After many years of consideration and thought, BMW has finally entered the market controlled by the likes of the Renault Scenic and Chrysler Grand Voyager. They are going to launch a mommy mover known as a Cross Over / Utility vehicle.
The idea has been around for a while and it is a feasible area of the market to exploit so there is no reason why BMW shouldnt. It will be known as the F3 and should reach showrooms by 2010 according to BMW sources. It will have the usual line up of BMW engines like the 2.0L petrol and 3.0L diesel and there is a possibility of the 3.0L Twin Turbo being shoved in. As in true Cross Over / Utility style, the car will feature seven seats and the features from the X3.
Personally I think it is a horrendous design and is further proof that making money is more important than making cars.
Although there have been spy photos of the proposed new Focus RS Mk II earlier in the year, it has now been reported that Ford has planned to ditch the production of it.
According to reports, the Mk II which was planned for late 2008 was ditched because of concerns over CO2 emissions. On the other hand a spokesman has reported it was canned because any car that is brought to market has to be profitable and there was not enough demand across the globe besides the home of the RS which is Britain where the Focus RS Mk I was well received
The Focus RS Mk II was rumoured to have at least 300bhp (225kW) and four wheel drive. This would have at least made it a serious competitor for the Subarus and Mitsubishi Lancer Evos. (more…)
Schumacher is helping Ferrari to develop their road cars. Or at least he was on the day he was caught on the track.
Spies took these pictures of a red Ferrari 599 GTB lapping the Nordschleife. They report realising the identity of the driver only on closer inspection. The cover up tape on the hood of the Ferrari clearly indicates this is a testing model which Schumi through around the track. If his past job was not ideal enough he now has the dream job of testing supercars on wide open empty tracks!
Lamborghini fans could face some indecision over whether or not the company’s latest offering honors their tradition of good-looking cars. The Italian sports car maker is famous for producing vehicles that define beauty and pace. While the latter quality is sure to be found in the company’s latest offering, the Alar, the initial reaction to press pictures of the car has been heavily divided between guarded praise and outright criticism. (more…)
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At the Tokyo Motor Show a few years back, Nissan unveiled the GT-R Concept for the first time confirming that the GT-R legend would be continued into the 21st century. Later at another show, Nissan announced the next-generation GT-R would be rolled out in 2007, hence the first visible test vehicles have being spotted at the â€œringâ€ and in Arizona at the end of April 2007. This sent nearly every motor magazine, car website and blog into frenzy as they all posted spy shots of this icon being resurrected in this new shape and form. (more…)
Lamborghini has created the answer to critics of their Gallardo (pronounced ga-yar-do) baby supercar. Despite sporting the famed fighting bull emblem, Lamborghini’s entry-level offering was criticized for its relatively “docile” handling and civilization. However, Sant’Agata’s engineers have addressed these concerns by introducing a lightweight version of the car called the Superleggera. (more…)
Ford Motor Co. has finally sold Aston Martin, a sports car maker it owned along with Land Rover, Jaguar and Volvo, to a British consortium. The consortium is led by Prodrive boss dave Richards, and this could mean a ot of technological collaboration with his company, which is renowned for its motorsport innovations. The price is said to be 439m Pounds, although Ford will retain a 40m Pound stake in the company.