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2008 Subaru Impreza (WRX) to go after VW GTI

Here's another future Subaru Photoshop rendering, this time the next-generation Impreza WRX-STI. Again, as with the previously posted Outback rendering, don't take this as absolute fact, but more as a good indicator of what Subaru might be thinking.
subaru impreza UK's Auto Express is reporting the next WRX has set its sight on the VW GTI, as the target vehicle of choice. They're reporting 3-and 5-door hatches, and no sedans. Now keep in mind this is a UK car magazine, and in the UK and Europe, hatches are the hot ticket. Whether we see those configurations here, I have no idea.

subaru impreza 2 Well, actually I do have an idea, as I've heard from someone who has seen pictures of the US-spec '08 Impreza, and he said a sedan is still on the table. He also said it would have the same 105.1" wheelbase as the current Legacy, but will be no longer than the current Impreza. That means less front and rear overhangs. It also means more interior room—a much desired feature. While I have not heard anything regarding suspensions, my guess it will also use the multilink rear suspension from the Legacy.

This vehicle is reported to debut at the next Tokyo car show in the fall of 2007.

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New look for PT Cruiser Cabrio

Chrysler has worked out how to stick the steering wheel on the right-hand side of the PT Cruiser Cabrio, which goes on sale in the UK at the end of April.

Crysler cruiser The four-seater retains its roll-over bar design, while providing seating for four with reasonable headroom with the roof up.

The Cabrio gains the styling changes of the latest PT Cruiser hatch, including the droopy-eyed headlights.

There's only one engine choice for the PT Cruiser Cabrio and it's a 2.4-litre petrol engine with 141bhp. Choose the five-speed manual for £16,650 or the four-speed auto at £17,470.

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Wild new Mustang unleashed

Is this the best-looking Mustang of the modern bunch?
We reckon so, and it's got some serious endorsement from an American racing legend.
The Parnelli Jones Mustang is a limited edition model from US tuning, racing and supercar company Saleen.

mustangmustang 2mustang 3mustang 4mustang 5Looking every inch the menacing muscle car, the Parnelli Jones Mustang comes in a unique Grabber Orange colour with black striping.

There's also a power hump in the bonnet, rear spoiler and slatted rear window cover on matt black to give that essential 1970s feel.

Running on 19in alloy wheels with broad tyres front and rear, the Parnelli Jones looks the business.

Inside, there's some special seat trimming and a Saleen/Parnelli Jones steering wheel boss.

But this ain't no cosmetic makeover. Under the bonnet, Saleen has brought its knowledge to bear to pump up the 302ci (5.0-litre) V8's grunt up to 370bhp and 370lb ft.

A new exhaust finishes off the engine tweakery and has a seriously addictive V8 rumble.

Only 500 Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition Mustangs will be built and prices in the States are expected to start around $55,000 (£33,000), with delivery this September.

Parnelli Jones may sound like a delicatessen in Swansea to some Brit ears, but he is one of the US's most successful racers and steered a Mustang to victory in the 1970 Trans Am championship, the equivalent of winning the British Touring Car Championship nowadays.

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2006 Aston Martin DB9 Sports Pack

From July, Aston Martin will offer the option of a factory-fitted "Sports Pack" specification for the DB9 Coupe, combining revised suspension characteristics with a new alloy wheel design to give subtly different driving dynamics.

Aston Martin DB9The new five-spoke forged aluminium alloy wheels are lighter than the standard wheels, the springs and front anti-roll bar are modified and the ride height lowered.

Taking the DB9’s VH architecture as its foundation and retuning some of its key components, the DB9 Sports Pack offers an even more focussed driving experience, with improvements to both high-speed body control and steering response. That means a DB9 Coupe specifically for the enthusiastic driver with a high level of driving skill, who likes to drive quickly, safely and with precision.

The first key to the sharper dynamic balance is a significant reduction in ‘unsprung’ mass which indirectly allows the suspension to react more quickly to inputs such as bumps and cornering forces - resulting in improved grip, steering response, body control and ride quality.

With the DB9 Sports Pack, each five-spoke light alloy wheel gives an unsprung weight saving of more than 1kg, with a small but significant additional saving from the use of titanium wheel nuts. In total, that equates to more than five per cent reduction in unsprung weight on each corner of the car. The new, lighter 19-inch wheels are the same size as the standard wheel and use the same Bridgestone tyre.

The DB9 Sports Pack’s spring rates are increased by 68 per cent at the front of the car and 64 per cent at the rear. The front anti-roll bar is modified, and the dampers are revised to support the new spring and anti-roll bar characteristics. Together, the changes optimise body control and front-end grip without compromising ride quality or adding weight. The ride height is reduced by 6mm, lowering the car’s centre of gravity and further reducing body roll while leaving ample ground clearance and backed up by modified bump stops.

