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Nov 02,2007
Import car manufacturer seeks male driver age 25 to 31, married or marriage-minded. Must be into realism and authenticity with a need for security and strong relationships to drive a new crossover vehicle. Starting price, about $20,000. Available September." - - -   ROGUE NATION - The male-targeted Rogue has sleek but tough exterior styling and sedan-like interior comfort. Options include Intelligent Key ignition and locking, power sliding glass sunroof, xenon headlights and a seven-speaker Bose ... [full story]
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Nov 02,2007
Tingles run up the back of the neck and down the arms with a twist of the ignition on the NISMO 350Z. A driver might think gloves are needed to coolly handle one of the most relevant sports cars in the 21st century.   RACE-READY - The NISMO 350Z has the same power as the stock model but a much stiffer body, suspension and an outrageous body kit. CNS Photo. Large diameter dual exhaust pipes let out ... [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
If 306 horsepower isn't enough for your Nissan 350Z, Infiniti G35 coupe or FX35 crossover, how about 354? HKS USA Inc. has engineered a bolt-on supercharger that adds 48.3 horsepower to Nissan's 3.5-liter V-6. The compact unit is more powerful, smaller, lighter and quieter than traditional blower designs.   SUPER, CHARGED - The HKS USA supercharger design is more powerful, smaller, lighter and quieter than traditional blower designs. Initial applications are for the Nissan-Infiniti 3.5 liter ... [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
Early next month Audi returns to the luxury coupe market with the S5, a four-seat lightning bolt of all-wheel-drive V-8 power.   NEW AUDI - The S5 and A5 are the first four-seat coupes in Audi's lineup in the United States since 1991. The fastback styling is rich and sleek with a spacious and functional interior with fold-down rear seats and generous rear storage. CNS Photo courtesy of Audi. Audi hopes to turn heads by launching the ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
Nissan youth-anized its compact Sentra for 2007, creating an economy sedan with so much interior space the EPA considers it a midsize. The last-generation Sentra languished for years in a dowdy body style. But no more. The new model has more shapely legs if it has to go that life cycle distance again.   ATTENTION SENTRA - Sold in three trim levels, new Sentra prices start at $16,425, with continuously variable automatic transmission. CNS Photo courtesy ... [full story]
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Sep 21,2007
The last time I drove a Porsche 911 Turbo I was clocked at 176.8 mph. It would have been faster, but I was beating into a head wind. Lucky me, it wasn't the police aiming the radar gun but the U.S. Auto Club on a stretch of Nevada's Black Rock Desert, not far from the annual Burning Man festival. That speed run on the crusty, dry lake-bed surface was the scariest experience in my career ... [full story]
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Sep 07,2007
The Altima Hybrid is a roomy and attractive sedan sold in one well-equipped model with a base price of $25,015, which includes conveniences such as Intelligent Key push-button starting and six air bags. The test car included the Connection Package, $5,250, which created a comfortable environment featuring leather upholstery and other weighty things such as power, heated seats and a trunk-lid spoiler.   NISSAN ALTIMA HYBRID - The Altima Hybrid still has a government credit of ... [full story]
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Sep 07,2007
The new Nissan Altima coupe is a good example of how less can be more. This sexy coupe, which went on sale May 27, is based on the Altima sedan, but the coupe is less car. It rides on a new, shortened platform. Its wheelbase is 4 inches shorter than that of the sedan. The coupe's overall length is 7.3 inches shorter, and its height has been shaved by 2.6 inches. Nissan says the coupe's ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
The Lincoln MKX crossover does something its luxury-class competitors don't. It runs on 87-octane fuel.   MKX - Lincoln's five-passenger MKX crossover saves owners money with its 265 horsepower V-6 that runs on 87 octane. With more than 10 competitors in this vehicle segment, the MKX is unmistakable from every other crossover by the wide and bright Lincoln grille. Pricing starts at $36,455. CNS Photo courtesy of Lincoln. That may not be a big incentive for some ... [full story]
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Aug 24,2007
With its low-slung saddle, forward foot controls and street-rod-style handlebars, the 2008 Honda Shadow Spirit C2 gives motorcycling newcomers a chopper feel without the chopper price. Or the chopper discomforts.   HONDA SHADOW - Honda's entry-level Shadow Spirit has a customized appearance in the tank's flame paint scheme, the taillight integrated with the fender and staggered pipes. CNS Photo courtesy of Scott Linnett. The wide, gunfighter-style seat is positioned deep in the frame and 25.7 inches off ... [full story]
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Aug 24,2007
The high-performance, big-twin cruiser is a child of the 21st century. Before 2001, when the Honda VTX 1800 came out, it really didn't exist. Now, however, it is a fully realized segment all its own.   SUZUKI M109R - The Boulevard M109R V-twin has 109 cubic inches of displacement, which places it among the largest motorcycle engines. The pistons, 4.4 inches across, are the largest reciprocating engine pistons of any production passenger car or motorcycle, Suzuki ... [full story]
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Aug 17,2007
The diesel-powered Dodge Ram Mega Cab isn't just as forceful as a locomotive, it's the train, too. It has club car comfort in the biggest back seat of any pickup.   DODGE RAM MEGA CAB - The Dodge Ram Mega Cab has the biggest back seat of any pickup. CNS Photo courtesy of Dodge. This thing is huge - 20.6 feet long with a 52.5-foot turning circle. It's longer than a standard parking space. If you really ... [full story]
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Aug 10,2007
Sometimes it takes more than good hardware, a good reputation or a good design to attract buyers to cars. It takes good marketing to create the image and set the mood, which is particularly true for the luxury brands. And particularly true when repairing a broken image.   LAND ROVER - Land Rover's new LR2 takes the place of the Freelander as its compact-class sport utility vehicle. CNS Photo courtesy of Land Rover. Take Land Rover, for ... [full story]
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