New V8 Volvo XC90 arrives

v8-volvo-xc90.jpgVolvo has stepped performance up a gear, introducing a V8 engine for the first time, as well as a new and improved five-cylinder diesel engine into the XC90 range. It now includes the existing 154kW 2.5-litre, five-cylinder turbo engine, at $69,950, the new 2.4-litre, five-cylinder turbo diesel engine for $72,950 and the range-topping V8 for $84,950. Continue reading New V8 Volvo XC90 arrives

Peugeot 207 GT

peugot.jpgPeugot will be taking the wraps off its newest hot-hatch at Paris: the 207 GT. While anticipation had been building for a road-going production version of the 207 Super 2000 rally car (hinted at with the 207 RCup concept shown at Geneva), the latest information indicates that this will be the range-topper, and that PSA will be dropping the “i” from its traditional GTi moniker. Continue reading Peugeot 207 GT

2007 Honda CR-V

2007-honda-cr-v2.jpgYou’ll find Honda most often on or near the bull’s-eye, what with the Accord, the Odyssey, the Civic, and the CR-V all nailing their targets through the crosshairs. From the center, Honda believes, there’s no direction to go but off the mark, which is why the 2007 CR-V remains pretty much what a CR-V has always been: an inexpensive five-seat duffel bag on wheels. Continue reading 2007 Honda CR-V

Volkswagen Barbie Beetle

volkswagen-barbie-beetle.jpgIn a word, the New Beetle is cute. Okay, the Turbo is reasonably fun, and the not-for-US-sale RSi was a hairy-enough beast that the flower vase could have been replaced with a holster, but this erases all of it. The lug nuts are pink. Does that mean your little sister will learn to change a tire? Maybe that’s what this is: an educational opportunity aimed at involving more women in the ownership experience.

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2009 Lotus Esprit

2009-lotus-esprit.jpgLotus has a checkered history — quite apart from its seven Formula 1 World Championships. The road-car and engineering businesses have gone through periodic crises, and since Colin Chapman, the founder and inspiration of Lotus, died in 1982, the company has had three different owners: General Motors, Romano Artioli’s Bugatti, and Malaysian automaker Proton today. Continue reading 2009 Lotus Esprit

2007 MINI brochure caught in the wild

p0027639.jpgSure, it’s the UK version of a preview brochure for the new MINI, but come on, it’s the NEW MINI! In all seriousness, when we spotted that the MotoringFile had picked up a copy of the new brochure, we practically scrambled over each other to get it in front of your eyes. The file they got their hands on is a scanned copy of the pre-release literature, and it almost makes you feel dirty for looking at it. We don’t care! Continue reading 2007 MINI brochure caught in the wild