New York Leakage: Subaru's new Tribeca revealed

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One of our favorite marque-specific, indie buff books, SubieSport, let a couple images slip of Subaru's warmed over 2008 B9 Tribeca.

Due to be shown on Wednesday at the New York Auto Show, the reworked SUV gets a new nose that's eerily reminiscent of Chrysler's Pacifica (with a little Touareg thrown in), dispatching the Edsel-like front grille that has caught the ire of several journos and consumers. The rear gets a mild tweaking as well, with a few more angles on the tail lamps and hatch.

As expected, a new 3.6L H6 finds its way underhood, developing 256 HP at 6,000 RPM (up from 250 HP) and 247 lb.-ft. of torque. Apparently, the five-speed autobox has also benefited from some additional engineering, with new programming that should make good use of the extra twist.

SubieSport's got all the technical details here, along with an a few pics.

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AutoblogGreen for 04.03.07

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The Automotive X-Prize foundation released the first draft rules for the upcoming green car X-Prize (the Ansari X-Prize brought us Spaceship One back in 2004) for public comment. There will be two vehicle categories, and they have to be production-viable, not pie-in-the-sky concept vehicles. Official release at the NY Auto Show this week, but AutoblogGreen's got the info now. Also, our AFVI conference coverage have started.

 

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Lincoln to offer Sirius satellite radio as standard equipment

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Ford announced today that all 2008 Lincoln models (MKZ, MKX, Navigator, Navigator L and Mark LT) will come factory-equipped with Sirius satellite radio and six-month prepaid subscriptions. Whether it's Stern, Soundgarden, or Stevie Wonder, Ford's luxo-brand customers will be guaranteed the ability to tune into the programming of their choice as offered by the satellite radio provider as soon as they drive off the lot. Consider it another brand differentiator between Lincoln and the lower-on-the-totem-pole Ford and Mercury divisions. Obviously, Sirius is available on those brands as well, but it's optional, whereas every 2008 Linc is a lock to have it no matter what.

Press release after the jump.

[Sources: Ford, Sirius]

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Supreme court says EPA can regulate greenhouse gases

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Admittedly, we're a little late to the party on this one, but thankfully, our greener sibling site was on top of things when the Supreme Court made an important ruling yesterday regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement of the Clean Air Act.

The ruling revolves around the regulation of carbon dioxide, classifying it as a pollutant and, more specifically, a greenhouse gas. Considering that this is the first case involving global warming, the 5-4 ruling was a major blow to the current administration's opposition of mandatory controls on emissions.

Some of the quotes from the court are worth a read (click here for AutoblogGreen's post), but in the end, it's not the court's place to make regulations, only uphold them. As such, the EPA has to make changes to the existing law and/or uphold current regulations. However, don't expect anything to change until later this decade, if and when the Executive Branch has a shift in its policy towards global climate change.

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New York Preview: 2008 Subaru Tribeca

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When Subaru introduced the B9 Tribeca a few years ago, it was not warmly received in the marketplace. Its styling was charitably described as "not as bad as a Pontiac Aztec," a backhanded compliment if there ever was one. Online auto pundit extraordinaire Robert Farago famously described its nose as a certain part of the female anatomy that had taken flight. Subaru has at last responded and "mainstreamed" the front end of the SUV. Based on this and the beak of the newly-revealed 2008 Impreza, it appears that Subaru has decided to make the forward-facing parts of its cars more palatable to the masses. Additionally (and thankfully), the Tribeca loses the inexplicable B9 part of its nomenclature and gains some displacement and horsepower, now up to 3.6L and 256 hp. Said powerplant is now set up to run on regular unleaded gasoline as well (until now, the Tribeca drank premium). Additionally, new mirrors and rear 3/3 windows help increase visibility.

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GM bringing two new concepts to 2007 Auto Shanghai

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Current Chinese-market Buick LaCrosse shown

When the curtain is raised on the 2007 Shanghai Auto Show (a.k.a. Auto Shanghai), GM will present the global debuts of two new concept vehicles. The first is described as an evolution of the Volt's E-Flex architecture, and it'll be joined on the stand by the Volt itself. The second concept comes from Buick, which has a strong presence in China already. According to GM, the Buick concept car will showcase the brand's forthcoming global design language. It's a product of GM's Shanghai-based Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), which, as we've previously reported, is responsible for the current Chinese LaCrosse and has been tapped to design the interior (and have input on the exterior) of the next-gen LaCrosse for North America. We're very interested in seeing what the future look of Buick is going to be, and will be paying close attention to the proceedings in Shanghai later this month. For now, we'll have to find a way to sate ourselves with the LaCrosse facelift and the mild visual update that went with the Lucerne Super, both of which are underwhelming, and both of which will be at New York this week.

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Jeep Wrangler gets high, sets record

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The Jeep Wrangler has set the Guinness World Record for highest altitude attained by a four-wheeled vehicle after ferrying Matthias Jeschke and his Extrem Events adventure team up Chile's Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano on Earth. The trek from base camp to the world record height ran from March 7 to March 13, when the team's pair of Wrangler Rubicon Unlimiteds checked in at 6,646 meters, or 21,804 feet.

The Wranglers, stock save for Goodyear MT/R rubber (it stands for Maximum Traction/Reinforced), winches, and electronic altimiters, crossed a glacier and climbed up difficult terrain in inhospitable conditions (thin air, extreme cold, etc.) as part of the endeavour, earning raves from Jeschke on the blog he kept during the trip. His daily reports make for an interesting read despite his penchant for using "Jeep(R)" to the point of distraction (yes, the automaker was a sponsor, but come on). It's in there that we learned that both Kia and Mitsubishi have teams working on the record, too, so we'll keep an eye out for updates on those efforts as well. Today, however, the title belongs to Jeep.

