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Old 01-16-2006, 01:55 PM   #1
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Old 01-16-2006, 04:15 PM   #2
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I guess Mercedes goes here, since they didnt get their own thread yet..


I can justify a Mercedes thread since they always have news... Mercedes thread created

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Old 01-16-2006, 04:50 PM   #3
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Add Volvo ....? to Ford?

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Old 01-16-2006, 05:14 PM   #4
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Add Volvo ....? to Ford?
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:03 PM   #5
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Porsche related goes here I think
Panamera hybrid. Seems like the gestation period on this car is very long (like the Camaro)

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Porsche is on track to finalize plans for its 2009 Panamera sedan-coupe by April, according to a report by Automobilwoche. Meanwhile, Auto Motor und Sport is reporting that Porsche may offer the luxury-sports car with a hybrid drive option. Porsche is also said to be planning a hybrid Cayenne SUV. No new details were available from either report. We’ll keep you posted as this story develops in the coming weeks and months.
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:13 PM   #6
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Alfa Romeo 159 GTA by the UK based Autodelta may be appearing at Geneva

Rumored to have a 400hp Maserati V8. The awd system will help.
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:21 PM   #7
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Don't know if anyone saw this but Ferrari had an interesting two tone 612 at Detroit. This is the second two tone 612 they've shown, the first was at Pebble Beach with a silver and black. Hopefully this won't be a red x soon. The colors are Nero Daytona and Rubino Micalizzato

Gallery hi res

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Old 01-17-2006, 12:53 AM   #8
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Rumored to have a 400hp Maserati V8. The awd system will help.

That's mad hot!
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Old 01-17-2006, 01:43 AM   #9
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^they went from one big Giant mouth (VW, Audi, Mitubishi, Nissan) To Three Big Mouths. dear Gosh. When will the insanity stop.
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Old 01-17-2006, 03:14 AM   #10
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Ferrari F430 Sales May Be Banned in U.S. for Airbag Issues

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government may ban sales of Ferrari's bread-and-butter F430 in late 2006 unless the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grants the company a waiver on airbag requirements.

It isn't that the F430's airbags aren't safe — they meet or exceed most NHTSA guidelines. But the F430 lacks sufficient protection for a small number of female occupants who aren't strapped into the correct position in the event of a crash. The same problem applies to child occupants. If the waiver isn't granted, Ferrari will be unable to sell cars built after September 1, 2006.

NHTSA suggested the company accelerate production and stockpile pre-September 1 cars to keep dealers supplied with cars for the two remaining years in the F430's production cycle, but Ferrari pointed out that it is already building the cars as quickly as it can to meet demand.

In its petition, Ferrari details its plans to continue the F430 line until late 2008, when it will "be replaced by a newly designed eight-cylinder model." What that means for rumors of a possible 10-cylinder Lamborghini Gallardo fighter isn't clear.

Lotus initially expected it would need a similar waiver to sell the Elise in the U.S., but ultimately found it could meet the requirement with off-the-shelf airbag technology. Ferrari, on the other hand, says in its petition that it has extensively tested available components without success. "The issue is not one of cost, but one of impossibility," the document states. (Emphasis added by Ferrari in its filing.)

"We focused on the work that had been done in an attempt to comply," observed Ferrari North American Corporate General Council Dave Wertheim. "We think there is a very high degree of safety in the car," he emphasized.

When the wheels of the federal bureaucracy will churn out a decision is anybody's guess. "There is no expected timetable," said Wertheim. What do Ferrari's oddsmakers think it'll decide? "We're cautiously optimistic," he said.

Waivers have typically been considered the realm of tiny startups and importers of limited numbers of unusual cars. Even though Lotus complied with the airbag requirement, the Elise still required waivers for other elements, such as lighting. The Crosslander SUV under consideration from Romania, for example, will require a waiver for its complete absence of any airbags, which is a much taller order than Ferrari's request.

Ferrari points out that only 13 percent of its owners have children under the age of 6, so that it is unlikely that many kids will ride in one of the waived cars. Further, the company pledges to provide, free of charge to any customer who requests it, a special child seat which will automatically deactivate the passenger's side airbag. The cars will also feature a manual cutoff switch for the passenger's side airbag.

If the notion of buying a Ferrari child seat sounds attractive, hold on. At this point that child seat is entirely hypothetical, says Wertheim, and even then it would only be available to those who own the car.
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here's a little info on this car...


"Gemballa legendary porsche tuner has created a full conversion for the Porsche Carrera GT. Gemballa's Carrera GT customers look to improve the arguably perfect GT through and extensive reworking performed by gemballa's top tuning engineers. Gemballa can do a stellar job at this for the nominal fee of $1,800,000. Did I mention that you need to buy the Carrera GT first? The car is the cheap part at $440,000.

So what do you get for more than $2,000,000? One of the fastest and most exclusive cars in the world. Zero to 60 in under 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 250mph to be specific. The Carrera is reworked into the Gemballa Mirage GT, a hard-topped, gull-winged, 1000hp twin turbo, dry carbon bodied monster. The body work is all wind tunnel tested and has been tuned so efficiently that even the mirrors were removed and in place are small side-mounted cameras that feed the rear-view information to the interiors multiple monitors."
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Old 01-17-2006, 07:17 PM   #12
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Those are some big rear view cameras.
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^^^ agreed..
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News Alfa Romeo Brera wins award

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/01/19/a...e-world-award/

The new Alfa Brera has been crowned the "Most Beautiful Car in the World" at the 21st annual International Automobile Festival, beating out three other finalists: the Peugeot 407 Coupe, Chrysler 300C Touring and Lexus IS 250.

Other awards went to the Citroen C6 for Best Interior, the Bugatti Veyron for Supercar of the Year, and the Mazda Senku for Concept Car of the Year. Italdesign's Giorgetto Giugiaro (who penned the Brera) was awarded the Grand Prize for Art.

Since its debut as a concept car, the Brera has won numerous awards, including Best of Show at the 2002 Geneva Auto Show, and "One of the most elegant in the world" at the 2002 Challenge Bibendum.


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