The composite undertray is also replaced, by a load-bearing aluminium panel that performs the same function in managing underbody airflow while adding further structural stiffness, to resist larger lateral loads fed into the front of the car by the uprated front springs and anti-roll bar.

The cumulative effect is significantly improved dynamic response, and especially steering feel - making the DB9 feel lighter, more positive on turn-in, more agile and more involving for the enthusiastic driver. Body control is especially enhanced during high speed manoeuvres, giving the DB9 a more neutral handling feel.

Aston Martin Sales & Marketing Director, Bill Donnelly, says: “This optional Sports Pack will offer driving enthusiasts the opportunity to tailor their DB9 Coupe to deliver an even more rewarding dynamic experience. The Sports Pack offers another addition to the Aston Martin range and provides customers with an even greater choice and the ability to further personalise their DB9.”

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Spy photo: Honda CR-V

With the RDX already out in the open, we figured it wouldn't be long before the next-generation Honda CR-V appeared.

honda cr-v A sharp-eyed photographer in Australia managed to snag one of the best shots yet of the upcoming compact SUV as it drove along side its RDX cousin. It looks slightly larger than the current model, but most speculation points to the continuation of four-cylinder power only. With rivals like the 269 horsepower Toyota RAV4, Honda could be taking a chance of getting left behind. Then again, with gas prices the way they are maybe Honda has the better plan.

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Lexus fine-tunes its IS220d

Rather than just slapping on a Sport badge and body kit, Lexus has been tinkering with the IS220d to make it a sharper drive.

lexus is220dlexus is220d 2 The big change is a tweak to the rear axle ratio to give more urgent response in any gear. The result is 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds, which is curiously the same as the standard model's.

There's the expected sports suspension and 18in alloy wheels, while the interior gains metal-effect trim, sports pedals and suede-effect upholstery.

The Lexus IS220d is on sale now for £26,925.

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2006 Ferrari 599 GTB

With the release of the 599 GTB Ferrari is presenting its most powerful V12-engined production car of all time.

Ferrari 599 GTBFerrari 599 GTB 2Ferrari 599 GTB 3Ferrari 599 GTB 4Ferrari 599 GTB 5 Amedeo Felisa, Ferrari's Vice General Manager will announce today at the Detroit Motor Show the birth of the latest model developed in Maranello.

The new car is a concentration of Ferrari's most innovative and technologically advanced engineering solutions applied to a mid-front engined two-seater coupй. The result is a new benchmark for performance, driver involvement and design.

The Ferrari 599 GTB boasts class-leading power thanks to its 5,999cc V12 - derived directly from the Enzo Ferrari supercar - which produces no less than 620hp at 7,600 rpm for a weight/power ratio of just 2.6 kg per horsepower.

Ferrari has adopted the latest evolution in its tried and tested all-aluminium construction technology for the body and chassis.

The unmistakable Pininfarina design gives the Ferrari 559 GTB aggressive yet elegant lines which are perfectly integrated with the advanced aerodynamic solutions adopted to reach the performance figures attainable.

This new model is the symbol of Ferrari's production - the V12 berlinetta - and represents the latest interpretation of a theme that has seen such classics as the 250 GT, the 275 GTB, and the 365 GTB4.

The Ferrari 599 GTB replaces the last in that great line of berlinettas, the 575M Maranello, of which - together with the 550 Maranello introduced in 1996 - no fewer than 5,700 have been produced, a record for this type of model for the Prancing Horse.

The new car will be officially unveiled on the 28th of February 2006 at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Ferrari 575 GTZ - official photos

After its debut at the Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza, here are the official images of the Ferrari 575 GTZ, a one-off made by italian bodyshop Zagato for a japanese collector
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2007 BMW 335i Coupe


· Arrives in showrooms this September
· Unique in its design and interior
· New twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque
· Intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system available for the first time in a coupe
· Xenon Adaptive headlights enhanced by four corona rings for characteristic BMW look
· Exclusive interior with seating for four and an enhanced lighting package
· Automatic seatbelt feed for added convenience

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Specifications :

Engine: 3 Liter 6 cylinder
Aspiration: Twin Turbo
Torque: 300 lb ft
HP: 300 hp
HP/Liter: 100 hp per liter
0-60 mph: 5.3 sec
Top Speed: 150 mph (limited)

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Jag XJ's fuel feat

"You'll go far, my son, especially if you happen to be driving a Jaguar XJ."

jaguar xj Not usually noted for its frugal habits, the Jag saloon has just been driven for 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel.

The original idea was for a five-strong team of drivers from Jaguar to drive from John O'Groats to Lands End on a single fill.

When the team completed the 840-mile journey, they realised there was still a bit of fuel left, so they carried on to top 1,000 miles.

A total of 1000.2 miles was shown on the odometer before the tank ran dry, with an overall economy of 53.5mpg.

