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When the luxurious four ringed German automaker introduced the all new Audi A5 complete with sleek styling and a sporty fastback coupe character thanks to its stretched mid section and its elongated lines the world took notice. So it was only a matter of time before they decided to drop the top and come up with the most attractive Audi Cabriolet of all time. The new Audi A5 Audi A5 Cabriolet was such a good new car design; featuring the fastest folding rag top in its segment, taking only 15 seconds to be stowed away and can even operate at speeds of up to 30 MPH, and not to mention that the Audi Acoustic Roof technology gives the new A5 Cabriolet interior noise levels on par with a hard top. That the folks back in the motherland decided to effectively use it to replace the smaller A4 based convertible, for good.

The model we were fortunate enough to become familiar with was a well equipped Ibis White 2010 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI FWD Multitronic Cabriolet set off by a Brown Roof and slightly sweeter Cinnamon brown interior. The combination of Xenon charged headlamps and LED driving lights and rear clusters ensured that we would clearly see the road ahead as well as being seen by everyone around us. On the inside we enjoyed such creature as Bluetooth hands free connectivity while sitting snugly inside the ventilated and heated sport buckets wrapped in perforated milano leather and get a little extra help from the large colorful LCD navigation display with built in back up camera that also controls the Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI).

Powered by a combination of forward thinking and fuel efficient turbocharging and direct injection, the 2.0 Liter TFSI four cylinder produced a total of 211 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque being routed to the 18 inch 15 spoke rollers via Audi’s FrontTrak front wheel drive Multitronic CVT transaxle to a top speed of 130 MPH while returning an estimated 23 MPG in the city and as much as 30 MPG on the highway all starting at $42,000 and climbing up to a nicely equipped $51,525.

Chevrolet has only made the Grand Sport option available two other times in the Corvette’s history. The original Grand Sport was a track-only special with a 550 HP V8, and the 1996 version was the only Corvette to use the more powerful LT4 engine. So our biggest concern when we heard rumors of the return of the Corvette Grand Sport was that Chevrolet was not going to be able to deliver a car that lived up to the historic name.

For the third edition Chevrolet reached into the Corvette part’s bin and pulled out sort of a “best of” package for the standard Corvette . Even though there is no new engineering on the latest Grand Sport, we are now happy to report that it is still an intriguing option.

The standard 430 hp 6.2 Liter V8 is untouched, making 436 HP with the two mode exhaust system. What was added includes parts like the Z51 performance suspension (the GS replaces this option package), wider fenders, wider tires (18-in front, 19-in rear), and larger brakes. It also borrows elements from the Z06 like the front bumper, rear spoiler and rear brake ducts.

The 2010 Grand Sport can be ordered with 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim packages and in four exterior colors, as well as two-tone seats with Grand Sport embroidery. It can be had as a coupe or convertible. Prices for the Corvette GS rage from $54,770 to $62,475.

Press release after the jump.

The German automaker Audi is working off the old maxim: “If you ain’t new, you’re through.” So only three years into the Q7’s life cycle Audi has given their premium full size SUV a face lift. Don’t worry if you can’t see the difference, because you’re not the only one. On the outside the new Q7 wears a slightly restyled grill, lights, mirrors, rocker panels and a new rear hatch. Meanwhile most of the new car’s interior remains much the same with the most noticeable upgrades being a few new wood bits and an upgraded satellite navigation system with a state of the art processor that is capable of delivering real life 3-D style maps and displays.

Audi hasn’t messed with the engine lineup for the U.S. market either with the 280 HP 3.6 Liter V6 and the 350 HP 4.2 Liter gas burning V8 as well as the 225 HP 3.0 Liter diesel V6 will power the North American Q7 range. Unfortunately for domestic luxury truck buyers the top of the line 500 HP 6.0 Liter V12 TDI remain a Europe only model. The 2010 Audi Q7 will be offered in three different trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, with prices ranging from $46,900 to $61,000.


Full details in the press release after the jump.

Lexus just revealed details about the all new next generation GX460 and the info just keeps rolling on in. This time they have announced pricing for the new luxury SUV. The Japanese automaker will offer the GX in two different trims; the base model is priced starting at $51,970 and the more plush Premium model climbs all the way up to $56,765. The Lexus GX 460 is powered by an all new 4.6 Liter V8 that produces 301 HP and 329 lb-ft of peak torque. The new power plant is teamed with an efficient six speed automatic transmission complete with sequential shift that helps provide the full size SUV with best in class V8 fuel economy.

Press release after the jump.

Lincoln is offering the 2010 Navigator with safety and technology upgrades, but also with new standard equipment. The Navigator will be available in standard and L version, both offered in either 4x2 or 4x4 trim. Prices will range from $54,400 to $59,465.

