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2007 Hamann BMW Z4 Roadster Photos

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Is this the new Lancia Delta HPE ?

On the 5th of September Lancia will be announcing its future plans at the Biennale del Cinema di Venezia. And, according to the Autoinsight blog, it will be showing a concept car that anticipates the new Lancia Delta HPE.

Lancia Delta HPE The picture above might be a photoshop, but it's fairly plausible. The Lancia Delta HPE should be based on a stretched Fiat Bravo platform and it should be about 4.50 meters long. The engines should include three turbo-charged gasoline engines (1.4 Turbo with 120 and 150 ps, 1.8 Turbo with 190 ps) and two turbo-diesel engines (1.6 with 120 ps and 2.0 with 165 ps).

The new Delta should be on the market by the second half of 2008

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Honda ready to reveal new Type-R

Honda will finally stop teasing us when it unveils the production-ready version of the Civic Type-R at the Paris motor show in September. (It's expected to look very similar to the concept pictured here.)

honda type-Rhonda type-R 2 The 197bhp super-hatch is said to be more refined than its predecessor, but Honda also says it has improved handling and steering responses.

Also making its motor show debut in Paris is the new CR-V SUV.

Tackling the new Land Rover Freelander head on, the CR-V aims to please with a drive that Honda tells us is fine-tuned for on-road dynamics.

A new 2.0-litre petrol engine will be introduced to the CR-V range, while the 2.2-litre turbodiesel unit sees renewed service.

Expect to see both cars on sale in the UK in the early part of 2007.

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2007 Chevrolet Tahoe Concept by Chip Foose

(from GM Press Release) Chevrolet will demonstrate that “yellow is the new black” when it comes to style at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), Thursday, August 31. As the “official vehicle” of the VMAs, Chevrolet will provide a customized fleet of 60 E85 compatible SUVs to transport talent to the Awards telecast at Radio City Music Hall and provide production support in and around New York City.

2007 Chevrolet Tahoe2007 Chevrolet Tahoe 22007 Chevrolet Tahoe 32007 Chevrolet Tahoe 4 Chevrolet and MTV are partnering around the 2006 VMAs to help educate viewers on E85 ethanol technology in an effort to raise awareness about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and curbing dependence on fossil fuels. The specialty fleet will be branded to promote the show as well as GM’s Flex Fuel technology, which is at the center of a “Live Green, Go Yellow” initiative. This marks the first time a manufacturer has provided a fleet of E85 vehicles that have been customized specific to a major awards show.

“Going green never looked so good,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards is a great opportunity for us to showcase our Flex Fuel, E85 ethanol-compatible vehicles, as well as spread the word about Chevrolet’s product portfolio that boasts nine out of 10 cars with over 30 mpg fuel economy.”

In addition to the Fleet of Chevy Flex Fuel vehicles, a one-of-a-kind “pimped out” 2007 Chevy Tahoe Concept will make its red carpet debut at the VMAs. The Concept vehicle, which was designed by award-winning automotive designer Chip Foose and Unique Performance Concepts, will transport a celebrity to the awards show.

Chevrolet has also designed a multiplatform program centered around the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards to include: the branded fleet, customized Tahoe Concept, in-program content (Chevy will present the pre-show “Top of the Rock” concert and provide the “Chevy Fly-Cam” with aerial shots of red carpet arrivals) and on-line/off-line advertising.

New creative was designed to pump up awareness about Chevrolet’s line-up of fuel-saving vehicles. Television ad spots themed in tandem with a recently-launched web site – – are tagged “How would you spend your time away from the pump?”

The web site invites consumers to upload consumer generated video of unique activities they would enjoy if they did not have to spend as much time at the gas station “fueling up.” Humorous postings to date include a man watering his garden while dressed in a Speedo, a giant bouncy ball clash and an electronic football enthusiast. Each video clip can be further shared on consumers’ MySpace pages, blogs and beyond. is also an informational resource about Chevy vehicles and fuel efficiency, including the nine out of 10 Chevy cars that have an EPA estimated 30 or more highway MPG.

The “MTV Video Music Awards Chevy E85” vehicles will consist of 2007-model year Chevrolets, including the Tahoe, Avalanche and Suburban. The lightly-customized fleet is highlighted by a custom billet grille, 2006 MTV Video Music Awards badging, Chevy Accessory Wheels equipped with Goodyear Eagle tires and chrome center caps, bright kit running boards (Tahoes only), and a special cover trailer hitch receiver (Tahoes and Suburbans only).