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[Sources: Chrysler Group, Höehenrekord 2007]


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Ford Edge inspires fitness apparel for hockey player's clothing line

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For those Ford Edge owners who have been wondering what to wear with their new CUVs, Ford has teamed with Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik "The Dominator" Hasek on a range of Edge-branded apparel. Aimed at active women and available through Dominator Clothing's online store and it's Birmingham, Michigan outlet, the promise of "High performance edge from zip to zen" awaits all takers. The discretely-branded line features three tops, a pair of pants, and a kit bag, all in the Edge color palette, with prices ranging from $30 for the domitech v-tee to $80 for the panel jacket. Each piece also sports a Ford Bold Moves label, just to let everyone know you mean business.

Ford describes the Edge as "A dynamic, modern shape with the right proportions and short overhangs." If you want your clothing to say the same about you, follow the link.

 

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eBay Find of the Day: Porsche Cayenne limousine

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Not everybody goes to prom in a Town Car, the real Players hit the scene in an Escalade or H2. If you really want to be unique, you can make your entrance in this Porsche Cayenne stretch limo. Fourteen people can pile into this 170-inch super-stretch, which is complete with Mahogany bar, fiber optic lighting, 15-inch LCD at the partition, and 7-inch LCDs throughout. The reserve hasn't been hit on this baby, and the price is already up to $45,300 as of post-time. If you're looking to add this 340 HP Ute to your limo company, you can keep an eye on your investment with the included interior camera.

We Autobloggers are an unassuming bunch, but we wouldn't mind hitting the New York auto show in this German luxury stretch.

[Source: eBay via Carscoop]

 

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In the Autoblog Garage: Toyota Aurion Sportivo SX6

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Click on the image for a gallery of high-res pics of the Toyota Aurion Sportivo SX6

For years, the large, family car market in Australia has been divided between the Aussie built GM Holden Commodore and the Ford Falcon, both on the road and on the track. The large car market has been characterised not only by their size, but also by V6 or V8 powerplants running on rear-wheel drive platforms. For years, other competitors, including Mitsubishi with their Magna and more recently their 380 models, have tried to chip away at this virtual duopoly, with limited success.

The game is changing though. As the price of fuel has risen, the Australian car market has seen a massive shift away from large cars and towards more fuel efficient, medium sized models. The market is currently dominated by vehicles like the Mazda6, the Honda Accord, the Hyundai Sonata and in particular, the Toyota Camry. As Australia's largest passenger vehicle brand, Toyota has long enjoyed segment-leading sales with the Camry, and although it's not a sexy choice, Toyota's mid-sized sedan represents a smart purchase, with high re-sale value, good fuel economy and Toyota's reputation for outstanding reliability.

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Production BMW M3 revealed

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The car won't go on sale until the middle of next year in the States, but we have a seemingly insatiable appetite for any information about BMW's 4th generation M3. Spy photos, technical tidbits, rumors, and whatnot have all been featured on this site, but now we have the real deal. Finally. The folks at AutoWeek just broke their article on this newest M3 and the overall opinion seems to match our expectations and alleviate our concerns at the same time. And the car is coming none too soon. With the new Mercedes-Benz CLK63 Black Series and the Audi RS5 set to debut in the near future as well, BMW needs its best and brightest on the front line.

As tends to be true of virtually every model on the market, the new M3 has grown up a bit in the evolution from E46 to E92. More GT than boy racer, it should still provide plenty of thrills for drivers. In place of the smooth-revving 3.2-liter straight-six goes a 30-pound-lighter, 4.0-liter V8 that is essentially a sawed-off M5 V10. It features an aluminum block, magnesium cam covers and aluminum-silicon alloy in the crankcase and produces 420 hp at 8300 rpm, and 295 lb-ft at 3900 rpm. Redline is at 8400, and AW promises a sound that is at least as sweet as the outgoing six, but with an added heft at the low end thanks to the extra two cylinders. All of that power is routed through a proper 6-speed stick too. Are those angels we hear singing?

[Source: AutoWeek]

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Automotive film archive goes live

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There's something so magical about seeing old cars in motion. Especially period video of horseless carriages and pre-war classics motoring along. Or vintage racing footage showing our current museum pieces being flung about as their makers intended. If these kinds of images appeal to you, we have some good news. An extensive and rare collection of old automotive clips has just become available through Universal Motoring History Limited. Covering more than 100 years of automotive history, the archive has been assembled from private and professional film collections, advertisements and newsreels. Old film being what it is, the quality isn't always stellar, but more than acceptable it seems.

You can see samples and a full listing of titles at www.auto-history.tv. Rather than movies about automobiles, this is a collection of short clips, generally two to 10 minutes long, many of which were thought to be lost. More than 500 clips are included in the full archive, covering everything from "the beginning of mass production, [to] world land speed record runs, car commercials, motor shows, new car launches, the evolution of car design, experimental cars, flying cars, famous drivers, stunt driving, unusual military machines and more." You'll also get to see racing at "Le Mans, Indianapolis, Monte Carlo and many of the other major international motor racing circuits, as well as hill climbs, street racing and stock car racing from around the world."

The material is available in a unique format. You can purchase the weekly featured downloads for £3.99, or the whole archive saved on an external hard drive for £199. Get more details at their website. Check out the listings or sample clips while you're there. Great new time waster.

[Source: Universal Motoring History via CoolBrit.net]

 

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