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September 10, 2007 Second Life hosts 7000 businesses and boasts a GDP of $64 million (as of September 2006) and with estimates of this year's GDP running as high as $600 million, it's no surprise that the corporate world is making its presence felt. The latest foray by car manufacturer Peugeot, will see the company presenting a virtual showcase of its new 308 RC Z concept car on September 11.  Read More

Chrysler's new Jeep Cherokee will launch in the UK in May 2008.

September 10, 2007 Chrysler Group will use the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show to launch four new models into the UK market for 2008. Europe will get its first look at the new Grand Voyager, Sebring Cabrio and Dodge Journey next week, as well as the all-new flagship Jeep Cherokee.  Read More

New Porsche Cayenne GTS showcases on-road dynamics

September 8, 2007 A new version of the Porsche Cayenne GTS, which makes its world debut at the IAA Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 11, features a specially developed chassis: it is the first Cayenne to offer the electronically-controlled damping system, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), with steel springs. This combination, which also lowers the Cayenne by 24mm, was previously reserved exclusively for Porsche sports cars. The car boasts an enhanced version of the direct fuel injection (DFI) 4.8-litre V8 petrol engine. The engine in the Cayenne GTS yields 405bhp (298 kW) at 6,500rpm – 20bhp more than in the Cayenne S.  Read More

Mitsubishi’s innovative i MiEV SPORT electric vehicle

The Tokyo Motor Show is seven weeks away, but as the home of the all-powerful Japanese industry it is where the most advanced technologies go on display first. Accordingly, Mitsubishi has announced a show car for Tokyo we won’t see in Frankfurt next week. The i MiEV Sport looks like a 21st century Goggomobile but promises genuine sporting capabilities with a whopping 680 Nm of torque pushing a small lightweight electric vehicle. Based on the i MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle), the car features a 20 kW motor inside each front wheel another 47 kW at the rear, plus the company's S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) vehicle dynamics system, all in a lightweight, rigid aluminium space frame with the batteries and inverter tucked underneath for a low centre of gravity and plenty of interior space.  Read More

F 700 with DIESOTTO leads Mercedes-Benz clean fuel showcase

September 7, 2007 Spearheaded by the F 700 research car – a vehicle that achieves low-emission economy at 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres via its hybrid drive and innovative DIESOTTO engine - and joined by a range of hybrid and clean diesel BLUETEC models, Mercedes-Benz has placed the emphasis firmly on economical and environmentally-friendly vehicles in its line-up for the 2007 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.  Read More

Aston Martin DB9 LM

September 7, 2007 Coinciding with the first European showing of the DBS, Aston Martin but will showcase two new special editions – the Aston Martin DB9 LM and the V8 Vantage N400 at this month's 62nd International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.  Read More

The Project Kahn SLR

September 6, 2007 We’ve written about Project Kahn’s creations previously and the new Mercedes SLR makeover is spectacular enough to warrant more coverage. The Kahn SLR includes a sports exhaust system, lowered sports suspension, the soon to be released Kahn SLR body styling package, Kahn 9” x 20” front and 10.5” x 21” rear RS-X alloy wheels and a 60 bhp engine upgrade all built on a very impressive standard SLR specification. Then there’s the option of custom paintwork and custom leather interior, and …  Read More

The Volvo Recharge Concept – electric car with a 1.6 litre Flexifuel back-up motor

Volvo is set to unveil an interesting plug-in hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The ReCharge Concept is a Volvo C30 with electric wheel motors and batteries that can be charged via a regular electrical outlet. When fully charged the Volvo ReCharge Concept can be driven approximately 62 miles on battery power alone before the car’s four-cylinder 1.6 Flexifuel engine takes over to power the car and recharge the battery. As the vast majority of us drive less than 60 miles a day, the ReCharge is effectively a permanent electric car with an acceleration figure of 0-62mph in 9 seconds and a top speed of 100mph.  Read More

Lexus active driver safety system prevents accidents caused by innattention

September 6, 2007 With the aim of reducing the many road accidents caused by simple inattention, Lexus has introduced an active and intelligent new driver safety system using six cameras that monitor your face as you drive. If there’s an obstacle in your path and your head’s turned the wrong way, this clever car will hit the anchors for you. The system also incorporates active headrests designed to minimize injury in the event of a rear-end collision.  Read More

The new V10 Biturbo RS 6 Quattro

September 5, 2007 Successor to the revered V8-powered Audi RS flagship, the new RS 6 quattro Avant will go on show for the first time at Frankfurt next week with ten cylinders, twin turbochargers and 580PS, making it the most powerful production Audi of all time. Features include a six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, the latest generation quattro system with 40:60 front-to-rear torque split and an hydraulically controlled Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) system that minimizes pitch and roll.  Read More

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