Monthly Archives: January 2009

2010 Ford Taurus

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The Taurus has been one of the most successful sedans in Ford’s North American line-up, and for 2010 it hopes to continue with its success with the introduction of the new Taurus.

Ford wants buyers to look at the new Taurus as an “aspirational car”, a car luxury car buyers would want to own. To attract such buyers, Ford is claiming it will be the quietest car in its line-up.

However, this is not an all-new car, it rides on the same platform as the Lincoln MKS, which itself rides on a modified version of the current Taurus platform. Continue reading

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Fisker Karma Sunset

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Fisker Automotive might be the new kids on the block, but that hasn’t stopped them from taking the limelight from more established manufacturers.

Last year, Fisker showed the concept version of its stunning Karma sedan at the North American International Auto Show. In 2009, they brought a fully production spec, functional version of that car.

However, they didn’t stop there; they took this years shows opportunity to bring us another World premiere, the launch of the Fisker Karma Sunset. Continue reading

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BMW launches new Z4 roadster in Detroit

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It might not be the perfect car for Detroit, Mi., especially in January, but still BMW held the world premiere of its second generation Z4 roadster at the 2009 North American International Auto Show.

This new roadster, which will go on sale in Canada in June of this year, finally has a folding hard-top roof, so it can compete more squarely against its main rival, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-series. The folding roof on the Z4 takes just 20 seconds to open or close. Continue reading

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The state of the Motor City’s Motor Show in difficult times.

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Detroit, Mi. was once the most prosperous city in America. Back in the 1960’s it was home to the Motown record label, and of course it was home to the three largest car companies in the world.

Times sure have moved on, all the major record labels are now based in California, and while General Motors, Ford and Chrysler still call Detroit their home, these companies are no longer known as “The Big Three.”
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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A new family of E-Class sedans and wagons is coming to Canada next fall. The cars were given a special introduction on the evening before the first press day but were not displayed on the show floor. The perfectly-recognizable front fascia now has pairs of pointy parallelograms for headlights instead of twin ovals. Continue reading

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BlueSport concept returns VW to populist roadster roots

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One of the few genuine surprises at Detroit was the world premier of the Volkswagen Concept BlueSport, a mid-engine, minimalist roadster. BlueSport was created to forward several propositions; that a fun-to-drive car can be made in a sustainable format; that a compact roadster is equally suited to thrive in both urban and “winding road” settings; that VW’s design language will return to simple and emotional shapes. Continue reading

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Toyota Prius

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If you want to understand what the new-gen Toyota Prius is all about, just consider this: Toyota’s objective is to sell 400,000 units each year by 2010. This will make Prius one of Toyota’s top selling global vehicles, right alongside venerable nameplates, like Camry and Corolla. Can you say “mainstream?” Continue reading

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