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XM radio, the country’s number one supplier of satellite radio has announced that XM radio and its hot-selling XM NavTraffic service will be offered as a factory- installed feature on all 2009 Porsche 911 models. Base on the auto maker’s timeline, this will be the first time that XM is accessible in a Porsche sports car. XM is the elite satellite radio provider to Porsche. XM radio has been on hand as a factory-installed feature for Cayenne models three years ago, and today, it will expand its availability on all 2009 Porsche 911 models which will offer drivers over 170 channels of music, sports, news, talk and entertainment coast-to-coast.
 

In addition to XM radio, the 911 will offer XM NavTraffic. Powered by NAVTEQ, XM NavTraffic is the country's foremost concurrent traffic service, featuring complete information and coast-to-coast update tick of the clock. XM NavTraffic guarantees that motorists have the most up to date and most detailed traffic and incident information at their very fingertips with accessibility in 80 major North American markets, whether they're traveling or wandering.

"We are proud to partner with Porsche to make our award-winning XM NavTraffic service available as a feature in the entire 2009 911 model range. The Porsche brand is known for its exceptional performance, and we're proud to deliver our advanced audio entertainment and traffic technology to drivers who expect nothing less," says Steve Cook, executive vice president, automotive, XM Satellite Radio.

"We are excited about offering XM Satellite Radio with the XM NavTraffic option to our 911 customers. This will be a great addition to our new for 2009 Porsche Communication System 3.0," says David Pryor, vice-president of marketing, Porsche Cars North America.

The New Ferrari Enzo by Edo Competition

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The Ferrari Enzo is certainly one of the most remarkable and legendary cars introduced in the automotive industry. The Enzo is known for its commanding speed and power, and most of all, this vehicle is well-respected because of its glorious history.

Today, the newest Ferrari Enzo will resurface with further enhancements. It is sure to be a head-turner (as always) with some improved details and stuff. Check out the new Ferrari Enzo by Edo Competiton!

Specifications 

Engine V12 Power estimated 700 hp (514 kW) at 8200 rpm Max. torque est. 715 Nm (527 ft-lb) at 5800 rpm 

Performance

Top speed > 370 km/h (230 mph) 0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) est. 3.5s 0 – 200 km/h (0 – 124 mph) est. 9.5s 0 – 300 km/h (0 – 186 mph) est. 22.0s 

Features 

* Power increased to about 700 hp courtesy of: 

-new exhaust headers like on the Ferrari FXX,

-high-flow catalytic converter,

-performance muffler,

-modified intake with ram-air system,

-high-flow air filters and

-ECU recalibration 

* Stainless steel muffler with adjustable remote-controlled butterfly-valve, new exhaust tips

* Exhaust sound level adjustable at the push of a button

* Wheels can be custom-painted on request

* Tire pressure monitoring system displaying air pressure and tire temperature for each wheel

* Sport suspension for the road with adjustable compression and rebound damping like on the FIA GT MC12. Nose lift functionality is retained.

* Special lightweight wheels with Michelin tires Front: 10 x 19 with 265/35 ZR 19 Rear: 13 x 20 with 335/30 ZR 20

* New high-performance clutch. Extremely lightweight. Two different friction compounds selectable (strada/pista)

* New transmission control unit. Same shift times as on the Ferrari FXX

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GAYOT.com's "Top 10 Best Small Cars" Won’t be complete without the 2008 Kia Rio and Rio5! The two models have been included on the list for this year’s set of outstanding small cars. GAYOT.com was astonished with the vehicles' fuel efficiency, standard safety features, extensive warranty and low starting price.

"Rio and Rio5 are the vehicles of choice in today's car-buying market as fuel prices hit record highs and budgets become increasingly tighter. However fuel efficiency does not mean style and substance need to be sacrificed, as Kia's sub-compact offerings prove by providing consumers with a sporty, stylish option packed with standard features, an extensive warranty and budget-minded starting price," says Tom Loveless, vice president, sales of Kia Motors America (KMA).

The Kia Rio and Rio5 are models considered as "quality built with high feature content and loads of character" which were chosen as top picks for the 2008 selection according to GAYOT.com. The site remarks Rio's starting price as well. With a tag price of $10,890, it ranks the sedan among the most accessible and budget-friendly cars on the market today. Not to mention a great deal with a full warranty and safety features "further sweeten the deal." Rio's agile engine generates extra horsepower than segment competiton such as Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris. Kia Rio and Rio5’s responsive handling were also given credit.

 

"This Korean-built sedan may be inexpensive, but it doesn't skimp on protecting its passengers. For a starter vehicle in urban settings, this vehicle is a bargain," according to the GAYOT.com review.

Motown Music Festival Supported By Scion

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As the youth brand subsidiary of Toyota, Scion will be on the spotlight as the automotive sponsor of the largest electronic and techno music festival in the world, the Movement ’08. This year underscores the first year that Scion has been officially associated with the respected, Detroit-based music festival. With the opportunity to engage consumers and support the creative community, Scion executives and local dealers visualizes the Scion’s sponsorship as the ideal move for the brand.