The interiors of the fleet vehicles exude quality, precision and comfort. Features (varying among models) include OnStar, XM Radio, CD/MP3-compatible audio systems, a Rearview camera system, Touch-screen navigation system, DVD rear-seat entertainment system with an 8-inch screen, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, industry-exclusive power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seat, heated first- and second-row seats and more. Under the hoods, a powerful factory-issued next generation Vortec 5.3L V-8 engine delivers segment-leading horsepower (320 hp/340 lb.-ft. torque) and the segment’s leading fuel economy combined with E85 ethanol compatibility.

The fleet will run on E85 ethanol. Sprague Energy will supply E85 to the New York City Department of Sanitation where GM will refuel for the VMAs. E85 is not currently available to the public in New York, and later this month GM and the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition plan to announce new station openings supporting E85 and GM Flex Fuel vehicles.

The “MTV Video Music Awards Chevy E85” vehicles will be available for sale after the awards show at Chevrolet dealerships in the New York area. A commemorative plaque will accompany each sale.

The Tahoe Concept showcases classic Foose details, including a black powder-coated billet grille with the legendary Chevy bowtie at the center. Foose lowered its stance and gave it a two-tone paint scheme of silver birch (upper portion) and black (lower portion) with a thin Tangier orange stripe along the top of the door cladding that wraps around the vehicle. Exterior touches include Foose badging, dual stainless steel exhaust tips, chrome side molding, and more. Inside, a stainless instrument panel shines, while the Foose logo is stitched into the headrests and stamped onto the doorsill plates.

Chip Foose, star of the TV series “Overhaulin,” who has numerous awards to his credit including the 2005 Riddler Award at Detroit’s Autorama, was inducted into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame in 2003, and in 1997 became the youngest member ever inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. His storied career began under his father’s design tutelage and by age 12, Foose already had five years experience and had also painted his first car. With his father and Project Design he helped design and build street rods, customs, studio vehicles and show cars for films such as Blade Runner, Robo Cop and Gone in 60 Seconds.

The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards will be held on August 31, 2006 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The show will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.3 billion people via MTV’s global network of 50 channels reaching 481.5 million households around the world as well as through syndication. Its convergent and original online programming will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s 43 Web sites around the world.

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Lexus gears up for Paris show

Forget the claims of rival luxury cars having more technology than it took to send a man to the Moon, the new Lexus LS range could send a whole tribe to far end of the galaxy.

lexus ls460lexus ls600h The LS makes its European debut at the Paris motor show in September, where we'll get a butcher's at the LS460 and also the LS600h hybrid model.

High on the LS's agenda is safety, with an Advanced Obstacle Detection System than can pick up on potential dangers ahead.

The Emergency Steering Assist speeds up the steering's response if it senses a sudden input from the driver.

Then there's the Driver Monitoring System to help keep the driver's eyes on the road.

Put all this together and you have the Lexus Pre-Crash Safety package, which also predicts if an accident is unavoidable and puts the headrests in the optimum position to reduce whiplash.

It also activates all of the above systems to help the driver avoid the accident if at all possible.

One small step for Lexus, one giant leap for driver-kind.

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2006 Peugeot 207 RCup

(from Peugeot) Superlatively modelled by the Peugeot Style Centre’s team, the 207 RCup reflects, with even more intensity, the aesthetics and natural dynamism of the 207 series. Sleek, elegant curves, combined with perfect proportions and balance, make the 207 RCup a truly extraordinary sports car. This version features a future rally version (Super 2000 range)

Peugeot 207 RCupPeugeot 207 RCup 2Peugeot 207 RCup 3Peugeot 207 RCup 4Peugeot 207 RCup 5Specifications:

Engine: 2 liter DOHC 4 cylinder Weight
Aspiration: natural Torque
HP : 280 hp @ 8500 rpm HP/Weight
HP/Liter : 140 hp per liter

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2006 Lotus Exige 265E

(from Lotus Press Release) The Lotus Exige 265E – the most powerful road version of the Lotus Exige ever – and it runs on environmentally friendly Bio Fuel !

Lotus Engineering, the engineering consultancy division of Group Lotus Plc has developed a
bio-ethanol E85 version of the Lotus Exige.

