Mitsubishi 'i' takes Good Design Grand Prize 2006Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today announced that the "i" minicar has been awarded the "Good Design Grand Prize 2006" (the prize of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry) in the Good Design Award run by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization. The "i" is the first minicar model to win the Good DesignGrand Prize, which is given to the most outstanding entry among all categories in the year.

Ushering in a new age for the minicar, "i" was developed as an innovative premium small car that successfully overcomes the tradeoffs traditionally associated with the category: design versus comfortable interior space; comfortable interior space versus impact safety. Mitsubishi Motors has conquered these challenges by developing a new and leading edge rear-midship layout that mounts the engine forward of the rear axle line, This permits three new "innovations" within the category's dimensional constraints: futuristic and uptown styling; agile handling and a comfortable ride; and excellent multidirectional impact safety. This highly original exterior and interior design, which is delivered by the ingenious platform, brought the grand prize in the award.

MMC president Osamu Masuko made the following remarks: "We are honored to receive this significant prize today with our "i" minicar that has found favor with customers for its outstanding and futuristic design. We will keep working on the development of customer-oriented models with this unique rear-midship layout platform that brings new levels of ride comfort and impact safety together with innovative design."

New commercial Vehicle Skoda praktikŠkoda Auto is going to extend its portfolio with a new commercial vehicle called Škoda Praktik, a two-seater with a large freight compartment (volume 1,783 litres, length 1,555 mm, width 1,016-1,429 mm, height 987 mm) separated from the driver's cabin with a sliding panel. Considering the new vehicle''s parameters, the Škoda Praktik is likely to be used primarily by delivery service providers, small traders, craftsmen and small and medium enterprises. Derived from the Škoda Roomster, the new Škoda Praktik offers handling properties and comfort of a passenger car. The driver's cabin
offers enough storage space in the door and passenger areas, including a holder for parking receipts, a door-mounted bottle holder and a cup holder in the console between the seats. It differs from the current N1 version by its specifically designed freight compartment.

The Škoda Praktik's basic equipment level includes ABS with a brake assistant, four airbags (driver, passenger and two side airbags) and an adjustable steering wheel. Optional equipment levels include ASR, “Corner” fog lamps, a radio and phone control module, a mobile navigation preparation kit, and more. Storage compartments below the seats and behind them further increase the interior’s use value.

The vehicle's interior is upholstered with Fresh Onyx (highly resistant surface material), the freight compartment floor is a three-unit system with an anti-slip finish. Solid and resistant sheet metal panels are used in the rear side door windows instead of glass. The tailgate window is glazed and can be supplemented with an optional security grid.

Offering a payload of 560 kg, the Škoda Praktik will be available with two petrol engines (1.2 12V HTP/51 kW and 1.4 16V/63 kW) and one diesel engine (1.4 TDI PD/51 kW). With a special modification the payload can be increased up to 640 kg. The launch of the Škoda Praktik production & sales are scheduled to start in the spring of 2007.

Infiniti Announces Pricing on 2007 QX56Infiniti today announced pricing on the 2007 Infiniti QX56 sport utility vehicle, which is on sale now at Infiniti retailers nationwide. The QX56 is available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive models, both equipped with a standard 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, Sojourner leather-appointed seating, Infiniti Navigation System, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, power-operated tailgate and an independent rear suspension (IRS) with load leveling.

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Infiniti QX56 2WD is $49,950 and $53,050 for the Infiniti QX56 4WD. These prices represent a $150 and $250 increase respectively over the 2006 models.

For the 2007 model year, power has increased by five horsepower (from 315 to 320) and torque increased by three lb-ft (from 390 to 393). A new color, Pacific Sapphire, is also new for 2007.

The eight-passenger (seven-passenger with 2nd row captain’s chairs) Infiniti QX56 offers bold exterior styling, with a large, Infiniti-style grille, xenon headlamps and LED taillight treatment. Inside, the QX56 features a sophisticated and refined look and feel, ample 2nd row leg room, and a Bose premium audio system with 6-disc CD changer and MP3/WMA playback capabilities.

Option packages include a Tow Package (2WD only, standard on 4WD model), 2nd Row Split Bench Seat, Intelligent Cruise Control, Sunroof, Satellite Radio (choice of XM or Sirius), and DVD Mobile Entertainment System.

Ford FusionKen Grody says quality is one of the key reasons his dealership in Carlsbad, Calif., is selling a lot of Ford Fusions. He has noticed that Fusion customers rarely come in with service problems and believes that''s driving sales.

"People come in to change the oil and that''s about it, and the word is starting to get out," he said. "For us, the Fusion is really beginning to establish a beachhead against the imports."

To the north in New Brunswick, Ontario, Dave Emerson, owner of Riverview Ford, is experiencing similar customer feedback.

"We never see them in the shop," he said. "Once we sell them, they just don''t come back for repairs. The quality has been excellent."

Beyond anecdotal evidence on quality from dealers, Ford corporate research shows that the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr had the best quality showing of any vehicle in Ford''s long history.

Ford''s year-end Global Quality Research System survey (GQRS) shows the three mid-size sedans have the lowest number of Things Gone Wrong (TGW) for any of the company''s first-year vehicles. They also outpaced former segment leaders, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

"That is exceptional for a start-up," said Enrique Delannoy, assistant chief engineer for the program. "In most vehicles at the beginning of a program, the quality tends to suffer, but with the Fusion, Milan and Zephyr, we''ve been at the top of the segment right from the very beginning. It''s a real testament not only to our launch team engineers but to everyone at the plant in Hermosillo, as well."

According to the GQRS, the Milan had 1,149 TGW and the Fusion had 1,172 TGW, just behind the Dodge Stratus with 1,066 and the Chevy Malibu with 1,073 and ahead of the Toyota Camry with 1,193 and the Honda Accord with 1,353. The rankings reflect things gone wrong per 1,000 vehicles at three months service.

In the mid-size luxury class, the Lincoln Zephyr had 1,119 TGW, second only to the Lexus 330 with 943.

The number of warranty repairs for mid-size entries also set a company record. With an average of 116 repairs per 1,000 vehicles after three months in service, the Fusion and Milan registered the lowest retail warranty repair rate of any Ford vehicle ever sold.

Warranty numbers for Powertrain are just as impressive. The Fusion and Milan are averaging 16.5 repairs per 1,000 vehicles and the Zephyr is averaging 16.3 repairs per 1,000, the lowest levels ever achieved at Ford.

"We''re exceptionally excited, but not surprised," said Fusion launch manager Kate Pearce.

"The team that created those vehicles from concept to production has been relentless in making sure that every component used was the best quality. Those results are not an accident."

Along with the JD Power APEAL award for design, Fusion was recognized by Smart Money and Consumers Digest for best value and Parent Magazine as the best family car. Pearce and the launch team point to the Strategic Vision Total Quality Award given to the Fusion for best quality in the hotly contested medium-size category. The Milan came in second.