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Outlander takes off in Japan

Mitsubishi is indulging in a bit of feather preening with the news that its latest Outlander is the best-selling SUV in Japan since its launch there in last October.

mitsubishi outlanderUK buyers will have to wait until the start of 2007 to get their mitts on the Mitsubishi, with prices expected around £17,500.

An all-new platform sits under a more smoothly styled body to provide a greatly improved drive.

The new Mitsubishi Outlander was featured at the recent New York Auto Show.

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BMW 3 Series Coupe - official data and pictures

Time for the official press release and some moro photos of the new BMW 3 Series Coupe E92. An interesting thing: the new coupe, besides being the first BMW with a turbocharged gasoline engine in a long while, will also be the first BMW coupe to offer the xDrive 4 wheel drive system.

bmw 3bmw 3 2bmw 3 3bmw 3 4Elegance at Its Best: The new BMW 3 Series Coupe.
• Coupe unique in its design and interior.
• Debut: straight-six turbocharged power unit developing 225 kW/306 bhp.
• Intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system featured for the first time in a coupe.
• Lightweight steel body: stronger and lighter.
• Bi-xenon headlights embellished by corona rings for daytime use.
• Exclusive interior: lights package and wide range of individual features.
• Automatic belt feed as an innovative comfort feature.

Individual style now comes in a new expression: the BMW 3 Series Coupe. Offering a brand-new look of all-round elegance, BMW’s two-door coupé sets a new benchmark in terms of elegant looks, value, and comfort.

And at the same time it significantly raises the standard of driving dynamics, the new BMW 3 Series Coupe introducing a truly exceptional power unit now making its debut in the world market: the first straight-six complete with a twin turbocharger, high-precision fuel injection, and an all-aluminium crankcase.

Through its supreme potential alone, this 225 kW/306 hp power unit in the BMW 335i Coupe ensures a significant increase in torque and acceleration, while keeping fuel economy on the same low level as before.

The other variants of the new BMW 3 Series Coupe entering the market in September 2006 – the BMW 330i Coupe (200 kW/272 hp), the BMW 325i Coupe (160 kW/218 hp), and the BMW 330d Coupe (170 kW/231 hp) – again reflect the principle of BMW Efficient Dynamics in every respect. Further versions of the new two-door model with six- and four-cylinder power units will round off the model range at a later point in time.

As an alternative to its six-speed manual gearbox, the BMW 3 Series Coupe will also be available with BMW’s new six-speed automatic transmission. Keeping gearshift times extremely short, the new automatic transmission ensures an even more spontaneous response to the gas pedal, thus enhancing not only driving comfort, but also driving dynamics.

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Toyota FJ Cruiser rant-'n-rave

"While at the NY auto show, I had an opportunity to really check out the new Toyota FJ Cruiser. I have sort of a love-hate relationship with this new off-roader from Toyota. On one hand I love the fact that the hardcore off-road customer is now getting an opportunity to buy some new state-of-art equipment from one of the world's leading off-road vehicle manufacturers. On the other hand Toyota did some incredibly dumb things with this vehicle."

toyota fj cruiser" I have felt for some time that the current craze for crossovers, while certainly good, has put the traditional off-road-oriented SUV on the back burner in terms of importance. Many say there is no need for a real SUV, as they never go off road anyway. Well, tell that to people living in Nevada, the Rockies, and in other outback areas of this very large and still mostly unpaved country. So I was happy to see the new-and improved Xterra, Hummer and this all-new FJ—and that they seem to be selling well. That's the good news...

The bad news, as far as the FJ is: There's just too much "dumb styling," and not enough "smart design." I pity and FJ driver when he/she has to look over their shoulder to see if there are any vehicles coming up on their right. The absolutely gargantuan C-pillar on this vehicle, and porthole-sized rear quarter window, coupled with the huge rear spare tire must have set an all-time low record for poor rearward visibility. Not only is it bad, it's borderline dangerous. That's problem numero uno.

A second problem is this vehicle requires premium gas! You know it's going to get lousy mileage, so why rub salt into the wound by requiring premium? Besides that, premium gas may be harder to find if you happen to be using this vehicle as it was intended—like out in the boonies... Speaking of boonies: Why is the full-time 4x4 transfer case only available with a manual transmission? The Land Cruiser, Sequoia and 4Runner offer full-time 4WD or selectable full-time 4WD automatics, so why not also the FJ?

Then there's the front shoulder harnesses that are anchored to the rear suicide doors. That means those doors can't be opened with the shoulder belts in use—which leads me to wonder about the sanity of these suicide door setups, and how they compare to traditional 4-door setups. Well folks, I've tried getting in and out of the FJ's rear several times; give me a real 4-door vehicle (like the Xterra) any day of the week!

