The swan song for the current A8 brings a pretty major refresh. Audi's biggest sedan gets a new grille treatment plus some of the innovative tech launched in other models, such as Side Assist. This technology flashes a warning if you are about to change lanes when another car is in your blind spot.
The XF replaces the S-Type--and not a minute too soon. This new sedan from Jaguar represents the company's new design language, first seen in the Jaguar XK Coupe. The XF goes even more high tech, with a dial shifter for its automatic transmission and vents that hide when not in use. The navigation and music interface is particularly nice, and shows that the car has iPod and USB drive integration.
The latest crossover from Chrysler is all about flexibility. The Dodge Journey allows multiple seating configurations and includes some interesting tech in the dashboard. It can be ordered with Chrysler's MyGig entertainment system, which gives you navigation plus a hard drive to store music and pictures.
Nissan describes the Mixim as 99 percent evil and 1 percent cute. Nissan's concept uses two electric motors, one on each axle, but the company hasn't published many details about range, speed, or other performance specifications. The press materials say that this car is aimed at a younger generation that has turned away from oil-burning cars.
The 2007 Frankfurt auto show officially opens to the public on Saturday, but we've been getting a preview of the automotive delights on display for the past couple of days. CNET Car Tech Senior Editor Wayne Cunningham has been busy scouring the show floor to bring you a whole slew of picture galleries. His roundup of the show's speed kings includes close-ups of the V-8 BMW M3, the Porsche 911 GT2, and the Mercedes C63.
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While new car launches were few at the 2007 Frankfurt auto show, some were significant. Mini brought around the Clubman, a stretched version of the Cooper. Volkswagen showed off its new crossover, the Tiguan, and Audi had a significant model update for the A4. Dodge also came to play, putting a crossover called Journey on the floor.
Automakers used the 2007 Frankfurt auto show to launch a set of hot new cars and updates. These aren't all supercars, but they are all superfast. Exotics are displayed by Ferrari and Lamborghini, while Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, and Audi represent Germany. And there's a significant British contingent from Bentley and McLaren. These are the cars you dream about.
Our favorite part of any auto show is the concept cars. These cars are mostly design studies put on display by automakers to gauge public reaction. This year, Mercedes-Benz and BMW come out with concepts that seem close to production. Nissan, VW, and Mitsubishi put some far-flung design studies on display. Hyundai reaches far beyond its traditional car style, and we get a surprise from China.
BMW showed off its entry-level 135i sport coupe at the 2007 Frankfurt auto show. But with BMW, "entry-level" means one of the most exciting small cars available. Although the 135i is BMW's smallest four-seater, the company packs its incredible twin-turbo, 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine under the hood. And best of all, BMW will import the 135i to the U.S.