The Car Geek: August 2006

The Car Geek

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Ford to Launch a New Diesel-Powered Super Duty Truck in 2007

Ford to Produce New Diesel-Powered Super Duty Truck in 2007With its superiority in developing powerful pickup trucks, Ford Motor Company has recently announced that they will introduce a new diesel version of its Super Duty pickup in the first quarter of 2007.

Ford cut down their truck production this year because of low sales due to U.S. interest rates and the increasing gas prices. Ford said the launch of the heavy-duty, diesel-powered pickup will be a payback for that matter.

The diesel-powered 2008 Super Duty truck is a member of Ford's F-Series pickup truck lineup.

The Super Duty truck is equipped with a new 6.4-liter Power Stroke diesel engine, larger than the 6.0-liter V8 engine in the current model and will become the first diesel engine in the U.S. to feature a high-precision fuel injection system that allows the engine to operate quietly, with low emission, and improved fuel efficiency.

Ford fans won't wait too long because Ford said they will unveil the all-new diesel-powered 2008 Super Duty truck in Dallas Texas State Fair in September 28. The 2008 Ford Super Duty truck will roll out in U.S. markets in early 2007. While waiting for the new Super Duty truck, Ford owners can check for updates of their Ford parts at Auto Parts Inner.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mazda's all-new MX-5

2007 Retractable Hard Top MX-5 Mazda's Power Retractable Hard Top MX-5 will soon be available on the car market this coming September with a price tag of $24,530. The vehicle carries standard equipments such as power windows/mirrors/locks, side airbags, and a CD player. Leather seats, stability and traction control, and run-flat tires will also be available as an option.

Monday, August 21, 2006

2007 Volkswagen Eos - Coming to the U.S.

Good news for the Volkswagen fans in the U.S. The 2007 Volkswagen Eos, which is the best-selling convertible in Europe, is on its way to conquer U.S. markets this fall.

2007 Volkswagen Eos : will be in US

The 2007 Eos is already in U.S. showrooms conducting displays and consumer test-drives.

The innovative CSC (coupe-sunroof-convertible) roof of the 2007 Eos enables a five-panel hard top containing a sunroof to transform into a complete convertible coupe in just seconds.

The 2007 Eos offers two different engine types - the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo with 200 horsepower and Volkswagen's narrow angle V6 3.2 liter engine with 250 horsepower. Price starts at $27,990 for the 2.0-liter and $36,850 for the 3.2-liter.

Both model grades are equipped with high-quality standard features including Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP), safety-optimized front headrests, front airbags, front side head-thorax airbags, 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning system, fog lights, panoramic sunroof, power windows, and cruise control. Additional options are also available in the two 2007 Eos models.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

2007 Veracruz: Hyundai's answer to GM, Ford Crossovers

2007 Veracruz: Hyundai's answer to GM, Ford Crossovers

2007 Hyundai Veracruz

Hyundai has recently announced that it will be introducing a new midsize crossover called Veracruz in early 2007. The seven-passenger cross utility vehicle from Korea will be slotted in size and price above the Santa Fe. The vehicle will be Hyundai's answer to GM's Saturn Outlook and the GMC Acadia. However, the vehicle is yet to be publicly revealed.

The Veracruz is reportedly to be powered by a DOHC 3.8-liter V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission, and will come a standard third-row seat that folds into the floor. Honda says it will be larger than a Honda Pilot, with more cargo space than a Mercedes GL. Standard safety features such as side air bags, side curtains and electronic stability control are included in the vehicle.

The Veracruz will be launched at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January and will reach U.S. dealers in early 2007. Pricing will be announced before its formal introduction.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Toyota's Future Vehicles

Following the release of the 2007 Toyota Tundra at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota Motors will bring again nine innovative vehicle concepts to be unveiled in U.S. showrooms in the near future.

FINE-N Concept: Toyota's Future Vehicles FINE-N Concept: Toyota parts

Here's a peek at what's up Toyota's sleeve:

Alessandro Volta Concept
Toyota's first high-performance hybrid named after Alessandro Volta, Italian inventor of the battery.

Crown Concept
The Crown Concept's innovative styling and superior driving performance makes a shift in the Crown's concept of being "stationary" to being "active," raising the traditional feeling of hospitality to the world's highest level so as to propose the ideal for a next-generation luxury class sedan.

CS&S Concept
The CS&S is a 4-wheel-drive mid-engine 2+2 sports car. Employing Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive, an electric motor drives the front wheels, while a gas engine and electric motor in combination drive the rear.

FINE-N Concept
The Fine-N hints at the coming revolution in automotive design by employing an advanced fuel-cell system.

FINE-S Concept
With hydrogen fuel cells below the deck for a low center of gravity, and independent 4-wheel control for exceptional drivability, the Fine-S is the shape of what has to come.

FTX Concept
The FTX was developed to raise the idea of functionality to a new level by including a surprising array of sensible features aimed at both work and play.

FT-SX Concept
With a fresh style and bold, commanding frame, the FT-SX is an exploration of an entirely new genre of automobile.

NLSV Concept
The NLSV features a large, wireless electric sliding door on the passenger side and a flatter and wider floor, proposing a new concept in simple but functional vehicle utility.

PM Concept
The PM is a personal mobility vehicle that "fits like a glove" to create a feeling of unity between the driver and the vehicle.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Apple's iPOD Makes Music with Ford, GM and Mazda

Ford, GM and Mazda to be iPod friendlyApple has announced in a recent press release that it has teamed up with Ford, General Motors and Mazda to deliver seamless iPod integration in the majority of their brands and models.

Ford and General Motors will reportedly feature iPod integration in the majority of their 2007 models in the US beginning later this year, while Mazda's entire global 2007 lineup of cars and SUVs will offer iPod connectivity. How perfect is that?

The iPod system for Ford, General Motors and Mazda will play while charging the iPod. The iPod integration will likewise allow drivers to use their car's multifunction controls to select their music using artist, album, playlist or shuffle songs, as well as to easily skip between tracks and playlists.

Aren't you loving this idea already?