"It''s funny how the quality story never gets told," said Art Spinella , the president of CNW Marketing Research, a consulting firm in Bandon, Ore., that tracks auto industry trends . "I don''t care which survey you look at, they all say the same thing. While Toyota and Honda continue to make improvements, other automakers like Ford are moving at a faster pace and, in many cases, they now offer better vehicles."

While the GQRS numbers and the growing trophy case of awards are important, Spinella

says the only real way the story of Ford quality will get out to the public is through word-of-mouth, and that takes time.

"We''ve done a lot of research on the word-of-mouth issue, and we''ve found it''s the only message that consumers truly believe, and that doesn''t happen overnight," he said. "Enough people have to buy the car in the first place before they can spread the word."

In the meantime, the Fusion launch team says it''s working to give consumers something else to talk about.

"We want those vehicles to be best in their segment," said Jim Saad, the leader of the Fusion Quality Process team, who added, "We are so close."

It''s that mentality that Pearce says is being passed on to other Ford products, including the Edge and the new Focus.

"The Fusion, Milan and Zephyr are just the first ones," she said. "From now on, everything else will be held to the same standard. This is just the beginning."

Hot wheel in hot mealsThe Ford Fusion is Ford Motor Company’s hot-selling new midsize sedan, so you would hardly expect the company to be giving it away, but that’s just what Ford is doing. Beginning Oct. 13, a limited-edition Hot Wheels Fusion will be tearing up America’s tabletops, one of a fleet of eight wild customs to be featured in McDonald’s Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals at participating McDonald’s restaurants in the United States and Canada.

The seven other Hot Wheels carry the names Brutalistic, Clawful, Asphalt Assault, Formul8tr, What 4-2, Cul8tr and 16 Angels, all with special features that make the Happy Meal collection exclusive to McDonald’s.

Hot Wheels cars have been making regular appearances in Happy Meals since Mattel partnered
with McDonald’s in August 1991. While McDonald’s doesn’t release official numbers, says millions of Happy Meal toys are given away each month.

“Hot Wheels Happy Meal events have been delighting young guests for more than 15 years,” says Kathy Pyle, director of kids and family marketing, McDonald’s USA LLC. “We’re thrilled to offer kids and collectors this classic favorite.”

The Fusion Hot Wheels giveaway is part of Ford’s marketing plan to keep the Ford Fusion brand fresh with potential buyers, young and old.

“The key is to get brand impressions,” says Killol Bhuta, Ford marketing manager. “It’s not just the kids who will come into McDonald’s looking for the Fusion. A lot of these customers are adults who’ll want to add these cars to their collections.”

The same Mattel Hot Wheels team that created the other vehicles in the collection designed the Hot Wheels Ford Fusion.

“They kept the three-bar grille and headlamps,” says Bhuta, “but gave it a real aggressive stance and a cool look.”

Each bright-red Hot Wheels Fusion comes bagged with a sheet of stickers, branded with the Fusion name and Ford blue oval, allowing little racers to personalize their Fusions. The Fusion also packs a surprise in the trunk. Press on the rear spoiler, and a pair of jet engines pop into place to provide some extra propulsion.

Peugeot 4007Peugeot is entering into the 4x4 SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) market with a new model that is 4.64 metres long and fitted with one of its accomplished HDi diesel engines, with DPFS (Diesel Particulate Filter System).

Its name – 4007 – uses the double-zero identity as it represents another new concept in the development of Peugeot’s model range. The ‘4’ represents its size within the Peugeot range and the ‘7’ specifies its generation.

4007: Peugeot’s stylish image in the 4x4 world
The 4007 is completely true to Peugeot’s marque values, being dynamic, with assured value, distinctively styled and innovative.

Styled at Peugeot’s design centre, based at Vélizy in France, the distinctive and feline design
style of the Peugeot 4007, with its tapered headlights and open front grille, are the first signs that identify it is a Peugeot vehicle, consistent in style with other models in the range. The chrome structure that makes up the large air inlet strengthens the vehicle’s elegance and creates an air of authority.

Framing the air intake in the front bumper is a chrome surround that portrays a feeling of refinement and strength. The aerodynamic design of the roof, with its ribbed detailing creates an impression of strength and style, combined with a more contemporary design style at the rear of the vehicle.

At the back, a brushed aluminium trim sits between the translucent jewel-like lights, emphasising the chrome Peugeot emblem mounted above the rear number plate.

The generously proportioned wheel arches and ground clearance provide the 4007 with a capability and security for its driver and passengers, no matter what the driving conditions.

The interior of Peugeot 4007 has been designed to extend the marque’s appeal and values in this sector by being functional and stylish with plenty of storage capability.

Peugeot 4007Peugeot 4007 is powered by a class-leading environmental diesel engine
Always aware of the impact of vehicles on the environment, Peugeot has equipped the 4007 with its latest 2.2-litre diesel engine, featuring its technologically advanced Diesel Particulate Filter System (DPFS) for the best combination of performance, economy and environmental protection.

The 2.2-litre HDi diesel engine features direct common-rail injection and is the result of the partnership with the Ford Motor Group. It develops 156 bhp (115 kW) and 280 lb ft (380 Nm) of torque, and is capable of using a 30% mixture of diesel biofuel, without any modifications.

Producing a driving experience that is both dynamic and pleasurable, this engine boasts impressive fuel economy and emissions performance, among the best in the SUV sector. The engine is combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox to make the best use of the high-torque characteristics of the 2.2-litre HDi diesel engine.

Safe and sure footed
The Peugeot 4007 is equipped with electronic control management on all four driven wheels. The system has been designed to increase both the driver’s confidence and the vehicle dynamics for on-road driving behaviour.

The steering, suspension, four-wheel-drive system, brakes and tyres have all been developed to achieve maximum efficiency. The 4007 continues Peugeot’s reputation for producing engaging cars with dynamic and safe road characteristics.

4007: An extension of the Peugeot range
With this new SUV model, Peugeot is continuing its strategy of extending the available choice of products in response to the diverse demands of its customers.

Citroën C-Crosser: a new SUV from EuropeDeveloped as part of the cooperation agreement between Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and PSA Peugeot Citroën, the new SUVs will be marketed by the Peugeot and Citroën brands from July 2007 with an HDi engine and a particulate filter (DPFS). The sales target of 30,000 units a year will enable the Group to become a major player in a segment with high growth prospects in Europe.

The SUV segment was a niche market in Europe in the early 90s, but since then sales have risen significantly and continuously. Four-wheel drive vehicles now account for 6% of the passenger vehicle market in Europe, with sales of more than 1 million units in 2005, making them a segment apart.

# A successful agreement for both groups
The two groups decided in 2005 to join forces and work on an SUV-type 4WD vehicle platform already under development at MMC. The agreement concerned adapting this platform for the Peugeot and Citroën makes. Concluded on a "win-win" basis, it is clearly advantageous for both partners. PSA Peugeot Citroën gains access to 4WD technology enabling it to market a new product range in the European SUV market, while Mitsubishi Motors recuperates on its investment through higher sales.

