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2009 Toyota Venza

World Debut Of All-New Venza At 2008 North American International Auto ShowJanuary 14, 2008 – Detroit, MI - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., unveiled the all-new 2009 Venza crossover sedan at a press conference here today at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Venza will raise the crossover vehicle to new levels by combining a unique blend of sedan refinement and sport utility vehicle (SUV) functionality.
2009 Toyota Venza"The all-new Venza was developed as a vehicle that combines the styling, comfort and fun-to-drive performance elements of a five-passenger sedan with the surprising utility of an SUV," said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. "This winning combination will be ideal for active ‘boomers' and young couples with small families."All aspects of Venza's engineering and design were targeted specifically for the North American market where it will be sold exclusively. Venza was primarily …

2008 Chrysler LLC Concept Vehicles Revealed at NAIAS

Seamless advanced technology meets stunning, emotional design; Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology taken to new levelDetroit, Jan 14, 2008 - Three passionate designs combine with three advanced propulsion systems. The result: high-tech, innovative vehicles with alternative fuel choices … and exciting design and brand character.Chrysler LLC’s mission to be more environmentally responsible is significantly changing how we envision vehicles in our future portfolio.
Jeep Renegade ConceptAs the entire automotive industry has basically the same technology pool from which to draw, our design challenge remains similar to what it has always been: How do we distinguish Chrysler’s future designs from the rest of the pack? Even in this environment, we must create emotional designs, and must offer vehicles that people will really want to own and drive.
Dodge ZEO ConceptSo we have challenged ourselves to unleash our design passion – in combination with these future technologies and linked to …

Saturn Vue Green Line Plug-in Hybrid SUV May Begin Production in 2010

Expected to be First Commercially Available, OEM-produced Plug-in Hybrid2008-01-14, DETROIT - Saturn announced today at the North American International Auto Show that production may begin as soon as 2010 on a plug-in hybrid electric version of the Saturn Vue Green Line, expected to be the first regular production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Depending on a consumer's drive cycle, the Vue plug-in hybrid will be the most fuel-efficient vehicle offered by a major automaker.Saturn Vue Green Line Plug-in HybridThis Vue Green Line will use a modified version of GM's two-mode hybrid system and plug-in technology, a lithium-ion battery pack, highly efficient electronics and powerful electric motors to achieve significant increases in fuel economy. When the lithium-ion batteries are fully charged, the Vue plug-in hybrid will potentially double the fuel efficiency of any current SUV. After electric-only propulsion depletes the lithium-ion energy storage system to a specified level,…

Nissan Announces Pricing on All-New 2009 Nissan Murano

More Powerful, Redesigned 2009 Nissan Murano Priced $1,500 Less Than 2007 ModelsNASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 15, 2007) - Nissan North America, Inc. today announced pricing on the all-new, totally redesigned 2009 Nissan Murano crossover with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) $1,500 lower on all models versus the previous generation. The 2009 Nissan Murano goes on sale this week at Nissan dealers nationwide.
2009 Nissan MuranoThe original Nissan Murano set new standards for style and sportiness when it was first introduced, becoming, in essence, a “class of one.” The all-new, second generation 2009 Nissan Murano elevates that unique position with new exterior and interior designs, enhanced technology and a premium driving feel resulting from a new, advanced platform and continued refinement of Murano’s standard 265-horsepower V6 engine (an increase of 25 horsepower over the previous generation) and advanced, second-generation Xtronic CVT™.“When Murano was introduced in 2…

Audi R8 Sports Car Goes Diesel in Detroit at 2008 NAIAS

Audi's R8-based concept car delivers 500PS and 1,000 Nm thanks to V12 TDI powerJan 14, 2008 -- After ripping up the Le Mans racing rulebook with the diesel-powered R10 TDI, Audi is exploring the possibility of breaking yet another mould with a road-going R8-based TDI super-car. The R8 V12 TDI Concept makes its debut at this month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, replacing the production sports car’s mid-mounted petrol FSI V8 with a 12-cylinder TDI endowed with an incredible 1,000Nm of torque.
2008 Audi R8Highlights:
• Design study based on acclaimed R8 road car adopts 6.0-litre, 12-cylinder TDI engine first seen in Q7 V12 TDI
• Debuted on Press Day at the North American International Auto Show on January 13
• 6.0-litre bi-turbo TDI engine develops 500PS and 1,000Nm of torque from 1,750rpm to 3,000rpm. 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds, top speed in excess of 186mph
• Already complies with proposed EU6 emission limits expected to apply from 2014, thanks to highly efficient comm…

Segway, General Motors Continue Collaboration on Eco-Friendly Transportation Solutions

