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Subaru XV model to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show

Japanese car maker Subaru has recently released a teaser image of a brand new model that will debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. This new crossover model is called the Subaru XV which took after the XV Concept design that was shown earlier this year at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show.

According to the official statement that was issued by the Japanese car maker, the new model, Subaru XV will be the image of the new generation of the brand’s crossover product line. The statement also traced the model’s origin back to the concept car that was shown last April at the Shanghai Motor Show, where the concept was warmly received globally because of its trendy and distinct look. The concept car that was shown was recognized because of its urban-friendly but commanding and elegant look.

The brand new Subaru XV model is a five-seater crossover unit that comes with a 2.0-liter V4 Horizontally-Opposed DOHC engine. The power plant is attached to a Lineartronic CVT gearbox. No official word on the power train’s specifications, power output figures and performance yet. The same thing can be said with interiors and exterior details so we have to wait for the official technical details of its production.

The Subaru XV will make its debut appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year so keep your eyes and your ears tuned for more details about this Subaru newbie that will redefine the crossover product line of the Japanese car brand.

Ford gives green light for next gen Focus RS

Ford gives its go signal for the production of the RS high performance version of the Ford Focus. This was according to a recent interview of Herman Gunnar, top executive for C segment models for German vehicle line.

The previous Ford Focus RS has an output of 305 horsepower on a front wheel drive. The car pretty much fits into the World Rally Championship thanks to its excellent handling attributed to the RevoKnuckle suspension setup.

The team developing the Ford RS will most likely stick with the front wheel drive configuration for the new version according to Hermann. He also denied earlier speculations that the Ford RS will be made into a hybrid vehicle that will use electric motors for the rear wheels.

Ford will also stick with the two wheel drive setup for the new Ford RS which worked well for its older sibling.

The Ford executive also added that the the new RS will be more powerful than the previous release and that power will be sustainable. He pointed to the RS500 limited edition for the UK that has 350 horsepower and the more potent ones even reaching 380 horsepower.

The vehicle is expected to roll out the Ford factories by 2014. It will retain the current RevoKnuckle suspension system and will make use of the 2.0L 4-cylinder Ford EcoBoost powerplant.

Ferrari’s first hybrid car spotted on a test drive

The recently revealed prototype of Ferrari’s first ever hybrid supercar is sure proof that the model will soon roll out in showrooms. Maranello, the home of Ferrari S.p.A. in Italy first talked about the hybrid supercar in the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. This was when the Italian carmaker first unveiled its Hybrid Concept which stemmed off from the base 599 model. Ferrari is aiming to fine tune its hybrid technology so it could bring down their CO2 emission from 310g/km in 2011 to about 240g/km by 2018.

The Ferrari’s two-seater hybrid supercar was spotted on a driving test site in Germany. The car has a red-and-white pre-reg Germnan plates, which sort of revealed its secret identity to the spy photographers who were on the scout for the Prova ID plates that other Ferrari prototypes carry. While Ferrari is adamant about confirming any rumors, the alleged prototype also carries an “S” on its plate, which suggests a Stuttgart registration where Bosch is located. Bosch is the high-end automotive technology works with Ferarri in the software and engineering aspects of the hybrid supercar.

The 599 Hybrid Concept car that was presented last year had an additional 100kg to its curb weight due to the electric equipment. However, the Italian brand has no doubt that the 599’s performance remains at 0-100mph in 10.4 seconds. A wickedly fast Traction Control System” is also in the works. With this on board, it helps reverse the torque of the electric motor. An “Electric Torque Shaping” system is also in production.

Brabus Creates ECO PowerXtra D6S Performance Kit for Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec

Brabus is known to be luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz’s tuning company and has enjoyed a great deal of renowned works. Today, it has added another badge to its belt with the ECO PowerXtra D6S, a performance kit that is made specifically for the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec model. With this, the tuning company has claimed that it has tuned the very first diesel automobile that successfully meets the emission requirements of the new Euro 6 regulations. These regulations are expected to go in effect by year 2014.

The ECO PowerXtra D6S is compatible with the 4MATIC all-wheels drive and rear-end drive models. The performance kit adds 55 horsepower and 52 lb-ft. of torque to your machinery. It powers the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec with up to 313 horsepower and an amazing 509 lb-ft of torque.