The best of both worlds: the sense of safety and the possibility of travelling off the beaten path that come with a 4WD combined with the driving pleasure of a saloon

Mitsubishi Motors provides a new platform based on its renowned technical expertise in 4WD vehicles. To obtain product definition compliant with Group standards, PSA Peugeot Citroën took part in developing and adapting its SUVs, notably regarding running gear. Brakes, steering, suspension, rear axles and tyres have all been reworked and adjusted to ensure the highest levels of comfort and road behaviour, compliant with the demanding requirements of the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group in this area.

Citroën adds an extra dimension with the new C-Crosser
Citroën has announced first details of its exciting new Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), that is set to add an extra dimension to the French manufacturer’s range when it goes on sale in Europe from summer 2007. The versatile Citroën C-Crosser boasts four-wheel drive capability, exceptional levels of space and comfort, as well as an advanced, fuel efficient HDi diesel engine equipped with environmentally-friendly Diesel Particulate Filter System.

Taking its name from the four-wheel drive concept car that Citroën first displayed at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new C-Crosser’s elegant proportions (4.64m long, 1.81m wide and 1.73m high including roof bars) and powerfully sculpted design lines envelop sufficient interior space to Seat up to seven passengers.

Immediately catching the eye, the C-Crosser’s robust good looks are fronted by the dominant chevrons that stretch across the bonnet into the streamlined front headlamps, ensuring that it is instantly recognisable as a Citroën.

The C-Crosser will be available with Citroën’s impressive, new generation 156bhp 2.2HDi engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Capable of producing 380Nm of torque this dieselpowerplant also boasts impressive green credentials, offering low fuel consumption, the ability to run on 30% bio-diesel and a Diesel Particulate Filter System that reduces particle emissions to virtually immeasurable levels.

With the C-Crosser’s integral transmission, drivers have a choice of three settings, dependent on road conditions and driving style: two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive and a lock setting designed for low-grip conditions. Ensuring an optimum blend of comfort, road holding and off-road capability, Citroën’s new SUV is equipped with MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension, combined with 18-inch Michelin tyres for added grip.

Occupants will also benefit from the easily reconfigured second and third row of seats, which can be folded away quickly and effortlessly to provide a flat floor and vast load space. The rear two seats can be completely hidden away under the floor, while the second row of seating, which slides to offer greater leg room or boot space, features a 60:40 split/fold function that is operated via electric controls in the boot.

New Opel Corsa 'Car of the Year' in DenmarkA jury of automotive journalists has voted the new Opel Corsa “Car of the Year” in Denmark, the car´s first award only a few days after its market launch. Members of the “Motorjournalisternes Klub i Danmark” (MKD) ranked the Corsa number one ahead of 14 international competitors, citing outstanding safety – the Corsa received the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP test – agile handling thanks to the newly developed chassis and the sporty, exciting design. Opel Managing Director Hans H.
Demant says: “I am very pleased about this award. It impressively confirms the high quality of our development team’s work.”

Further criteria for the Danish journalists included the Corsa’s generous spaciousness and attractive price. At 10,990 euros, the new entry-level Corsa is priced even lower than its predecessor in Germany, despite more innovative technology and equipment. In addition, the newcomer offers unique options such as the integrated rear carrier “Flex-Fix”, which made its world premiere in the Corsa. The carrier can be easily pulled out of the rear bumper and can carry up to two bicycles.

The coupé-like three-door and family-friendly five-door Corsa variants, which are tailor-made for different types of customers, got off to the best start ever for an Opel model: around 75,000 orders had already been placed even before the new Corsa was available at dealerships. Opel particularly targets young customers with a novel and unusual advertising campaign. Thanks to this pan-European marketing initiative, the virtual underground rock band from Barcelona “The C.M.O.N.S.” has achieved cult status, also because of their appearances on MTV Europe. The Opel Corsa is also the official car of the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 2, 2006 in Copenhagen.

2007 Hyundai Tiburon Ready for the Street or CircuitEnthusiasts on a budget no longer have to sacrifice their desire for track-inspired styling and handling in a sports coupe now that Hyundai has factory tweaked the components and design of the 2007 Tiburon. Blood is in the water because the V-6 powered Tiburon will start well below the four-cylinder Mitsubishi Eclipse GS.

Tiburon has been reconfigured as a totally balanced cornering machine, available with a modified suspension from Europe, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and 12-inch, cross-drilled rotors formerly available only from the Korean domestic market on the Hyundai Tuscani.

NEW FOR 2007

* Redesigned front and rear fascia, headlights, taillights, hood, front fenders and exhaust tips
* Blue backlit gauges and gun metal accents
* Standard MP3 capability
* Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TMPS)
* ESC with Brake Assist and Traction Control (SE model)
* Cross-drilled brake rotors with larger rotor size (SE model)
* Sport suspension tuning (SE model)
* Full-size spare tire (SE model)

This striking coupe comes in three trim options for 2007: the stylish and affordable GS, the
sporty performance SE and the refined performance GT and GT limited. As an added bonus, the SE model comes standard-equipped with a responsive suspension technology featuring sport-tuned European suspension calibration, Electronic Stability Control and brake assist. The sport-tuned suspension provides the Tiburon with tighter spring calibration and firmer damper control giving the car a grounded, sporty driving sensation similar to that of a European sports car.


The 2007 Tiburon is defined by its dynamic and aggressive styling. Starting with classic coupe proportions, Hyundai's designers added a new hood with muscular character lines, projector headlights and an aggressive front valance panel. A wedge-like silhouette extends back from the front wheel openings into the tail lights. The attention-grabbing fender side strake garnish provides design continuity with the new front valance. A new track-inspired rear diffuser and bright dual exhausts further connote speed and power.

Combined with the SE's new cross-drilled front brake rotors and updated wheel design, the 2007 Tiburon evokes the tarmac-hugging performance of international motorsport as it strides down the road.


At Hyundai, hard driving begins with safety. That's why the 2007 Tiburon includes a wide range of both active and passive safety features. For 2007, the Tiburon SE gets Electronic Stability Control (ESC), one of the industry''s most effective life-saving technologies. IIHS studies show vehicles equipped with ESC experience 56 percent fewer fatalities in single-vehicle crashes. Tiburon SE''s ESC system also includes Brake Assist, which provides maximum ABS-level braking force when a panic stop is detected.

Larger front (12-in.) cross-drilled rotors are also standard on the SE. All Tiburon models feature standard four-channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) to optimize brake performance under various dynamic loading conditions.

In terms of passive safety, the Tiburon has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones, body-side reinforcements, and five-mph energy-absorbing bumpers. The hood also includes buckling creases and safety stops.

