Monday October 30, 2006
Nissan today announced pricing on the 2007 Nissan Altima, which goes on sale this week at Nissan retailers nationwide. Along with its distinctive styling, the new fourth generation Altima utilizes the all-new Nissan "D" platform with improved body rigidity and a redesigned suspension with the development objective of making Altima one of the best performing large front-wheel drive sedans available globally.
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A milestone, 500,000th Volvo S60 produced, was reached on Wednesday 25 October in the Ghent plant.
The historic S60 came off the line at approximately 3:30 p.m, driven by Mario Van Der Pulst. The car has willow green metallic coating and has been ordered by an American customer.
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Mitsubishi Motors today announced that its new mono-box minivan will be branded the 'Delica D:5' (pronounced "dee five") for launch in the Japan market early in 2007.
Mitsubishi Motors' plans for FY2006 included three new model launches in its domestic market. The first was the double launch of the new eK Wagon and eK Sports in September 2006, and the second was the new Pajero in October 2006. Both have been a big hit with customers, and further success is expected with the Delica D:5, the third of the planned model launches.
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Nissan and Marc Ecko revealed what happens when two of the most design-forward companies in the automotive and fashion industries unite. At a VIP event held at New York's Splashlight Studios, Nissan and Marc Ecko showcased the results of their recently announced partnership - the Nissan Pathfinder and the Nissan Armada customized by Marc Ecko, and the Nissan-inspired line of apparel and accessories from the *ecko unltd. and Marc Ecko Cut & Sew collections.
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Audi's upcoming A5 coupe is just around the corner, and should give the recently launched BMW 3-series coupe some serious competition upon its release. Latest images of the sleek new coupe undergoing testing on the busy streets of Paris have turned up, with rumors suggesting that the new car will be based on the next generation A4 platform, and will feature sporty S5 and RS5 variants.
European automotive technology company, Antonov, will be showing its innovative 2-speed supercharger drive system at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show next week in Las Vegas with two mouth-watering implementations. A Hummer H3 incorporating the patented technology will be presented at the show by Antonov's US distributor Wheel to Wheel Powertrain and the system's performance enhancing characteristics will be demonstrated at the show proving grounds in a Ford Mustang GT.
BMW will debut a new long wheelbase version of the 5 Series sedan at the Chinese Auto Show in November. Three variants of the stretched 5er will be shown in Peking- 530Li, 525Li and 523Li. These special models have been developed especially for the needs of the Chinese business market, and combine traditional BMW driving dynamics with a larger, more comfortable interior.
Mazda Motor Corporation today held a 'line-off' ceremony for the CX-9 crossover sport-utility vehicle (SUV) being built for the North American market at the Ujina Plant No.1 near its global headquarters in Hiroshima. Hisakazu Imaki, Mazda's representative director, chairman of the board, president and CEO, along with approximately 450 staff--comprised of several senior executives, union representatives and employees--attended this ceremony. The Mazda CX-9 will be arriving in North American showrooms in early 2007.
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Volkswagen AG broke ground on a new assembly plant south of Moscow on Saturday -- the latest investment by foreign automakers looking to tap cheap labor costs and Russians' growing demand for cars.
CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder joined economics minister German Gref in laying the symbolic foundation stone for the $510 million plant in Kaluga, located about 100 miles southwest of Moscow.
The Audi importer "Premium Motor Ltd." has opened the largest car showroom in Hong Kong with a formal gala. Audi is implementing its new showroom concept on an area of around 1,000 square metres, thus underscoring its premium credentials. "The exclusive showroom marks a further milestone in the Audi company's success story in China, combining unique design with ultra-modern cars made by Audi and simultaneously strengthening the image of the Ingolstadt brand in Hong Kong," explained Ralph Weyler, Board Member for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG, who had travelled to Hong Kong to host the opening ceremony.
While LED taillight technology has found its way into a wide range of sedans, wagons, sports cars and SUVs/crossovers, LED headlights are just now starting to find their way into the automotive sector.
More efficient packaging with LED technology also allows designers greater liberty in creating unique headlight designs for vehicles.
Morgan Motor Co has handcrafted its sports cars here since 1909. One of the last remaining significant sports car makers in Britain, it is battling rising costs and competition from larger rivals, but hopes its niche position will ensure its survival.
This futuristic design was conceived by Carlos Agell. According to its designer, it measures 3.17 m in length, 2.25m in height and 1.4m in width. It's equipped with a laser gyrostabilization system and it has liquid metal body.
The Team-LUX is entering the DARPA Grand Challenge, the world's most remarkable car rally. The event, being held for the third time since 2004, is a contest between unmanned vehicles. The laser technology company, Sick AG, and its subsidiary, Ibeo Automobile Sensor GmbH, participate with their Team-LUX. They want to demonstrate that laser sensors for autonomous driving will be soon included into safety systems of production vehicles. The race car is a VW Passat 2.0 TDI with three prototypes of the new ibeo LUX laser sensor concealed in its bodywork. In view of the Ibeo laser technology, which represents a unique concept for vehicles worldwide, the Team-LUX members believe they have an excellent chance in the contest. What makes this race so special is that all of the competing vehicles must master a 60-mile course entirely autonomously, with neither a driver nor remote control. The DARPA Urban Challenge 2007 is being held in a US city, in real traffic conditions, on November 3 and 4, 2007. The Team-LUX intends to show that intelligent technology capable of enhancing road safety can be produced for production cars.
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GM is investing some of the money it's saving from massive cost cutting back into green technologies. One of its projects includes a plug-in hybrid car that will allow owners to recharge the battery at any standard electric outlet.
The board of directors of Ferrari met this week and elevated Formula 1 team boss Jean Todt to CEO of the auto company.
The 60-year-old Todt had been chief of Ferrari's F1 organization since 1994. He will be interim managing director of the F1 team for the time being, the company said.
The fastest and most powerful production Golf GTI yet is being launched to kick off celebrations as 2007 marks the 30th birthday of the original hot hatchback - the Mk1 Golf GTI.
Audi's first supercar is a sell-out success, months before the first R8s are delivered to British customers. Firm orders have already been placed for all 400 of the first UK allocation, with 50 more customers in line behind them.
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