Super-frugal MINI Cooper D and inexpensive MINI One debuting in Geneva

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While the new MINI is already bombing around Europe and the U.S. in standard and Cooper S trim, Europeans have had to wait for new versions of their popular MINI One and MINI Cooper D. MINI has announced both models will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, each with their own upgrades. Aside from the new sheetmetal, the MINI One will feature a smaller version of the new MINI motor developed in conjunction with PSA. The 1.4-liter four-cylinder produces 95-hp at 6,000 rpm and 103 ft-lbs. of torque at 4,000 rpm, aided by a version of BMW's variable valve timing technology called VALVETRONIC. The MINI One will return a fairly frugal 49.6 mpg (miles per imperial gallon, mind you) in Britain's combined urban and extra-urban cycles.

The MINI Cooper D, however, is the car for which we here at Autoblog pine. The D, of course, stands for diesel, and the new model will use a 1.6-liter turbodiesel that producs 110 hp at 4,000 rpm and between 177 and 191 ft-lbs. of torque at a low 2,000 rpm. It'll hit 62 mph in under 10 seconds, and reward a light foot with 64.2 mpg (again, imperial gallons) in Britain's cycle. Both cars come standard with six-speed manual transmissions, or one can opt for a six-speed auto with paddle shifters and a sport mode. Starting April, about a month after each car debuts in Geneva, Brits will be able to buy the MINI One beginning at £11,595 ($22,740 USD) and the MINI Cooper D starting at £14,190 ($27,829 USD).

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VIDEO: Davidkart vs. Goliath GTR

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What's faster, a kart or a Viper? That's the question Nurburgring wunderfrau Sabine Schmidt asked and answered in this ten-minute segment on her German television show DMAX. (You remember Sabine... she's the girl who dragged Clarkson's sorry old ass around the 'Ring in a diesel Jag.)

To make the plum even sweeter, we're not talking about any ordinary Viper or any ordinary kart here. The Viper is the GTR race version based on the first-generation super-snake, and the kart, as far as we can gather (we've yet to launch Autoblog German) is one beast of a suped-up shifter kart with a 164-hp 1100cc motorbike engine.

No contest, you say? The Viper'll win it hands down? Not so fast (no pun intended). Power-to-weight is the name of the game, and even with a quarter the power, the kart doesn't weigh nearly as much as the big American muscle. It's a close race... you'll have to watch to see which crosses the finish line first. Blitzschnell!

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Remember the Titan? Nissan half-ton debuting facelift in Chicago

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With Toyota's coming out party for the Tundra in full swing, the full-size truck segment has been getting a lot of attention. With the spotlight focused intensely on any vehicle with a bed, Nissan decided it was time for the Titan to show up looking its best. To that end, Nissan will be giving its full-size pickup a new set of threads for the Chicago Auto Show next month. Of course, the Autoblog team will be there to bring you all the live shots you've come to expect from us.

Nissan really needs to start focusing on the customer again, having lost some of the half-ton pickup market share last year. The new Tundra will certainly continue to draw sales away, as well. In fact, Toyota is hopi ng to move 200,000 Tundras this year, and most expect those sales to largely come out of the Titan's customer base. While others believe the domestics are more vulnerable, the loyalty of their buyers is so strong that Nissan is a more likely target. Will a new nose help? Probably not, as we've seen first hand that truck buyers are more interested in frame rails and transfer cases.

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Bentley: Driving in a Winter Wonderland

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A 550-horsepower Bentley? A winter vacation in Finland? Sounds like the perfect combination, and the boys at Bentley have got it hooked up with the Bentley Ice Driving Experience.