Inside, you'll find driver and front passenger advanced frontal airbags, along with front seat-mounted side airbags. The front seatbelts have pretensioners and force limiters, and the outboard rear positions feature LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), which make affixing child safety seats easier.


For 2007, the high-performance Tiburon SE becomes an even more exciting and willing partner for enthusiastic driving. With significantly firmer suspension settings than last year, Tiburon SE goes from being a great handling coupe to a truly exceptional one. The new European-tuned suspension features 13 percent stiffer front spring rate, 10 percent stiffer rear spring rate and unique strut valving. Tiburon SE delivers a 32 percent increase in roll control over the GS. In fact, Tiburon's torsional rigidity is better than the current Infiniti G35 coupe and Tiburon's bending rigidity bests the BMW M3. This superb structural rigidity sets the foundation for precisely tuned handling performance.

All Tiburon models are superbly fun to drive and feature MacPherson strut front and multi-link independent rear suspension. The front suspension uses fade-resistant gas-filled hydraulic struts and a stabilizer bar to control body roll. The multi-link rear system precisely tunes the chassis via gas-filled hydraulic shocks and a stabilizer bar. Advantages of the multi-link rear suspension include optimized rear suspension geometry for added handling and braking stability.

Precise power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is combined with the suspension for responsive handling. Also standard are 205/55R16 performance tires on the Tiburon GS and wider 215/45R17 rubber on the GT, SE and GT Limited.

Hyundai Sonata Platinum EditionHyundai Motor America announce a special Platinum Edition for Sonata to celebrate 20 successful years of sales in the U.S.

This limited production Hyundai Sonata features interior and exterior appointments not offered on any other models. Unique equipment includes a color-keyed rear lip spoiler, aluminum bodyside moldings, Platinum Edition floor mats, and Platinum Edition badging. The Platinum Edition features a silver exterior as well as a black leather interior accented with light gray stitching which is new for Hyundai Sonata. A power sunroof and CD changer with Infinity(R) speakers, subwoofer and external amplifier are standard.

"The Hyundai Sonata Platinum Edition commemorates Hyundai's past and future commitment to the U.S. market," said John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "As we continue to grow in the U.S. we will remain focused on providing consumers with quality, safety and value in each of our vehicles."

The 2007 Hyundai Sonata is protected by the Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty(TM). Coverage includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage. In addition, Sonata buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit) and that service includes emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses. There is no deductible on any of these coverages.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif. is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more than 725 Hyundai dealerships nationwide.

Land Rover uses inspirational natural art to launch its 2007 Range RoverLand Rover today launches its marketing campaign for the 2007 Range Rover with 'Extraordinary Perspective' as its central theme.

This will be the third installment of Land Rover's highly successful "Designed for the Extraordinary" marketing campaign, which debuted in February 2006. The latest series of communications – which includes TV, print, outdoor and web creative – presents the idea of an elevated perspective that is showcased within the cabin of a 2007 Range Rover on California's central coast.

The premise revolves around inspiring pieces of art created in the sand on the beach at Point Conception, California. From sea level, these complex extraordinary works of art are virtually
unnoticeable; however, from an elevated viewpoint, the sand art becomes strikingly apparent. Typically created with only a piece of wood found on the beach, a rake, and no measuring tools, the art resembles fluid, natural shapes and spans several hundred feet.

"The 'Designed for the Extraordinary' campaign has demonstrated each of our vehicles in unique and fascinating ways. In the first spot, Range Rover Sport drove beneath the city of Tokyo through spectacular underground aqueducts. In the second spot, LR3 successfully navigated a plane from Nice to Corsica. This third iteration of the campaign focuses less on a physical demonstration, and more on emotional aspects of beautiful scenery, stunning one-of-a-kind artwork and the ability of our flagship Range Rover to elevate your perspective and see things differently," said Sally Eastwood, vice president, marketing, Land Rover North America.

The Art
Sand art began in the late 1960s with a group of artists who found a limitless natural canvas in, among other things, sand. The California coastline lends itself to some of the most beautiful natural canvases for such artists. The canvas becomes a clean slate every day after the tides wash away the creations.

The Range Rover For 2007
Last year, the flagship Range Rover benefited from two new engine options, including a 400 bhp Supercharged V8. This year, a thoroughly redesigned cabin brings major gains in convenience, enhanced climate control, added comfort, and a refined interior appearance. Land Rover’s exclusive Terrain Response™ system, first introduced on the LR3 is now standard on all Range Rover models.

Land Rover North America's "Designed for the Extraordinary" marketing campaign showcases actual events, not dramatizations. The documented Range Rover event is the third chapter of a multi-phase campaign created in liaison with Young & Rubicam Brands, Land Rover North America's advertising agency.

The most sophisticated sound system in the Audi range has proven to be an unqualified success. In less than a year more than 3,000 A8 customers have chosen the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System. At the moment every fifth Audi A8 or S8 model is equipped with this system, which has an output of over 1,000 watts.

With its total of fourteen active high-end speakers, Acoustic Lens Technology (developed by B&O) and powerful amplifier output, the Advanced Sound System ensures a perfect sound experience. Specially developed for the Audi A8 are the speaker grilles made from meticulously
crafted anodised aluminium – the same material used to produce the body of this sporty luxury saloon.

The sound system is music to the listeners’ eyes: because its design is seamlessly integrated into the sporty, luxurious ambience of the A8, adding its own styling features. When the system is activated, two lens tweeters are automatically extended from the dashboard. These ensure an extremely in-depth performance at every Seat thanks to their precisely aligned horizontal transmission. Here the visual fascination of visible technology is combined with the acoustic brilliance of the award-winning Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, which has been declared the benchmark in its class by the trade media.

A sound system from the Danish high-end manufacturer is now available in a further Audi car – in the sporty top model, the Audi R8. Bang & Olufsen are already developing individual sound systems for installation in other model lines in the future.

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced it will exhibit its innovative 3-door hatchback concept vehicle, the Mazda SASSOU, and its futuristic four-seat rotary-engine sports car concept, the Mazda SENKU at Beijing's Auto China 2006. Also on display will be the Mazda MX-5 Power Retractable Hard Top, which makes its China debut and the Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Hybrid. A total of ten models (13 units) will be presented at the show to gain publicity for Zoom-Zoom, Mazda's brand message, in the Chinese market.

Also, this will be the first time Mazda''s international motor show stand design will be used at a Chinese motor show to more clearly reflect Mazda''s global brand message, Zoom-Zoom.

The Mazda SASSOU and Mazda SENKU are two design concept vehicles conceived and developed in Mazda's design centers, located in Europe and Japan respectively. The Mazda
SASSOU, designed at the center in Frankfurt, Germany, will make its Asian debut at this year's Auto China. The Mazda SENKU, designed in Yokohama, Japan, was introduced at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show.

