What's New: November 2005Tue, 01 Nov 2005
the recent Motor Show in Essen, Germany, Volkswagen showed their new
CrossPolo. It is an adaptation of the existing car that seeks to extend
the range's popularity in Europe, adding extra cladding around the
car's ankles. Like the Audi A6 Allroad, it also features (matt)
brightwork for the roof rack and door-mirrors, while the central parts
of the front and rear graphics are also lightened for contrast against
the grey bumpers. The Volkswagen CrossPolo is 154mm taller than the
standard Polo, the extra height offset by 17? alloy wheels. It is
available with two petrol and two diesel engines, outputs ranging from
64 to 100PS, with prices starting from around $20,000.
has given the green light to the R8, the production version of the Le
Mans concept shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003. It will be
based on a modified Lamborghini Gallardo platform, and scheduled
launched on the market in Spring 2007. The R8 will be produced in
Neckarsulm, where Audi has a plant specifically for aluminium-bodied
cars. It was also the site of production of the Wankel-engined NSU
Ro80. $30million will be invested in the production line, while testing
headed by Quattro GmbH has already begun.
has unveiled the 2007 Escalade, based on the General Motors full-size
SUV platform. Under the hood, there is a new 6.2-liter aluminium V8
with variable valve timing that produces 403PS and 565Nm of torque. The
Escalade will be launched early next year, with an even more gargantuan
long-wheelbase version due later. Outside, the car remains suitably
imposing, the DRG extending themes promoted by the Cadillac Sixteen.
Inside, there is higher contrast trim and greater symmetry in the IP.
The Escalade features a Road Sensing System, which continually scans
the road, adjusting the damping to suit.
SEMA (Special Equipment Marketing Association) show in Las Vegas is a
popular venue for manufacturers to display tuned versions of current
production cars. Among the plethora of low skirts and wide rims this
year was the Ford GTX 1, an open version of the Ford GT.
Reflecting the 1966 GTX 1, it has been conceived by the Ford Special Vehicle Team in conjunction with Gennadi Design, who built it. Having removed the roof, two wide-spaced humps remain behind the headrests with pill-shaped graphics, and a central window to view the engine. The conversion costs $38,000.
have exposed the new Aviator, due out next year to replace its
prehistoric forebear. Stylistically derived from the Aviator concept
shown at the 2004 Detroit show, the production version will be based on
the Mazda 6 platform rather than the Ford Explorer. It will be powered
by a 3.5-liter 250PS V6, with 6-speed automatic, to take on the Lexus
RX330 ? though there is no word yet on a hybrid option. The rear
carries the concept's horizontal theme, though loses its chrome
decoration and thick D-pillar. The design appears better integrated,
and supports Lincoln's intentions to update their current 'older
person's luxury car' image. On the heels of athletic Japanese and
German rivals, the SUV is fast becoming more sports than utility.
have released photos of the Actyon, a small/medium sized SUV to replace
the outdated yet still-hugely popular Korando. Its name derives from
the words 'Action' and 'Young', a clear indication to target the
younger generation who are seeking a unique vehicle to match their
active life style.
Designed at the Ssangyong Design Center under the leadership of Creative Director Ken Greenley, Actyon will compete against the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage in an ultra-competitive small SUV segment in Korea.