Saturn Flextreme with Integrated Segway PTs Unveiled at 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2008 -- Today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Segway Inc. and General Motors (GM) are showcasing a comprehensive solution for eco-friendly mobility - the Saturn Flextreme concept car with integrated Segway(R) Personal Transporters (PTs).
Saturn Flextreme with Integrated Segway PTs: DETROIT - Two Segway(R) Personal Transporters are shown with General Motors' Saturn Flextreme concept. The concept is on display at the 2008 North American International Show (NAIAS). (PRNewsFoto/Segway Inc./Axel Weirdemann)The Saturn Flextreme is built on GM's global E-Flex electric drive architecture that was first debuted by the Opel brand at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show last October. The Flextreme design is the first functional automotive concept that integrates an onboard storage and charging system for two Segway PTs."Segway is committed to dev…

ADAC award "Yellow Angel 2008": Mercedes-Benz C-Class is Germany’s Favorite Car

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has emerged the winner of Germany’s largest vote for the most popular car by a wide margin. Accordingly the motoring organisation ADAC has presented its sought-after "Yellow Angel 2008" award to this Stuttgart-made public favourite.
2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4MATIC SedanThe "Yellow Angel" awards, which the ADAC presents annually for outstanding performance, are named after the nickname given to the ADAC’s friendly breakdown service personnel and are among Europe’s most sought-after motoring awards. Consumers find them a valuable decision-making guide, as criteria such as price/performance ratio, practicality, economy, safety and environmental compatibility also play a part in the selection process.The vote was between 36 vehicles which newly entered the market in 2007. Around 340,000 people cast their votes and awarded first place to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class by a wide margin over the runner-up. Europe’s largest motoring association – it …

Mercedes-Benz Launches SLR McLaren Roadster

206-MPH Super Sports GT Goes ToplessDETROIT, MI – A roadster version of the formidable SLR McLaren super sports coupe is in the spotlight at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. Powered by a supercharged 5.5-liter, 617-hp AMG V8 engine, the SLR McLaren Roadster boasts 0-60 mph acceleration of only 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 206 mph.
2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren RoadsterShowcasing Formula 1 technology for the street, the SLR McLaren Roadster’s carbon fiber monocoque provides high torsional rigidity for outstanding handling as well as unparalleled protection in collisions. U.S. deliveries of the new roadster model began in Fall 2007.A Convertible Top Designed for High-Speed DrivingThanks to its fully retractable top, the SLR Roadster offers open-air driving pleasure that’s practical for everyday use. Available in three different color combinations, the retractable top of the new SLR Roadster blends into its aerodynamic silhouette, and newly developed roof material make…

World Premiere For Vision GLK: Entry Luxury SUV From Mercedes-Benz

Vision GLK: one SUV with two different facesThe Vision GLK FREESIDE and Vision GLK TOWNSIDE represent two expressions of the same vehicle which are set to take the SUV world by storm. By presenting these two different vehicle profiles, Mercedes-Benz is highlighting the tremendous potential of the entry luxury SUV study, which is making its world debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
2009 Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK FreesideWhereas the Vision GLK FREESIDE is an all-rounder that showcases the capabilities of today's SUV vehicles both on and off the road, the TOWNSIDE version is designed to make its mark with dynamic performance on the tarmac.The Vision GLK FREESIDE and Vision GLK TOWNSIDE provide a stylistically sound preview of a future midsize SUV model bursting with character. The two studies incorporate elements taken from the original angular design of the G-Class, whilst at the same time impressing with design features typical of today's Merc…

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

2008 MY C63 AMG Sedan Features 451-Horsepower AMG V8 EngineDETROIT, MI – The high-performance Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is on display at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, open to the public January 19-27, 2008. Following the widely acclaimed launch of the new-generation 2008 C-Class sedan earlier this year, the V8-powered C63 AMG represents an impressive top-of-the-line addition to the popular C-Class model family.
2008 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMGThe New C63 AMG – Visually and Technologically DistinctiveMaking its U.S showroom debut in April 2008, the 2008MY C63 AMG is distinguished by unique AMG body styling, 18-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension and high-performance brake system – all designed by AMG specifically for this new model. The C63 AMG can be easily identified by a special front hood with two power domes and a muscular front apron with large air intakes and side air outlets as well as fog lights ringed in chrome. A “6.3 AMG” badge marks each front fender, and contoure…

First Look: The New-Generation Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Roadster

More powerful, more economical, more intense: rediscovering intelligent roadster driving enjoymentThe Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Roadsters have long captured the hearts of sports car enthusiasts. Incorporating around 650 newly developed components, the SLK models of 2008 are even more dynamic and now offer an even more emotionally charged driving experience.
New-Generation Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class RoadsterSince their first appearance in 1996, the compact SLK Roadsters have come to symbolize the dynamic Mercedes-Benz brand image. Already a familiar sight on our roads, the second-generation two-seater is to be further enhanced with the implementation of extensive measures in 2008, the aim being to further emphasise the car's sporty character and continue the SLK-Class success story by introducing new, dynamic, powerful elements. Some 310,000 first-generation roadster models were sold between 1996 and 2004. And approximately 185,000 customers – some 60,000 of them in Germany alone – have …

