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Mercedes-Benz is finally getting ready to introduce its first small SUV. After scrapping efforts based on the tiny A-class and the Smart ForMore and rejecting a partnership with corporate cousin Jeep, Mercedes-Benz is using the next-generation C-class wagon as
A two-plus-two, 500-hp coupe based on the Quattroporte sedan should be coming soon. It’s rumored to be a full six inches shorter than the four-door. A coupe version of Maserati’s shapely sedan has about as much chance at ugliness as does little Shiloh Nouvel J
Lotus will resurrect the Esprit in 2008 as a 2009 model–although the name is still in doubt. Aimed at the Ferrari F430, the mid-engine supercar will be powered by a V-8 engine, possibly sourced from BMW.
Jaguar is dumping retro design for the new S-type in exchange for a contemporary feel inside and out. The four-door sedan will be a reskin of the current car and offer a roomier interior and more cargo space. The styling may be different, but the targets–the
A new generation will bring a welcome shift in design for the next XJ, which desperately needs a more muscular look to match its athletic moves. The present iteration has an extremely capable chassis, but its interior and exterior designs are stuck in the past
Lotus will resurrect the Esprit in 2008–although the name is still in doubt. Aimed at the Ferrari F430, the mid-engine supercar will be powered by a V-8 engine, possibly sourced from BMW.
If the thought of the new 500-hp Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang hedging in on the 505-hp Corvette Z06’s territory raises your blood pressure, don’t despair: Corvette chief engineer Tom Wallace has a 650-hp trick up his sleeve (a rendering is shown to the right.)
With the next-generation A4 sedan and A5 coupe, coming in 2008, the Cabrio model will join the family one rung up the price ladder. Like all Audi droptops, it will resist the trend toward retractable hard tops and retain a canvas roof.
Ann Arbor The Pontiac Solstice has been the rare ray of sunshine in General Motors’ winter of discontent. The Wilmington, Delaware, plant is working three shifts and Saturdays keeping up with Kappa-car demand, now stretching beyond Pontiac and Saturn (Sky) to