The ECO PowerXtra D6Shas been designed to work with no fuss. The installation of the performance kit is expected to work easily like a plug-and-play hardware system while it adds power to the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine through the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic gearbox. When you’re in “Eco Mode”, the torque is raised but the engine still has 258 horsepower. But when you’re in “Sport Mode” or “Manual Mode”, the engine’s maximum power level is raised. Therefore, the S350 model covers 62mph in 6.5 seconds and has a maximum speed of 155 mph.

The ECO PowerXtra D6S can also be attached to both Mercedes-Benz’s lines of E350 CDI BlueEfficiency and the CLS 350 CDI BlueEfficiency with the same results.

Porsche contemplates on selling diesels for consumers in the US

Sports car manufacturer Porseh may take of the covers of a diesel and a hybrid version of the Panamera during the Geneva auto show. Porsche is also thinking of selling Panamera sedan and Cayenne SUV running on diesel in the United States which is their largest single market. The carmaker is also planning to unveil gas-electric hybrid and diesel variants of the Porshe Panamera during the upcoming motor show in Geneva.

The planned release of the new variants is a step to help Porsche answer the demand for fuel-efficient vehicles that is growing even in the luxury vehicle segment.

According to insiders, the executives of Porsche are still discussing the possibilities of bringing in the diesel version of the Cayenne and Panamera to the U.S. Maket this 2011.

Diesel Porsche Panameras have been rolling on the streets of Europe since 2009. The US and European markets have been seeing the hybrid Cayenne that depends on gasoline and electric motors.

Sources say that the hybrid Panamera may be introduced to the European consumers by summer.

The deliveries of Porsche jumped by 27% to about 97,000 unites while the order intakes grew by 49%. Porsche is enjoying a good start for 2011 and foresees rolling out more than one hundred thousand units this year. Asia is the biggest growth region among the 113 markets of Porsche across the globe.

On a wider scale, experts predict that the market for passnger cars will be improving by as much as 8% to around 65 million vehicles this year with China possibly leading the way holding 20% of the market pie.

Volvo News: Touchscreen Rear Entertainment

Volvo NewsIn this day and age, it is all about the technology that you pack into everything – honestly, if you are looking for a car, you look at what technology it has in it in addition to what the engine looks like.  If you are in the market for a computer, you look at the technology that is packed into it.  This is the technology generation and your car should be no different!

Volvo has gotten that concept and at the Chicago Auto Show they actually unveiled the brand new Rear Seat Entertainment System.  This actually features an internet connected area with Windows XP, WiFi and a 500G hard drive.

You can actually plug your computer right into your car and play all sorts of music through the car speakers – that is pretty damn cool!  It’s still under testing right now but it is almost here!

Michelin sweeps Consumer Reports’ largest ever tire test

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We all know that your tires are something that you need to keep updated.  If you are having problems slipping and sliding on the road, it is probably all due to the fact that your tires are not in the best shape.  Well, I can tell you that if you are a quality-minded person that cares about the price but is willing to pay a little more to get a little more, Michelin is going to be the company for you.

To be honest, Michelin is one of the only brands that truly conduct an annual tire test and they actually rate models on several different categories.  For example, wet, dry, ice, hydroplaning, snow traction, ice breaking, ride comfort, noise, rolling resistance and finally tread life. 

Michelin was the winner of this test and I have to say that they are awesome!  I have them on my car and they rock!

2010 Subaru Outback: There Is Something For Everyone!

2010 Subaru Outback If there is one thing that I have noticed about the Sabaru brand it is the fact that they truly have become a brand for people to respect.  This Japanese car brand is not only one that produces a heck of a good SUV, but it is a brand that is going to last for quite a long time … while most people actually think that this particular brand is not all that good …. I think it rocks!

The coolest thing that I think about the 2010 Subaru Outback is the inside.  The steering wheel looks awesome, the overall design of the inside is beautiful and it has to be said that the design is pretty cutting edge.  There are a lot of things that have been upgraded on the 2010 Subaru Outback and you should check them out – it is cool.

The 2010 Subaru Outback – remember, it is more than just a car, I can promise you that!