Plenty of upscale marques offer advanced driving courses to show you how to get the most out of your shiny new toy, but Bentley's program blows snow right in their faces. Professional instructors put participants behind the wheel of an all-wheel-drive Continental GT coupe and "take you and the car to the limit and safely back again" on frozen lakes. They'll also throw in some snowmobiling in the snow-blanketed Finnish countryside. After an experience like that, we'd bet black ice and unplowed highways will seem like child's play Check out the details at BentleyMotors.com

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Hong Kong company revives Mustang II, Pacer

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And the Gremlin and the Pinto. Yeah, all scale models, but didn't your jaw drop just a little after reading the headline? Mine did after spotting these at a major discount retailer's toy department last week. Available in 1:60, 1:24 and as a remote control 1:16 scale, these bad-rep rods of the 70s are part of the Fresh Cherries lineup from Motormax.

Surrounded by other, more respectable models like a Bugatti Veyron, the 2006 Camaro Concept, and a Ferrari F40, the 1:60-sized Gremlin on my work desk has sparked many conversations. The kitsch factor of these small mechanical monsters goes to 11. At less than $4 for the smallest versions, you can afford to have your very own ignoble garage, or recreate an 80s-era use d car lot. For even more realism, set the Pinto on fire, and leave the Mustang II next to the Gremlin in the yard to build up some nice rust. We imagine the remote control Mustang II might cost more than a 1:1 scale version, though it would probably hold its value better.

We can't wait for the next round. What should be on that list? Hmm. Vega, Citation, maybe a Le Car.

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Lutz says he's not going anywhere

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Yesterday I posted a story that originated at Just-Auto.com about GM Vice-Chairman "Maximum" Bob Lutz riding off into the sunset next year. Josh Oliver over at the TheGMSource.com went straight to the man and got the truth. According to Josh, when queried about the story, Mr. Lutz said, "The whole thing is utter and complete BS."

I stand corrected, and based on what I saw from GM at Cobo Hall last week, I truly hope he does stick around for a while. For the first time that I can remember, I was truly excited by most of what I saw at the GM display, the "Angry Beaver" GXP excepted. His presence at GM seems to have ignited a spark that needs to fanned and kept alive. G M needs to keep the focus on the product, because ultimately, no matter how you run the business, if people don't want the cars, nothing else matters.

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Detroit Auto Show: Wrangler, Wrangler on the Wall (video)

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DaimlerChrysler clearly spent big this year at the Detroit show. The Mercedes-Benz "cars on ice" display was impressive, but the Jeep's presence was even more so. In addition to the trippy waterfall - we swear, it was making shapes - the neo-Flinstones display had a new Wrangler Unlimited mounted on the side of a big faux-rock tower. You look up and think, "whoa, there's a Jeep up there", but for those left wondering how they did it, this brief two-and-a-half-minute video shows the inside story. Not as simple as you might think.

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And what, exactly, is the point of Mercury?

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After last week's flurry of news from Detroit, we're realizing that little was heard from Mercury. Parent Ford certainly had some introductions and unveilings, but nothing from across the corporate hall. It makes us wonder whether the Mercury brand is going to completely wither and die, or if Ford's got some surprises left. There really seems to be little point to the brand. There are no Mercury-specific models like there once were (Cougar, Villager, etc.) and really nothing particularly compelling for sale. Perhaps giving Mercury a segment to fill would drive the brand.

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In the Autoblog Garage: 2007 Mustang GT Convertible


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Clearly emulating the Grabber Orange available on a '70 Boss 302, the 2007 Ford Mustang GT Convertible we were given by the guys at Motor City Solutions attracted lots of attention everywhere it was parked. The color screamed for attention on its own, but when combined with the retro look, boomers were drawn to the car like kids to candy.

Being fortunate enough to have unseasonably warm weather for December, we had the chance to experience this car in its true element. With the top down and the heater blasting, after all, unseasonably warm in Michigan in December is still only 50 degrees; the car was an absolute blast.

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Detroit Auto Show: BMW's full M range

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It seems every automaker is lining up these days to snag their letter in the alphabet for their high-performance divisions. Audi's claimed S, while Chevy has SS; Honda has the Type-R and Volkswagen launched the R-line; Mercedes acquired AMG and Ford still has SVT. Now Lexus has laid claim to the letter F, but BMW has always had M.

