August 2007


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The 2008 Limited Edition Boxster and Boxster S are priced at $49,000 USD and $59,900 USD respectively. Only 500 of the Limited Edition Boxster and Boxster S models will be made available throughout US and Canada on September 28, 2007.

Sophisticated airbag safety comes standard on both Boxster models. Two full-size Advanced Airbags in front offer optimum upper-body protection, even with the top down. A weight sensor in the passenger seat automatically switches this airbag off when the seat is unoccupied or fitted with a child seat.

Add to that standard 18-inch black alloy wheels (19-inch for the Boxster S) and additional black trim pieces on the exterior, and you’ve got a fairly stunning exterior package that overshadows a garden variety Porsche Boxster with ease.

The idea of locating a compact, freerevving engine midship gave the Porsche a nimbleness no sports car had ever possessed. The Boxster shares this boldly intelligent approach to sports car design.

Active electronic driver aids profoundly enhance the everyday driving stability of a Porsche. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) switches to Sport mode, altering its baseline damping force for considerably firmer shock response, enabling faster turn-in as well as better road-holding and traction.

The Limited Edition Boxster and Boxster are to be clad in a stunning orange paint which was previously featured in the track-ready Porsche 911 GT3 TS. The Limited Edition Boxster is an impressive piece of work that includes a special “Limited Edition” plaque on the glove compartment. And that’s not all! Even the gray shift pattern on the gear shift lever was also tinted with orange.

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I’m browsing through the net and I happened to found this interesting topic.

Cars.com, one of the most trusted websites that offer automotive pricing and other information provide consumers some info about the vehicle models that are “wallet-friendly”. Why wallet friendly? Well, it is because these car models costs less than or bigger than $10,000.

Patrick Olsen, managing editor of Cars.com said:

“Whether it’s a thrifty ride for a college student, a grocery-getter for the family or something for the daily commute, lots of shoppers seem to want the same thing: a late-model, low-mileage car that’s reliable, safe and fuel-efficient.”

Top 10 best inexpensive used cars according to Cars.com.

2005 Ford Focus ($10,500 – $13,000)

“The restyled 2005 Ford Focus offers nimble handling with few of the equipment recalls that beset the early-2000s original. “

2003 Ford Taurus ($10,500 – $12,000)

“The Ford Taurus is a sound used-car choice for families and sensible for young drivers. Both the wagon and sedan offer generous cabin and luggage space, not to mention top reliability and crash-test scores.”

2003 Mazda Prot̩g̩ ($8,500 Р$15,000)

“Those wary of Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla homogeny should consider the Mazda Protege.”

2003 Mercury Sable ($9,000 – $13,000)

“The Ford Taurus’ upscale twin offers slightly better reliability ratings and the same stalwart crash-test scores.”

2002 Buick LeSabre ($9,000 – $12,000)

“The Buick LeSabre is a comfortable car for drivers young and old, and the ’02 model came chock full of safety features.”

2002 Chevrolet Impala ($9,000 – $11,500)

“The Impala is Chevy’s workaday sedan, and the 2000-05 iteration arguably boasted sharper styling than its anonymous successor.”

2002 Ford Windstar ($7,500 – $15,000)

“Minivan lovers can fill the Ford Windstar with up to seven people, and there are plenty of bells and whistles for those who want them.”

2002 Honda Accord ($10,000 – $13,000)

“The sixth generation, built from 1998 through 2002, delivered excellent reliability and respectable crash-test ratings.”

2002 Honda Civic ($10,000 – $12,000)

“The Honda Civic combines thriftiness and refinement in a way few others can, making it an excellent choice for those who often drive solo.”

2002 Oldsmobile Aurora ($10,000 – $13,000)

“The Oldsmobile Aurora is proof you can buy a used luxury car for around $10,000. The restyled early-2000s model earns high marks for reliability and crashworthiness.”

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According to Saab, the 2008 Saab 9-7X “brings unique Saab brand characteristics to the midsize SUV segment, including sophisticated styling inside and out, premium design features, and the sporty and spirited performance inherent to Saab vehicles.”

“The Saab 9-7X Aero is one great SUV to pilot”, according to Shannon. “We are excited to offer enthusiastic drivers an increased level of performance with the Aero, a symbol of Saab performance, in the midsize SUV segment.”

The performance-oriented all-wheel-drive system delivers impressive on-road grip and enhanced “launch” feel. Like all 9-7X models, the Aero model represents a terrific value with a high-level of standard equipment.