I see way too many styling (and marketing!) concessions here in a vehicle that's supposed to be all about function. It just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I'm sure it makes sense to Toyota, as these things will fly off the showroom floor like hotcakes. All I can say Mr./Ms. SUV buyer: check it out carefully first, as you will have to live with your purchase for some time. "

By Bob
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Dodge Caliber hits UK showrooms

Dodge is firing a large calibre shot across its rivals' bows with prices for its new hatch that it says are up to 25 per cent cheaper than its main competitors'.

dodge caliberThe Dodge Caliber starts at £11,495 for the 1.8-litre petrol-engined S model.

There's also a 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0 turbodiesel, while buyers can choose between S, SE, SXT and SXT Sport trims.

With its sights set on the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Peugeot 307, the Caliber has broad-shouldered good looks.

It reaches showrooms in July and is the first right-hand-drive Dodge model, spearheading a move by Dodge into the UK that will be followed up by the Nitro SUV in 2007.

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Jeep at the NY auto show

Jeep goes all out at the NY auto show. Their display is just incredible. Think Camp Jeep, but on a smaller scale. Visitors can take a ride on various Jeep models over an off-road course with trained drivers. The lines for these rides are incredibly long, and you can expect to wait an hour or more before getting your chance to ride.

jeep "However, I got lucky: As I was walking by, with my Edmunds buddy AJ (aka juice), this Jeep guy came up to us and asked for a volunteer. Without a blink I stepped forward, and was quickly ushered into the front passenger seat of the Grand Cherokee you see pictured above. The Jeep folks wanted to demonstrate how well the GC handled this kind of terrain; you know, the kind of stuff you might encounter on a trip to the mall. Hey, it got me a free T-shirt...

I got a chance to see the new Compass (hate it), the new Patriot (love it), and the new Wrangler Unlimited (kinda like it). The Compass, in my opinion, is the wrong path for Jeep to follow. It will do nothing but water-down the Jeep off-road and brand image. The Patriot, on the other hand, will (also) address the cute-ute market, and will likely not hurt the Jeep off-road or brand image.

It's the first truly modern Jeep with a fully independent suspension. I'm hoping—that if it succeeds in the market—that future "real Jeeps" will build upon the engineering ideas presented on this vehicle. "

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VW TSi engines launched

Pens at the ready and pay attention; there's a new acronym to add to your vocabulary.
As with so many abbreviations, the latest comes from Volkswagen and is TSi.

vw tsi And just like VW's FSi moniker, there's no direct explanation of what TSi stands for, but if we tell you it could well be 'turbo supercharger injection', you should begin to get the drift.

VW has launched a new range of engines that use a supercharger to boost power at low revs, while a turbocharger comes into play at higher revs.

The 1.4-litre TSi engine comes in two versions, with either 138bhp or 168bhp.

Buyers can order this new engine in the Golf now, which only comes in sporty GT trim, which starts at £15,995.

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BMW 335 Coupe - official pics ?

bmw 335bmw 335 2bmw 335 3 Left Lane News seems to have the scoop on the official photos of the BMW 335i Coupe E92. Here they are. The photos seem genuine (if a bit stretched) but their authenticity is still to be confirmed.

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2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited

Subaru of America, Inc. today unveiled the 2007 Impreza WRX STI Limited model at the New York International Auto Show. The new edition of the road-conquering Impreza WRX STI packages creates greater comfort and refinement with subtler exterior styling, but does not sacrifice the performance of this street legend.

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Production : 800
Engine : 2.5 liter DOHC Boxer 4
Weight : 3351 lbs
Aspiration : turbocharger and intercooler
Torque : 290 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
HP : 293 hp @ 6000 rpm
HP/Weight : 11.4 lbs per hp
HP/Liter : 117.2 hp per liter

The WRX STI Limited will be available in the fall in a limited run of 800 numbered units, 400 in Satin White Pearl and 400 in Urban Gray Metallic.

The 2007 WRX STI Limited delivers all the power and performance of the standard model. This new limited-edition version adds a layer of refinement and design detail enhancements targeted at a new group of driving enthusiasts looking for supercar performance but with an understated demeanor. Designed by Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the high-performance and motorsports subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the WRX STI Limited is descended from the Subaru WRC Rally car.

“The WRX STI redefined the performance car category when it was introduced in 2004. We know some enthusiasts have resisted the temptation to buy one simply because they want more everyday driving comfort and refinement, along with less aggressive styling,” said Fred Adcock, executive vice president, Subaru of America. “Now, with the STI’s reputation for pure performance unquestioned, we recognized an opportunity to broaden the car’s appeal.”

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Clues for new Honda CRV

While many of the cars at the New York Auto Show are purely for the US market, the Acura RDX points the way for the next Honda CRV.

Acura is Honda's posher brand in the States, and the RDX is aimed at pushing the Honda brand closer to the BMW X3.

A new all-aluminium 2.3-litre engine with VTEC variable valve timing produces 240bhp and 260lb ft of torque, and performance is said to be better than an X3 3.0i's. This engine comes with a paddle-shift five-speed gearbox called SportShift.