The research vehicle is a true Lotus (it weighs just 930 kg unladen) and is called the Lotus Exige 265E. 265 indicates the approximate horsepower and is consistent with the naming strategy of other one-off and limited run Lotus variants such as the Lotus Sport Exige 240R; the E indicates the environmentally favourable bio-ethanol E85 fuel (85% ethanol alcohol and 15% petrol / gasoline) that powers this extremely high performing sportscar.

Key to this performance is a slightly modified version of the 2ZZ VVTL-i supercharged and intercooled high revving 4-cylinder engine from the standard Lotus Exige S. This now gives an estimated set of performance figures that would thrash the majority of “Super-Unleaded” performance cars: 0-60 mph in 3.88 seconds, 0-100 mph in 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 158 mph! In fact, the Lotus Exige 265E is probably the world’s quickest road-legal E85 bio-ethanol car.

Key changes have been made to the fuel system, the engine calibration and the four fuel injectors mounted on the inlet manifold have been enlarged. Two additional fuel injectors have been fitted at the supercharger inlet to increase the amount of fuel being injected in to the engine under higher engine loads and to further cool the charge air prior to combustion.

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2006 Volkswagen IROC Concept

(from Volkswagen Press Release) Comeback of a successful idea: 33 years ago at the international Motor Show in Geneva Volkswagen presented a sensational coupe. It was compact, distinctive, agile, spacious and affordable. Volkswagen called it the Scirocco. The car struck the nerve of the times: More than half a million first generation Sciroccos were produced worldwide. Turning point: In August 2006 the largest car maker in Europe is showing the reinterpretation of the successful Scirocco idea in a world premiere – the Iroc concept.

Volkswagen IROCVolkswagen IROC 2Volkswagen IROC 3Volkswagen IROC 4Volkswagen IROC 5 New VW sports car design: Like the first Scirocco with its visual straightforwardness the Iroc also marks a stylistic turning point through its progressively designed radiator grill and a distinctive sensuality of forms. The concept of both Volkswagens is closely related, even though the vehicles are separated by over three decades: The first generation Scirocco was an attainable dream car for many people. Because the Scirocco was an automotive superstar of the 70’s, styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro and equipped with four full-fledged seats, a proper trunk, large hatchback and a lot of self-esteem. The Iroc concept takes up this fascinating idea again.

Purebred sports car instead of a classic coupe: However, in contrast to the original Scirocco the Iroc is no classic coupe, but a progressively designed sports car with an extremely long roof and a comparatively steep rear end. This has two advantages. Firstly: The Iroc features sharp proportions. Especially when viewed from behind it becomes immediately apparent that this long roof together with side window sections is situated on very broad and powerful shoulders. The Iroc thus achieves a waist of flawless sports car theory. Secondly: The Iroc also has room in back for two adults and ample luggage. On balance the provocatively designed Iroc combines a high degree of suitability for daily use, pure driving fun and expressive design into a Volkswagen that as a possible series-production vehicle will also be very attractively positioned in terms of price.

Viper green meets dark carbon: The Iroc concept exhibits numerous subtleties in detail. Paint example: Although anything but retro styled, the green used is an homage to the first generation Scirocco for which this exact shade of color was especially typical starting with the 1976 model. Then as now it’s called “viper green metallic”. This glaring green of the Iroc is especially effective in combination with the high contrast black shades of the concept. Carbon example: The central roof element is composed of dark tinted glass; this element is supported by a structure covered with carbon. An integrated lengthwise support is also a part of these materials. The side sills of the Iroc also have a carbon surface. The structure of the sill visible from outside continues seamlessly into the interior.

Sexy dimensions: With its short overhangs the Iroc efficiently utilizes a wheelbase of 2,680 mm for the space provided inside. The concept is 1,400 mm high, 4,240 mm long and 1,800 mm wide. The light-alloy rims specially designed for the Iroc and 235 tires are implemented in 19 inch size.

Twincharger and DSG: The Iroc is powered by a TSI engine, referred to in-house as a Twincharger. Shifting tasks are handled by the DSG direct shift gearbox. About the Twincharger: First employed in the Golf GT in 2006, TSI engines are currently the most efficient four-cylinder gasoline engines in the world. The combination of compressor and turbocharger shows the path to the future. The compressor compensates for the typical powering up weaknesses of turbo-only gasoline engines at low rpms. The turbocharger in contrast packs a mighty punch at higher revs. The combination of both superchargers in large-volume production engines is the only one of its kind in the world. The TSI version used in the concept achieves 155 kW / 210 hp. In principle, a large range of supercharged engines are conceivable for the Iroc that could start significantly under 110 kW / 150 hp. But there’s one thing every engine theoretically employed in the Iroc has to guarantee: Driving fun.