Unfortunately BMW's stoic performance division didn't have anything special in store for us at this year's Detroit show, but they did have their full M range lined up all pretty like in sparkling white at the back of their booth. The whole gang was there, including the Z4-based M Roadster and M Coupe, the M5 sedan and the M6 coupe and convertible. It was a wet dream come true for fans of the ultimate driving machines, so for all you BMW enthusiasts out there we went by to snap a few photos. Click here to check 'em out or on any of the thumbnails below.

 

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DCX could own Ecto 2 in new Ghostbusters video game

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A few videos recently uploaded to YouTube show what appear to be development work on a new Ghostbusters videogame that features none other than a stretch Chrysler 300 Touring playing the part of an updated Ecto wagon, i.e. the Ecto 2. We're all about videogames here at Autoblog and we're also down with any nostalgia that can bring back the sights and sounds of the 1980s, so the chance to experience life as a Ghostbuster in all its free-roaming, first-person glory is tantalizing to say the least. It came to us while watching the videos, however, that no vehicle would make a better Ecto 2 than the Dodge Magnum. The videos show the Magnum's European doppelganger, a Chrysler 300 Touring, mainly because they're attributed to game developer Zootfly, which is based in Europe where the 300 wagon is offered. Regardless, were the game produced the Dodge Magnum would likely be the Ecto 2 parked in our firehouse.

Despite the fact that no one knows if these videos show an actual game in development, a mod to a current game or a fanboy's sick homage to the original film, the idea of a reinvigorating the Ghostbusters franchise and making the Dodge Magnum a part of that is something that DCX should seriously consider funding. And why stop at video games? Aren't we all ready for a darker, more serious-in-tone Ghostbusters 3 for the adult crowd? We say this partly because we want to see the nervous sexual tension between Peter Venkman and Dana Barrett on the big screen one more time, but also because marketing opportunities like this don't come along for a manufacturer every day.

If you can think of a better late-model vehicle to play the part of Ecto 2, let us know in the comments. For us, however, the cas ting couch is closed.

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Lutz to be succeeded by Opel's Forster

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Rick Wagoner, Carl-Peter Forster, and Bob Lutz

Bob Lutz has already retired at least once from an executive position at a car-maker when he left DaimlerChrysler following the merger. When he joined General Motors a few years back to oversee its product development, he was already well past the standard retirement age and by next year he will be 75 years old. According to Just-Auto.com, GM Europe President Carl-Peter Forster has been informed by Chairman Rick Wagoner that he will be taking over Lutz's seat on the board of directors as well as his role leading product development in 2008. You may remember Forster's comment from last October that by 2014 the Saturn and Opel brands would be completely interchang eable. Among Forster's responsibilities will be overseeing this so-far successful collaboration between Opel and Saturn. According to the article, the Opel Zafira mini-van and the Vectra Wagon will also be joining the Astra and Aura in the Saturn line-up in the coming years. Can General Motors sustain its momentum with the Car Czar at the helm? On the other hand, perhaps importing executives as well platforms from Europe is just GM needs.

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Detroit Auto Show: Under the skin of Toyota's Tundra

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Details on the Toyota Tundra have been slowly trickling out since its debut in Chicago last year, and finally, the manufacturer's display at the Detroit Auto Show put all the goods for our inspection. This, along with the recently-released specs, has given us a better idea of how the Tundra might stack up against the competition.
A recent print rag showed up in our mailbox with the breathless proclamation that the Tundra "could be the truck that breaks the Detroit 3's back". That's maybe a bit premature; as we've seen, the Tundra has some advantages and, yes, some potential drawbacks when compared to competing products from the Motor City.

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Return to Portugal: Portimao building F1 track

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The venues just keep on lining up for grands prix. After bringing you news of Singapore's impending bid and progress on India's plans, the next contender is Portugal, which had a grand prix at Estoril from 1984 to 1997 but withdrew from the F1 calendar after that due to prohibitively high costs to get the track up to spec. Rather than sinking more money into an old track, the coastal town of Portimao is moving ahead with plans to build a brand new facility.