Highlights of the 2008 Saab 9-7X Aero include:

– powerful, 6.0L small-block V-8 delivering 390 horsepower (295 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of torque
– composite intake manifold adapted to the LS2 engine to help produce balanced torque and horsepower
– Carbon Flash Metallic exterior with charcoal metallic paint
– 20-inch polished, aluminum wheels wrapped with P255/50R20 V-speed-rated performance tires
– refined and driver-oriented cockpit-inspired interior
– “Aero” embroidered leather seats and embossed floor mats
– lowered chassis tuned and tested to deliver responsive, balanced handling
– front stabilizer bars for improved corner control and body roll control
– heavy-duty rear axle with limited-slip differential for additional strength
– four-wheel disc braking
– heavy-duty iron calipers
– Anti lock braking system (ABS)
– automatic all-wheel-drive
– StabiliTrak electronic stability control system (ECS)
– Torsen center differential

The 2008 Saab 9-7X and Saab 9-7X Aero will roll out in dealer showrooms all over the U.S. starting this fall. The 2008 Saab 9-7X carries a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $39,935. Meanwhile, the limited edition Saab 9-7X Aero will have a starting MSRP of $45,690. The limited edition Saab 9-7X Aero comes with sporty features as well as the highest level of driving performance.

 2008 Bentley Continental GT Speed

Bentley Motors has recently launched the new 2008 Continental as well as the Continental GT Speed. The GT coupes now pumps out 600 horses under its hood. Outfitted with the six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive from the Continental GT, the Speed version is said to accelerate to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds on its way to a 202-mph top speed. According to the British automaker, the new Continental GT was inspired by the Bentley “Speed” models produced in the 1920s. Dr. Franz Josef-Paefgen, Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive said: “The Continental GT is a highly successful, modern-day Bentley icon. The new GT Speed, with its harder-edged character and sportier driving experience, builds on this success.”.

Here are the features and specs of two 2008 Bentley Continental GT and Continental GT Speed below.

Continental GT Speed

* The most powerful Bentley production car ever, its highly efficient W12 engine delivers 600bhp (610PS/449kW) and 553lb ft (750Nm)
* A nine percent increase in power and 15 percent increase in torque
* Top speed of 202mph (326km/h)
* 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.5s)
* 0-100mph in 10.3 seconds (0-160km/h in 10.2s)
* Effortless overtaking performance: 50-70mph in just 2.3 seconds (80-120km/h in 3.0s).
* CO2 emissions reduced by 3.5 percent to 396 g/km, with a similar reduction in fuel consumption as a result of improved engine efficiency.
* Harder-edged, more sporting driving experience through enhanced chassis:
* Lowered ride height, uprated spring/damper settings and uprated anti-roll bars for improved agility and body control.
* New levels of roadholding thanks to superior grip from unique 9.5Jx20 wheels with bespoke Pirelli P-Zero performance tyres.
* Improved steering response achieved through retuned speed-sensitive Servotronic system, solid-mounted front subframe and stiffer rear bushings.
* ‘Dynamic’ mode introduced on the uprated Bosch 8.1 ESP system with more progressive intervention to cater for the more spirited driver.
* Subtle styling modifications distinguish the Continental GT Speed from the Continental GT:
* Front grille and lower air intakes in dark-tinted chrome matrix
* Wider rifled sports exhaust tail pipes.
* Mulliner Driving Specification (also available as an option on the Continental GT) includes:
* Drilled alloy sport foot-pedals, knurled chrome/hide gearlever
* Diamond quilted hide to seat facings, doors and rear quarter panels

Continental GT

* Power output of the standard W12 engine remains at 552bhp (560PS) but benefits from internal efficiency improvements for a reduction in CO2 emissions of 3.5 percent to 396 g/km, with a similar reduction in fuel consumption.
* Top speed is unchanged at 198mph (318km/h), with a 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8s).
* Improved ride comfort thanks to addition of new low-friction dampers.
* In combination with the all-wheel drive system, the uprated ESP 8.1 with new ‘Sport Traction’ mode ensures superb traction, without being intrusive
* Distinctive, classic Bentley ‘B’ brake pedal

 2008 Lexus LS 600h L

Toyota Motor Corporation’s Lexus division has recently announced the details, availability, and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the LS 600h full size luxury hybrid sedan. This luxury car carries a base MSRP of 81,400 British Pounds or about $164,989 USD (for the LS 600h base model).

2008 Lexus LS 600h delivers good fuel economy and an excellent emissions rating for this size of car. The 2008 Lexus LS 600h is a classy car with the entire tech you could ask for, both under the hood and in the cabin. Lexus installed the first ever application of a full-time all-wheel drive full hybrid V8 powertrain system. This powertrain package comes with a monstrous 5.0-liter engine and a high performance motor called the Lexus Hybrid Drive. With this type of powertrain, the Lexus LS 600h offers an impressive fuel economy almost the same as its competitors in the segment equipped with diesel engines. This powertrain also provides lower exhaust emissions, as expected for a hybrid model.

