2009 Honda Freed

The new Honda Freed was unveiled today in Tokyo. The Freed is compact minivan, based on the new 2009 Honda Jazz. While the Freed retains the same width as the Jazz / Fit at 1,695 mm, it’s longer (4,215 mm vs 3,900 mm), higher (1,715 mm vs 1,525 mm) and it also features an extended wheelbase measuring 2,740 mm in length (vs 2,500 mm).

Honda will offer three variants the Freed on local market: a seven-passenger edition; an eight-passenger version and a five-passenger type which offers a large cargo space. All three variants of the Freed are also equipped with sliding rear doors on either side of the vehicle.

2009 Honda Freed will be offered in front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive variants, both of which are equipped with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder that delivers an output of 120Hp. No word about the Freed will find its way out of the Japan.

New Ford KA

Ford made public photos of its new Ka model. The new Ka will replace the 12-year-old Ka, and shares its underpinnings and engines with the Fiat 500.

The Ka expected arrive to dealerships towards the end of 2008. Ford says that its engineers are working hard to ensure that the new Ka can match the current model??ôs composure and pin-sharp handling, while offering greater refinement.

There will be a choice of 63bhp 1.2-litre and 100bhp 1.4-litre petrol engines, as well as a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel. The latter will be good for 75bhp and 145Nm of torque, while returning more than 50mpg.

The new Ka will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, and is sure to appeal to Ford fans with its attractive styling. Short overhangs, a steeply raked windscreen and arching roofline mean the Ka looks sporty, while being spacious enough for four.

Prices for the new Ka are set to start at around $15,000 rising to $24,000 for the ST version.

Hyundai i90

The Hyundai i90 test mule in camouflage was caught on road testing.

The Hyundai is ready to take on Germany’s premium brands. It will be crammed with the kind of technology usually reserved for premium brands like Audi, Mercedes and BMW.

This includes an iDrive-style cabin control interface, as well as a collision mitigation brake system (CMS), which detects an imminent accident and warns the driver to take preventative action. Plus cabin space to match the likes of BMW’s 7-Series, the i90 will carry a similar price to a Ford Mondeo. It will reach the dealerships in 2009, powered by a petrol V8 with around 350bhp.

Renault Laguna Coupe

The new Renault Laguna Coupe was unveiled in Cannes. The new Laguna Coupe get a stylish new look and a pair of new V6 engines fueled by gasoline and diesel. The gas engine comes in at 3.5 liters and 240hp, and the diesel engine will be appearing under the hood of cars from Japanese partner Nissan in 2010. The 3.0L diesel V6 was shown last fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show, generates 235hp and 331 lb.-ft. of torque, and is expected to join the Nissan Maxima lineup. The front-wheel-drive Laguna coupe should have some interesting chassis dynamics thanks to its four wheel steering system.
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New look Mazda3

The all-new Mazda3 test mule was caught in olive camouflage on public road.
The new look Mazda3 is taking styling cues from its sporty big sister, the Mazda6. The swooping projector headlamps, angled tail lights and stumpy rear end all ape the bigger Mazda’s look. Mazda3 is a similar story inside too, with features such as heated seats, multi-function steering wheel and a hard drive for mp3 files filtering down from the Mazda6.

The Mazda3 hatch developed on the Ford Focus platform. And it’s undergone a mechanical makeover too, gaining an extra cog and more powerful engines, meaning a six-speed box mated to 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre direct injection engine.

2009 Jaguar XF-R

Meet the 2009 Jaguar XF-R. If you’re looking at the rear of the XF-R, you’ll be following a subtle lip spoiler on the bootlid, chunky quad pipes and we’d guess lurking under that white plastic disguise is a discrete diffuser. There is also a new design of alloy wheel reserved just for R models. Even standard cars can be specced with 20-inch wheels, so big rims are a must for the XF-R.

Naturally, there is also a new design of alloy wheel reserved just for R models. Even standard cars can be specced with 20-inch wheels, so big rims are a must for the XF-R

2009 BMW 7-Series

2009 BMW 7-Series test mule with light camo

Look at hte image above. Its a BMW 7-Series test mule, which was caught on road testing. 2009 BMW 7-Series mule was captured with minor camouflage thus giving us a preview of their new top-of-the-range luxury sedan.

Despite the camo, it is evident that BMW’s design team went for a more elegant and slightly sport styling with the new 7. Better styling aside, the 2009 7-Series is also expected to go through an extensive diet and along with the new engine line-up that will include BMW’s 306Hp 3.0-liter Turbocharged straight-six and the 408Hp 4.4-liter V8 Turbo, it will also feature significantly improved fuel consumption figures.

2009 Acura TL

Look at spy shots of the 2009 Acura TL. Spy shooters snagged this lightly camouflaged Acura TL out testing. Up front, the grille is covered, but the basic shape looks very much like the buck-tooth treatment given to the RL and TSX. The front wheel arches bulge out like the TSX to give the TL a more aggressive stance, and the concave line stretching from the A-pillar to the tail lights has been replaced by a muscular character line expanding from the front arch, helping to further accentuate the sedan’s stance. Out back, a prominent V shape at the bumper and spoiler gives the TL a little more style, while the tail lights wrap to show off the TL’s angles.
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