"Scion has the youngest demographic in the automotive industry, so to be involved in a festival geared toward Generations X and Y is a marketer's dream. Our brand is seen as hip and vibrant, and there won't be any more energetic city in America, than Detroit, this Memorial Day weekend,” says Julie Hoermle, regional manager at Scion.

Scion will be put up a 20-foot-by-40-foot tent, near Hart Plaza at the 2008 Movement site of the three-day festival. According to some reports, the tent will feature a lounge, game stations and just a few, strategically-placed vehicles.
 

"Our goal is not to inundate visitors with a sea of cars. Young people are entirely too savvy for such blatant product displays. They're at the festival to enjoy the music and the city. Our tent will be a place to hang out and relax, within earshot of terrific, live music," added Hoermle.
 

Movement '08 will begin on May 24-26. The three-day music festival will showcase over 70 artists on four stages. Movement draws approximately 45,000 fans of techno and electronic music annually in its ninth year along with a momentous percentage coming from other states and countries.

Moms Walked To Eliminate Drunk Driving

Moms knew how to celebrate their day in their own special way! Mother’s Day celebration was observed with high hopes to eliminate drunk driving with the help of several dedicated members of the community to encourage everyone to help eliminate or reduce drunk driving cases on the streets.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) leadership along with 500 local supporters united together last Saturday, May 10 at Huntington City Beach to support the Walk Like MADD, a 5K non-competitive walk that motivates the society to support MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. 1,276 people were killed in California in traffic accidents involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher in 2006 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

"The main reason people continue to drive drunk today - despite 27 years of intense public education and law enforcement's best efforts - is because they can. My son might be here today if the offender that killed him had an interlock on his vehicle." Birch's 21-month-old-son Courtney was killed on May 3, 1988, more than 20 years ago, by a drunk driver with a blood alcohol level of .26 at the time of the crash and was driving with a revoked license and three prior DUI convictions," says Glynn Birch, national president of MADD.

 

According to my reliable source, an alcohol ignition interlock is a breath test gadget connected to a vehicle's ignition system used on the vehicles of suspected drunk drivers. Studies have revealed that these devices are over 90 percent efficient in reducing recidivism while installed on the vehicle. If all states required alcohol ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, we could save up to 4,000 lives a year.

500,000th SLK From Mercedes Benz

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The world-renowned German automaker has announced a few days ago that from the time when its launch in 1996, 500,000 units of the SLK-Class have been distributed to customers. According to the Auto Channel, smashing this numbers behind by generation, approximately 310,000 first generation vehicles were sold. While on the other hand, its successor has brought out a number of 190,000 units given that its market launch way back four years ago in the month of March.

Dr. Klaus Maier, Executive Vice President Mercedes-Benz Cars explained…

"With the launch of the SLK in 1996, Mercedes-Benz successfully established the premium segment for compact roadsters. Thanks to innovative technology such as the vario-roof and the neck-level heating system AIRSCARF, the SLK has long been recognized as a cult car of modern times. The new-generation SLK models, which we are delivering to customers since April 2008, are sportier than ever. I’m confident that the dynamic looks and performance of the new SLK will again set pulses racing among sports cars enthusiasts around the world.”

In addition to this, Western Europe has been the most significant sales market for the roadster as for where the SLK has likely to be the utmost response from costumers, with one-third of SLK owners coming from Germany and another one-third coming from Western Europe totally. Another important market for the SLK has also been in the U.S., with one in five SLK's sold which leads to a path where they will meet across the pool to a adoring American abode.

The Hyundai Sonata Is A Greener Choice!

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Today, numerous vehicles are joining the “green club” from various automakers who continuously develop environmental-friendly vehicles and roll it into production. Among this green-minded company is Hyundai with their own version of the green vehicle named Sonata.

Just recently, the 2008 Hyundai Sonata was recognized by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as one of the vehicles in the “2008 Greener Choices” list that showcases extensively offered gasoline-powered cars and light trucks with automatic transmissions. The Auto Channel reported that the Sonata has been listed in the ACEEE’s Green Book® Online, a yearly guide for consumers to environmentally-friendly cars and trucks.

“The award for our clean, fuel-efficient Sonata recognizes Hyundai’s commitment to the environment. Like industry leading quality and safety, environmental sensitivity is another element of the value equation that makes Hyundai such a smart choice for consumers,” says John Krafcik, the vice president of Strategic Planning and Product Development at Hyundai Motor America.

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Legislators And MADD Teamed Up

In today's world, there will always bee road accidents.  But, there are things we could do to make sure that they will not happen.  One thing we can do for instance is not to drive drunk.

Stopping drivers from driving drunk is the foremost goal of MADD or Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  And recently, they have scored a good point against drunk driving after a resolution to install alcohol ignition locks on vehicles of persons who have been apprehended driving while under the influence of alcohol, has been approved by Virginia's state Senate.