2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Boasts New AMG Sport Package

E320 BLUETEC Shares Spotlight with High-Performance E63 AMGThe highly successful E-Class line of full-size sedans and wagons features an impressively broad and versatile range of models for 2008. Spanning from the thrifty, super-clean E320 BLUETEC diesel to the 507-hp E63 AMG, the E-Class offers the perfect car for an equally diverse range of consumer needs.
2008 Mercedes-Benz E300 BLUETEC and E350 CGIThe E320 BLUETEC luxury sedan delivers up to 32 miles per gallon (highway cycle), while at the other end of the product spectrum, the high-performance E63 AMG can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in an eye-popping 4.3 seconds.New AMG Sport Package OfferedTo complement its popular sport package (comprised of lowered sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, a sport rear bumper with dual chrome exhaust pipes, blue-tinted glass and white gauges), the E350 and E550 models are now available with an optional AMG Sport package that includes deeper front and rear aprons with dual exhausts, 18-inch AMG whe…

Chrysler's Fuel-Efficient HEMI Hybrid to Power New Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup

HEMI® Hybrid to Join Cummins Turbodiesel in Future Ram Powertrain LineupAuburn Hills, Mich., Jan 13, 2008 - Chrysler LLC added to its list of fuel efficient powertrain offerings for the all-new Dodge Ram 1500 pickup today, announcing that the company’s advanced two-mode hybrid will join the light-duty Dodge Ram powertrain lineup for 2010.The Dodge Ram HEMI® Hybrid joins the Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango in the Chrysler hybrid vehicle lineup.
2008 Dodge Ram 1500Last year, the company also announced that it would introduce a Cummins turbodiesel engine after 2009 for the Dodge Ram 1500. The engine will meet 50-state emissions standards, and will deliver a 30-percent fuel economy improvement.“Dodge Ram is known for capability, utility and performance,” said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President – Product Development, Chrysler LLC. “The addition of hybrid and diesel powertrains to our all-new Dodge Ram 1500 lineup is sure to attract an array of new customers looking for the ultimate com…

2009 Dodge Ram

First-in-segment coil-spring, multilink rear suspension fitted to a solid rear axle provides ride and handling capabilities unexpected in a pickup truckDetroit, Jan 13, 2008 - Emerging from a herd of 120 long horn cattle driven by 10 cowboys on horseback down Washington Boulevard in downtown Detroit today, the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram made its debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.
2009 Dodge Ram Sport"Since the dawn of the 'big rig' look, Dodge Ram has always been a game-changer," said Jim Press, Vice Chairman and President, Chrysler LLC. "And this is our all-new game-changer -- the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram, which is packed with full-size pickup firsts and best-in-class features."In 1994, Dodge introduced a revolutionary Ram in the light-duty pickup market, with its “big rig” styling and iconic crosshair grille.“We put a truck on the market that tripled our market share,” said Ralph Gilles, Vice President – Jeep®/Truck Design Studio, Chrysler…

Lexus Announces Pricing for All-New 2008 Lexus IS F

Lexus today announced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the all-new 2008 IS F high-performance sport sedan. The IS F is the first production model to wear the new “F” badge and is the fastest Lexus production car ever built. The 2008 IS F launches onto the market carrying a base MSRP of $56,000. 2008 Lexus IS FThe 2008 Lexus IS F is exclusively powered by a performance-tuned 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 416 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 371 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 5,200 rpm. With the implementation of a dual air intake system, high-flow cylinder heads with titanium intake valves designed by Yamaha, Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and Electrically controlled intake cam (VVT-iE) and other technological advancements, the engine outputs 83.2 hp per liter allowing the IS F to accelerate from 0 to 60 in a blistering 4.6 seconds and achieve a maximum track speed of 170 mph.The IS F 5.0-liter engine is mated to the world's first eight-speed Sport Direct-Shi…

Mercedes-Benz at NAIAS 2008

Mercedes-Benz celebrates a double world premiere in Detroit: Debut appearance of entry luxury SUV and the new-generation SLKDetroit – The Vision GLK FREESIDE and Vision GLK TOWNSIDE represent two expressions of the same vehicle which are set to take the SUV world by storm. Both of these studies are celebrating their world premiere at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Whereas the Vision GLK FREESIDE showcases the capabilities of today's SUV vehicles both on and off the road, the TOWNSIDE version is designed to make its mark with dynamic performance on the tarmac.
2009 Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK FreesideBy presenting two such different profiles, Mercedes-Benz is seeking to demonstrate the tremendous potential of the mid-size SUV study. The new generation of the SLK is also making its debut in Detroit. It is now even more dynamic, and offers a brand of emotionally-charged driving pleasure that is more intense than ever. Key visual changes include the restyled f…