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2007 Ford Explorer IronMan Edition

2007 Ford Explorer IronMan Edition
2007 Ford Explorer IronMan Edition is a “buzz vehicle” to celebrate the relationship: Ford was the sponsor of the Ironman Triathalon in 2005.



The Explorer Ironman combines capability with the strength, endurance and passion that drive the Ironman competitors.

Just like the triathletes, the 2007 Ford Explorer IronMan Edition is unique in its class from the black body side cladding and rivet-designed wheel lip moldings to the black grille.

The Ironman Triathalon is the world’s most challenging endurance event. This fast-growing sport now hosts 28 events worldwide, pitting participants in a grueling 140.6-mile event that comprises a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile run, all done consecutively and typically in just over eight hours.

Biodiesel Hummer

Biodiesel Hummer
Surprise!! Meet a biodiesel Hummer. Brazil has made a dramatic shift to ethanol. Flex-fuel vehicle sales went from 4% to 80% in the past 3 years.

2008 Ford Focus

2008 Ford Focus
2008 Ford Focus

This is a spy shots of 2008 Ford Focus taken with a cameraphone.


The worst American cars of 2006

Ford Ranger pickup

Forbes version of top worst American cars of 2006:

1. Dodge Sprinter van
2. Ford Crown Victoria sedan
3. Mercury Grand Marquis sedan
4. Pontiac Grand Prix sedan
5. Ford E-Series van
6. Dodge Durango SUV
7. Dodge Ram 1500 pickup
8. Buick Terraza minivan
9. Chevrolet Uplander minivan
10. Pontiac SV6 minivan
11. Saturn Relay minivan
12. Saturn Ion coupe and sedan
13. Ford Ranger pickup

Aston Martin On The Blocks

Aston Martin
Blogger Chuck Goolsbee post cool photo sent one of his readers from Auckland, New Zealand:

Somewhere in Auckland there??ôs a 1976 Cortina Station Wagon with a vinyl roof, louvres and a Supercheap Autos 5 speed gear knob driving around with 21??? wheels worth around $40k!


Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic facelifting

Renault Scenic
Behold the facelifted Renault Scenic. The Scenic gets updated with the new grille. Tthe lower intake is larger, and the foglights residing in it have been moved further outboard. Headlights are updated to get an “HID look,” and the taillights now use LEDs. If the integral paint option is selected, the rub strips and door handles get finished in the same color as the rest of the bodywork.

Renault has improved fit ,finish and durability and incorporated higher-quality materials throughout. Complementing those changes is improved soundproofing aimed at creating a more serene cabin environment when underway.

In the case of the Grand Scenic, the addition of a 5-seat variant that deletes the third row seating means more interior storage capacity for that particular model. New creature comforts now pepper the options sheet, too. These include a CD/MP3 stereo, a fixed panoramic roof, darker privacy glass, and front/rear parking sensors. Additional new convenience options like an automatic parking brake and rain-sensitive wipers also appear as part of the model’s freshenng.

Finally, two new engines join the roster of available powerplants: a range-topping 2.0-liter dCi with 150 hp and Sc?©nic’s first diesel automatic, the 1.9-liter dCi FAP Auto (FAP = particulate filter).

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer. Spy shots.
Take a look on spy shot of new 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer. The Lancer will ride on the Dodge Caliber/Jeep Compass/Patriot platform and will debut in late 2007 or early in 2008 as a 2009 model. The Ralliart is up after that and will feature a turbo motor and all-wheel drive. Finally, in late ’07 or early ’08, the EVO X will crash the party with a 300-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder.


2008 Mercedes S-Class hybrid

Mercedes S-Class hybrid
DaimlerChrysler will begin sale a hybrid version of S-Class luxury sedan in 2008. Whereas the LS600h L is a full hybrid pairing a 4.3L V8 with a pair of electric motors, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class hybrid will likely be a mild hybrid. Both the Direct Hybrid and Bluetec Hybrid concepts shown at the 2005 Frankfurt motor were mild hybrids, meaning the electric motors only assist the engine, though the former paired its electric motor with a 3.5-liter gasoline engine and the latter used the 3.0-liter Bluetec diesel.

2008 Lexus IS500

Lexus IS500
Take a look on spy shots of new 2008 Lexus IS500. The Lexus IS500 will be a more potent version of the IS sedan that currently tops out at 306 horsepower in IS350 trim (that’s with a 3.5L V6). This prototype has all the sporty cues: an aggressive front air dam that appears to take inspiration from Lexus’ LF-A sports car, subtly integrated fender flares, and a deep rear bumper with uniquely stacked dual-exhaust tips.

The most logical engine powering this beast would be the 4.6-liter V-8 introduced in the new Lexus LS460, which, if in the same state of tune, would mean 380 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque.

Lexus IS500

Volvo XC90 Sport SE

Volvo XC90 Sport SE
We can take a first look at the Volvo XC90 SE Sport on next week at London’s British Motor Show. Volvo XC90 Sport SE a new take on the Swedish SUV that applies suspension and appearance mods to give it a more dynamic attitude on-road. The suspension tuning was refined in Great Britain and consists of stiffer shocks and anti-roll bars to give the ute more bite when cornering. In addition, the speed-sensitive power steering is now more responsive. The XC90’s self-leveling system also gets tweaked to complete the suite of handling upgrades.