When customers take their new Ford Flex for its first spin this summer, they may be surprised by what's missing: the noise.
Flex delivers a quieter ride than competitors including the Acura MDX, Toyota Highlander and GMC Acadia, according to Ford tests. That's good news for customers, who tend to directly relate a vehicle's quietness with its quality, says Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development. "Quietness is a very good proxy for quality in a vehicle."
In fact, across all
At the Beijing Goldenport International Circuit (lap: 2.39km) in Beijing, China, the second round of the China Circuit Championship (CCC) series for the 1600cc class was held, driver Guo Hai Sheng in the Dongfeng Nissan Ghia Team-run Nissan Tiida finishing third, grabbing his second consecutive podium since the opening round of the season.
There are two Nissan Tiidas entered in the series. Lin Li Feng's #4 Tiida started with a 40kg weight handicap, designed to balance performance after last y
Renault is celebrating after scooping the highly-coveted Environment Award in the 2008 Fleet World Honours, thanks to its impressive range of low emission vehicles. Renault’s Trafic van remains the LCV to beat after winning ‘Best Medium Van’ for an outstanding sixth consecutive year.
The prestigious annual awards were presented at a VIP ceremony in London, to manufacturers, service companies and individuals who have achieved the highest possib
The Dodge brand is moving into top gear this summer with the launch of the all-new Journey crossover, which offers very competitive fuel economy, masses of interior space and value for money, without compromising its bold, good looks.
With 5+2 seating standard across the range, the front-wheel drive Dodge Journey will be available in the UK from August 2008 and will feature a 2.4-litre petrol engine or a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The diesel engine will be available with either a manual or dual-clutch automatic ge
Just twenty miles north of the bright lights and lavish casinos in Las Vegas, Lisa Lieb (Durango, Colo.) and her partner Tom Lyons (Reno, Nev.) won it big – taking top honors at the 2008 Land Rover G4 Challenge Nevada Passage which wrapped up four days and 1,000 miles of adventure competition at Nellis Dunes on Friday, May 9.
With this victory, Lyons and Lieb move on to the G4 Challenge International Selections event at Eastnor Castle in Heref
In 1999 BMW broke the four-wheel-drive mould when it launched the X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. With a bias towards excellent on-road performance combined with a dynamic design and a premium interior, the BMW X5 was an instant success. And it’s a winning formula that has, unlike most other models, led to increasing sales during its lifecycle with the biggest annual UK sales coming in its penultimate year. The timing of the BMW X5 was perfect and it reflected buyers’ lifestyles and their desire
The two-litre turbodiesel version of the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 is now also available with a fully-automatic transmission.
This new Powershift transmission is a six-speed unit and it significantly cuts fuel consumption compared with a conventional automatic transmission.
"According to our calculations, Powershift contributes to a fuel consumption saving of about eight percent compared with a conventional automatic transmission," says Magnus
The first official photographs have been published of the Ferrari California, the latest addition to the new generation of Ferraris launched in 2004 with the 612 Scaglietti and added to more recently with the 430 Scuderia.
The Ferrari California joins the Prancing Horse's 8-cylinder family which has always been defined by power and performance. It also flanks the flagship 612 Scaglietti in the prestige sporty Grand Tourer segment.
The new Ferrari California will satisfy even the most deman
The Volvo V70 and S80 are now also available with a five-cylinder, 2.5-litre turbocharged Flexifuel engine with a power output of 200 hp (147 kW) and 300 Nm of torque.
"The 2.5-litre version adds spice to our environmental offer. It emphasises our aim to offer our buyers the possibility of combining performance with environmental responsibility. With 200 hp on tap, the driver gets a dynamic drive without compromising fuel economy," says Fredrik
Just like the first two rounds of the 2008 Le Mans Series, the 1,000km de Spa-Francorchamps turned out to be yet another fiercely-disputed, drama-filled race. The result saw Team Peugeot Total claim its third success from three starts without suffering the slightest technical problem. Nicolas Minassian, Marc Gené and Jacques Villeneuve shared the winning N°7
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, but the team's other car crashed out shortly after the two-hour ma
This weekend the FIA World Touring Car Championship is going to make its first stop on European soil in the 2008 season. The “Circuit de la Comunitat” in Valencia (ES) will be the venue for the fifth and sixth rounds of the season. Following the disappointing races in Mexico about a month ago, the BMW national teams are keen to rejoin the battle for top positions in the two 50-kilometre sprint races.
Four of the five drivers will contest the th
Aston Martin’s growing presence on the track continues with the announcement that the British marque will be represented at this year’s ADAC Nürburgring 24-hour race on 24/25 May with a DBRS9 and two Vantage N24s.
Aston Martin Salzburg-Wien-Geneve is entering a DBRS9 which will be supported by Aston Martin Racing and driven by Aston Martin Racing works drivers Tomas Enge (Czech Republic) and Stefan Mücke (Germany). The DBRS9 driving squad will be completed by Austrians Robert Lechner and Karl Wendlinger.