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S80 and C30, Volvo’s Entrants to Auto Shows

Despite the fact that we are still in the early parts of 2006, there had already been many auto shows not only in the United States but in other countries as well that featured the most captivating and the most promising production vehicles. These auto shows also became the venue for automobile manufacturers to show off their concept vehicles.

Volvo has made sure that their company would not be left out when it came to this large showcase of exemplary vehicles. During the Geneva Auto Show, the company’s entry was the 2007 Volvo S80 which is already a production vehicle. The 2007 Volvo S80 is a luxury vehicle and it basically competes with the likes of the Audi A6, the Acura RL, the BMW 5 series, and the Lexus ES 350. Although it is already in production, this vehicle would start to be on sale come the first quarter of next year.

The Detroit Auto Show became the venue for Volvo Cars to show off the Volvo C30 which was introduced as a concept vehicle. However, the company already is producing this vehicle so much so that it would be available for sale at around the same time as the Volvo S80. Most likely, this vehicle would be competing with the Mini Cooper, the Scion xB, the Golf GTI, and the Audi A3. It roams around looking like a modern sport hatchback.

The safety features of the 2007 Volvo S80 is still like the typical ones that Volvo equips with vehicles. It is an elegant vehicle yet the company claims that it would not be elitist. Although this vehicle has already been in production since 1999, come 2007, the new version would come with minor upgrades like its new front fascia that appears to have more curves, a sleeker appearance, as well as a sportier aura.

The Volvo C30 is already set to be introduced as a production vehicle during the Paris Motor Show. This vehicle was primarily designed so as to attract and bring in the young and active people from urban areas. The safety features are still just right for Volvo standards however this new one comes with a sporty touch yet provides a much more fashionable appeal.

Infiniti Unleashes EX Concept

The 2007 North American International Auto Show happening at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan will be the stage for the world premiere of the Infiniti EX Concept. According to Infiniti, Nissan Motor Co.’s luxury car division, the EX Concept “follows in the tradition of previous Infiniti design studies with its combination of seductive design, elegant interior and advanced technology systems”. The company also said the new EX Concept embodies the design features of the forthcoming production model of the 2008 Infiniti EX crossover SUV.

Mark Igo, Vice President and General Manager, Infiniti Division, Nissan North America, Inc commented: “The Infiniti FX, Infiniti M and most recently the new 2008 Infiniti G Coupe, can all trace their evolution from show stoppers to Infiniti showrooms in a short period of time. With this stunning Infiniti EX Concept, we’re pleased to announce that along with the basic exterior and interior designs, the production Infiniti EX will include much of the EX Concept’s innovative technology, including the Around View Monitor and Lane Departure Prevention.”

“The EX Concept is the perfect fusion of a luxury coupe and a high-utility SUV. Its “right-sized” packaging gives it excellent around town maneuverability, while the wide rear hatch and low load floor make it a versatile performer for everyday and weekend use. The Infiniti EX Concept’s glass roof technology is a fascinating study in how technology can be utilized to change the entire interior atmosphere of a vehicle by adding or subtracting not just light, but the occupants’ view of the outside world. The EX Concept is the perfect fusion of a luxury coupe and a high-utility SUV. Its “right-sized” packaging gives it excellent around town maneuverability, while the wide rear hatch and low load floor make it a versatile performer for everyday and weekend use.” he added.

The Infiniti EX Concept has an elegant exterior layout featuring the combination of an SUV and a sports coupe model, marking its crossover SUV characteristics. The EX Concept comes with prominent exterior parts including double-arch grille, large L-shaped headlights with Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS), integrated fog lights, distinctive LED taillights, high-mounted rear hatchback spoiler, LED turn signals, electric outside door handles with push switches, glass roof panel, and 19-inch 7-spoke aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 245/55R19 performance tires. Compared to the Jeep Compass crossover SUV with wide Jeep Side Marker, the Infiniti EX Concept is equipped with oval-shaped marker lights on the side.

As expected for an Infiniti luxury vehicle, the EX Concept is offers a comfortable and engaging interior ambience, with a combination of leather appointments and aluminum-alloy trims. Interior highlights include “wave-inspired” cabin layout, deep supportive seats, leather-appointed center console box, a wide LCD monitor and signature Infiniti analog clock on the instrument panel, and aluminum speaker door-side trim. The EX Concept also comes with a roomy rear cargo area combines designed with aluminum-alloy flooring with luggage rails.

Moreover, the Infiniti EX Concept features the innovative Lane Departure Prevention system and the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system. Both systems use a camera located behind the windshield of the vehicle to detect lane markers.

Meanwhile, powering the Infiniti EX Concept is a V6 engine, combined with a 5-speed automatic gearbox powering the vehicle’s all-wheel drive (AWD) configuration.

Audi 6, Named As the World Car of the Year, Offers World Class Parts at Partstrain

Among the list of thirty six new vehicles out of the market before January 1, 2005 for at least five countries, on at least two continents, the Audi 6 was named as the World Car of the Year for 2005. This was held during the media preview for the Canadian International Auto Show held last February 16, 2005 in Toronto. The decision came out from the forty eight international automobile journalists representing sixteen countries that acted as the jury. They use twenty separate parameters including acceleration, braking, vehicle dynamics, safety features, cargo, and off road capabilities. They then selected the top 10 vehicles for the final round of voting.

The final selection was rated on five key areas of importance to costumers: merit, value, safety and environmental responsibility, significance, and wow factor! – the car’s emotional appeal. The secret ballots were then collected and tabulated by KPMG, an international accounting firm.
The World Car of the Year programme is administered as a non-profit corporation with a Steering Committee of six journalists who oversee and monitor the integrity of the voting process. The Audi 6 surpasses the Volvo S40-V50 and Porsche 911 in a close race to be declared as the World Car of the Year.

“The concept of national borders is now almost non-existent in terms of where vehicles and their components are designed, engineered, developed, and built … or where they are sold,” said British automotive journalist, Graham Johnson, who is also a co-chair of the award program. “Considering the ever-increasing globalization of the automotive industry,” he added, “the concept of a World Car of the Year award program was inevitable … it is truly an idea whose time has come.”

“An award of this magnitude rests like a crown jewel among a host of accolades for our new A6. To be selected as the ultimate winner from a list of so many deserving vehicles, by automotive experts from around the world is truly gratifying. It signals the universal appeal of Audi’s approach to designing and building the most progressive, sporty cars in the premium class,” said Johan de Nysschen, Executive Vice-President of Audi of America Inc., who received the award. “We are delighted to be the first-time recipients of such a prestigious award,” he added.

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