Citroen unveils new C5

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The wraps are off of the new Citroen C5, and as with many designs hailing France; you either love it or loathe it. Naturally, the new model is stretched both in length and width, and comes equipped with Citroen's third-generation hydraulic suspension that adjusts on the fly, soaking up bumps in the pavement and firming up when the going gets twisty.

The C5 finds motivation from one of three different gasoline powerplants: either a 127 hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder, a 143 hp 2.0-liter four, or a 215 hp 3.0-liter V6. Diesel offerings include four different oil burners ranging from 110 hp to 208 hp in the new HDI V6.

The new Citroen C5 won't be officially unveiled until the Brussels Motor Show in January, with sales to begin later next year. All the details are available in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Citroen]

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Mansory adds flavor, little else to the Aston Martin Vantage V8

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Tuners normally try to find a balance between appearance and performance modifications, but in the case of Mansory, they've relied on the former at the expense of the latter. Starting with the achingly handsome Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a good jumping off point, and when you slap 20-inch black wheels on an eye-grabbing yellow version, you've got our attention. But aside from Mansory-badged six-piston Brembos up front and four pistons in the rear, sport springs and a two-tier exhaust, motivation does quite match the mods.

Instead, Mansory's equipped the Vantage with plenty of carbon fiber bits, from the burgundy engine details, including a radiator shroud and sway bar, to the side mirrors and taillights. Inside, a new steering wheel is fitted, covered in Alcantara and leather, while Mansory stitches its name into the floor mats and emblazons it into the doorsills.

The new diffuser, side skirts, revised front fascia and spoiler, all scream performance, but without some serious engine and suspension tweaking, the Mansory AM Vantage remains a pretty poseur among performance players.

[Source: Motor Authority]

 

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VIDEO: Jason Plato's firey review of the Caparo T1

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Earlier this month, Fifth Gear presenter and British Touring Car Championship driver Jason Plato was hurt behind the wheel of the high-performance Caparo T1 supercar while filming a segment for the UK television show. In this video footage of the incident, all looks swell as Plato takes the car around a track, but towards the end of the test, the flames start to build and the car suddenly comes to screeching halt.

Jason escaped without sustaining serious injuries; just some burns to his left hand and neck. According to Caparo, they've corrected the fault that started the fire, although no word was given whether or not this was a production model or a prototype.

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Gran Turismo creators tapped to design Nissan GT-R display

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We just got done reading Inside Line's take on the new Nissan GT-R, its painstaking development at the Nurburgring and how Nissan engineers sought to make it the definitive everyday supercar, a title that its Porsche rival has assumed for the past several years. A number of eye-opening facts were revealed, including that only about ten-percent of dealers will be able to service the GT-R (those being the only ones able to sell it), that the seats were designed to be almost infinitely adjustable and that according to the GT-R's design director, Shiro Nakamura, "We didn't want a nice elegant shape. We wanted an original shape." Check that.

The other interesting tidbit was that Polyphony Digital, the company behind the Gran Tursimo franchise, was contracted to develop the multifunction LCD - a staple of the last generation GT-R. The new display, much like the old, will log dozens of different pieces of information - from engine temps to Gs - and if it's anywhere near as cool looking as the teaser image above, we're sure it will provide endless hours of amusement for lucky owners and their motion-sick passengers.

[Source: Inside Line]

 

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BMW expect rising fuel costs to spur 1-series sales

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You've heard this shtick before, but with oil prices hitting record highs - again - most automakers are making a play at bringing more frugal offerings to market. In the case of BMW though, we're a bit disjointed on the idea. Sure, the 1-series is the company's second best seller in Europe, behind the 3-series, and purchasing a 128i when it goes on sale here in the States next year is the best way to get behind the wheel of a Bimmer on the cheap. But if buyers are supposedly so cost conscious, would they really drop the coin on a BMW if fuel consumption were at the top of their priority list? BMW's cache, in the realm of both driving dynamics and badge-snobber, is largely unmatched, but are buyers bent on a Bimmer really going to downsize their ride when they can surely afford the premium the marque commands? We're not so sure.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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What GT5 Prologue has in store for you

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As previously reported, the demo of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will be available to download October 20th through November 11th for those of you lucky enough to be PS3-equipped. Now, we've got the details about what vehicles you'll be able to virtually flog while battling out with 16 other contenders around Suzuka.

