The 2010 Lexus RX 350 will go on sale this month at a price of $36,800 for the front-wheel drive (FWD) model and $38,200 for the all-wheel drive (AWD) version.
The 2010 RX 350 teams a revised 3.5-liter V6 engine with an all-new six-speed Multi-Mode Automatic Transmission. Horsepower is increased to 275 at 6,200 rpm from 270 in the previous generation, while ninety percent or more of the 256 lb.-ft. of peak torque is available from 2,300 to 6,100 rpm, an optimal range where torque is most utilized. The new six-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous five-speed, and the Multi-Mode allows the driver to shift manually when desired by first moving the gated shift lever to the “S” slot and then pushing it forward ("+") to up shift and backward ("-") to downshift.
Audi USA announced that the 2009 Q5 crossover will go o sale next spring at a price of $37,200. Pricing for the Audi Q5 Premium Plus starts at $41,500, and the Audi Q5 Prestige starts at $48,200. It will compete with models like Lexus RX, the BMW X3 or the Mercedes-Benz GLK.
The Audi Q5 is derived from the same Audi-exclusive platform first developed for the A4 model range. The versatility of that vehicle platform gives the Q5 the driving comfort and performance characteristics of a luxury performance automobile and the longest wheelbase in its class. The efficient engineering and design of the Q5 also translated into shorter front and rear overhangs for better weight distribution to help stability. Audi also widened the vehicle platform to increase shoulder room inside the Q5 and to optimize the driver’s seating position for a more commanding view of the road.
The Audi Q5 will also lead the segment of AWD, gasoline-powertrain crossover vehicles in fuel economy. According to the U.S. EPA, the Audi Q5 achieves 18 mpg city mileage and 20 mpg combined - both tops in the category - along with 23 mpg highway mileage.
Volvo today announced US pricing on the 2010 XC60 crossover that will go on sale this March. Prices will start from $37,200. At this price you can add a Climate Package for $1,000, a Technology Package for $2,700, a Collision Avoidance Package for $1,695 or a Convenience Package for $1,000.
The XC60 is Volvo’s entry into the growing small premium utility segment. Features such as leather seating surfaces with a power driver’s seat, SIRIUS satellite radio (with complimentary six-month subscription), hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio technology with USB and AUX ports are all standard. As a special introductory offer, the unique Panorama moonroof will be offered at no charge. Customers may also opt for Volvo’s DVD-based navigation system with integrated back-up camera and two new colors: Lime Grass Green or Terra Bronze.
Pontiac today announced pricing on the 2009 G8 GXP Sport sedan. The car will go on sale in February 2009 and the pricing will start from $39,995, including $685 destination and freight charges and $1,700 in applicable federal gas guzzler taxes. A 6-speed manual is available for an extra $695. A sunroof is optional with a price-tag of $900.
The G8 GXP is powered by a 6.2L LS3 small-block V-8, currently rated at 402 hp and 402 lb.-ft. of torque pending final SAE certification. This engine is the newest member of GM’s small-block V-8 family. It features a revised, larger-bore cylinder block, high-flow, L92-style cylinder heads; larger-diameter pistons; unique camshaft and camshaft timing; revised valvetrain with offset intake rocker arms; high-flow intake manifold; and high-flow fuel injectors.
The G8 GXP is expected to deliver 0-to-60 mph performance of about 4.7 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 13.0 seconds at 108 mph.
At Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes announced the 2010 GLK350 will go on sale in early 2009 at a price of $34,750. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4Matic model will start at $36,750, including shipping. The GLK is $2,675 cheaper than its closest German competitor, the 2008 BMW X3 AWD and $295 more expensive than the 2009 Acura RDX AWD.
Smaller and lighter than its well-known SUV siblings, the GLK features a fuel-sipping 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 268 hp, a sophisticated seven-speed automatic transmission and available 4MATIC full-time four-wheel-drive. All of these components combine to give the GLK350 an impressive 0-60 time of just 6.5 seconds while achieving an 23 mpg on the highway.
