The new 2009 Maybach Zeppelin, which is going to be officially presented at the international motor show in Geneva this March, is not really a new model. It can be better described as an even more expensive limited edition of the 57 S and 62 S super-luxury limousines.
Together with the new 2010 Buick Enclave mid-size SUV, the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan with its more modern and energetic appearance as well as a long list of optional high-tech equipment that your granddad’s Buick couldn’t even dream of, has a good chance of helping the struggling brand in making its customer base both younger and, hopefully, a bit more loyal. Yet, the main market that is targeted by General Motors is China where the old American brand has a lot stronger brand power than on its home turf.
In a world where a “hybrid” car is often associated with ultra-compact, deliberately hideous hatchbacks with cheap interiors crafted from “green materials”, the upcoming Fisker Karma premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sports sedan looks like a breath of fresh air with its long, beautifully sculpted body, aggressive visual accents and futuristic interior. And, judging by all the press and positive initial reviews that I have seen so far, the Karma seems to be one of the most awaited performance vehicles featuring an alternative drive system. Of course, a new set of photos is always a welcome development.
German tuning specialist GeigerCars.de -a brand that specializes in all sorts of cars and trucks that can be referred to as ‘American muscle’- already has a number of high-voltage models under its belt with the list of tuning packages including the gorgeous Corvette Z06, the heavy-duty Ford F650 and even a seriously souped-up version of the legendary Hummer H2 (offered as H2 GT, this one was fitted with a pair of Lambo-style guillotine doors.) Now, raising the proverbial stakes and putting even more money on the table, the German tuner has finally offered its first upgrade program for the fast and furious 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 pony car.
Vorsteiner‘s new Japanese cars-oriented brand Ventross has developed a modest tuning kit for the 2008 Lexus IS-F performance sedan putting the strongest accent not on the usual artificially exaggerated curves and angles, but on the high-contrast black-and-white color scheme that regained its popularity during the recent decade or so.
All things that have a beginning must have an end (except for global economic crises: they seem to have no end.) In this respect, the 2009 Bentley Arnage Final Series is both a message and a messenger. The message is quite simple: we are tired of and are retiring the ultra-luxury car that topped Bentley’s model range for the last decade. The reason for that is probably as simple as that: after the brand’s archrival have re-introduced back in 2003 their gorgeous 7th generation of Rolls-Royce Phantom study on wheels, the lavish, yet archaic Arnage was basically doomed. Now it’s time to stop kicking the dead horse and to introduce something more relevant for the first decade of XXI century.
The American tuning specialist RENNtech has introduced its own version of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG compact performance sedan. Given how comprehensive the upgrade program is, I must admit that, well, that was quick.
So, the famous Audi RS6 Avant sports wagon will soon have a little brother. While not as spacious (a thing that can only be appreciated when you travel from Germany to Portugal with your wife, a couple of kids and a cat), the new sports sedan still offers an impressive combination of comfort and performance features that many of its competitors can only dream of.
The 2009 Acura TL mid-size luxury sedan from Honda’s premium brand looks like an evolutionary step in direction set by the sporty 2009 Acura TSX. Unfortunately, the direction is dead wrong.
The Swiss tuning specialist Caractere has revealed its first exterior styling kit for the 2008 Audi A4 (B8) compact sport sedan. Compared to a stock version, the car with the body kit looks a lot more aggressive, although some purists may complain that with all these curves and mesh grids the vehicle looks too much like a Korean idea of a sports car.