For Europe, a 2.0-litre petrol engine and 2.2 turbodiesel will also feature, while a continuously variable transmission will be offered alongside the five-speed manual gearbox.

Part-time four-wheel drive remains, with power sent to the front wheels most of the time.

The RDX is set to go on sale in the US in early 2008, with sales in Europe around the same time.
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2007 Bentley Continental GTC

The Continental GTC, Bentley Motors’ new luxury 2+2 convertible, will be officially unveiled at the New York International Automobile Show in April 2006. When the stunning convertible goes on sale later this year it will complete the Bentley Continental model range, following the introduction of the highly successful Continental GT in 2003 and four-door Continental Flying Spur in 2005.

2007 Bentley Continental2007 Bentley Continental 22007 Bentley Continental 3 With a top speed of 195mph (312km/h), a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, state-of-the-art 12-cylinder engine, advanced air suspension and ultra-stiff body structure, the Continental GTC displays all the poise, exhilarating performance and dynamic handling of the Continental GT. In common with its stable mates, the interior of the new Continental GTC provides an unrivalled standard of craftsmanship, utilising natural wood veneers and leather hides of the finest quality, which are on full display when you lower the elegant, electro-hydraulically operated soft-top roof.

“The Continental GTC is the most distinctive new Bentley yet,” explains Bentley Motors’ Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen. “It is very elegant and at the same time effortlessly modern. It will appeal to many different customers: people who are tired of driving sports cars that require too much effort; people who want to move up from more standard convertibles; and people who want to make a statement about what they drive, yet still own a car that they can use every day of the year.”

The Continental GTC becomes the second convertible to grace the current Bentley range. It follows the recently announced return of the evocative Azure name for Bentley’s Arnage-derived flagship four-seater convertible.

While the Azure offers the ultimate glamour, sophistication and accommodation for adults in supreme comfort, the 2+2 Continental GTC is designed for customers looking to enjoy the phenomenal performance, style and excitement of the Continental GT with the additional benefits of classic open-top Bentley motoring.


An all-new 2+2 convertible version of the Continental GT coupe that blends peerless Bentley craftsmanship and design with modern technologies to provide unparalleled comfort in an open-top car.

Ultra-stiff body structure benefits vehicle refinement and dynamic performance.

A stunning cabin that uses exquisite Bentley design and craftsmanship to create a spacious, welcoming interior. A classic mix of leather hides and wood veneers give a contemporary but timeless appearance.

Unique seven-bow, three-layer, soft fabric roof with heated glass rear screen operates electro-hydraulically and provides peerless acoustic damping and exceptional refinement during use.

Wide variety of exterior and interior roof colours gives the customer more design choice.

Outstanding performance thanks to a top speed (roof up) of 195mph (312km/h) and a 0-60mph time of 4.8 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds).

With the roof down the top speed is still a remarkable 190mph (306km/h)

Powered by the awesome Crewe-built, W12 twin-turbocharged 6-litre engine, tuned to provide not just a massive 552bhp (560PS/411kW) but 479lb ft (650Nm) at just 1600rev/min to deliver that legendary Bentley wave of torque from low revs.

New rear suspension system improves the ride and refinement, and increases roof stowage space without impacting on 235-litre luggage compartment volume, which can carry skis and golf bags or travel bags simultaneously.

A high-tech, all-wheel-drive system with Torsen differential for exceptional stability and grip in any conditions is driven by an advanced six-speed automatic gearbox with manual change mode and paddleshift controls.

Air suspension with continuous damping control (four adjustable settings).

The Continental GTC shares its massive braking system with the Continental GT coupй. The 405mm ventilated front brake discs are the largest diameter discs of any series production passenger car on sale today.

The Bentley Continental GTC will begin its global roll-out from the end of 2006.

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Stretched Chrysler 300C on show

Admirers of the Chrysler 300C will have a little more to linger over, because the company has unveiled a long-wheelbase model at the New York Auto Show.

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A full 150mm, or 6in, longer than the standard 300C, all of the extra length goes into the rear passenger compartment.
The lengthening work is carried out by Accubuilt, a specialist vehicle convertor based in Ohio.

However, all of the stretched 300Cs will be sold through official Chrysler dealerships.

The 300C Long Wheelbase can be bought with either the 3.5 V6 or 5.7 V8 engines.

Customers can choose from a list as long as the car itself to personalise the vehicle to their own limousine tastes, and there's even the option of having the paintwork pinstriped.

Sales start in the US in the autumn, but Chrysler has not decided yet whether or not to bring the 300C Long Wheelbase to the UK.

