Ford will be showing the Kuga crossover concept next week in Frankfurt. The Kuga is the offroad version of the Ford Focus, based on the same platform.
The production version of the Kuga should be pretty similar to the concept that was shown in Frankfurt: the Kuga is already an evolution of the Iosis X concept that was shown last year in Paris.
All-New Ford Kuga in Brief
* Stylish Ford Kuga crossover will be previewed at Frankfurt Motor Show in near production form ahead of sales launch in early 2008
* Inspired by the iosis X Concept that was revealed at the 2006 Paris Motor Show
* Kuga is the latest showcase for Ford’s ‘kinetic design’
* Impressive on-road driving dynamics with substantial off-road ability
* Model range features ‘intelligent’ 4WD and FWD systems
* Powered by Ford’s acclaimed 2.0-litre 136 PS (101 kw) Duratorq TDCi diesel engine
* Benefits from strong Ford Focus lineage
* First crossover designed and developed in-house by Ford of Europe
* To be produced at Ford’s Saarlouis plant in Germany
Mercedes-Benz has launched series production of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan in its plant in East London, South Africa. Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa, visited the plant on Thursday to celebrate the production start and investments into the new facility. Together with the President, Rainer SchmÃ¼ckle, Chief Operating Officer of the Mercedes Car Group, Dr. Hansgeorg Niefer, Chairman of the Management Board of DaimlerChrysler South , Joachim Follmann, East London Plant Manager and numerous stakeholders gathered at the plant to commemorate the occasion.
Mercedes-Benz has announced the C 63 AMG Estate which will be shown in Frankfurt. It has also released 7 high resolution images of its new super-sports station wagon.
As anticipated, the Mercedes C 63 AMG Estate features the 6.2-liters V8 engine magnificently engineered by AMG in Affalterbach with a power output of 335 Kw and 600 Nm of torque that drives the rear wheels through an AMG 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission. The C 63 AMG Estate accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). Sales will start at the beginning of 2008, with a price of 69,853 â‚¬ (incl. VAT, no RSA price yet).
In our first installment of Car Blog’s “Car of the week“ we feature one heck of a supped up BMW 3-Series Coupe. The GP3.10 is equipped with a modified version of the BMW M5/M6â€™s 5.0-liter V10 engine that can on LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) or regular gasoline producing 552 HP (+45 than the M5/M6) and up to 540 Nm of maximum torque. The modded 3-series sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 4.5 sec and to 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 13.9 sec.
Performances kW / HP: 406 kW / 552 HP
at rpm: 8000 rpm
maximum torque: 540 Nm
at rpm: 6200 rpm
Performances: 0 – 100 km/h = 4,5 sec. 0 – 200 km/h = 13,9 sec.
Maximum speed: 320 km/h
The world champion stamped his authority on the race from the off and was never challenged en route to his first win at the historic venue and his fourth victory of 2007.
Hamilton was unable to match Alonsoâ€™s pace but protected his points lead by putting a bold pass on Kimi Raikkonen after the Ferrari driver used a one-stop strategy to leapfrog the rookie following his second pit visit.
The 1-2 result was the best possible tonic for the beleaguered McLaren team on a traumatic weekend in which the latest developments in the spying controversy threatened to reduce the race to a mere sideshow. Results after the jump..
As you may or may not know, the new Aston Martin DBS was recently released. Featured (if only for a few minutes) in the latest James Bond movie, the DBS is an evolution of the very popular DB9.Well, a company based in England called Project Kahn, has released a styling kit for the standard DB9. The DB9S styling package comprises of two front and two rear valance pieces, side skirts and rear boot lip spoiler. The addition of the front valance sections provides the aggressive front bumper and the molded side skirts provide a â€˜low to the roadâ€™ look which beautifully sets off the curves and flows of the original bodywork. The styling package is finished off perfectly by a set of 20â€ Kahn RSV alloy wheels, which Aston Martin actually used on their DBS prototype.
So for those of us who unfortunately can’t afford a DBS, but can afford a DB9, there is now a way to make your ride look even hotter. And for those of us who cant afford either, here are a few pictures of the DBS and the DB9S to wet your appetite…
Iâ€™m in the market for a new ride and was looking for some opinions online. I promtly pointed my browser to Google and came accross carseek.com.
The domain name fitted the bill and I logged onto the site. What I found was a clean designed website based mostly in text with some graphics to house the content. Being mostly texted based this resulted in a quick loading time which was pleasing. At first glance you can easily navigate to what your looking for with three graphic buttons calling for your attention on the top right of the site â€“ reviews, buy a car and finance. On the left a box houses the quick car seach function which you can use to find a quote for exacly what set of wheels your looking for. That prety much summed up what I was looking for at that point â€“ What car to buy, how I will finance it and how I will find it. Carseek was off to a good start. Staying on the index I scrolled down to find the latest car reviews featuring cars such as the 2008 Ford Mustang or the latest Ford F-250. This provided some tasty reading materiaal while I tried to find my car of choice.
Using the top left car quote feature I selected in the drop down list â€œAudiâ€ and immediatly the lower drop down listed all the available Audi models. Not a page refresh in sight. Rocking. I proceeded to surf to the Audi A3 page (a car in my price range) and was presented with a form to fill in to get my quote and some stats on the A3. No need to call the dealer they contact you!! With that out of the way and basically done with what I was looking for online. I prompted to stay on the carseek site surfing through the car reviews section which has thousands of entries just in case you havenâ€™t made up your mind to which car you want. I also popped in to the articles section which presented articles of other automotive topics such as road rage and child safety. Carseek.com turned out to be a very fast responding informative website giving me just what I wanted and more in a clean design to ensure fast loading. Carseek has been bookmarked and I think you should to.
Featured area – their Honda review section