Seven vehicles are available, including the BMW 135i, Daihatsu OFC-1 (?), Lexus IS-F, Mazda Atenza (Mazda6), Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR, Nissan GT-R and the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. As mentioned, only one track will be available: Suzuka.

Also of note, Sony has plans to unveil a new car between the 23rd and 25th, but it's anyone's guess what that could be. The maker of our favorite electronic crack will also be showing off its new free news service geared towards auto coverage and motorsports.

[Source: GTChannel]

 

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Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

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John McElroy is host of the TV program "Autoline Detroit". Every week he'll bring his unique insights as an auto industry insider to Autoblog readers.

CAN I HAVE SOME PRIVACY, PLEASE?
By John McElroy

This past weekend I was at the Global Leadership Conference at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. If you're not a CEO or vice president at one of the car companies or their main suppliers, you probably haven't heard of the GLC before. It's not like they keep it a secret, but it's not well known outside the inner circle of upper management in the auto industry.

So how come I know about it? Barely anyone in the media is ever invited to the GLC, but I've been fortunate enough to be the MC for the past few years. So I get a front row seat at it all, and it's a great place to take the pulse of what the big boys (and gals) are all talking about.

Just to give you an idea of the kind of executives who attend this conference, the speaker's list included Rick Wagoner, the CEO of General Motors; Jim Press, the new Vice Chairman of Chrysler; Steve Miller, the CEO of Delphi; and Derek Kusak, the Group Vice President of product development at Ford.

Officially, the conference is off the record so I can't tell you exactly who said what. But I did learn some things along the way, and I want to share with you one of the most important developments that could end up affecting us all.

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Audi creates it own iPhone clone, personal companion to the A1

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When you were perusing through our gallery of images of Audi's A1 concept, you might have noticed something out of place. A phone? In a press pack? WTF?

Supposedly, the little device will act as a phone, MP3 player and NAV system - so nothing particularly new there. What is novel is that the "AudiPhone" has the ability to start your car on cold mornings, find your vehicle in a crowded car park and store photos taken by the onboard cameras. Nothing else about Audi's new gadget is available, but we're mere days away from the A1's unveiling in Tokyo. Let's just hope it isn't hermetically sealed in a display case like some other hot gadget.

[Source: Motor Authority]

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Five inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

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The Automotive Hall of Fame has added five new inductees to its ranks. A.J. Foyt, Dan Gurney, Charles B. King, Sergio Pininfarina, and Shoichiro Toyoda were honored with a formal induction ceremony on Tuesday, October 16th, having been named as inductees back in March at the New York International Auto Show. Foyt and Gurney are honored for their racing endeavors as teammates and owners. Charles B. King may be an obscure name to most, but he was a renaissance man who designed, built, and drove the first car Detroit's streets ever saw. Sergio Pininfarina's work speaks for itself; over fifty years of automotive haute couture. Pininfarina's son Paolo, vice chairman of the firm, accepted on his father's behalf, Sergio having a case of the flu. Toyoda, who has built an automotive giant, joked that halls of fame typically honor individuals in their twilight as he accepted the award. Toyoda, Pininfarina, Gurney, and Foyt are arguably not yet watching the sun set on their accomplishments yet.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

 

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Report: Mercedes releases Alonso

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'You don't want us, and we don't want you.' That seems to be the consensus at Mercedes-Benz regarding Fernando Alonso, who has openly stated his displeasure over the course of the season with McLaren, the F1 team principally owned and powered by Mercedes.

According to emerging reports, the majority of the German automaker's executive board voted that Alonso is no longer a suitable representative of their company, and that his services should not be retained for an additional season. This despite the contract that binds the Spanish driver to the British team through 2008, but if neither party has any desire to uphold the conditions, the contract is rendered rather meaningless.

Mercedes motorsport chief Norbert Haug has also dismissed the speculation that they could prevent Alonso from going to a competing team next season by forcing him into a sabbatical until the contract has run out, saying, "That's not our style." Guess that means the one hurdle between the two-time world champion and a return to happier days at Renault, where he won said titles, has just been conveniently removed.