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Saab revamps its 9-3

Saab is cleaning up its insides, but this isn't some dubious detox diet, just a gentle restyle of the 9-3's dashboard and driver environment.

saab 9-3saab 9-3 2New clean-cut styling has been ushered in, framed by a matt chrome line running around the main binnacle.

The heating, ventilation and stereo controls now use rotary dials to cut down on the number of individual buttons.

There's also a new information display housed in the speedo, while steering wheel-mounted controls work a variety of functions.

There are no changes to the exterior of the Saab 9-3 range, other than the addition of three new paint colour options, and prices remain unaltered.

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2007 Strosek Nissan 350Z

(from Strosek) What began as a development project for Nissan at the start of the nineties--the Strosek 300Z was the result of this cooperation--we have now extended with the Strosek 350Z.

Strosek Nissan 350ZStrosek Nissan 350Z 2 The Nissan 350Z naturally has a clear, reduced design with a crisp, sporty appearance. It was a very special challenge for us to not only retain these attributes but to also reinforce them with a pure, highly functional aerodynamics program.

The Strosek 350Z is a truly super sports car which immediately appeals with its futuristic form. The concept works just as well on the race track as on the road thanks to the aerodynamics optimized in the wind tunnel. Through the clearly structured design elements, the vehicle has the character of a high class architecture and at the same time the powerful dymanics of an extreme sportsman.

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New V8 diesel for Range Rover Sport

Prepare to see more queues outside your local Range Rover dealer with the launch of the Sport TDV8 model.

range rover sportrange rover sportKeen students of Range Rover nomenclature will correctly surmise that is a turbodiesel V8 model.

The 3.6-litre V8 engine packs 268bhp and a tarmac-trembling 472lb ft of torque to bridge the gap between the TDV6 and petrol V8 models very effectively.

Capable of a reasonable 25.5mpg combined economy, the TDV8 will also see the Sport from 0-60mph in 8.6 seconds and on to an electronically strangled top speed of 130mph.

A six-speed automatic gearbox is standard, as is full-time four-wheel drive.

The TDV8 comes with a specification similar to the Supercharged's, which means 19in alloy wheels and leather seats.

Prices will be announced at the Paris motor show in September.

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Land Rover revamps iconic Defender

There's life in the old dog yet, and Land Rover has proved it with a series of improvements to the Defender.

land rover defender The styled-by-set-square Defender now has a snazzy new six-speed manual gearbox to make the most of its new 2.4-litre common-rail turbodiesel engine.

The four-cylinder 2.4-litre unit has 265lb ft of torque at just 2,000rpm for superb off-road ability, and permanent four-wheel drive remains standard.

A lower first gear in the six-speed gearbox allows reduced crawl speeds for greater off-road control, while sixth gear is longer than the previous five-speeder's top ratio to make motorway cruising more relaxed.

The most noticeable changes to the Defender are in the cabin, where there's a new dashboard design.

The instruments are borrowed from the Discovery 3 and the centre console now has a storage tray on its upper edge, while two grab handles help the front passenger hang on when driving off-road.

New front seats provide greater support and there are improved head restraints, while the second row of seats in longer wheelbase models can now be ordered with a pair of captain's chairs.

The captain's chairs can also be ordered for the third row, or you can stick with the traditional huge cargo space.

The air-conditioning system has been uprated to cool the cabin in half the time of the previous model.

Prices for the revised Defender will be announced closer to when it's officially launched at the Paris motor show next month.

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Twin-turbo first for Peugeot's 607

Take a closer look at this Peugeot 607 and you'll see that it's a world first.

peugeot 607 You will need to peer under the bonnet to see what all the fuss is about because this is the world's first twin-turbo diesel engine in a four-cylinder car.

The 2.2-litre HDi turbodiesel unit produces 170bhp and 277lb ft of torque yet emits only 170g/k of carbon dioxide.

Only available in Executive trim, the £26,495 HDi 170 model manages a combined economy of 44.1mpg.

