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.
At the Detroit Auto Show next year (next month to be precise), BMW will come up with their latest X6 Sports Activity Coupe model. A combination of a SUV, a SAV and CUV, this is a crossover version of a very powerful but elegant large BMW coupe.
BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe will have two twin-turbo engines, first a 3.0-liter with 6-cylinder that sport 300hp and a 4.4-liter V8 engine that goes up to 400hp. All versions will include the xDrive all-wheel-drive technology for better stability, agility and steering precision. It should be available from the second quarter of 2008 (with rumors say end of 2008) and meanwhile you can watch the video.
A few months ago Ford was testing their new Focus RS on the Nurburgring and today they released a teasing picture and what more can I say that I looks very “racy” with its new wings and spoilers, bonnet air vents or the blistered wheel arches. The same “racy” looks are used on the interior, but should be very comfortable as well.
The 2008 Ford Focus RS superhatch, will use a 2.5L modified Volvo engine with five-cylinders that sports 280hp unlike opposed to those 225hp on the ST model and 400 lb-ft torque.
We don’t have a price for this runner but it should be available on the streets, late 2008 or early 2009.
BMW is very much involved in designing their new X-models but I think we just found out how the new BMW X1 will look. Indeed it is very similar with the new X3 model, the mini-SUV, but with smaller rear-side doors and a shorter wheelbase.
From our sources X1 will be released sometime in 2010 at the same time with its main rival Audi Q3, and should be aimed to the young because it’s not too short and not too tall, has normally sized wheels. I see girls under 25 fitting perfectly in a BMW X1.
Tell us if you like it.
As if the Sin City wouldn’t have enough things to make people go WOW, the first Koenigsegg CCX was delivered last weekend to Exotic Cars at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where is the only American dealership. The employees waited for it for more than a year and when it finally came, they all flocked (among others, of course) to see it.
The Koenigsegg CCX was sold for $935,000 and the new owner should be happy to go 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and 7 seconds for 100mph. The top-speed of 245 mph and the fighter look of it, should be the reasons why it’s worth waiting 10 years for one.
The supercar should be picked up in the coming weeks by its owner, while 10 others are waiting in line to get one.
BMW just announced that next year (2008) they will make their MINI Clubman car available in the US but in a limited edition. And boy that’s limited and should be very exclusive, with only four models available to US dealers each month and should increase gradually over the year.
All these will happen because BMW is, apparently, making more money from selling a MINI Clubman on the European market rather then doing it in US. And to enforce it, you should know that Italy is the country that sells the most MINI Clubman-s in the world.
The laws of economics are very powerful and even if you won’t like it, BMW will do it
A press release just came in today from Honda, that announced they will be showing off the next generation of the Pilot SUV in January at the Detroit Auto Show. Though I like the sporty-rugged looks that makes it very strong I can’t help noticing but isn’t it looking like a Jeep?
Honda’s Pilot features the same eight seats and medium off-road capabilities, should bring advanced technologies for safety, fuel efficient engines and an interior that may get you sleep inside for a night or two. I am sure it won’t wrack its reputation of a midsize SUV that won the “5best truck” award by “Car and Driver” magazine for six years in a roll.
I would be much more comfortable to have a live version the new Honda Pilot, but we’ll have to settle with the prototype above.
[Source : Honda]