Continuing the series of special edition models launched to celebrate its 75th birthday, Jaguar today announced the release of the XF V8 75th Anniversary for the Australian market. Set to arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter of the year with a starting price of AUS$128,900 [US$111,500 or ?90,650] - plus on road costs, the special edition XF boast some extremely mild cosmetic and equipment upgrades over the standard 5.0 V8 model.
The Anniversary edition gets 20-inch 'Senta' alloy wheels, exhaust tail pipe finishers, a Portable Audio Interface and special "75 Years" badge on centre console. Other standard features include 8 way electric seats, keyless start, automatic climate control, and cruise
Earlier today, we reported that Cadillac announced a 'free service plan' for its 2011MY cars. Here's what the plan includes in GM's own words: "The program, called Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance, covers scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and a multi-point vehicle inspection."
Call us picky, but we like to... look between the lines and read between the words. In Motor Trend's report on the matter, not only does the author forget to mention what GM / Cadillac covers in its free maintenance program, but the article goes on to say that "Cadillac managed to up the ante this morning with its announcement" and that " Cadillac's plan essentially mirrors BMW's Ultimate Service program."
Question to Motor Trend; Even if we leave Lincoln aside as its [comprehensive] free maintenance deal will run for a limited time only - and unless GM did not release all the details- how does Cadillac's supplementary service program with free oil changes, filter replacements and tire rotations alone "up the ante" when BMW's Ultimate Service plan for example is much more comprehensive covering far more parts including brake discs and pads?
The Grand Prix is Senner Tuning's take on the new Audi S5 Sportback. Starting with the engine, the German company brings output from the standard 3.0-liter TSI's 333 horsepower and 440Nm /325 lb-ft of torque to 375HP and 495Nm / 365 lb-ft. The power boost comes from a reconfigured ECU, the addition of a performance air filter as well as a custom sport exhaust system with four tail pipes.
The S5 Sportback Gran Prix also gets a set of sport springs that lower the ride height by up to 40mm or 1.58-inches and new two-piece 20-inch alloy wheels shod in 245/30 R20 tires up front and 295/25 R20 at the back.
Following on from yesterday's release of the first photos of Citro?n's new C4 compact hatchback, we just got our hands on a short static film as well as details on the engine range that will be available at launch.
When it goes on sale across Europe after its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show, the French firm's Golf-rival will be offered with a total of three petrol (plus one LPG capable) and three diesel engines.
The gasoline range includes a 95HP 1.4-liter unit coupled to a five-speed manual, a 120HP 1.6-liter available with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic, an LPG capable version of the 1.6L unit, and finally a 1.6-liter turbo with 155HP that's hooked up to a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox.
Mercury, the maker of higher grade Ford models with waterfall grilles such as the Milan and Grande Marquis, will have the same fate of GM's Pontiac and Saturn brands, according to a report from Bloomberg citing two unnamed people familiar with the plan.
The news agency said that Ford Motor Co executives could ask the automaker's board of directors as early as July to green-lit the (eventual) axing of the Mercury brand.
Ford did not give a straight out answer when asked about the report. "Our plans regarding Mercury have not changed," said Ford spokesman, Mark Truby. "Like any good business, we constantly assess our business portfolio. If things change, we will let you know." Bill and Elena Ford declined to comment, Truby said.
People familiar with matter said that Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and other members of the founding family, who have an all-important 40 percent voting control of the automaker, clearly support the elimination of Mercury.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a recall for the 2010 model year Subaru Legacy sedans and Outback crossovers equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The recall affects a total of 29,443 vehicles in the States.
Subaru said in statement that there's a possibility a crack or split can occur in the CVT cooler hose resulting in a fluid leak. According to the Japanese maker, "if the fluid is completely leaked during driving, the vehicle will come to a stop, possibly resulting in a crash."
The company added that it will notify owners and dealers soon and replace any affected cooler hoses free of charge. For more information, owners of the affected models can contact Subaru at
The new Cayenne is significantly prettier than the lumpy, first-generation model Porsche released upon us. Now it resembles a legitimate X5 competitor. Still, Lumma Design wants to take it a step further with its wide-body CLR 550 GT.
For now, though, it's all just renderings.
Lumma is crafting an add-on lip spoiler with integrated fog lights, LED running lights, headlight trim, and a ton of carbon fiber bits for the Cayenne's front end.
Its carbon-Kevlar hood will feature functional cooling vents and be raised slightly to cover the windshield wipers (reducing drag) around the cowl area.
Down the sides you can see Lumma's signature extra-wide fenders covering 22- or 23-inch wheels, between which are special air-directing side skirts helping to cool the rear brakes.
Since most will never be able to afford a real-life example of their cars, Lamborghini folks are keen on making a profit off the rest of us through its official memorabilia. Following the openings of its new boutique stores in Los Angeles and Beijing in late 2009, Lamborghini opened its first store in Canada this past Saturday (May 8).
Located in Aberdeen Centre in Vancouver, the Automobili Lamborghini Boutique will sell items from the Collezione fashion line, comprised of men's, women's and junior's collection, including hats, shoes, briefcases, Lamborghini crested t-shirts, sweatshirts and various accessories.
"The philosophy behind the Collezione Automobili Lamborghini fashion line is synonymous with the traits of each Lamborghini vehicle: Extreme, Uncompromising and unmistakably Italian," stated President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., Stephan Winkelmann.
Bentley is continuing its efforts to drum up attention for its new Mulsanne limo, this time with the release of a three minute long film shot on location in Edinburgh and the Scottish borders.
Set to replace the Arnage, the British firm's flagship model is motivated by a twin-turbocharged 6?-litre V8 churning out 512 horsepower and a massive peak torque of 1020 Nm / 752 lb ft. Power is transferred to the rear wheels through a new eight-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshifts. Watch the video after the jump.
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