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2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Jeep® Unveils First-ever Four-door Wrangler, the All-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2007 Jeep Wrangler2007 Jeep Wrangler 22007 Jeep Wrangler 32007 Jeep Wrangler 4World's Most Capable SUV Offers Even More Jeep®

Even More Passenger Room and Comfort – Five-passenger seating includes 56.7 inches of rear-seat hip room, 37.2 inches of rear-seat legroom
Even More Interior Cargo Space – 46.4 cu. ft. behind second-row seat and 83 cu. ft. with second-row seats folded flat; more cargo space than 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, 2006 Hummer H3 and 2006 Nissan Xterra
Even More Open-air Fun – Only four-door convertible on the market features Jeep's all-new, three-piece Freedom Top TM and the innovative Sunrider TM soft top — open-air driving in less than 30 seconds
Even More Legendary Off-road Capability – Best-in-class ground clearance, approach and departure angles; enhanced Dana front and rear solid axles, available next-generation Command-Trac® and Rock-Trac TM transfer cases, new electric axle lockers, and electronic-disconnecting front sway bar
Even More On-road Refinement – 116-inch wheelbase, 100-percent stiffer frame, advanced shock tuning and new cross-car steering linkage
Even More Power and Fuel Efficiency – 3.8-liter V-6 engine features 205 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque with improved fuel economy
Even More Convenience – Standard 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat, available power windows and door locks with remote keyless entry, full-screen navigation system, MP3 capability and SIRIUS Satellite Radio
Even More Safety – Standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), electronic roll mitigation and Occupant Classification System (OCS); optional seat-mounted side air bags

New York, Apr 12, 2006 - Featuring a one-of-a-kind, four-door open-air design, the all-new 2007 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited expands the Jeep experience to new dimensions. With room for five adult passengers — a Wrangler first — and the most cargo space ever offered in a Wrangler, the Unlimited combines class-leading off-road capability with everyday practicality.
The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited grows to mid-size SUV proportions, offering even more comfort and space, even more versatility, even more open-air options, even more off-road capability, even more on-road refinement, even more convenience and safety features, and even more power and fuel efficiency.

"Combining four-door convenience with Wrangler's unique open-air design and unmatched off-road capability, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the only four-door convertible on the market," said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Brand Marketing, Chrysler Group. "Wrangler Unlimited expands the Jeep experience and core values — freedom, adventure, mastery and authenticity — to a broader range of customers who always wanted a Wrangler, but also more space and versatility."

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features a 116-inch wheelbase, achieved by adding 20.6 inches to the standard all-new 2007 Wrangler's 95.4-inch wheelbase. The additional length allows for a larger rear seat that features three seating positions, as well as more hip, leg and shoulder room. In addition, Wrangler Unlimited offers nearly triple the rear cargo space.

Offered in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited utilizes the same five-link solid-axle suspension configuration as the standard 2007 Jeep Wrangler. The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited also retains Wrangler's coveted removable full-framed or half doors, exposed hinges, fold-down windshield and innovative removable and convertible tops.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will be offered in three models: Wrangler Unlimited X, Sahara and Rubicon, and will feature hundreds of different top, door and windshield combinations. In addition, nine exterior colors and available 16-, 17-, or 18-inch wheels will be offered.

Even More Space, Comfort and Versatility

While maintaining its legendary off-road capability, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features a spacious interior that takes comfort and convenience to new lengths. Its 102.9 cu. ft. of total interior space provides room for five adult passengers and delivers more cargo storage and seating configurations than ever before.

"No other vehicle in the world can replicate the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air fun and everyday convenience and versatility," said Mike Donoughe, Vice President – Body-on-frame Product Team. "Whether it's used as a daily driver or for extreme rock crawling, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has the ability to turn mountains into mole hills, while comfortably carrying passengers and gear."

Providing easy entry and exit, all four doors on the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are front-hinged, with inside and outside handles, and windows that travel all the way down. Rear doors feature exposed forged hinges, open a full 90 degrees, and provide a 26.5-inch wide opening.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers rear-seat passengers a 33-inch front-to-rear couple distance and 37.2 inches of legroom. Rear seats split 60/40, and easily fold flat, creating 83 cu. ft. of total storage volume.

With rear seats in the upright position, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features 46.4 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat, providing more cargo space than the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, 2006 Hummer H3 and 2006 Nissan Xterra. A new lockable underfloor storage area secures personal items out of sight.

Identical to the standard all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features an all-new instrument panel, center stack and high-back front bucket seats. The front-seat area provides 54.6 cu. ft. of space, providing 5.1 inches more shoulder room and 4.6 inches more hip room compared to 2006 Jeep Wrangler models.

Even More Open-air Fun for Even More Passengers

An all-new, three-piece modular hardtop — Jeep's Freedom Top TM — features three removable panels for a variety of open-air driving configurations. The left- and right-front passenger panels may be stored inside the vehicle, while the rear section can remain in place or be removed separately.

"Whether removing one of the Freedom Top panels or flipping back the Sunrider soft top, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited provides owners the flexibility to conveniently experience open-air driving in less than 30 seconds," said Donoughe.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited also features a standard Sunrider TM soft top, which includes a "sun roof" feature as well as the full top-down option. This soft top provides a second open-air option by folding the soft top back completely over the first- and second-row occupants, creating a 55x60-inch sun roof opening — an opening 30 inches longer than the standard 2007 Jeep Wrangler Sunrider top.

