Rabu, 11 Mei 2011

Subaru Tribeca

Nikkan Kogyo is reporting that Subaru has stopped development of the next-generation Tribeca and will soon end production of the current model.

Likewise, the newspaper says Mazda has decided to cease production of the unpopular Mazda6.

While this is sad news, if it turns out to be correct, it's not terribly surprising. Subaru has only sold 910 Tribecas since the start of the year and Mazda6 sales have been far below original estimates.

Jumat, 29 April 2011

Volvo S60 XC60 T6 R-Design

The upgrades take the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six from 224kW and 440Nm to 242kW and 480Nm.
The US-spec T6 engine will eclipse the 4.4-litre V8 in the XC90, which produces 232kW and 440Nm.
But there are currently no plans to sell the 242kW T6 outside North America, with Volvo Car Australia’s Jaedene Hudson confirming the engine has been tuned specifically for that market.
“In terms of power, they’ve done that in the US … it’s not direct from the factory in Sweden,” Ms Hudson said.
“There are no plans at this stage to change the R-Design range in Australia.”
The Australian T6 R-Design range is powered by the standard 224kW/440Nm tune of the engine and currently includes the S60 sedan, XC60 compact SUV and the V60 wagon. The V60 is not sold in the North America, and as such there is no 242kW V60 available.
Volvo Cars North America President and CEO, Doug Speck, said the enhanced S60 and XC60 models will offer improved performance and renewed driving enjoyment.

Selasa, 29 Maret 2011

Subaru Tribeca

Subaru Tribeca This price range and class of vehicle means the Tribeca Limited we tested is up against some pretty stiff competition. Crossover style SUVs with third row seating have become commonplace, from domestics like the Ford Flex and Chevy Traverse (and Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia) to imports like the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and Hyundai Veracruz. Subaru Tribeca And if you can live without third row seating (what, are you running a soccer team or something?), then all sorts of other interesting options emerge in this price range including the small put exceptionally sporty Infiniti EX35 and Acura RDX or more traditional midsize SUVs like the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota 4Runner.

Subaru Tribeca There are two problems with third row seating, at least as it relates to the Tribeca. The first problem is third row legroom, or lack thereof. The second is a cramped second row, which is necessitated by the room required to jam a third row in the back of a midsize Subaru Tribeca SUV. The net result is an overcrowded area for backseat passengers in either row, unless of course you’re 10-years old or suffering from severe osteoporosis. We hauled a load of adults in the back for a relatively short road trip and the grumbles about legroom and were loud and clear.

Rabu, 09 Februari 2011

Ford's Farley talks Apple Genius Bars and the push

Jim Farley, Ford's Group Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service, gave the keynote speech at the Chicago Auto Show this morning, and the only way it could have been more on-topic is if he had given his speech via Facebook chat.

Before Farley announced the new "What Would You Go Do?" campaign for the 2011 Ford Explorer, he laid out how the Explorer's Facebook launch set a new tone for how Ford has conversations with its customers, and even set a new tone for the company itself. Follow the jump for more and Ford's press release on the Explorer competition.

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