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Chevy Camaro concept

Chevy Camaro concept

The Chevrolet Camaro concept was one of the hits of the 2006 NAIAS.

GM’s product boss Bob Lutz admitted the retro-styled 2+2 had been sent back to the drawing board after the original finished version had been seen by one highly influential viewer.

“We felt good about it but we didn’t feel great about it. Sometimes it needs someone else to look at it,” said Lutz. “Rick Wagoner said ‘that looks just like the old one and why would we want to do that? Let’s get some modern flair into it so we’re not repeating the past.’ Ed Welburn had been working with one group of designers so he put a second team on to it. And right away, the moment there was competition, things started to get a little more exciting. We have gone with a compendium of the two teams’ work that has the best elements of both cars.”

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Mazda CX-7: new pics

Mazda CX-7

Mazda CX-7

Mazda CX-7

Mazda show a new photos of the 2007 Mazda CX-7 SUV ahead of the vehicle??ôs official debut at the Los Angeles auto show. The Mazda CX-7 is the first of three all-new Mazda vehicles that are being designed and engineered specifically for the North American market.

The new shots include a exterior view. The CX-7, or at least the one in the pics, wears a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels that will be rotated by a 244-hp, 2.3L turbo four-cylinder with direct-injection. The motor is shared with the new MazdaSpeed6, though specially tuned for the CX-7 to deliver 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed sport automatic will help the new ute deliver a combined estimated 23 mpg.

Mazda CX-7 arrives in the spring of 2006 as a 2007 model.

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??ôs leading edge and Mazda??ôs 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??ôs innate desire to jump in and drive, while high quality is achieved through detailed craftsmanship.”

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.

FIAT Panda SUV

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