Sunday 26 March 2006

2007 Ford Focus Caught On Camera (US Facelift)

rash of prototype sightings around the streets of Detroit suggests that Ford is preparing a new face for the Focus. Judging by the horizontal grille bars and slim angular headlights residing behind the camouflage, it appears that a Fusion-inspired face may be in the cards for the next freshening of the Focus. Many enthusiast magazines have urged Ford to inject some new life into its U.S. fleet by replacing our warmed-over first-generation Focus with the European model. However, the European market Focus went up-market with its last redesign and Ford has already confirmed it will not be coming here due to cost related to using the C1 platform. Whether Ford can keep Focus sales steady by tweaking the design to match the new Ford family look remains to be seen. It faces some pretty challenging competition, the redesigned Honda Civic and Mazda 3 are tough acts to keep up with when you are getting old in platform years, watch out Ford!

Thats was I thought. It will have the Ford Fusion Sedan grille and possibly front lights too.

Sunday 12 March 2006

2007 Hyundai "EN"

This Hyundai SUV (4x4) will be slightly bigger than the Hyundai Santa Fe. Rumours are flying about this vehicle that this will replace the Terracan in 2007. It will be longer, wider and taller than its young brother. Toyota Highlander could be playing a part in this too, it could share similar dismessions to the Highlander. But its too small to compete with the Nissan Armada, Ford Expedititon, Chevrolet Tahoe etc. I personally think it will rival with the Cadillac SRX etc.

2008 Cadillac CTS

This is a old CGI/chop of what could be the next CTS from Cadillac. The CTS isn't on sale yet in Europe and already a redesign is in the Cadillac line-up. The chop pretty much looks like the CTS but with a more curvier look. This should be promising.

Saturday 11 March 2006

2008 Saturn Vue

At the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, GM's German subsidiary Opel unveiled the Antera GTC concept. It was a cool-looking two-door SUV with a sleek shape, and according to GM it would become the basis for the next-generation Saturn Vue. Our latest spy photos show just how close the 2008 Saturn Vue will get to the Opel concept. As expected, the prototype is a four-door instead of the GTC's sleeker two-door configuration. Although the windshield of the Saturn prototype isn't laid back quite as far as the concept, the A-pillars still have the same overall shape. The numerous vents and port holes used on the show vehicle are gone, too, along with the razor-thin side mirrors. A close look at the front end reveals a Saturn Vue with at least some of the details shown on the GTC concept. The grille looks roughly the same with two horizontal slats sitting just below a spot for the emblem in the center. Under the bumper is another air intake with a single horizontal slat similar to the grille above. The complex headlight cluster isn't quite as detailed as the LED units on the concept, but they are more upscale than anything you would find on the current Vue sport-utility. Judging by the size of the cars next to it in traffic, the 2008 Saturn Vue will be slightly smaller than the current model. This will not only put it closer in size to competitors like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4, it will make room for another SUV in the lineup, the 2007 Saturn Outlook. Although both vehicles are expected to make their debut at the New York auto show in April, the larger seven-passenger Outlook is expected to go on sale as early as this fall while the 2008 Vue may wait until early next year.

Looks like this will come to Europe to take on the 2007 Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4, Land Rover Freelander etc

2007 Skoda Fabia

This photo looks fake and may be fake but it shows the next generation Fabia. Sharing the same platform as the VW Polo which means VW haave to bulit a new Polo in 2007. Rumours has it that this was snapped in germany.

2006 Porsche Cayenne Facelift Caught Out!

These are new pictures of Porsche's upcoming facelifted Cayenne. Caught outside Porsche's HQ in Germany cold weather testing. Offical pictures will be released soon so stay tuned....

2007 Mini Cooper S Caught Speeding

Our spy photographer caught this Mini Cooper S on a French motorway. As you can see the camo is on the usual places of the car. On the bonnet is a air vent/intake for Mini's small but poewrful engine. At the back you can see the dual exhausts in the middle indicating that this a a "S" model. Also a glass roof can be seen from the pictures. The interior picture isn't so clear but very little changes from the outside but the interior will be new and redesigned. Thanks for the pictures Ewans and have a happy time snapping

2007 Ford C-Max CrossCountry and 2006 Ford C-Max Facelift

1st image shows a Ford CrossCountry
2nd image shows the same car
3rd image shows the side view
4th image shows a Ford C-max with high ground clearence. Next to that is a regular C-Max. Next to that is a 4x4 C-Max. Next to that is a facelift C-Max.
5th image shows a CGI of what the facelift could look like on the next C-Max
6th & 7th image shows another C-Max SUV.

I'm confused with these vehicles above. The Ford C-Max SUV's are wearing the C-Max's new face and they're very early test mules

Saturday 4 March 2006

Ford Mondeo Caught Cold

At the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford Motor Company had a concept car on display named “losis”, set to test the public’s reaction to what will become the next generation Ford Mondeo. The losis was loaded with high tech, gull wings and an all over futuristic design and was hard to imagine in the every day traffic.

Here now are the very first photos showing a prototype of the real upcoming production Ford Mondeo, due for launch in 2007. The current model has been on the market since 2000 and underwent a minor restyling in 2003.
The pictured prototype, nicely clad in a very individual padded disguise, got caught during a top secret fuel stop in Northern Scandinavia (Sewden). When the driver spotted the photographer, he turned the prototype around and fled full speed.

The new Mondeo is being developed simultaneously in Cologne/Germany and in Great Britain. The test car is a four door sedan with a rather short boot, similar to the concept car. It is based on the new S-Max platform and the suspension is the same as in the latest Ford Focus.
Ford is likely to offer again fuel engines ranging from 4 to 6 cylinders and various 4 cyl. Diesel engines.

