A new facelifted Citroen C8 is ready to be sold early this year and will come with better engines and improved styling features. Lets start with the looks. The large MPV features enlarged chevron motifs in the centre of tauter radiator grill lines, more pronounced grille rim, chrome door handles and painted body protectors. With the restyled front end and rear chevrons and with translucent lights, the new Citroen C8 is much more imposing than before. It has a 2.82 meter wheelbase and can hold from 225 litres to 2,948 litres of cargo, or up to 8 people in three rows.
Inside, there’s more black than before on the door wood trims, the steering wheel, the dashboard arch, the mats and the carpet, while the small chrome finishings on the door handle, gear lever and air vent creating a pleasant atmosphere.
Now that you can have it visual in your head I think it’s important to know that it uses the new Hdi diesel engine that Citroen has on their C5 and C6 models that gets 173 bhp (125 kW) and 273 lb/ft of torque at 1,500 rpm and has a 6-speed manual transmission. There will also be a 6-speed automatic transmission (for some countries only) later this year.
Hey guys, we’re in 2008 now and I hope we can start it with the right foot. So does ClassicMuscleCars.com which have for sale the (claimed) first ever built Mustang. It’s a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible which should cost the new owner, $5.5 million which include a letter from William Clay Ford, full ownership history and of course the original registration plates. As you can see the Convertible Mustang looks extremely well, and that is because it was restored in 1983.
185 models were built on March 5, 1964, used mainly for testing and racing, while March 9 is the date when the first production car – the one for sale – came out. It was delivered to its owner on April 16th, one day before the official launch on April 17th, when Ford sold a total of 22,000 pieces. This explains how rare this 1964 1/2 Ford Convertible Mustang is.
What would you expect from a Formula 1 driver that had a great season this year and finished 2nd on Top Gear’s test track, to do 80mph on the high way? I guess Lewis Hamilton, the boy wonder as newspapers call him, can explain that speed is in your blood so I guess that’s the reason why he was caught speeding with 40mph more than the limit, near Laon, a city in the north of France.
Though Hamilton was “polite and cooperative” consequences included a suspended license for one month and his Mercedes impounded. We will see the 22 year old racer in the 2008 F1 season driving for McLaren, but in the meantime his teammate Heikki Kovalainen should give him a ride if needed.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a recall has been issued by Honda for approximately 43,000 Acura RL sedan, 2005-2008 models, because of the high temperatures created by the V6 engine that affects the power steering hose and could lead to fluid leaks onto th catalytic converter. These things could cause fire and I am sure you wouldn’t want something like that to happen.
Though nothing bad happened so far, Honda is issuing a recall so you’d better go ask your local dealer if they know anything or call Honda directly before they send it to your mailbox.
So far Buick’s Riviera Concept was only presented in China at Auto Shanghai 2007 in April, but we’ve heard that it will make its debut on North American soil, next month at Detroit Auto Show. Though we get to see it that much the chances to see it live are very low but rumors say that future Buicks like the next-gen Buick LaCrosse will borrow a lot of features from the looks and the design of the Riviera Concept.
If the picture is not enough and you want to see it exhibited then 19th-29th January in Detroit is the first place, then at Chicago Auto Show from 8 to 17th February.
Volkswagen acknowledged these days, with the voice of its Managing Director, Reiner Mangold, that they are working to develop the world’s first turbocharged compressed natural gas (CNG) engine that could get 150hp from a small 1.4 TSI model. It will be used to equip Passat CNG early in 2008 while Golf and Touran will get it later, by the end of the year.
Considering that the cost of petrol is about 50% higher than compressed natural gas which is sold for a little less than €0.90 per liter, I am sure there would be a lot of people to pay for a Volkswagen Passat CNG with such performances. The only problem would be its price, because you can be sure that’s going to run up.
Pinifarina just announced that in March 2008 during Geneva Motor Show they will bring a new concept to the public that should anticipate future trends when it comes to car designs. It’s been three years now since the last concept we’ve seen from the Italian company, the Maserati Birdcage in 2005.
Maserati Birdcage Concept 2005
Pininfarina Sintesi is the name and was designed by Director Design, Lowie Vermeersch that has more than 10 years experience. I am sure it will not only focus on “beauty driven by functionality, of sportiness and elegance” but will be almost flyable if we consider the looks.
2008 is going to be one of the best years in the auto industry.
For the last two days I’ve heard a lot of things about the new Volvo XC90. AutoMotorSport in Sweden announced yesterday that the second generation XC90 is no longer under development though Volvo plans to launch it before the end of 2009. I knew there’s something fishy so I waited to see what are the responses to such news, and they it didn’t took long to have them.
Apparently Volvo replied to AMS Sweden, that the next generation XC90 has not been canceled and that they are working on a facelift right now. However they didn’t include any dates in their response so we’ll just have to assume that it will use a Ford platform and unless they will bring lower fuel consumption and a hybrid version (they didn’t mention all these) they’d better not launch anything.
I will keep you updated but until then here is how the next gen Volvo XC90 would look like.