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.
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.
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