Even More Legendary Off-road Capability

Even with the additional 20.6-inch wheelbase length, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited achieves off-road leadership among all SUVs in its class. Superior ground clearance combined with short front and rear overhangs enable Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to navigate the most rigorous off-road trails.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features a best-in-class approach angle of 44.4 degrees, breakover angle of 20.8 degrees, and best-in-class 40.5 degree departure angle — all more than worthy of negotiating extreme obstacles. Additionally, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers an available electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar — Active Sway Bar System (ASBS) — delivering a 28-percent increase in wheel travel.

"A long list of proven 4x4 hardware — essential components among off-road enthusiasts — underscores the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's off-road capabilities," said Donoughe. "From beefy axles and heavy-duty transfer cases with low gear ratios to locking differentials, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has more mettle than any other vehicle, and more than enough to conquer a variety of off-road challenges, right out of the box."

The highly capable underpinnings of Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X and Sahara models include an enhanced Dana 30 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle — each featuring larger pinion shafts, pinion bearings and axle joints for increased durability compared to its predecessor. Engineered to take on the most demanding trails, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon model features enhanced heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles, which also feature larger pinion shafts, pinion bearings and axle joints.

Providing armor for the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's underbody components are three skid plates — protecting the fuel tank, transfer case and automatic transmission oil pan. Two-wheel-drive Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models feature one skid plate to protect the fuel tank.

Four-wheel-drive Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X and Sahara models feature the second-generation Command-Trac® NV241, part-time, two-speed transfer case, featuring a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. An optional Trac-Lok® limited-slip rear differential provides extra torque and grip during low-traction situations.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon model features an Off-Road Rock-Trac TM NV241 two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio, as well as electric front- and rear-axle lockers, Active Sway Bar System and 32-inch B.F. Goodrich Off-road tires.

Even More On-road Refinement

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features an even more refined on-road experience courtesy of its 116-inch wheelbase, all-new 100-percent stiffer frame, 50-percent stiffer body and refined five-link coil suspension. In addition, new steering and suspension geometry provides precise ride and handling characteristics, while new sound-deadening techniques reduce cabin noise by more than 20 percent.

Ride balance in the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited achieves minimal body lean when cornering and braking due to the five-link coil suspension's new upper and lower control arms and full-width forged-steel track bars. Also, lower suspension spring rates provide a softer, more comfortable on-road ride.

Standard on the 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X model, low-pressure twin-tube shock absorbers are tuned to match softer coil rates, achieving optimum balance between advanced on-road handling and rugged off-road capability. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara and Rubicon models feature standard high-pressure monotube shocks, utilizing Low Speed Tunable (LST) valve technology.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's new recirculating-ball steering configuration features a robust cross-car steering linkage system, providing the stiffest possible steering linkage in a solid-axle vehicle. A decreased scrub radius significantly reduces steering wheel inputs, such as bump steer from uneven road surfaces.

Standard on the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is an Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability in severe driving maneuvers on any type of surface. ESP features three modes — "full on," "full off" and "partial on."

Even More Powerful and Fuel-efficient Engine

New on all 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models is a 3.8-liter overhead valve V-6 engine, with 205 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque — producing more horsepower and torque than its predecessor with improved fuel economy. A standard six-speed manual transmission or an available four-speed automatic transmission is offered.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. and an optional towing package that includes a 4.10 axle ratio, class III trailer hitch and two front tow hooks.

For key diesel markets outside North America, a diesel engine will also be available — for the first time in a Jeep Wrangler — with a five-speed manual transmission.

Even More Authentic Jeep Design

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited takes on a radical four-door open-air design with Jeep-signature design cues — classic round headlamps, seven-slot grille, trapezoidal wheel flares and exposed forged hinges merged with Wrangler Unlimited's longer wheelbase, front-hinged rear doors, exposed B-pillar and larger sport bar — creating a stance that commands attention like no other Wrangler in its 65-year history.

"The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited extends Jeep design cues into a four-door, open-air form that is unmistakably Jeep Wrangler and unmistakably new," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design. "The Wrangler Unlimited's appearance is simple and pure, yet signals a new design approach to this familiar icon. Every angle reflects its boldly expanded posture and adventurous spirit, constructed in a head-turning silhouette that is authentic Jeep."

Several Jeep concept vehicles — the 1997 Jeep Dakar, 2004 Jeep Rescue and 2005 Jeep Gladiator — that explored the combination of added space and utility with Wrangler's rugged off-road character, inspired the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's design.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's 20.6-inch longer wheelbase with full-framed or half rear doors is encompassed by taut lines, sharp angles and planar surfaces, appearing not so much styled as constructed. The result is a design that is simple, strong and purpose-built, giving Wrangler Unlimited a military quality — upright and rugged, and imposing without being intimidating.