The press day is November 18, 2006 and public days are from November 21 through November 27, 2006. Mazda will hold its press conference at 10:40 a.m. (local time) on Saturday, November 18, 2006. On the press day, the display will be limited to nine models (nine units).

Spring 2007 marks the introduction of BMW’s new 3 Series Cabriolet (Convertible). Available initially in 325i and 335i guises, but followed closely by smaller engined variants and diesel-powered models, BMW’s new open-top will deliver the ultimate in performance and refinement thanks to a number of innovations. Featuring the first electronically operated folding hard-top roof offered by BMW, the world’s first car to be offered with SunReflective Seat cooling leather and a brace of all-new powerplants, the 3 Series Cabriolet (Convertible) is set to remain the segment leader.

The fourth generation of BMW’s open-top four-seater heralds a new chapter in the history of the BMW Cabriolet (Convertible). While the existing triple-layered fabric roofs currently showcased in the 6 Series Convertible and the Z4 Roadster are unsurpassed in heat and noise insulation, the designers of the new 3 Series Cabrolet (Convertible) decided to raise the bar again. The model
now comes with a three-piece electronically-operated retractable hard-top – a first for BMW.

Stowed or raised in approximately 22 seconds, the new roof has been introduced, not only for added security, but also for better visibility and a greater feeling of space and light for occupants. Because the roof features a larger rear glass windscreen and side windows, visibility has improved by 38 per cent compared to the outgoing 3 Series Convertible.

The unique way in which the roof folds also maximises available boot space. With the roof up 350 litres of storage capacity beckons while with the roof down, the boot can still accommodate up to 210 litres of luggage. In another world first, the rear Seat backrests of a 3 Series Cabriolet (Convertible) can also be folded flat to provide additional storage space. As an option, a through loading system with transport bag can also be specified to allow for longer or bulkier items to be accommodated and it can still be used when the folding metal roof is lowered. For added practicality, a stowed roof can be electronically raised out of the boot area to allow for longer items such as golf clubs to be secured before being folded away again.

SunReflective Technology
The new BMW 3 Series Cabriolet (Convertible) can also be specified with the world’s first Sun-Reflective Technology leather upholstery. Now owners of BMW’s latest four-seat sun-trap can enjoy the warm weather and leave the roof down for prolonged periods without singeing themselves on the seats or armrests. Special pigments embedded into the leather help reflect infra-red radiation ensuring treated areas that are exposed to sunlight for a prolonged period can remain up to 20 degrees cooler compared to untreated leather.

New High-Precision Direct Injection engines
BMW is renowned for producing some of the most innovative powerplants and the new 3 Series Convertible features a range of engines that set them apart from the competition. A choice of two petrol engines, both with new High-Precision Direct Injection technology, offer the best blend of performance and economy. Further engine variants will follow during the model’s life cycle.

The new High-Precision Direct Injection system on the BMW 3 Series Convertible uses centrally-mounted piezo crystal injectors spraying atomised fuel vapour directly into the combustion chamber. Combined with Bi-VANOS variable valve technology the system delivers the most efficient burn of fuel for maximum power and parsimonious economy.
The fruits of this technology are highlighted by the impressive performance figures posted by all of the petrol-powered 3 Series Cabriolet (Convertibles). The 325i Cabriolet (Convertible) with its all-new 218hp six-cylinder engine develops 270Nm of torque. The open-topped 325i covers the 62mph sprint in 7.6 seconds and can attain a top speed of 152mph. However, it is still capable of a combined consumption figure of 35.8mpg.

Representing the flagship of the range is the 335i Convertible with its twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre engine. Using an aluminium cylinder block rather than the magnesium alloy unit from the 325i Cabriolet (Convertible), but with the added benefit of lag-free forced induction, the 335i posts a zero to 62mph time of 5.8 seconds. The 306hp engine, higher than the output of the E36 BMW M3, has been restricted to a 155mph top speed. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 28.5mpg. Peak torque of 400Nm from just 1,300rpm through to 5,000rpm gives the driver a real surge of effortless power, acceleration and flexibility.

Both the 325i Cabriolet (Convertible) and the 335i Cabriolet (Convertible) come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. A new six-speed automatic transmission featuring steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles first shown on the 3 Series Coupé can also be specified.

Future powerplants to be offered
Following the introduction of the 325i Cabriolet (Convertible) and the 335i Cabriolet (Convertible), three further engines will be introduced. The 320i Convertible with its all-new 170hp four-cylinder engine will accelerate from zero to 62mph in 9.2 seconds before going on to a top speed of 136mph, yet still manages 42.2mpg on the combined cycle.

The 3.0-litre straight-six powering the 330i Convertible is the world’s lightest production six-cylinder engine and is also one of the highest performing. The 2,996cc 272hp unit is capable of propelling the 330i Convertible from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in 6.7 seconds and is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155mph).

For those who prefer the enhanced economy of a diesel engine without wishing to lose any on-road performance the 231hp 330d Cabriolet (Convertible) is also offered. With a torque curve flatter than a 14th Century map of the world, the 500Nm peak output of the second-generation common rail engined 330d Cabriolet (Convertible) offers smooth and swift motoring. Zero to 100 km/h (62mph) is dispatched in 7.1 seconds and top speed is 245 km/h (152mph).

The BMW 3 Series Convertible will make its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on 7 January, 2007.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today announced the availability of the 2007 Honda Civic GX for the New York State market. The Civic GX will be on sale at five Honda dealers on Long Island and fourteen additional dealers throughout the state, marking the first time the Civic GX is available for retail sale outside of California. The Civic GX is the only dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available to retail customers in the United States.

The 2007 Civic GX, which achieves an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of 28/39 miles per gasoline-gallon equivalent, carries an MSRP of $24,590. Currently natural gas is approximately 30 percent less expensive than gasoline when purchased at a refueling station,
and approximately 50 percent cheaper than gasoline when supplied by a ''Phill'', the convenient natural gas home refueling appliance.

2007 Civic GX buyers are eligible for a Federal tax credit of $4,000 for the car and an additional $1,000 in tax credits for the purchase and installation of ''Phill''. Both GX and Phill benefit from the federal tax credits enacted January 1, 2006, for clean alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure. Natural gas fuel use as an alternative to petroleum can help promote air quality goals and is a lower-cost alternative to gasoline. Primarily a domestically produced fuel, its price has historically tracked below that of petroleum fuels.

With near-zero emissions, the GX was proclaimed the "Cleanest internal combustion engine ever tested" by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when introduced in 1998, and today is the only vehicle certified by EPA to meet both Federal Tier 2-Bin2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero evaporative emissions certification standards. GX meets these strict emission standards, as natural gas is inherently a clean burning fuel.

Equipped standard with a 5-speed automatic transmission, the 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine delivers 113 horsepower and 109 ft-lbs of torque, both an increase of more than 10 percent versus the previous generation. The Civic GX offers the same standard safety features that have earned Civic the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety''s "Top Safety Pick - Gold" Award. Standard safety features include dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, driver''s side impact airbag, front passenger''s side impact airbag, ABS and Honda''s Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body structure TM (ACE TM).

