Euro-spec 2011 Ford Ranger truck unveiled

Euro-spec 2011 Ford Ranger truck unveiled

It has been years, YEARS, that we in Europe asked FoMoCo to bring here some of their gorgeous Ford F-150 half-ton pickup trucks. Now we have a light-duty eye stopper of our own in the form of the 2011 Ford Ranger! Although in terms of available engines, optional equipment and interior features the new truck falls short of its famed counterpart that was designed for the North American market, it is still a good thing to know that the brand’s European customers will soon get a nice “show-off” truck of their own.

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Chevrolet Volt 240V home charging unit will sell at $490

Chevrolet Volt 240V home charging unit will sell at $490

General Motors and SPX Service Solutions (the plug-in hybrid’s exclusive retailer) will soon offer an affordable 240V home charging unit for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car that will go on sale starting December, 2010 at a starting price of $33,500 (including a $7500 U.S. federal tax credit). Although still miles behind industrial-grade charging stations that offer at least twice as much of charging power, the new charging unit is also a lot less expensive and, with its ability to slash standard charging time by approximately 60 percent, clearly has good potential in simplifying life of an average PHEV owner.

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2011 KTM X-Bow R: 2.63 kg per hp

2011 KTM X-Bow R: 2.63 kg per hp

The upcoming 2011 KTM X-Bow R delivers everything you expect from a real sports car. Equipped with a powerful, yet compact engine made by Audi, the vehicle is as agile as a mosquito, and looks as sexy as a Japanese superbike. So far, its only problem seems to be excessive curb weight that makes this car less competitive when compared to some other vehicles designed with truck day enthusiasts in mind. Well, I hope that at least the next iteration of the Crossbow will come with a more inspiring engine that will allow to make its power to weight ratio look more compelling.

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2011 Range Rover Evoque coupe

2011 Range Rover Evoque coupe

The Indian-owned British brand will officially present its long-awaited 2011 Range Rover Evoque crossover, which is based on the 2008 Land Rover LRX Coupe SUV concept, at the upcoming 2010 Paris Motor Show. While a lot of fans of the brand will possibly frown at its ‘girlish’ design, I must admit that this is a very smart move by the reputed car manufacturer that clearly needed to introduce a luxury compact SUV that would be able to compete with such established players as Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

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2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible to start selling next year (USA)

The 2010 Maserati GranCabrio sports cabriolet, that was officially unveiled in September at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, will be renamed for the U.S. market and sold as the 2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible. Nice move, that.

Although, to be seriously considered as a grand tourer, a car usually needs to have a hard top (an open top usually lacks adequate space in its trunk to carry all the luggage, which is usually associated with long distance trips), this new cabrio still meets at least three of the usual criteria: it has two doors, seats four and makes a mundane task of traveling from point A to B incredibly fun.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing eDrive with electric drive

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing eDrive with electric drive

Moving with a swiftness of a glacier, major car manufacturing brand gradually start to realize that there is something real behind the success of Tesla’s electric business. While most brands are still trying to increase fuel economy rating by equipping their sports cars with engines the size of a classic Coca-Cola bottle, the Tesla Roadster EVs have been selling like hot pancakes. Well, at least Mercedes-Benz starts to do something about it. Yes, the upcoming 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing supercar will really get an electric drive version. This information was officially confirmed today by the German car manufacturer.

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