The engine works by only using one of the turbochargers at low revs, with the second coming into play at 2,600rpm.

The two turbos then work in tandem between 2,600- and 3,200rpm, which is where the engine is expected to spend most of its operating time.

The new 2.2 HDi 170 engine will also be used in the 407 and 807 models.

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2007 Strosek Porsche Cayenne

(from Strosek) With the Cayenne, Porsche has developed a SUV to also appeal to sporty drivers. A vehicle where the balancing act between high driving dyanmics, elegance and comfort is achieved. A vehicle with class.

2007 Strosek Porsche Cayenne2007 Strosek Porsche Cayenne 22007 Strosek Porsche Cayenne 3 These unmistakeable characteristics are the focus of our design program. A challenge that inspires and attracts a passionate car designer. The result is a self-confident and independent vehicle with a sporting, powerful build, that responds to each driving situation with elegance and style. A complete design program with front and rear skirts that is designed to avoid bank angle problems, even in difficult terrain, so that the off-road character retains its credibility. High quality design elements combined with perfect functionality.

This is how a stylishly successful allrounder was created that makes a great impression on any course and addresses all of the senses.

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Brabus beefs up Mercedes GL

Intimidating the neighbours and other parents on the school run just got a whole lot easier.

mercedes GL brabusmercedes GL brabusmercedes GL brabus With a top speed of 160mph and a whopping great 6.1-litre V8 engine, the Brabus-tuned Mercedes GL is the perfect tool for giving your kids the edge when it comes to dropping them off at the school gates.

Packing 462bhp and 457lb ft of torque, the Brabus GL takes six seconds to see off 0-62mph.

Not exactly scorching performance, but for a car the size of Belgium, it's pretty impressive.

There are lesser tuning packages available for the GL from Brabus, but we reckon you might as well have the daddy of them all.

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Seat Altea XL

Seat has given its Altea the boot.

seat altea xl 2seat altea xl We don't mean it's been drop kicked into touch, but that there's now a longer version with a larger boot.

The 187mm longer Altea XL frees up a further 123 litres of boot space, increasing luggage capacity to 532 litres from the standard model's 409 litres.

There's no third row of seats, but the existing rear chairs slide and can be moved forward to increase the cargo hold capacity to 635 litres.

The rear end has also been slightly restyled with new lights, but the front stays the same as before.

The Altea XL is the first car in the VW Group to be powered by the 1.8-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, while the rest of the engine line-up remains unchanged.

No word on prices yet, but the Altea XL makes its first appearance at the Paris motor show next month and will go on sale in the UK at the start of 2007.

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2007 TechArt Porsche Carrera GT

(From TechArt Press Release) Is it possible to make a Porsche Carrera GT even more sporty and exclusive? Yes it is! TechArt Automobildesign ( ) now customizes one of the rare mid-engine super sports cars for one of its long-time customers.

2007 Porsche Carrera GT2007 Porsche Carrera GT 22007 Porsche Carrera GT 32007 Porsche Carrera GT 42007 Porsche Carrera GT 5 The TechArt designers have developed aerodynamically efficient custom-tailored body components made from exposed carbon fiber that serve as a visual contrast to the metallic-orange special paint. A new air outlet on the upper half of the front fascia and a one-piece spoiler lip on the lower half give the front of the two-seater an even more dynamic appearance. The low-reaching front spoiler reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds further and thus further optimizes directional stability.

TechArt has also developed a three-piece gurney flap that serves as the aerodynamic counterpart in the rear. The center piece of the separation edge extends together with the pop-up rear wing and in combination with the fixed spoiler edges on the left and right produces additional downforce on the rear axle.

While suspension and tires remain untouched the peripherals of the 5.7-liter V10 engine are upgraded with a TechArt stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system and a modified intake system. Both benefit not only the engine sound that escapes through the two production tailpipes; the modifications also increase maximum power output from 612 hp / 450 kW to some 635 hp / 467 kW.

Further room for improvement of the Carrera GT lay in the cockpit. TechArt customized the interior with an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel with leather/carbon fiber rim, and a shifter made from exposed carbon fiber. Requests for even more exclusive and colorful fully leather interiors are answered by the TechArt upholstery shop.

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Kia reveals revised Sorento

Kia is in a generous frame of mind with its revised Sorento.

kia sorento Hitting the UK's showrooms now, the revised Sorento is on sale at the same prices as the old model, despite engine, suspension, safety and trim upgrades.