Phill - the home refueling appliance manufactured by FuelMaker Corporation, provides Civic GX owners a convenient and affordable method of refueling at home. Phill can be mounted to a garage wall, either indoors or outdoors, and allows the GX to refuel overnight directly from a homeowner''s existing natural gas supply line.

The natural gas-powered Civic GX is part of Honda''s energy strategy to offer the best available technology for the reduction of air pollution and petroleum dependence and serves as an enabling technology for hydrogen fuel cell cars in the future. The 2007 Civic GX will be assembled in East Liberty, Ohio. Destination and handling charges for all 2007 Honda vehicles are $595.

“The long-distance route from Paris to Beijing is not about speed. Rather, the sporting challenge for the participants is to achieve the lowest possible consumption on the individual stages and across the overall distance”, declared Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the DaimlerChrysler AG Board of Management and Head of the Mercedes Car Group, yesterday evening in the Automobile Club de France, the oldest automobile club in the world. “70 years after Mercedes-Benz launched the diesel engine in series car production as the first manufacturer, we want to demonstrate again the high level of performance of the modern diesel engine in terms of emission, economy and range, even under the most extreme conditions. We are convinced that in future modern diesel engines can continue the success story around the world, something which has long been reality in Western Europe with market shares of over 50 percent.”

The fleet for the long-distance route is made up of production E-Class models, some of which
have the four-wheel drive, 4MATIC. In addition to 33 E 320 CDIs, the field also includes three E-class vehicles with BLUETEC. This forward-looking technology makes the Mercedes-Benz saloon the cleanest diesel in the world. Worldwide, the E 320 BLUETEC is the first and only diesel engine that generates figures below the extremely strict US BIN8 exhaust gas standard, particularly in respect of nitrogen oxide emission. The 320 BLUETEC has been sold in the USA (in 45 states) and Canada since 15 October 2006. The engine consumes up to 30 percent less fuel than comparable vehicles with the gasoline engines in North America. With its enormous range of up to 1,200 km on one tank, it is predestined for an automobile marathon such as the Paris – Beijing – just as is the E 320 CDI.

The route of the “E-Class Experience” passes through France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Kazakhstan to China. The itinerary largely follows that of the first transcontinental car race in history, which was run between Beijing and Paris 99 years ago. On this occasion, the aim of the French initiators was to demonstrate the technical superiority of the car over the horse. The winner was the Italian aristocrat, Scipione Borghese, who crossed the finishing line after 62 days, with his competitors arriving in Paris three weeks later.

In a re-run of the long-distance route, 360 drivers from 35 countries will be sitting behind the wheel on the five stages – of between 1,750 und 3,550 kilometres. These include international journalists, VIPs and online applicants selected from more than 50,000 Internet applications. Due to the overwhelming demand, Mercedes-Benz increased the number of E-Class vehicles to 36 saloons shortly before the start. The most unusual vehicle in the fleet is a Parisian E-Class taxi, which is to accompany the convoy across the total distance over eight borders and six time zones.

Enthusiasts seeking the perfect vehicle to personalize will hit the jackpot with this year’s GM portfolio at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, which features all-new, full-size pickups, SUVs, crossovers and cars tricked out for the streets to the slopes and every conceivable surface in between. They include a one-of-a-kind Chevy Silverado off-road concept designed in conjunction with NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. – a successor to Junior’s “Big Red” Silverado – and a low-riding Orange County Choppers Silverado hauler concept inspired by
the styling cues of the famous bike-building Teutul family.

This year’s GM SEMA lineup also heralds the return of three formidable numbers – 4-2-7 – as in the Chevy Silverado 427 – a concept that demonstrates the new Silverado’s powerful performance parameters. Under the hood of the Silverado 427 is GM Powertrain’s 7.0-liter LS7, the same Gen IV small-block V-8 that powers the Corvette Z06.

"Talk about American muscle – our all-new family of full-size SUVs dominates the segment, and our all-new, full-size pickups are positioned for similar success,” said Michael Jackson, GM North America vice president of marketing and advertising. “Our new pickups were designed and built with personalization in mind, and it’s great that customizers and enthusiasts agree.”

Twenty-seven vehicles will be on display all week in the GM SEMA booth, including 14 Chevrolets; two Cadillacs; four GMCs; two Hummer H3s; two Pontiac Solstices; two Saturns; and one Buick Lucerne partner vehicle. There will also be a top-secret performance car, developed in conjunction with one of GM’s more notable celebrity partners, in the stand.

Cadillac teams up with DUB magazine for a unique spin on the Escalade EXT. In addition to the three Silverado concepts, Chevy features pickups and SUVs decked out for both on- and off-road adventures and that pay homage to Chevy’s relationships with the U.S. Ski Team and Major League Baseball. GMC shows off a Sierra NFL Crew Cab with an NFL interior and exterior theme; a Sierra Texas Extended Cab to fend off pesky competitors in the biggest-selling pickup market in America; a Yukon Denali XL “Big Max” that’s the most capable, feature-packed, powerful Denali ever; and a Sierra All Terrain Crew Cab.

Crossover SUVs get their due at SEMA, too: The Cadillac SRX Sport, which receives a significantly redesigned interior for ’07, gets a Seventh Avenue makeover by upscale women’s clothing designer Dana Buchman. The Saturn Outlook Adventure shows how accessories can help the all-new crossover complement a customer’s outdoor lifestyle.

And speaking of the outdoors, Hummer brings two H3s to Vegas – an E85 ethanol-capable model with available genuine Hummer Accessories; and the H3 Open Top, with a canvas roof by ASC and decked out with real Hummer accessory products.

In addition to trucks and SUVs, GM will feature a 1969 Chevy Camaro customized by “Mr. October” himself, Reggie Jackson, and Buick makes its first custom partnership appearance in the 43-year history of SEMA with Rick Bottom’s street-smart interpretation of the Lucerne full-size sedan, the CXX Luxury Liner. Buick has 10 other customized Lucernes spread throughout the show.

Two ultra-performance versions of the hot-selling Pontiac Solstice will be on display, a GXP-R concept and a Sports Car Club of America race-prepared Solstice Club Sport Z0K. The newest star of SCCA, Solstice finished its debut season with three National Championships – one in Showroom Stock B Club Racing, and one each in C Stock Open and C Stock Ladies Solo autocross competition.

The GXP-R is a concept of a new turbocharged Solstice model that would include restyled front and rear fascias, a more aggressive spoiler, 19-inch cast chrome wheels and multiple other enhancements.

In addition to the Solstice, Saturn will show off Gravana Speed Shop’s interpretation of the Saturn Sky roadster. Gravana, working in conjunction with GM Design, has pushed the Sky’s styling to the limits with its highly customized concept treatment that enhances the sleek, crisp and modern lines of the production vehicle while providing a cutting-edge visual design appeal.