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Motorcyclist saved from serious injury by Airbag Jacket

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Other than a helmet (which many don't even want to wear), there is little protection for motorcyclists in the event of an accident. A company by the name of Impact Jackets has been selling motorcycle jackets with airbags for a few years, but at $500, many find the price too high. A Baltimore man can likely provide a terrific rebuttal to the high cost argument since the jacket saved him from plenty of pain after he was thrown 100 feet from his bike. Amazingly, the airbag jacket-wearing rider walked away from the life-threatening crash with sore ribs and a broken thumb, making it the best 500 bones he's likely ever spent. Paramedics that reached the scene of the accident were surprised more damage wasn't done. Impact Jackets has a pretty good video that describes how the airbag jacket works.

[Source: Kicking Tires]

 

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60-year-old Fittipaldi to test Ferrari-powered A1 GP race car

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Former two-time Formula 1 champion and Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi has announced he will come out of retirement to test the new car being built by Ferrari for the A1 Grand Prix. The 60-year-old Fittipaldi, who is currently the head of A1 Team Brazil, never drove for Ferrari (he won his F1 titles with Lotus and McLaren) but is excited about getting seat time in a single-seater powered by the Prancing Horse. He also has high hopes that bringing Ferrari to the A1 GP will increase people's awareness of the racing series. "The Ferrari name alone is incredible and people are going to give A1GP more respect and we are going to be much bigger," he stated. Fittipaldi admitted that he has no intention of racing the car in the series, and will limit his time behind the wheel to purely testing. Follow the jump for the press release.

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Roll out the red carpet, the GM Style show is coming to Dubai!

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Cheryl Hines with the Chevy Sequel at the 2007 Detroit GM Style show

For the past couple of years, General Motors has held a series of GM Style events at various major auto shows around the world. The shows bring together an assortment of GM concept and production cars along with various celebrities in a runway fashion show. The Dubai Motor Show is coming up next month and for the first time, it'll get its own GM Style show. GM Style Dubai takes place November 11 and proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Dubai Autism Center. If you plan on being in the UAE next month and are interested in hobnobbing with the local glitterati while checking out likes of the Volt, Holden Effijy and a 1959 Caddy Eldorado, you can can call + 9714 366 2111 or email corporate@showbiz.com for ticket info. We Autobloggers will be missing this show as we descend on Los Angeles for the big show there a day later. If you do attend and snap some good pics, let us know.

[Source: General Motors]

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Does Ludovic Lazareth build a better bike than Buell?

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Lazareth combines a few of his most frequently-used elements on his newest creation based on the current generation fuel-in-the-frame Buell chassis. Employing a supercharger which was previously used in the engine bay of a last-generation Mini Cooper S, the Lazarus also features a single-sided swingarm and single-sided front fork. The Buell chassis lends itself well to the use of a supercharger because the airbox on top is completely replaced by the power-adder and a nice frame cut-out is already present for the belt drive. Being that the Buell platform stores oil in the swingarm, its replacement required the use of an external oil tank. Notice the abundant use of carbon fiber as well as the three-spoke wheels which look to have been swiped from Ducati.

This custom is very cool and looks relatively easy to reproduce. Whether or not Lazareth has any plans to offer the bike for sale, we don't know. But, this article mentions that the custom adjustable suspension is currently being studied and may be offered in the future with electronic adjustment. When way over-the-top is just enough, it looks like Lazareth is the man to talk to.

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Ford crashes new Focus, results "Good"

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Ford sent the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) the results of its internal crash tests of the 2008 Focus, and in five out of six criteria, the "new" sedan scored a "Good" rating. Head/neck, chest and foot protection was all above average, as were the restraint systems used on the dummies. The only place the tests weren't "Good" were in the structure/safety cage ratings, which came in at average. Since no part of the structure was significantly changed for the new model year, it's pretty much what we, and the Institute, expected. Independent verification will be available once the IIHS does its own battery of tests in the future. No word on whether the Focus looked better before or after the wreck.

[Source: IIHS]

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Brand new VW R32 catches on fire

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As a fellow GTI owner, I really feel for this guy. A South Florida owner of a brand new 2008 Volkswagen R32 walked out of work and found that his car, which had been turned off and parked for six hours, had set itself on fire. The flames started in the driver's side dash, grew to the door and roof, and melted a hole in the windshield. According to the thread, this isn't the first R32 to do so either. Can you smell a recall coming, or is that just the smoke? Check the gallery for the photos, and visit the thread over at VW Vortex for updates on the car.

Thanks for the tip, Jason!

[Source: VW Vortex]

Gallery: Volkswagen R32 on fire

 

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