Kia Rio 2006

The Kia Rio 2006 received the Autobytel “Editors’ Choice Award for Most Improved New Car.”

“Rio is a magnificent subcompact class-leading car with attractive styling and performance wrapped in a smart yet extremely affordable package,” said Len Hunt, executive vice president and COO of Kia Motors America. “We’re pleased that Autobytel, the press and the entire automotive community are recognizing the Kia Rio for all it offers consumers.”

The Kia Rio is available in three variations, Base, LX and Rio5 SX five-door. The Base model begins at $11,110 with destination, and the SX five-door starts at $14,040.

Mazda CX-7

Mazda CX-7

Mazda will unveil the CX-7, a new SUV, at the next Detroit Auto Show. New Mazda SUV specifically designed for the North American market and will go on sale in the North American in the spring of 2006.

The Mazda CX-7 is powered by the MZR 2.3-litre DISI TURBO, an intercooled 2.3-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine, that produces a hearty 244 bhp at 5,000 rpm.

“Prominent front bumpers, A-pillars rooted at the body??s leading edge and Mazda??s signature five-pointed grille make this model instantly recognisable as a Mazda. Large 18-inch aluminium wheels and a sporty interior fulfil every car enthusiast??s innate desire to jump in and drive, while high quality is achieved through detailed craftsmanship.”

Acura back home to Japan for 2008

Honda Motor will sell Acura cars in the Japan starting in 2008 to compete with Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus luxury brand for an expanding generation on wealthy pensioners.

Honda may sell up to five Acura models in the 2008 year. The Acura, developed by Honda in 1986 for the U.S. market, is being brought back to Japan to compete with luxury brands including Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen-Audi. Luxury cars are among the most profitable and fastest-selling vehicles in Japan.

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Mazdaspeed Concept RX-8

Mazdaspeed Concept RX-8

Mazda Motor will be show a New Mazdaspeed Concept RX-8 with a tantalizing lineup of other customized and tuned vehicles at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2006, from January 13 to 15.

Will be displaying many hot cars, from customized versions of the All-New MPV, to the All-New Miata, and other cars in the Mazda line-up will share the spotlight with the RX-8.

New Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman

TechArt design studio anounced a new elegantly and aerodynamically efficient program for the Porsche Cayman coupe.
The new front spoiler, lends the front of the two-seater a more dynamic appearance. At high speeds it also reduces lift on the front axle. To optimize the lifting effect on the rear axle and to achieve a more exciting look, TechArt Automobildesign offers a rear spoiler for the Cayman models.

The one-piece Formula wheels are especially light weight and are available for the new Cayman in 17-, 18-, 19- or 20-inch diameters, all T??V-tested. The largest version features 8.5Jx20 wheels with ContiSportContact 2 tires in size 235/30 ZR 20 in front and 11Jx20 wheels with 305/25 ZR 20 tires on the rear axle.

TechArt engine tuning for the new Porsche Cayman is under development.


Fiat introduces its first Panda SUVs at Bologna Motor Show. It’s the Panda Cross, SUV based on the Panda B-car, designed Giugiaro.

1.6L 4-cyl. gasoline engine or a 1.9L 4-cyl. diesel, the FIAT Panda will make its on-road debut in February 2006. The car measures 141 ins. (358 cm) in length and is 63 ins. (161 cm) wide, with a wheelbase of 91 ins. (230 cm).

The FIAT Panda SUV goes on sale in March 2006 for around $19,500

The Fastest American Cars

Forbes recently searched high and low for the ten fastest American cars to grace the planet Earth. At the top is the SSC Ultimate Aero (shown), with a trim V8 (no, that isn??t a typo) that produces a stunning 1,046 horsepower and a maximum speed of 260-273 mph. We??ll get our fill of the Aero soon as the car is being featured in upcoming issues of The Robb Report, Motor Trend and Road & Track. Also gracing the list is the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo that tops out at 240-260 mph, the Ford GT at 205 mph and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with a top speed of 198 mph. Of special interest were the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Magnum SRT8s, which tied for ninth place, and the Caddy CTS-V in 10th, which are arguably the only cars on that list you would actually want to drive year-round.