Lincoln Navigator

Delivering 310 hp and 365 lb.-ft. of torque, the 5.4L SOHC V8 engine on the 2010 Lincoln Navigator is flex fuel capable, which makes it powerful and versatile. You can fill up with E85 (a blend of ethanol and gasoline), regular gasoline, or any combination of the two. And its strength goes beyond the gas pumps. The Navigator 4x2 can tow up to 9,000 lbs. (8,700 lbs., 4x4) when properly equipped.

Lincoln Navigator

Punctuated by a striking chrome grille, the Navigator exudes confidence. Strong, assertive lines throughout its imposing body enhance its powerful exterior, while chrome accents add sheen to its already commanding presence. Inside the 2010 Lincoln Navigator you’ll find detailed craftsmanship throughout. From chrome door handles and the leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel to the stylish, rectangular gauges and flow-through console, Navigator is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside.

Press release after the jump.

Chevrolet revealed their Corvette Grand Sport model back in April. It was then that American automaker let the car buying public in on all the features that would set the Grand Sport apart from all other Corvette models. Things like the wider fenders, Z06 style splitter and rear wing, staggered wheel setup with unique 18 inch rollers up front and 19 inch rims in the back wearing 325 series rubber, housing 6 and 4 piston calipers respectively. The only thing that General Motors didn’t let us in on was the price.

It has just been announced that the Corvette Grand Sport coupe will retail for $55,720 while the drop top will set you back a couple thousand more at $59,530. The 2010 Grand Sport can be ordered with a host of trim packages, ranging from 1LT to 4LT and will be available in four different exterior colors and all will include two tone seats with special Grand Sport embroidery. The standard LS3 is untouched from the base model, the Grand Sport is powered by the familiar 6.2 Liter V8 making 430 HP (436 HP with two-mode exhaust). What differentiates the GS from the standard ride is an upgraded suspension, wider fenders to house the wider tires and larger brakes to bring everything to a halt.

The Corvette Grand Sport should become an instant collector’s item for bowtie fans around the world. Hopefully there will be even more special editions of America’s favorite sports car in the future if GM can get through their current Chapter 11 hearings. Luckily Chevrolet is one of the core brands being spared in the bankruptcy so the Corvette should live on; at least until the CAFÉ standards take effect in 2012.

Infinity has announced the pricing for their take on the Nissan PAthfinder Armada, the QX56. The 2010 model is now in showrooms across the country and starts at $56,050 for the two wheel drive model and go up to $59,150 for the four wheel drive version. No matter which drive train you choose, the QX56 is powered by a 5.6 Liter DOHC V8 making 320 HP and 393 lb-ft of torque, connected to a 5 speed automatic transmission.

So in case you are looking to haul some serious cargo in extreme comfort, or are just looking for a way to carry 7 passengers plus yourself, you have options in the luxury full size SUV segment, and the Infiniti QX56 is a prety good one.

Press release after the jump.

Audi announced today the pricing for the Q7 TDI - the first clean diesel to be sold on the US market. Sales will begin later this month and prices will start from $50,900.

The Q7 TDI (powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine) offers the efficiency of 25 mpg in highway driving and a range of more than 600 miles on a full tank. The Q7 TDI also gets an EPA-rated 17 mpg in city driving and combined fuel economy of 20 mpg.

On the exterior the Q7 TDI features sporty S line styling upgrades, including S line front and rear bumpers, S line badging, headlight washers and 19-inch five-spoke wheels.

Press release after the jump.

BMW today announced pricing for the all-new BMW X6 xDrive35i and X6 xDrive50i. The X6 xDrive35i pricing starts at $53,275 and for the X6 xDrive50i at $63,775.

The xDrive50i is powered by a 4.4 V8 engine that delivers 400 hp and 450lb.-ft torque and the xDrive35i is powered by a 3.0 inline six-cylinder engine that delivers 300 hp and 300 lb.-ft torque, both with Twin Turbo and direct injection. The BMW X6 offers unique features and performance ability in a combination unmatched by any other vehicle. The new BMW X6’s design combines the sporting elegance of a large BMW Coupe with the powerful presence of a BMW X model.

MB USA today announced that the 2009 C63 AMG will go on sale next month at a price starting $54,625, including shipping. The sports sedan will be sold by 27 AMG dealers.

Steve Cannon, vice president of marketing, says that beginning in May, a road show of AMG cars will stop at each of the new performance centers to kick off marketing. Stores with performance centers — featuring a special display area and dedicated sales and service personnel — also will get a higher allocation of AMG vehicles and special-edition models, says Ernst Lieb, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.

The exclusive SL65 black edition AMG will also go on sale at the end of the year and is expected to cost nearly $200,000. "It’s an ultralimited Ferrari killer — pure emotion and a pure image shaper," says Cannon.

Powered by an AMG 6.3 liter V8 engine, the C63 AMG has a maximum power of 457 hp and a maximum peak torque 600 Nm and makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4.3 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.

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