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M e r c e d e s   is likely to replace the R-Class by a E-Class-based crossover car. The model is going to feature a longer wheel base than the sedan, and a van-like greenhouse. Like the R-Class, it will be a 2 + 2 seater, while a second row with seats will be available as an option - 14th March * * *


R o l l s    R o y c e   will soon bring out bring an overworked Phantom series. At least first spyshots show a Coupe with a bigger front grille and smaller LED rear lights. But the 4-door is likely to get some updates too, since it is on sale since round than 10 years. Not very long for a Rolls, but long enough for refreshments - 14th March * * * *


Alfa Romeo and Maserati are rumoured to plan bringing out full-size SUV models using components and platforms from Jeep. Engines, however, are intended to be Italian. Also the exterior design will not feature any details of the American base cars.


A u d i   are rumoured to prepare a 333HP Q5 evolution, which is soon to be launched. Some sources even say it will go on sale in this year as SQ5. Also a V8 could be put under the bonnet of the compact SUV. This one would generate around 400 HP and labelled as RSQ5 - 14th March * * * *


B M W   will showcase a concept car at the Geneva motor show which is mainly aimed at demonstrating multimedia and Internet applications. That is why it will have no engine under its body. The vehicle will also be equipped with a 3D head up display, reports say - 28th February * * * * *


B e n t l e y   will possibly replace their W12 and some other more powerful engines by a charged 4.0 Liter V8. Rumours have it that there will be a single and a twin-turbo version of it. The double charger engine is going to produce around 550 Hp while the single turbo layout generates roughly 400 28th February * * * *


A M G   are preparing a cylinder deactivation for their V8 engine. The first car to be equipped with the system is the AMG model of the all-new Mercedes CLK-Class, coming out in 2012. Also hybrid technology is considered to be used on the Mercedes evolutions - 8th February * * * *


A s t o n    M a r t i n   do apparently buy their mini car Cygnet to everyone. Initially the car was intended to be exclusively obtainable for Aston Martin buyers or drivers only. Obviously the little one is now available for everyone because AM needs that to reduce average fleet consumption - 8th Februray * * *


M e s e r a t i   plan a smaller 4-door car. The baby Quattroporte is rumored to be powered by a 6-cylinder engine. As an owner of Maserati, FIAT claimed they will kling to Ferrari-based cars, however size of body and engine suggest the Italians are going to take a lot from their partner, Chrysler - 25th Januar * * *


M e r c e d e s   are rumoured to plan bring out a 2-door convertible of the next generation S-Class, as an open top derivation of the coupe model. The next S-Class comes out in 2012, however the cabriolet will not be on sale before 2014, in case Stuttgart greenlight the car - 25th Januar * * *


P o r s c h e   plan to develop a 4-cylinder boxer engine, says the German business magazine WirtschftsWoche. According to the mag, displacements will range from 1.5 to 2.6 litre. Power output could start at 200, ending at over 350 hp! - 8th Januar * * * *


R o l l s   R o y c e   prepare a long wheel base option of the Ghost. Leg room at the back is 150 mm larger than it is on the standard model. 270,000 Euros has to be transferred to Goodwood for the car. Despite of the extra, engine isd the same as on the shorter one: 6,6L V8 displacement, 570 HP of power - 8th Januar


M e r c e d e s   are going to offer the next M-Class with a 4-cylinder diesel engine. Besides that, the car body will be lighter than that of the current model. For the first time ever even two-wheel drive is available as an option on this model series, to further reduce average consumption of the Mercedes fleet - 20th December * * *


B M W   consider an M-model of their upcoming super car. Though it is intended to be powered by either a newly developed 4-cylinder turbo engine or the next M3's 6-cylinder motor, Munich aim at beating lap times of cars the likes of Mercedes SLS AMG and Audi R8 V10 - 20th December * * * *


R o l l s  R o y c e   expect sales double in 2010, compared to 2009. One reason is the global economical recovery. The other one surely is they have a further model now, the Ghost. 95% of its buyers didn't possess a Rolls Royce car before. 10% are female buyers - 1st December * * * * *


M a s e r a t i   keep closely linked to Ferrari, says FIAT. Despite of the cooperation with Chrysler, Maserati will use Ferrari engines in the future. Nevertheless some American components could be used. But anything of importance for the characteristics of the cars remains Italian, they say - 1st December * * *


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L o t u s   have reportedly decided to top the Evora by a new super car. The vehicle could be labeled as Esprit - a name which had already been used for a sports car by Lotus. Since the Britisch car makers and Toyota are engine partners, Lexus' new V10 motor is rumoured to power the car * * * *


R o l l s   R o y c e    are currently not working on an SUV. But tradition allows them making even this sort of vehicle. That has been remarkably claimed by the firm's chairman Mr Ian Robertson himself in an interview of the German car magazine Auto Zeitung


P o r s c h e   consider replacing exterior mirrors by cameras and monitors, as an insider says. The first to get this feature could be the Panamera and the next generation 911, coming out in 2011. Even zoom and a swivelling objectives are reportedly under consideration - 4th March * * *


B e n t l e y    could possibly get back to Bugatti's 16-cylinder super motor, as Volkswagen CEO Herr Winterkorn has lately said in an interview of Germany's leading business magazine. This will most surely not be the case before the post-Veyron area, we assume * * *



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01    VW Golf, Jetta
02   Audi A4
03   VW Passat
04   BMW 3-series
05   Mercedes C-class
06   Ford Focus
07   Audi A3
08   VW Polo
09   BMW 1-series
10   Mercedes A-class
11   VW Touran
12 Mercedes E-class
13   BMW 5-series
14   Opel Astra
15   Opel Corsa
16   Mercedes B-class
17   VW Tiguan
18   Audi A6
19   VW Caddy
20   Skoda Fabia
21   Peugeot 207
22   Smart Fortwo
23   Ford Mondeo
24   VW T5
25   Smart Fortwo

Sales July 2008


Sales 2007,
01    VW Golf, Jetta
02   VW Passat
03   BMW 3-series
04   Audi A4
05   Opel Astra
06   Opel Corsa
07   Merecedes C-class
08   VW Polo
09   VW Touran
10   Audi A3
11   Mercedes A-class
12 Ford Focus
13   Merecdes E-class
14   Audi A6
15   BMW 1-series
16   Mercedes B-class
17   Ford Fiesta
18   Skoda Fabia
19   BMW 5-series
20   Skoda Octavia
21   Peugeot 207
22   VW T5
23   Opel Meriva
24   Opel Zafira
25   Smart Fortwo

January -December 07