The new 3.3-litre V6 petrol delivers more power than its predecessor, and the 2.5-litre turbodiesel is also up on power.

Revised suspension is aimed at providing a more supple ride and improved handling, while anti-whiplash head restraints are now standard across the range.

The top spec XT model gains electronic stability control as part of its specification.

While the outside benefits from some new lights and bumpers, there's a new centre console inside, along with more legroom in the rear seats.

Prices start at £19,995 for the 2.5 CRDi XE, but a final price for the range-topping 3.3 CRDi XT is yet to be announced.

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2007 Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Pacific Coast Highway Edition

Chrysler kicked off the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, making a huge splash with the introduction of the new 2007 Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Pacific Coast Highway Edition — a special-edition PT Cruiser dedicated to one of the most picturesque driving routes in the United States, the Pacific Coast Highway. Announced in conjunction with Detroit’s famed Woodward Dream Cruise, the Pacific Coast Highway Edition will be available later this summer as a limited-production version of the 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

2007 chrysler pt cruiser2007 chrysler pt cruiser 22007 chrysler pt cruiser 3 “This Chrysler PT Cruiser Street Cruiser Pacific Coast Highway Edition celebrates another great American road, a tradition we started with our PT Dream Cruiser series and continued with last year’s Route 66 Edition,” said David Rooney, Director – Chrysler Marketing and Global Communications. “The Chrysler PT Cruiser is the perfect vehicle for factory customization because it celebrates the journey, as well as the destination. With more than 1 million PT Cruisers sold since its introduction, hundreds of thousands of PT enthusiasts are enjoying the journey with us.”

The 2007 Chrysler PT Pacific Coast Highway Edition is powered by a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine that produces 150 horsepower (112 kW) and 165 lb.-ft. (220 N•m) of torque coupled with either a five-speed manual transaxle or a four-speed automatic. With the five-speed manual, this engine achieves 29 mpg on the highway, which is perfect for long cruises down the Pacific coast.

The U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Pacific Coast Highway Edition will be $20,735 for the manual transaxle version and $21,570 for the automatic transaxle model. Both prices include a $640 destination charge.

Unique to a PT
Awash in a stunning Ocean Blue paint with many bright accents that complement the glistening Pacific Ocean, this limited-edition PT Cruiser model features unique 17-inch platinum-clad 15-spoke wheels with all-season performance tires, speed control, a sport-suspension and standard four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with traction control. Brightwork accents include a chrome grille, door handles and body-side molding, as well as a bright exhaust tip. A unique “Street Cruiser” badge, complete with unique Ocean Blue accents, is featured on the rear liftgate and complemented by “Pacific Coast Highway” Edition badges. The rear liftgate also features an Ocean Blue spoiler.

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Ford runs fuel-cell Focus at Woodward Dream Cruise

DETROIT -- The Woodward Dream Cruise in suburban Detroit on Saturday, Aug. 19, will have several thousand hot rods, antiques, sports cars and muscle cars of every size, shape and color. The one thing they all will have in common is the fuel they use: gasoline.

ford focus fcv But at least one car on Woodward Avenue will be emitting water vapor from its tailpipe, not carbon dioxide or oxides of nitrogen. It's a Ford Focus FCV powered by a fuel cell that runs on gaseous hydrogen. Its powertrain could be a staple of the Dream Cruise 25 years from now.

Ford has built a fleet of about 30 Focus FCVs that are being tested this year in several cities. So far, Ford has logged about 250,000 miles on the cars, spokesman Nick Twork said.

Ford plans to have engineers from its fuel cell team at its corporate display in Shain Park in Birmingham, Mich., to answer questions from the public during the cruise.

Last year's Dream Cruise attracted not only a wide variety of classics but also a few drivers concerned about the environment. One group of hybrid drivers featured about 30 Toyota, Honda and Ford vehicles.

Ford engineers won't be able to refill the hydrogen fuel tanks at the event. They must drive the cars about 15 miles to Dearborn, Mich., where Ford has its own hydrogen refueling station. The fuel cell Focus can drive between 160 and 200 miles on a tank of hydrogen.

"Fuel cells could be the next generation of technology," Twork said. "We acknowledge they are far off, but we are working on them. We want to show people that we have these cars and they are real."

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