GM also will show off a growing portfolio of crate engines and accessories designed and engineered specifically for GM vehicles by GM. GM’s accessory portfolio for the full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is proof that these vehicles were designed with personalization in mind. It is the most comprehensive ever, with more than 100 products designed in concert with the trucks at the GM Accessory Design Studio.

New electronics offerings include the industry’s first application of noise-canceling headphones; a portable overhead DVD entertainment system with a whopping 10-inch screen; an advanced, long-range remote start system with a LCD key fob readout that provides key vehicle information, such as fuel level and tire pressure; and Personal Audio Link, an innovative iPod integration accessory that lets users tote their personalized playlist in their personalized vehicle.

Jackson said shows like SEMA help showcase the ingenuity of GM engineers and designers, and let customers know what they can create in their own garages. "We''re providing our aftermarket partners, our own accessories and Performance Parts operations and automotive enthusiasts with the best vehicle canvas on which to create parts, pieces and components that look cool and go fast,” he said. “These vehicles feature beauty, race-proven technology and production components that real people can buy and drive – today."

Five years ago, Cadillac's renaissance as a luxury brand hit full speed with the opening of Lansing Grand River (LGR), a state-of-the-art assembly plant that showcased the latest in manufacturing technology and labor-management cooperation. Today, GM, UAW, government and community leaders gathered at the downtown Lansing landmark to praise the LGR team members for their contributions to the plant, Cadillac and the greater Lansing area.

"In five short years, LGR has gone from a promise to a success story in the automotive industry," said Joe Spielman, vice president of GM North America Assembly and Stamping Operations. "Through dedication and hard work, the team at LGR proved that GM could produce world-class products that are cutting edge in design and technology and world class in quality and performance."

GM Impact on Lansing
Built and expanded at a cost of $707 million, Lansing Grand River also represents a renewed commitment by GM to the Lansing area. Since the plant's opening, GM has invested $330 million in a regional stamping center and $1.5 billion to build the Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, which starts producing crossover vehicles this fall. With more than 6,000 employees, GM's Lansing area annual payroll tops $500 million, with employees contributing $1 million out of their own pockets to charities and other causes.

The greatest return on investment GM has received to date is satisfied customers. LGR, which produces the Cadillac CTS, CTS-V, STS, STS-V and SRX, has been the recipient of numerous awards during the last five years. The site has been ranked the most productive luxury car plant in North America in 2003, 2004 and 2005, according to the annual Harbour Report on productivity. Additionally, J.D. Power and Associates bestowed its Silver Plant Award on Lansing Grand River in 2003 and the Gold Plant Award in 2004 for having the highest initial quality of all assembly operations in North and South America.

"The top-quality, high productivity accomplishments of the UAW workforce at Lansing Grand River demonstrate that a high-road strategy - with good wages, job security and a strong union contract - is a proven path to success in today's global economy," said UAW Vice President Cal Rapson, who directs the union's General Motors Department.

Role in Cadillac Renaissance
Lansing Grand River's role in the renaissance of the Cadillac brand also cannot be overlooked, said Jim Taylor, general manager of Cadillac. "The plant has been instrumental in Cadillac's success," Taylor said. "Top-notch manufacturing is a core aspect of the finest luxury auto brands. Precise quality and craftsmanship were the founding principles of Cadillac in 1902. Lansing Grand River extends that tradition into the future." For instance, the 2007 SRX sports a completely redesigned interior and the STS-V features leather interior components that are cut, sewn and wrapped by hand.

A true one-of-a-kind concept car built in 1958 by Plymouth and featuring a sleek, futuristic design will be sold November 11th at Red Baron''s in Atlanta, the Southeast''s premier auction house. Called the Plymouth Tornado, and built on the frame of a 1958 Plymouth Fury, the car reflects the burgeoning space age, just dawning at the time.

"This car, like many custom cars built during that era, resembles a space ship, with its winged back, rocket exhaust and curvaceous body," said Robert Brown, president and owner of Red Baron''s. "Obviously, it was influenced by space travel, a theme that had gripped the public''s imagination. This spilled over into automotive design."

Brown purchased the car about a year ago from a Hollywood director and car aficionado for
$60,000 -- a bargain, except for its condition, which was dreadful. The vehicle had been left to rot in a Utah field for more than 20 years before being acquired by the director, for $50,000. He sold it to Brown after abandoning plans to restore it.

That job was left to Brown, who enlisted the services of Moses Lunden, a Chrysler-Plymouth guru who has written more than 20 books on the company and its products line. Lunden, based in Reno, Nev., lovingly tended to every bolt and screw until the car was brought back to its original luster and glory. Total cost: about $150,000.

"I''ll either sell it for $100,000 and lose my shirt or get a million dollars for it and walk away happy," Brown said with a chuckle. "You never know with vintage cars, especially concept vehicles like this one." He acknowledged the car has already drawn interest from at least one high-profile celebrity collector, plus several auto museums.

The buyer will certainly be getting a car with a colorful past and interesting provenance. Built in Detroit at the height of America''s "dream car" era by the best and the brightest at Chrysler-Plymouth, the Tornado was unveiled amid much fanfare to a fascinated public. Not for sale (and originally painted gray), it soon went on tour.

For the next six years, the car was exhibited worldwide, a symbol of American automotive excellence and a possible sneak-peek at jet-powered cars (a promise that was never fulfilled). In 1964, it took second place for Radical Custom Design at the Sabers'' Auto Show in Denver. It was also featured that year in Car Craft Magazine.

In 1974, a Utah-based sports figure purchased the car and actually tagged and drove it for the next two years. Following his death, and the death of his wife, the vehicle literally sat -- unattended -- in a field at the late owner''s home, for the next 28 years. "It had hornets'' nests in the seats and mice living in the manifolds and hoses," Brown said.

Luckily, a neighbor who was aware of the vehicle sent out feelers to potential buyers. That''s when the Hollywood director -- a veteran of many films, including at least one Clint Eastwood "spaghetti western" -- came forward and bought it from the present-day landowner in Utah, for $50,000. That was in 2004.

Since acquiring the car last year, Brown has rebuilt the original engine (the dependable 8-cylinder 318 cu. in.); rebuilt the push-button automatic transmission (at a cost of $22,000); and indulged in a complete and extensive ground-up, frame-off restoration. Every nut and bolt is original equipment; no aftermarket parts were used.

Other features on the car include an aircraft-style steering wheel; tuck- and-roll upholstery on the dashboard; Plymouth red burgundy upholstery; custom-made windows (safety glass with chrome trim); an additional louvered hood; and a removable hardtop. "It''s basically a roadster with a pop-top," Brown said. "They thought of everything."

Vintage automobiles are a staple at most Red Baron sales, and this one is packed with marvelous examples. The Tornado promises to draw the most bidder interest, but also on the block will be another highly desirable prototype: a 1966 Jaguar XJ13, considered by many to be the Holy Grail of Jaguar collectibles. Only seven were made.