Glynn Birch, national president of MADD had this to say according to The Auto Channel:  "Our vision of eliminating drunk driving can become a reality.  The first step is implementing proven solutions that currently exist to prevent deaths and injuries due to drunk driving. One solution is alcohol ignition interlocks, which could not only save thousands of lives, but also gives offenders the ability to drive without endangering the public."

Virginia Del. Sal Iaquinto added that:  "The only way to ensure that convicted drunk drivers stop harming people is to make sure that they do not drink and drive again.  This bill does that -- and will make the Commonwealth's roadways safer for all Virginia families."

This bill though will not completely eliminate the number of accidents caused by drunk driving.  But at least this will cut down the number of drivers driving while drunk.

Chuck Harley, CEO of MADD said that they will now be putting these interlocks into action.  "We know that the technology works.  Now we need to implement these advances on our roads, every day in every state across the nation. Too many drunk driving offenders are back on the road, and it is our duty to ensure that they do not risk the lives of others and that they only drive while sober."

Green Cars: Pushing Gas-Guzzlers Away


With the escalating threats posed by global warming, the automakers, environmentalists and the government have no other viable recourse but push gas-guzzlers off the roads. To replace them, the government will be encouraging the production of green cars.

Additionally, more green cars are expected to be sold this year not only because of the environmental concerns but economy as well. As oil prices continue to peak, dependence on foreign oil has to be curtailed.

Times Online reported: Sales of new cars in the £300-a-year top road tax band fell last year by 15% to the lowest level on record, Sales of low-emission cars in bands A and B, which are either zero-rated for road tax or pay £35, increased by 17%.

The European Commission, meanwhile, has proposed a directive that would mandate manufacturers to slash harmful emissions from 160g/km in 2006 to 130g/km in 2012.

Paul Everitt, the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, has this to say: “We would be setting ourselves to fail if the target was 2012. We believe 2015 is more realistic because it gives us a practical timescale to develop the right mix of cars.” He admitted that manufacturers could do more to inform buyers about cars’ relative emissions levels. Most dealers now display colour-coded labels, similar to those used to indicate the efficiency of fridges and washing machines.

Everitt said that the SMMT was considering introducing advertising guidelines that would make CO2 performance much clearer. But he noted that freedom of choice should be protected. “Manufacturers don’t want to be seen to be dictating to consumers. We can’t get away from the fact that a significant number of people see it as an emotional choice,” Everitt stressed.

“The SMMT figures show people are already changing their car-buying habits and that we should not believe the doom and gloom from car manufacturers about the impact of tough CO2 targets. The market will adapt,” said Stephen Joseph, the director of the Campaign for Better Transport.

Eco-Friendly Top 10
(Sales of low-emission cars, 2007)

1. Peugeot 107 15,333
2. Ford Fiesta 14,784
3. Toyota Aygo 14,172
4. Citroen C1 12,626
5. Peugeot 207 11,830
6. Toyota Prius 8,755
7. Renault Clio 5,230
8. Toyota Yaris 5,173
9. Volkswagen Polo 4,436
10. Mini 4,192

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NAIAS: Blast Of Green Cars


Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, FCVs, flex-fuel vehicles and more – they are all displayed at this year’s North American International Auto Show. Yes, NAIAS flaunts the blast of green cars!

Actually, the motor show created a showdown mainly between American and Japanese automakers. With each automaker trying to sport the best green technology, which company do you think deserves the title of being the greenest? 

"The demand for energy around the world is growing faster than supply," Said GM CEO Rick Wagoner. "We need to develop alternative sources of propulsion." Wagoner called for the US government to accelerate construction of the infrastructure necessary to support an entire new generation of environmentally-sensitive vehicles. 

It can be noted that GM announced that it will introduce a plug-in hybrid as soon as 2010 -- the Saturn Vue SUV. The Detroit automaker also promised to unleash a fully electric car – the controversial Chevy Volt. 

Chrysler, slow to get on the latest auto bandwagon, has showcased 3 prototype green cars in Detroit. And Ford announced 2 hybrids for the end of this year and the accelerated development of cars with better fuel economy by 2012, according to AFP. 

But all of them face the formidable Toyota, currently the No. 2 automaker in America, after GM and ahead of Ford. Toyota has snatched a controlling lead in the green auto race with its hybrid Prius. The hybrid is on the market for a decade now. In Detroit, the Japanese automaker introduced its new rechargeable hybrid. Toyota also announced upcoming projects such as the development of other clean-auto technologies. 

NAIAS made it evident that all automakers, particularly Asian, are working on clean diesel, hybrid and flex-fuel versions of their sport utilities and trucks. 

Both the American and Japanese automakers said this year would be difficult with contracting demand. European automakers, meanwhile, remained relatively positive for 2008 in America. They are expected to set free catchy new models in the luxury and minicar segments. There is also an apparent increase in demand for European diesel cars.

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