a mild makeover outside and a more meaningful one under the hood, where a new 263-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 takes charge of things.