Suzuki Swift X Concept

Suzuki Swift X Concept

Suzuki displayed their Swift X Sport Concept on the Tokyo Auto Salon.

The hood, splitter, fender flares and spoiler are all made of carbon fiber and if you can get beyond the podium-required underbody neon, Lambo doors and tri-tone hues, you’ll be able to appreciate the 18-inch OZ wheels that frame four-piston Brembos.

In addition to a revised dash, on the inside, you’ll find that the flimsy stock thrones have been replaced with racing buckets, complete with competition harnesses. Naturally, a show car can’t leave the shop without some form of excessive ICE, so Suzuki found ten wholes to fill with speakers inside the diminutive hatch.

2008 Citroen C5

2008 Citroen C5

Disguised Citroen C5 was caught on camera phone on the road in France. This is Citroen’s ‘Mondeo’, the all-new C5. Totally redesigned, the French saloon gets a fresh platform, a new air-suspension system and a high-quality interior which offers much more space.

2009 Audi A8

2009 Audi A8

2009 Audi A8 was caught in Scandinavia as test mule during cold winter testing there. From a powerplant perspective the horsepower wars will continue. Expect to see the V12 TDI engine which recently debuted in the Q7 V12 TDI make its way to the A8 lineup, as well as new gasoline variants.

Toyota Land Cruiser and the Lexus LX 570

Toyota Land Cruiser and the Lexus LX 570

The new Toyota’s “baby” was caught testing in southern Europe. The spied SUV will be a next-generation version of the Land Cruiser (or it might be the Lexus LX?). While the Land Cruiser is offered with a wide variety of gasoline and diesel six- and eight-cylinder engines worldwide, it’s likely it’ll come to the United States, as it does currently, solely with a V-8 under the hood. But the current 4.7-liter V-8 is likely to give way to the new American-made 5.7-liter, DOHC, 32-valve, VVT-i V-8 that’s being installed in the 2007 Tundra pickup truck. In the Tundra, it’s rated at 381 horsepower, and there’s no reason to think that’ll change much in the Land Cruiser. And as in the Tundra, the 5.7 will probably be mated to Toyota’s new six-speed automatic transmission.

The Lexus LX likely will get a name change to LX 570 to reflect the additional liter of displacement in the new engine, and the interior will be redesigned for something more elegant than what’s currently offered. But don’t expect a hybrid version for this largest Lexus.

The new Land Cruiser and LX 570 should be showing up at dealers before the end of this year as 2008 models.

2009 Ford Mustang

Ford has begun testing prototypes for its 2009 Mustang, which was caught on public roads. The Giugiaro Mustang concept that debuted at the LA Auto Show, there are some definite similairities between the front-clips of these two cars. The hoodline on this prototype shares the graceful arc of the Italian-inspired show car, and a similar wheel arch appears to reside beneath the camouflage. A sharp, angled character line also appears to be visible on the prototype’s front bumper, and its angle and placement matches the Giugiaro concept’s nose detail exactly.

2007 BMW 1-Series

2007 BMW 1-Series hatchback

BMW has unveiled the 2007 BMW 1-Series hatchback. The new three-door car goes on sale this spring, and will be offered with five engine in Europe. It’s not known if the three-door model will be offered in the United States, but coupe and convertible variants are expected in America in the coming years.

Model choices include the 130i model, with a 265 horsepower inline-six and a zero to 62 mph time of 6.0 seconds; the 120i with a 170 hp four-cylinder engine and a zero to 62 mph time of 7.7 seconds; the 118i with a 143 hp 4-cyl engine and a zero to 62 mph time of 8.7 seconds; the 120d with a 177 hp common-rail diesel engine and a zero to 62 mph time of 7.5 seconds; and the 118d with a 143 hp common-rail diesel engine and a zero to 62 mph time of 8.9 seconds.