Check out this complete MSRP list below:

Lexus LS 600h – £81,400 (about $164,989 USD)
Lexus LS 600h L – £83,645 (about $169,540 USD)
Lexus LS 600h L with Rear Seat Relaxation Package – £88,000 ($178,367 USD)

Here are some details of the 2008 Lexus LS 600h hybrid luxury sedan.

– pre-crash safety systems that can detect collision hazards
– permanent four-wheel drive
– Adaptive Variable Suspension
– LED technology for low beam headlight illumination
– fine leather upholstery
– hand-trimmed dashboard and real wood cabin trim features
– 19-speaker Mark Levinson premium hi-fi with six-disc DVD autochanger
– nine-inch ceiling-mounted screen
– Rear Seat Relaxation Package adds exclusive components like seat cushion airbag and variable massage function, independent DVD system, centre console with extending wood-inlaid tray, and an advanced climate control system

Some of the Detroit automakers have started their endeavor of producing plug-in hybrids to contribute to a cleaner and greener environment. With the increasing demand for fuel-efficient cars, automakers are given no wider leeway but to build more hybrids and flex-fuel vehicles.

“Spiteful” fuel legislations, rising gasoline prices, and costly plug-ins production costs are deemed major obstacles in the industry.

Additionally, the researchers factored in a period of time for plug-in sales to ramp up. Chevrolet, Saturn and Toyota are among the automakers experimenting with plug-in hybrids.

The General Motors Corp. is on top of the list of automakers engaged in plug-in hybrids. Saturn might well be the first one to sell a plug-in. Plug-ins do have some big problems to overcome: the added cost, weight and cargo space of the batteries they must house; the limited range of the batteries when charged; and the impact on the power grid from millions of people plugging in their cars, reported MSNBC.

Mike Omotoso, a senior manager at the market research firm J.D. Power and Associates, said that he thinks widespread electricity demand for cars has the potential to be an issue. “We haven’t looked at that sort of extreme scenario in terms of that level of volume for plug-ins, but the increased demand would possibly put a strain on the grid, especially in places like California that are already under strain some times of the year, like in peak summer periods with everyone using their air-conditioning,” he said.

Waiting for the 2008 Toyota Models? Well, I have it for you and check it out.

Eight Toyota vehicles of the 2008 model year will roll out in dealerships all over the U.S. this August. These vehicles include the Prius hybrid, Yaris subcompact car, RAV4 compact SUV, Fj Cruiser SUV, 4Runner mid size SUV, and Tacoma truck, as well as Sienna pick up truck model.

You better get your pen and papers ready and jot down these prices and features of the 2008 Toyota models.

 

2008 Toyota Avalon

The 2008 Toyota comes with updated AM/FM/CD changer with nine speakers, MP3 playback capability and auxiliary audio input jack as a standard feature. The MSRP for the Toyota Avalon XL is at $27,075, and $34,415 for the Avalon Limited.

 

2008 Toyota Prius

For the 2008 model year, the Prius based model will roll out in dealerships carrying a base MSRP of $20,950, and $23,220 for the Prius Touring model.

 

2008 Yaris Liftback

The 2008 Yaris features several new components like standard tire pressure monitoring system,color-keyed front and rear under-bumper spoilers and side rocker panels, front passenger sport seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. The Yaris Liftback with manual gearbox carries a MSRP of $11,300. For the Yaris Sedan, the MSRP is $12,900.

 

2008 Toyota RAV4

With the RAV4, you can get front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, first- and second-row side-curtain airbags with roll-over sensor as standard equipment. The 2008 RAV4 2WD has a base MSRP of $21,100, while the RAV4 4WD Limited V6 costs $26,670.

 

2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser 2WD (AT) – $22,545
2008 FJ Cruiser 4WD (AT) – $24,135

The 2008 FJ Cruiser comes with a number of key upgrades like an anti-theft system, an illuminated entry system, and side-curtain airbags for both rows. Automatic gearbox is standard. Price is at $22,545 for the FJ Cruiser 2WD model, and $24,135 for the 4WD model.

 

2008 Toyota 4Runner

The 2008 4Runner 2WD SR5 V6 is priced at $28,015. The more powerful 4Runner 4WD Limited V8 carries a base MSRP of $38,735.

 

2008 Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma 2WD four-cylinder model with manual gearbox is priced at $14,280, while the Tacoma Double Cab 4WD V6 is at $26,115.

 

2008 Toyota Sienna

Lastly, the Sienna 2WD CE rolls out this August carrying a MSRP of $24,340. The MSRP for Sienna AWD Limited is $37,665. Features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control and rear disc brakes on all models, and Bluetooth.

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