At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the legendary tuner Shelby American -the brand was founded in California more than half a century ago and, since then, introduced a number of custom-made cars that can be called nothing but iconic (like, really iconic: people actually worship them)- has revealed a souped-up version of the 2013 Ford Focus ST hot hatch. Although not as exciting as their 2009 Ford Shelby GT500KR and clearly not offering anything groundbreaking in term of available maximum power or acceleration time, the new 2013 Shelby Focus ST Limited Edition brings you a nice design package with custom interior and some other enhancements.
German tuning specialist Loder1899 that usually specializes on much more expensive British beasts made by Jaguar and Aston Martin, has released an upgrade program for the much humbler Ford Focus RS 300hp performance hatchback. Its desire to jump on the RS tuning bandwagon is easy to understand. While the new vehicle is not as exclusive, it is so popular among younger enthusiasts that it will possibly give the German brand more exposure (and hopefully more orders) than the two aforementioned brands combined.
Opel Ampera, the long-awaited plug-in hybrid vehicle motivated by GM’s Voltec technology currently employed in the Chevy Volt PHEV, will be officially unveiled at the 2009 international motor show in Geneva.
TRC-Marangoni, an Italian tuning specialist that has for years been in the lucrative business of making appearance and power upgrade packages for luxury cars, knows a thing or two about making an already highly attractive mass-produced vehicle even more desirable. However, it is this tuning program for the new Alfa Romeo Mi.To warmed-up hatchback that really shows-off the Italian brand’s customization prowess.
The new AWD 2009 Volvo C30 R-Design, a spiced-up, limited edition version of the recently unveiled 2009 Volvo C30 compact hatchback will soon start shipping to dealerships near you. Differing from your normal not only with a more aggressive body kit, but also with a new drivetrain, the vehicle may become an interesting choice for a single person looking for a souped-up hatch and willing to pay a premium over your average French or German two-door pocket rocket.
Ford Europe has revealed another couple of photos of its upcoming 2009 Ford Ka compact hatchback. The new city car is supposed to replace the first generation model that was first introduced back in 1996 and, although quite profitable for the carmaker thanks to its dirt-cheap manufacturing costs, finally too old to attract enough attention from young customers searching for their first brand new car.
With its first public appearance at the British Motor Show in London, the 2009 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic fuel-sipping ultra-compact hatchback officially joins bigger Euro-spec Ford Mondeo and Focus models that wear the same ECOnetic badge.
At the end of July, Ford Europe will officially present its 2nd-gen 2009 Ford Focus RS super-hot performance hatchback. Compared to the current EU-spec 2008 Ford Focus, the upcoming sports car features a more aggressive body kit with lowered ground clearance, a triangular air-vent in the front fenders and, of course, a huge air intake in the front bumper that will allow better cooling of its powerful 2.5-liter engine equipped with a huge Borg Warner K16 turbocharger.
Looks like Alfa Romeo is getting serious about its legendary Cloverleaf badge. Trying to win hearts of customers that are known for their extremely picky tastes when it comes to all things powered by an internal combustion engine, the Italian brand will offer the 2008 Alfa GT Cloverleaf Q2 to those who think that the original vehicle somehow lacks in the performance department.
Peugeot is getting ready to bring its 2008 Peugeot 207 Le Mans special edition hatchback to a car dealership near you. Although there will be no changes under the vehicle’s hood and, despite its loud name, it probably won’t qualify for a shot at Le Mans 24-hour endurance race, the vehicle still looks nice and will almost surely allow the French manufacturer to sell an extra bunch of compact hatches.