The interior design of the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited draws from the exterior, with a straightforward, purposeful, yet contemporary theme that delivers a new level of comfort, spaciousness and convenience. Featuring a Slate Gray or Khaki interior, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited utilizes new grain patterns delivering a technical appearance with geometric themes, complementing its rugged exterior.

The instrument panel features an all-new analog instrument cluster, four round airflow registers, six speakers and a 32-percent-larger locking glove box. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's tweeter speakers are located on top of the instrument panel and face each opposing occupant for optimal left- and right-channel clarity.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's center stack provides easy-to-reach controls for audio system, HVAC, power window and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) switches. An available 368-watt Alpine stereo with optional navigation system is located at the top of the center stack for better visibility. Radios feature an auxiliary jack for portable MP3 compatibility.
Offering easy-to-use, comprehensive driving directions, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's available navigation system provides real-time guidance on local, city and highway roads throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, a trail feature leaves behind a virtual breadcrumb trail that shows where the vehicle has driven off-road, enabling the driver to retrace the route and return to the trailhead.

Even More Safety and Security Features

Like all Jeep vehicles, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is designed to improve handling and accident avoidance, and provide protection. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited includes the highest level of safety features ever offered in the vehicle's history in order to provide customers the ability to safely "go anywhere, do anything."

Following are available safety and security features in the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited:

Advanced Multi-stage Air Bag System: This system inflates with a force appropriate to the severity of an impact. It includes the occupant classification system (OCS)

Anti-lock-braking System: Electronic sensors help detect impending wheel lockup. The standard ABS system offers improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions

Brake Assist: The vehicle senses a panic brake condition and applies maximum braking power, providing the shortest possible stopping distance

Child Seat Anchor System: Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) make it easier to install compatible aftermarket child seats in the rear seat

Electronic Roll Mitigation: A system that observes and monitors the vehicle speed and steering rate to estimate the potential for a rollover situation. If necessary, the engine torque is reduced and a short burst of full braking is applied to the appropriate wheel to immediately limit lateral force, providing improved roll stability

Electronic Stability Program (ESP): ESP aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability, providing oversteer and understeer control to maintain vehicle behavior on various road surfaces. This standard feature has three settings, allowing the driver more control over the vehicle during spirited driving

Energy-absorbing Steering Column: Manual-adjust collapsing steering column includes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that move relative to each other, which allows the column to move forward and provide more energy absorption during an impact

Occupant Classification System (OCS): Measures conditions for activation or deactivation of the passenger-side front air bag based upon the weight of the occupant
Pretensioners: During an impact, the impact sensors initiate front seat belt pretensioners to immediately remove slack from seat belts, which reduces the forward movement of the occupant's head and torso

Seat-mounted Side Air Bags: Available seat-mounted side air bags extend protection to driver and front passenger

Side-impact Door Beams: Door beams are made of high-strength steel mounted in the vehicle's doors to help prevent passenger compartment intrusion
Even More Vehicle Offerings in Jeep Showroom

The Jeep brand offers customers "even more" with its expansion of rugged, versatile, innovative four-wheel-drive vehicles, further solidifying its standing as the global leader in the sport-utility market.

Hot on the trails of the newly introduced 2007 Jeep Compass, 2007 Jeep Wrangler and 2007 Jeep Patriot, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited again underscores the brand's commitment to its core attributes of freedom, adventure, mastery, authenticity and capability with its first-ever four-door convertible.

The Jeep Wrangler customer is truly unique in that many have wanted a Wrangler for years. "I've always wanted one" is a commonly expressed sentiment. The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited effectively grows Jeep Wrangler's appeal by offering authentic off-road capability to those who desire more space and versatility.

Jeep's global lineup now includes Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty (Cherokee outside North America), Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot and the legendary Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

The Jeep brand continues to gain momentum, with 2005 sales up 12 percent over 2004. More than 400,000 Jeep SUVs were sold in the U.S. last year.

Jeep Trail Rated®

The Jeep Trail Rated badge on the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited verifies that the vehicle has been designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key off-road performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.

Jeep Trail Rated is an industry-leading methodology that objectively measures and consistently predicts off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles. Through a combination of natural and controlled field tests, as well as computer-simulated environments, Jeep Trail Rated provides a repeatable and consistent measurement of off-road performance for Jeep vehicles. Only Jeep vehicles are Trail Rated.

Worldwide Availability

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will be sold in more than 100 countries throughout the world, in both left- and right-hand-drive models. Wrangler Unlimited will be available with a new 3.8-liter V-6 engine and a diesel engine will also be available for key diesel markets outside of North America. Built at Chrysler Group's Toledo Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio, the 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will arrive in U.S. Jeep dealerships in the fall of 2006, and will follow to international markets starting in the first half of 2007.

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