The project has a reported budget of a staggering $250 million and includes a five-star hotel, apartment complex and trackside technology center in addition to the track itself and other supporting facilities. Parkalgar, a private contractor, is getting support from local and national governments who see the project as a priority for the Portuguese tourism industry and who are granting the contractors a 10-year tax break together with low rental fees for the 800 acres of land dedicated for the facility. Parkalgar aims to finish the facility by September 2008, after which they intend to bid for a Formula One grand prix.

The bid for a Portuguese Grand Prix is a bit of an uphill battle, set against the context of a general decrease in the number of European races. Germany and Italy have each had a race cut from the calendar; Belgium is alternating every other year; even France and England might have to alternate; while nearby Spain is bidding for a second race. It might be a tough sell with an already overcrowded race schedule, but it may just come down to how much they can afford to pay Bernie Ecclestone, who as always holds the lucrative commercial rights to the series.

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Startech's Dodge Nitro program unveiled


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Startech, the Chrysler Group-oriented division of Deutsch über-tuner Brabus, has released a full suite of modifications for Dodge's new Nitro SUV. For starters, the Nitro's love-it-or-hate-it face can be updated with a new lower fascia that incorporates stacked foglights in the corners. Ditto for the rear where the new lower portion is trimmed to match the front and features cutouts for Startech's dual oval-tipped exhaust system (details of which are not included in the attached release).

New rocker panels carry the theme through from front to back, and the company offers other trim bits like metallic side extractors on the outside , and custom leather trim and Startech doorsill trim plates on the inside. Regarding the leather, Startech can redo the whole interior with it, rectifying one of the more disappointing aspects of the Dodge -- the overly plasticky interior. It should be noted that Startech's simple, sturdy-looking 5-spoke wheels look excellent here. The Startech wheels are so sharp that were we to purchase any Chrysler Group product, we'd consider upgrading to a set of them.

Last but not least, Startech's reprogrammed ECU boosts output on the euro-market Nitro turbodiesel from 140 to 180 horsepower. Tourque rating is 320 Nm, or 265 lb-ft, giving the ute some more punch to back up its bulldog appearance. Full details in the press release after the jump.

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Delhi likely to host Indian Grand Prix

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The Asian push in F1 keeps growing stronger. After reports of Singapore edging closer to signing a deal with Bernie Ecclestone, and South Korea set to join the calendar for 2010, efforts to establish an Indian Grand Prix are firming up.

The plans for an F1 race in India hadn't been getting off the back-burner as potential organizers couldn't agree on a site on the subcontinent, not unlike the deadlock that kept F1 out of the US until its return at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Now Ecclestone seems confident that Delhi is the right place.

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Tesla moves forward with Whitestar sedan, opens new R&D center in Michigan

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Tesla, the company behind the amazing Tesla Roadster capable of going 250 miles on a single charge and hitting 60 mph in around 4 seconds, seems to be progressing cautiously with plans for its next model, an all-EV sedan codenamed Whitestar. The fledgling automaker is apparently planning for the long-term and has already opened the doors on a new engineering center in Rochester Hills, MI. Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm has also lobbied Tesla hard to locate its future production facility in the Wolverine state.

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Spy Shots: 2008 Ford Freestyle

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We thought this thing would be dead by now; what with the Edge, Fairlane, and next-generation Explorer all occupying CUV Parking Only spaces in Ford's garage. Nay, the Freestyle soldiers on for 2008, emboldened by a new face, set to debut at the Chicago Auto Show. The cosmetic surgery is in line with Ford's revisions to the Freestyle's platform-mate, the Five Hundred. Overall, the look doesn't even progress beyond conservative, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some of the innocuousness of the original Freestyle has been eradicated by more jowly fenders and the new corporate grille. We like it, it's more Ford-y, less bland. Power is rumored to be provided by the new 3.5-liter V6, with the joint-venture 6 speed transaxle taking the ratio shuffling. The ori ginal Freestyle was a nice vehicle that Ford only halfheartedly promoted. The 3.0 and CVT were more than adequate for everyday driving and the chassis and interior space were miles ahead of truck-based "family cars." We're expecting to see interior updates as well, be it materials, fit and finish, packaging, or all of the above. With more snort and a more conventional transmission, not to mention the squaring-up of the nose, we hope Ford gets behind the Freestyle. Sure, now we sound like dorks, but it really is a good family car, even if it is a station wagon in denial.