Yet more rumours are saying that this Mondeo will be sharing the same platform as the Ford Focus.

New Car: 2007 Honda Zest (Japan)

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced the introduction of the new ZEST minicar, created to enhance the active lifestyles of today’s consumers and provide comfort and utility for the entire family. The ZEST delivers superior power and performance, while its efficient low-floor design and generous storage area with a convenient access bay help give it class leading spacious cabin. The new ZEST will be available for sale through Honda’s automobile dealer network in Japan starting March 1. Further, a ZEST equipped with a tilt-up sliding front passenger seat and wheelchair-accessible models will be available starting March 17.The ZEST was developed as a minicar that can satisfy both individual and family users in a variety of occasions including daily shopping and weekend leisure activities. The key to the design of the ZEST is Honda’s unique low-floor platform technology, which results in a high-capacity storage area with a maximum of 739 liters of space accessed via one of the lowest tailgates in its class1. In addition, ZEST achieves a spacious cabin with a height equivalent to StepWGN. The ZEST features Honda’s i-DSI engine or i-DSI turbocharged engine, combined with a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission to deliver strong and smooth performance in accelerating from low and medium speeds to higher speed ranges.

The ZEST also offers a full range of advanced safety features. In addition to being the first minicar1 to be equipped with a front and rear side curtain airbag system, the ZEST also features Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body for significantly enhanced self-protection and damage mitigation in vehicle-to-vehicle collisions. Regarding environmental performance, all FWD models have earned Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport certification as Low-Emissions Vehicles, with emission levels 75% lower than those required by 2005 standards, while some models meet or exceed Japanese government fuel economy standards for 2010 by 5%.

The ZEST also comes fully equipped with a range of advanced features for enhanced passenger comfort and peace of mind, including Honda’s HDD InterNavi system; newly-developed high-performance deodorizing air cleaning filters treated with anti-allergenic materials to control pollen and other allergens; and a security alarm and immobilizer for effective anti-theft protection

The name ZEST denotes something spicy, stimulating, appealing, passionate, fun and full of flavor. This vehicle was named ZEST to represent the hope that owners will use it to enjoy stimulating fun and to enrich and broaden their lives.

Key Features of the Honda ZESTStyling Dynamic volume styling emphasizes the ZEST’s drivability and spaciousness:

The ZEST’s trapezoidal form imparts a sense of volume and stability in a dynamic exterior form that is imbued with an intrepid, vigorous appearance.

The ZEST Sport is equipped with specialty exterior parts that further enhance the vehicle’s low and wide look.

Packaging Low-floor packaging enhanced by advanced drivability, spaciousness, and ease of use
The ZEST’s low-floor platform and short nose create a spacious interior.

While keeping the vehicle’s total height to just 1,635mm (FWD model), the cabin boasts a comfortable 1,340mm of vertical space, putting it on a par with Honda’s StepWGN. A long thingypit and storage area, together with a class leading 1,315mm-wide cabin, provides a relaxing, spacious cabin interior.

The ZEST features a low-floor design with generous storage and convenient access bay. The tailgate opening is just 530mm off the ground, one of the lowest in its class.
The front and rear doors are designed to allow for smooth entry and exit. The doors open in three stages at different angles for greater convenience, opening wide enough to facilitate easy installation and removal of a child safety seat.

Interior designed for all-round comfort, with consideration for specific comfort needs front and rear

The interior design combines a liberated feel for the front seating area with a secure feel for the rear area and ease of use in the storage area. Different colors and materials are employed to emphasize the separate personalities of the front and rear seating areas. The ZEST Sport features a black color scheme front and rear to emphasize the vehicle’s sporty image.
The instrument panel is permanently lit for improved visibility.

The front bench seat provides relaxed seating with outstanding hold and comfort.
Driving Performance High-quality driving performance combines driving pleasure with stability and comfort

i-DSI and i-DSI turbocharged engines combine lively performance with low fuel consumption and outstandingly clean emissions.

An electronically controlled, 4-speed automatic transmission contributes to smooth driving performance and higher fuel economy.

The suspension delivers an outstandingly comfortable, highly stable ride. The Sport W model features a sporty, custom suspension.

A lightweight, high-rigidity body ensures superior collision safety and handling stability .
Safety Advanced safety performance achieves a solid sense of security in a small car
For the first time in a minicar,10 ZEST models equipped with the Front Seat i-side Airbag System also feature a Side Curtain Airbag System11 for both the front and rear seats.
The body is designed to enhance self-protection for vehicle occupants while at the same time improving compatibility with other vehicles to mitigate damage.

The pedestrian injury reduction body is designed to help reduce injury in the event of a collision involving a pedestrian.

The head shock protection interior is designed to protect vehicle occupants form shocks to the head in the event of a collision.

All models are equipped with front seats designed to reduce the impact of a rear collision on a passenger’s neck area. All models are equipped with ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and brake assist.

Environmental Performance Advanced clean technologies achieve outstanding environmental performance

All FWD vehicles have been certified by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport as having achieved a 75% reduction with respect to emissions regulations for 2005, while four-wheel-drive models have been certified as achieving a 50% reduction.
The FWD models of N, G, W, Sport G,13 and Sport W (except turbo) have been brought into compliance with 2010 emission standards. In addition, the FWD models of N, G, and Sport G (except turbo)14 offer even greater fuel efficiency that exceeds 2010 standards by more than 5%.

Interior VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) has been reduced in all models to below the standards for interior densities set by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
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