Of those, only two are known to exist. One is housed in the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Museum in Britain. The other one will be sold at Red Baron''s. The car was conceived by designer Malcomb Sayer as an attempt to rejuvenate Jaguar''s presence at LeMans. But it never saw production, and five of the seven were destroyed in crashes.

Other vehicles to be sold include a pale yellow 1948 Packard Super Eight convertible, completely restored, with wire wheels, brown interior and whisper-quiet ride; a black 1960 Ford Thunderbird convertible, also restored, with wire wheels and automatic transmission; and an exotic black 12-cylinder 1984 Lamborghini Countach.

Red Baron''s, in its fourth decade of business, is widely regarded as the premier auction house in the Southeast. The firm holds just three sales a year, all of them themed extravaganzas. Auctions in the past have featured ice sculptures, dwarves in costume and armed guards protecting some of the more valuable lots.

Over 40,000 readers voted for cars in a number of different classes. The new S80 won its category by the largest margin of all. The S80 received 35.7 percent of the votes, ahead of the Citroën C6 (17.1 percent) and the Lexus IS (16.8 percent).

The award was presented to Silvia Güllsdorf, Project Director for the S80, and Gert Battenfield, General Manager Volvo Car Austria, yesterday at the “Autorevue Gala” in Vienna.

“The award means a lot to us, especially because the new Volvo S80 is the readers’ choice. We
are convinced that it will contribute positively towards the achievement of growth ambitions”. says Wim Maes, President Volvo Car Austria and HUB-ECE.

This is the second time that a Volvo was elected from the readers of the Autorevue. Two years ago Volvo Cars received the award for the Volvo S40/V50.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., will highlight its safety and environment efforts at the 31st FISITA 2006 World Automotive Congress (FISITA: International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies *1) to be held at Pacifico Yokohama from October 23 through 27. FISITA is the umbrella organization representing 38 national automotive societies worldwide.

Nissan is committed to its vision of "Enriching People''s Lives" founded on the philosophy of "Symbiosis of people, vehicles and nature". On the environment front, Nissan has identified three
key areas to focus on including (1) managing CO2 emissions, (2) protecting air, water and soil and (3) recycling of resources.

In safety terms, Nissan is focused on both passive and active safety technologies that promote occupants and pedestrian safety. In Japan, Nissan has set a target of halving the number of traffic fatalities or serious injuries involving Nissan vehicles by 2015 compared with the level in 1995, based on analysis of real-world accident data.

Headlining Nissan''s efforts in environmental and safety are the Nissan ASV-3 (Advanced Safety Vehicle) and the electric-powered Pivo compact car.

Thanks to the sandwich concept, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class occupies an exceptional position among its segment. The arrangement of the engine and transmission in a tilted position partly in front of and partly under the passenger compartment means the Compact Sports Tourer offers a larger front crumple zone than other passenger cars in its class. In a serious head-on crash the drive system unit does not move in the direction of the interior, but slides down the pedal floor panel, which also slopes downwards. This means the occupants sit around
200 millimetres higher and thus above the impact zone – an advantage in the case of a side impact. At the same time, the intelligent sandwich principle makes it possible to offer generous interior dimensions with compact external measurements. The B-class thus offers both typical Mercedes occupant safety and exceptional spaciousness and comfort.

Several further measures contribute to the exemplary safety performance of the Compact Sport Tourer from Stuttgart, for example, a body structure made from extremely firm steel alloys with innovative adhesive joints, which provide the front-end structure of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class with consistently high deformation resistance during the entire crash phase, thereby reducing the loads on the occupants.

The engineering of the interior restraint systems also meets the high standard of Mercedes-Benz top models. Adaptive, two-stage front airbags, belt tensioners for the front and outer rear seats, adaptive belt force limiters at the front, active front head restraints, ISOFIX child’s Seat attachments and newly developed head/thorax front side airbags round off the standard protective system for occupants.

However, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class not only meets, it also surpasses standard crash test requirements. The Stuttgart-based automobile brand defines vehicle safety based on an analysis of actual accident occurrences as part of an integrated approach. In addition to occupant protection tailored to suit the severity of the accident, this involves ensuring the quickest possible rescue of the occupants following a collision and the avoidance of accidents using electronic assistance systems such as ESP® and the braking assistant (BAS). For example, in critical road-holding situations, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class electronic stability program (ESP®) works together with the electro-mechanical servo steering to adapt the servo support to assist the driver in stabilizing the car. This extra ESP® function also aids steering correction and provides the car driver with an even better road feel when braking on different road surfaces. An analysis of official German accident statistics bears witness to the significant contribution the braking assistant, which was first launched by Mercedes-Benz ten years ago, makes to avoiding road accidents – in rear-end collisions the use of standard braking systems in Mercedes passenger cars reduced the accident rate by eight percent, while the percentage of serious pedestrian accidents fell by as much as 13 percent.

The high safety standard of the B-Class combined with ample space, exemplary comfort, fascinating design and intelligent variability has quickly established the Mercedes-Benz trendsetter as a successful model. More than 150,000 B-Class models have been delivered since the car’s market launch in June 2005.

Fiat Linea is an all-new segment C three-box saloon which débuts at the Istanbul Motor Show taking place from 2 to 12 November. Produced in collaboration with Tofas, the Turkish joint venture between Fiat Auto and Koç Holding quoted on the Istanbul Stock Exchange, the Fiat Linea will be first manufactured in the joint venture’s Bursa plant in Turkey (at an annual production of 60,000 units) and marketed in a number of European and non-European countries starting in the second half of 2007. The vehicle will later be produced in other countries by FIAT.

Designed by the Fiat Style Centre, the new Fiat Linea presents an elegant, dynamic external line. The same stylistic attention has been paid to the interior, the lines of which are harmonious and well balanced with the exterior to create a bright and friendly environment capable of guaranteeing extraordinary interior roominess and superior comfort in terms of ergonomics and space available to the driver and passengers. This impression is confirmed by the car’s generous dimensions which set it at the very top of its segment: 4.56 metres long, 1.73 m wide, 1.5 m tall and with a wheelbase of 2.6 m, in addition to having a luggage compartment boasting an impressive 500 litres.

An elegantly functional car, with a strong Italian imprint, the Fiat Linea will be marketed in different equipment levels and equipped with features more usually found in higher segment vehicles as demonstrated by a number of sophisticated infotelematic devices which improve the comfort and quality of time spent on board.

The Fiat Linea’s generous equipment is dedicated to the protection of driver and passengers and the customer can choose from a wide range of gasoline and diesel engines that combine excellent performance, low fuel consumption and absolute respect for the environment, coupled to both manual and automatic transmissions.

And in order to guarantee the best price/content ratio, the various combinations of Fiat Linea equipment levels available are all characterised by high value for money.