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Official 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class brochure leaked on web

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The official brochure for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has surfaced over on the German Car Zone forums, and it reveals in full production glory the car that we've seen countless times in spy shots over the past year. The first thing that jumps out at you is the ginormous three-pointed star emblem that dominates the front grille on the Avant Garde and AMG Sport Package models. A trim called Elegance will apparently make do with a standard Mercedes grille. We dig the big badge, which was also previewed on the Vision GL420 Concept at the Detroit Auto Show. This indicates we should expect more MB mod els to sport the large three-pointed star on various trim levels over the next few years. Otherwise, the sedan's exterior lines are a little meatier, a little chunkier and more filling, like Campbell's soup. M'm, m'm, good.

The interior of the 2008 C-Class impresses us less, however, with a wonky steering wheel and old-school nav setup that has the screen popping up vertically from a hidden slot on the dash. We didn't like that feature in the first Infinitis with nav systems and we don't like it here. There does, however, appear to be a large information screen centered in speedomater reminiscent of what Chrysler uses in the Pacifica. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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[Source: German Car Zone via Jalopnik]

 

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Bentley holding the line on production for now

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UPDATE: Due to a reporting error in the source material, we had the wrong North America sales total for Bentley. The correct number now appears below.

Coming off a record year in 2006, Bentley says that we shouldn't expect similar stellar figures in the near future. After building 10,087 units last year (more than any other ultra-luxury marque), Bentley acknowledged that it's at full production and will probably see a leveling off of sales in the next few years. CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen told reporters in Detroit that they are still investigating adding new models to the Bentley lineup, but that the decision process is incredibly difficult because the image of Bentley must remain intact. That means no SUVs or small sedans, most likely.

Other tidbits that came out of the meeting were that the North American market accounted for about 40% of Bentley sales last year (4,017 units sold), the wait list for a new Bentley is still about 18 months in most markets, and that the company will no longer use the VW Phaeton plant in Dresden that was temporarily used when they launched the Conti Flying Spur. On a partially related note, we had another brief spin in a GTC a couple of days ago and can attest to the fact that chopping the top off does nothing to the driving dynamics of this ultra luxury coupe. Hopefully we'll be able to provide more details soon.

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Drag-racing legend Dick Landy passes on to the big strip in the sky

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Dick Landy, the man synonymous with Dodge's wildly-successful factory drag racing program in the 1960s and '70s, has died from kidney failure. He was 69 years old.

Landy made a name for himself and his factory sponsor by combining the legendary Hemi with an altered wheelbase to create the first "funny car". The combination of horsepower and traction led to the banning of his vehicles by the NHRA; relegated to the exhibition circuit, Landy then introduced nitromethane, mechanical fuel injection, and supercharging to the equation and established the foundation for the highest tiers of modern drag racing. Landy later returned to the world of officially-sanctioned racing to participate in the formative days of the Super Stock and Pro S tock classes, and remained involved with Chrysler for the remainder of his long career.

The muscle car era would not have been the same without Dick Landy, and he will be missed.

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Spy Shots: 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super

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We reported early last year that the Buick LaCrosse would likely be getting a Super Sport or Sport model boasting a 300-horsepower V8. The program is still ongoing and we found this most recent spy shot published on the Detroit News Insider (our intel, however, reveals this shot was taken in November of 2006). As reported, the LaCrosse Sport will have a front end tweaked to recall the 2004 Velite Concept with a new grille shape and different headlights. Though not shown on this mule, there will also be side skirts and a dec k lid spoiler.

