Now With More Chrome: ASMA Design Unveils A Slightly Updated CLS Shark II

Just when you thought ASMA’s CLS Shark II couldn’t get more flamboyant, the newest version of the German-tuned CLS-Class has been unveiled, and yes ladies and gentlemen, it is indeed even more eye catching. Updates include added chrome accents (most notably on the grille) and a two-tone black and silver paint job, both of which aim to complement the plethora of venting found throughout the vehicle. ASMA has also introduced a pair of new wheel designs as well, which can be added to the CLS Shark II and a number of other Mercedes models, should you so desire.

Lower price for Volkswagen Jetta

The 2007 Volkswagen Jetta, which will be available in fall, will have a lower price than last year’s version. It wil start at $17,120, including a $630 destination charge. The 2006 Jetta started at $18,530, including destination.

Volkswagen spokesman Tom Wegehaupt said, “We lowered the price to be more competitive in the segment”.

The new Jetta also gets an optional iPod adapter, simplified cruise control, an optional premium sound system and a standard tire-pressure monitoring system.

The German automaker dropped the diesel Jetta and the 1.9 TDI diesel New Beetle for 2007. Wegehaupt said all-new common-rail diesel technology will be forthcoming on the New Beetle for the year 2008. He said the new 2.0-liter diesel engine is estimated to deliver 140 horsepower and more than 200 pound-feet of torque.

Volkswagen also announced a special model of the New Beetle is planned for 2007. It will be a white-on-white model that will go on sale in spring 2007. It will feature a white interior and exterior and a white trunk lid, although the top will be black.

New talks between Volkswagen and Proton

After their initial meeting in New York ended positively, PROTON Holdings Bhd and Germany’s Volkswagen AG are due to hold new talks according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi..

The two car makers could probably meet in Bangkok regarding a long-term strategic partnership, he said yesterday.

The government have been looking for another alliance for Proton since 2004. The Malaysian car company recently posted its maiden annual loss in 15 years will be needing the new parter to come up with new models and to increase their sales.

“The fact that they want to have another discussion means both sides were happy with the first results. Both sides are in positive mood. I don’t have the details yet. I need the details before I can say anything. Otherwise there will be further speculation and this will not be good,” said the Prime Minister after launching the 2007 National Imams Conference in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Bangi, Selangor.

On May 31, Proton reported its first-ever annual loss for fiscal 2007 since its listing in 1992. On the same day, Abdullah said Proton should talk to other firms since Volkswagen was not interested in a proposal from Proton. His comment had jolted the parties into action, which resulted to a meeting in New York last week.

On June 1, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said the Government will decide on who will be the partner for Proton in the next three months.

Earlier this month, reports from a local paper came out that Volkswagen is set to buy 51 percent stake in a newly formed unit that will own Proton’s manufacturing, research and development and engineering divisions. After Edge Financial Daily reported this matter, Proton stock supposedly rose as much as 21 percent. The same news report also said that Sime Darby will buy a 43 percent stake in Proton Holdings from a Malaysian state investment company, Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

The Malaysian Government is still open to foreign car makers like Germany’s Volkswagen and US-based General Motors.

Nor Mohamed said that all the parties involved must “move fast” to resolve the problem at Proton, a 43 percent unit of Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

Once the car industry’s market leader, Proton’s market share has dwindled due to stiffer competition at home. Analysts have said that it needs a foreign partner to improve sales locally and abroad.

Khazanah managing director Datuk Azman Mokhtar said that talks with Volkswagen are still ongoing. Apart from Volkswagen, General Motors is also interested to partner Proton. “We want resolution soon. The team is working and meetings will be set for this month with the interested parties. For the local parties, the door is open to them. Khazanah is willing and able to sell some equities (in Proton),” he said at a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur.

The Government had earlier missed a March 31 deadline to find a suitable partner for Proton.

Shares of Proton closed 2.4 per cent, or 15 sen lower, at RM6.10 yesterday.

ebay: Roudi’s Ford F350 Based Audi 5000 SUV

For unknown reasons we share the same lust for circus-type creations like Roudi’s Audi SUV as the boyz down at Jalopnik. And why shouldn’t we -its not as if you can find everyday an ‘85 Audi 5000s sitting on top of a Ford F350 4×4 chassis with a 390 c.i. V8 engine and monster truck wheels. Moreover, it’ll only cost you a mere $1.500 if you hurry up and make a bid on ebay. Come to think of it, wouldn’t you agree that it’d make a perfect garage-match with the BMW E21 4×4 found for sale in Dallas, Texas? -Vehicle description and image gallery after the jump

Via: Jalopnik , Link: ebay

Vehicle Description

You are looking at a 4X4 that I built about ten years ago that was a spur of the moment thing. Had the car with a blown engine and a rolled over truck and put them together, very well I might say. I have had it in some mud runs, played alot with it, even got stuck a few times and when this one is stuck you are really stuck.

Down to specs- 1985 Audi 5000S sitting on an F350 4X4 chassis with a 390 engine with not alot of miles on it because it was rebuilt what I built the car. Has 40″ Trailblazer tires that are pretty worn out and needs the gas tank cleaned out and fresh gas. I started it this week with a gas can in the engine compartment and it still runs fine.

It needs some minor repairs depending what you want to do with the car, like the passanger mirror is broken, and some minor rust coming thru. I have two titles for this vehicle, one for the car and one for the truck. Full time 4 wheel drive with lock out hubs and an automatic transmission. I changed the interior to vinyl because of the mud I use to get in it, so now I just hose it out and ready to go again. Got to many toys so I am getting rid of some. Any questions please feel free to ask. Thanks for l@@king.