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  •  The Chinese car market is exploding and latest research suggests it will be bigger than the US and Europe by 2015. This change will have profound effects on the models released to Western markets...

  • Next-generation BMW 1-series could get 'shooting brake' variant

    BMW released an updated version of the 1-series compact late last year and since then a suspicious prototype of the hatch has been captured running around German streets. At first appearance the car looks like an ordinary 1-series hatchback but look closer and you’ll notice several key...

  • Kerkorian Offloads Another 26.4 Million Ford Shares

    Tracinda Corp, led by billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian, has sold another 26.4 million shares of Ford stock according to a new SEC filing. The shares were sold between October 21-28 at an average price of $2.01 per share, a drop of more than 20% over the smaller liquidation made last week...

  • Spy shots: all-electric Mini Cooper caught testing

    BMW plans to release a limited run of 500 all-electric Minis next year in order to meet new Californian regulations that require carmakers selling cars in the state to offer zero emission vehicles. These latest spy shots show a prototype of the upcoming electric vehicle only a few weeks out from...

  • Saturn will get only sedan version of Opel Insignia to replace Aura

    Earlier this year we reported that General Motors could possibly delay the launch of the next-generation Saturn Aura, or possibly drop the model altogether, but according to GM vice chairman Bob Lutz the new car is on track albeit with some major changes. Lutz confirmed at the time that the Opel...

  • Preview: 2010 Porsche Panamera

    Porsche has released full details for its 2010 Panamera sedan, which you can read about by clicking here. Porsche’s upcoming Panamera sedan is one of the most anticipated cars in the marque's history, and although its debut is still a couple of years away, several near-production prototypes...

  • Since its humble beginnings as an optional feature on cars in the 1970s, the airbag has become a must-have safety feature for any new car on the market. The development of curtain airbags have also...
  • Aston Martin wins ”Coolest brand” award for third year running

    Aston Martin has won the award for being the “coolest brand” in the United Kingdom for the third year running, beating rivals such as Ferrari and Lamborghini to top the list of 20 best brands. The awards are put together by Superbrands, a branding consultancy. The annual CoolBrands poll...

  • Bentley bids farewell to the Arnage with the "Final Series"

    Next week’s Paris Motor Show will see Bentley unveil the last hurrah for the flagship Arnage saloon in the form of a “Final Series” edition before the all-new model arrives in 2010. Derived from the sports-oriented Arnage T released last year, the Final Series models will get the...

  • 2011 Chevy Cruze will cost more than rivals, says GM

    GM's upcoming global small car, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, already has the weight of the company's hopes on its shoulders, but news that GM is now planning to sell the Chevrolet Cruze for a higher price than similar cars offered by Japanese competitors Honda and Toyota threatens to weaken...

  • BMW developing stop-start technology for six-cylinder engines

    BMW currently offers autonomous engine stop-start technology for its four-cylinder engines under the guise of its EfficientDynamics ecological banner, but the fuel-saving feature is now expected to filter across to the carmaker’s award winning range of six-cylinder engines as well. The...

  • Update: 2009 Acura TL priced from $34,955

    Updated with pricing information Completely redesigned for 2009, the all-new Acura TL features a number of firsts for the company and the car. The most notable change is the addition of Super-Handling All-wheel Drive (SH-AWD) to the performance model, which replaces the TL Type-S. Honda's luxury...

  • Chrysler is taking heed of tougher fuel-economy standards and shifting demand for smaller and more environmentally friendly vehicles by redesigning its next-generation models to be lighter and...
  • 5-Series sedan joins BMW's armored Security division

    BMW has added another model to its armored ‘Security’ division with the announcement today of the all-new 5-series Security. The latest saloon comes just a month after the reveal of the X5 Security SUV, and is available in both 550i and 530i specification. While both models are heavily...

  • Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series tuned by Kleeman

    Straight out of the box the Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series is already one of the most extreme production cars on the planet, packing a 507hp (378kW) 6.2L AMG V8 engine with 465lb-ft (630Nm) of twisting power. However long-time Mercedes tuner Kleeman has now released an even more...

  • Porsche announces 2010 Cayenne S Transsyberia

    The Transsyberia rally is a grueling cross-country race that sees challengers travel more than 4,000 miles through Russia and Mongolia, crossing numerous public roads, gravel tracks, icy rivers and the Gobi desert. Porsche has been competing in the challenge for the past several years with slightly...

  • Ford losing ground in Asia-Pacific region

    Ford is struggling to meet sales targets in the Asia-Pacific region, due mostly to a less than optimum product mix balanced in favor of larger vehicles. The Blue Oval has even lost ground in the burgeoning Chinese and Indian markets this past 12 months, as well as other key regions. In fact, Ford...

  • More powerful VQ engine planned for 2009 Infiniti M35

    Nissan has announced that its updated 3.7L VQ-series engine will make its way into the upcoming G37 Convertible as well as the 2009 G37 Sedan in the North American market, but the company never announced if there were any plans to update the M35 sedan as well. According to a new report, the...

  • Ford has appointed a new CEO for its Volvo subsidiary amid rumors that the Swedish carmaker could be up for sale and reports that it lost more than $151 million in the first quarter of the year...
  • Massa and Raikkonen to remain at Ferrari in 2009

    Ferrari will field the same driver lineup in 2009, the Italian marque's president Luca di Montezemolo said on Friday while visiting the final day of the Monza test. He was responding to the latest rumours that Spaniard Fernando Alonso could be drafted in to replace the struggling Kimi Raikkonen...

  • Honda focusing hybrid efforts on small vehicles

    While GM, Lexus and other manufacturers focus on improving mileage figures for their SUVs and large cars by installing hybrid engines, Honda is focusing its energies on bringing hybrids into small cars, believing that is where the technology is best employed. The company has even said it won't be...

  • Seat reveals Ibiza Cupra performance hatch

    Less than six months after its launch, the new Ibiza range has expanded with the arrival of the Cupra performance variant. The latest model continues the ‘Arrow Design’ first seen on the Bocanegra Concept, but also receives a newly designed bumper with air intake vents surrounding the...

  • Sportec-tuned Audi RS6 Avant

    The sheer number of specialist-tuned Audi RS6 Avants is a clear measure of just how compelling a vehicle it really is. Already one of the most inexplicably powerful wagons in existence, the human instinct for more finds a perfect outlet in the RS6, and Sportec's addition to the ranks finds a...

  • Several F1 teams lobby for turbo engines by 2012

    In the current trackside discussions about possible new rules for the future, some teams are pushing for a radical change on the engine front. According to the largest Austrian daily, Kronen Zeitung, Renault and also BMW are fully behind the push for small turbo-charged engines for the 2012 season...

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