The LaCrosse Super will basically be Buick's version of the Chevy Impala SS, and thus is a product that will likely cost the brand pennies on the dollar to develop. It will use the same 5.3-liter V8 producing three C-notes of horsey power, and will also wear 18-inch alloys. Our insider sources, however, don't believe the LaCrosse Sport will get Delphi's MagneRide suspension as the Detroit News reports. The system, that's also used on the Corvette, Cadillacs and Ferraris, would be a major expanse for a badge engineered product like this.

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2008 Dodge Avenger pricing shows up online

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Dave Thomas over at the Cars.com Kicking Tires blog has published complete pricing info for all trim levels of the 2008 Dodge Avenger (click here for high-res gallery). We're unclear as to where Dave got the info, as the Chrsyler Group has not officially released the Avenger's pricing except for its starting price of $18,220 plus a $675 destination charge, which was announced at the Detroit Auto Show last week. We've contacted the Chrysler Group to try and get confirmation that Dave's info is accurate, but the right person there has yet to get back to us. Regardless, the pricing info provide d by Dave is right below. The base SE model is only available with the 173-hp World Engine four-cylinder, while the SXT can be optioned up to the 235-hp V6. The R/T gets the V6 standard, and one can also choose all-wheel drive for an additional two-grand. Thus, a loaded V6 Avenger R/T AWD would top out at about $24,870. You can get a Ford Fusion SE with a 221-hp V6 and AWD for less at $23,885, though a top of the line Fusion SEL AWD starts higher at $25,120.
  • Avenger SE (base): $18,220
  • Avenger SXT (mid-range): $19,120
  • Avenger R/T: $22,870
  • Avenger R/T AWD: $24,870
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BMW introduces new three-door 1-Series for 2007

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Most Europeans agree that the BMW 1-Series is one fugly little automobile. Somehow the Bangle experience doesn't scale down very well (nor does it often look good at 1:1 scale). Regardless, the little Bimmer has been the least costly way to get into a Bavarian Motorwerks product for the last few years, and if for nothing else Europeans love the car for that fact. For 2007, BMW has tweaked the styling of the 1-Series adding a larger twin-kidney grille and revised lower front spoiler, introduced a new three-door model, and also added some trick fuel-saving technology on certain models. Those fuel-saving techniques include the regenerative braking technology we first told you about when the new 5-Series surfaced. It uses various methods to recharge the car's special battery rather than having an alternator put a constant drain on the car's engine. BMW says its good for a 3% increase in fuel economy alone. We're more excited, however, about the new three-door model, especially when paired with the 265-hp inline-six in the 130i model. The lighter weight of the tri-door makes for a slightly faster 6.0-second flat trip to 60. Who knows if the U.S. would ever be ready for a BMW smaller than the 3-Series. We've got the MINI, but until that brand shoehorns six cylinders beneath its bonnet we'll be wishing for the 1-Series on our shores.

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Detroit Auto Show: Dodge Viper SRT-10 Mopar concept

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While the new 600-horsepower Viper was attracting all the press at the Detroit show like so many moths to a flame, around back at the Dodge booth sat a tricked out beast dripping venom from its fangs, a showcase of what the Chrysler Group's aftermarket performance division Mopar has in store for the company's juiced up new flagship.

As impressive as the magic 600-horsepower figure is in the new Viper, it's no huge mystery how Dodge squeezed out the extra 90 horses over the old model. "No replacement for displacement" is the name of the game, and the Viper's engine is a monstrous 8.4-liter V10 from which Mopar tapped an additional 75 horses (thanks largely to better cooling) for a total of 675. (Yes, that's right... 675 horsepower. In one car.)

To go with the added juice, Mopar fitted an adjustable suspension and blacked-out 19" lightweight alloy wheels with accompanying Michelin rubber. The Mopar Viper was also displayed in a striking anthracite-gray paint job with an offset neon-red stripe running up the front, over the roof and on to the giant rear wing. You know, just in case the *ahem* ordinary Viper wasn't visually imposing enough.

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