Both the GLK350 and GLK350 4MATIC are matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Infiniti today announced pricing on the 2009 G37 Coupe and sedan, , which go on sale at Infiniti dealers nationwide on November 5, 2008. Both the G37 Sedan and G37 Coupe receive extensive revisions for the 2009 model year.
Pricing are as follows: G37 Coupe (3.7L DOHC V-6 7-spd auto w/manual shift) $35,900; G37 Coupe Journey (3.7L DOHC V-6 7-spd auto w/ manual shift) $36,650; G37x Coupe AWD (3.7L DOHC V-6 7-spd auto w/ manual shift) $38,700; G37S Coupe Sport 6MT (3.7L DOHC V-6 6-speed manual) $37,000; and for the sedan: G37 Sedan (3.7L DOHC V-6 7-spd auto w/ manual shift) $33,250; G37 Sedan Journey (3.7L DOHC V-6 7-spd auto w/ manual shift) $33,700; G37x Sedan (AWD 3.7L DOHC V-6 7-spd auto w/ manual shift) $35,750; G37S Sedan Sport 6MT (3.7L DOHC V-6 6-spd manual) $34,250.
Updates for 2009 include: new 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine with VVEL for the sedan version, new all-wheel drive system for the coupe version; new 7-speed automatic transmission with Drive Sport (DS) mode and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) for both coupe and sedan.
Nissan announced that the 2009 Maxima, launched last June, will cost more due to increased raw materials costs. Effective immediately, the price for the Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV are $30,160 and of $32,860 respectively. Both models are equipped with an advanced 3.5-liter V6 and CVT transmission.
For the extra price, you will also gain extra horsepower. For 2009, the VQ-series V6 engine will deliver 290 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque (estimated), an increase of 35 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque over the 2008 Maxima.
Nissan will unveil the coupe version of the 2009 370Z at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but it seems the roadster version will solider on alone for at least one more year.
It is on sale now in three models, Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring – each equipped with a standard VQ35HR 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 306 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque and a choice of 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions.
Base pricing is as follows: 350Z Enthusiast $36,870 - $37,870, 350Z Touring $39,220 - $40,220, 350Z Grand Touring $41,570 - $42,570.
Infiniti will increase its pricing on the 2009 G37 coupe. Compared to the 2008 model year, most increases are about $1000. Pricing are as follows: the standard G37 coupe is now $35,900 (up from $34,900 in 2008), G37x AWD is $38,700, G37 coupe in Journey trim is $36,650 (up from $35,650 in 2008) and the G37S in 6MT trim is priced at $37,000 (up from $36,200).
Infiniti believes that with these increased prices there is also increased value. Highway mpg goes from 24 mpg to 26 on 2009 rear wheel drive models. A new color "Moonlight white" is added to replace ivory pearl. Also, for an extra $130, 2009 models have an optional glass breakage sensor.
So, you can go to the dealer now and get a 2008 model, or pay $1000 more and wait and for a 2009 model with better fuel economy and new options.
Acura announced pricing on the 2009 TL, the performance luxury sedan that will go on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide on September 24th, with all-wheel-drive models planned for sale in November.
For the first time ever in an Acura vehicle, the newly redesigned TL will be available with a choice of two different VTEC® engines while also offering both front wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive (TL SH-AWD®) models. MSRP pricing for the 3.5-liter V-6 equipped TL is $34,955 and the TL with Technology Package is $38,685.
For TL models equipped with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system, MSRP pricing for the 3.7-liter V-6 powered TL SH-AWD® is $38,505, while the TL SH-AWD® with Technology Package is $42,235. In addition, the TL SH-AWD® with Technology Package is also available with an exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels and high-performance summer tire package for an MSRP of $43,235. Destination and Handling of $760 remains unchanged and is not included in the MSRP.