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- Chrysler 300 LWBChrysler Group announced today that a new model — the 2007 Chrysler 300 Long Wheelbase — will be on display at the New York International Auto Show, in the Jacob K. Javits Center, April 14-23 in New York City. The Chrysler 300 Long Wheelbase is six inches longer than the current models, providing more than 46 inches of rear legroom and an additional 10.2 cubic feet of interior space. Available this fall, the lengthier Chrysler 300 is expected to attract sales from the livery/limousine industry, as well as retail customers.
- Lamborghini Hamann GallardoLamborghini - the brand is synonymous with sporty automobile pleasure for the street. And when you see the new Gallardo, you also know why. 500 hp is at work inside this attractive and, most importantly, airflow-optimized body. HAMANN MOTORSPORT is now offering a styling and tuning packet especially for the Gallardo that brings its motorsport character clearly into focus, and that gives this noble »bull« even more performance.
Already the first impression the HAMANN Lamborghini Gallardo makes indicates that this is hardly a standard model. The HAMANN specialists constructed a comprehensive aerodynamics program for this racy sports car. The front is dominated by an innovatively designed front spoiler. The HAMANN engineers indeed oriented themselves in the develop on Italian design, but they also included the typically powerful and sporty stylistic elements of the tradition-rich company.
- 11th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'EleganceThe second weekend in March was home to the 11th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, held at the Ritz-Carlton and on the Golf Club of Amelia Island. It proved to be nothing less than spectacular, displaying unique, rarely seen, unusual, and historic automobiles. The weather was wonderful; the field of cars were evidence of the hard work and dedication done by the volunteers, committee members, participants, enthusiasts, and everyone who had a role in making this show one of the greatest automotive events in the United States. The Concours benefits the Community Hospice of Northern Florida, donating over 1.4 million since the Concours inception.
- Palm Beach Cavallino Classic 2006The Cavallino Classic is the opening round for the Shell Ferrari and Maserati Historic Challenge which has traditionally housed the largest gird of the series. The vehicles are organized into two groups, drum and disc. The faster cars were assigned to the GT class while the 'slower' were put into the Sport class. To compete in the Series, the vehicles have to be built for racing and authentic Ferrari or Maserati. Maserati's were permitted because of the recent 'merger' of the two companies. Pre-war Alfa Romeos that were raced by Scuderia Ferrari were permitted.
There were four track days at Moroso Motorsport Track, with the first two days being closed to the public. The final day was the official race while the other days were used for practice and testing. One of the many highlights was a Ferrari FXX that saw some track time during one of the practice sessions.
- Palm Beach Cavallino Classic XV ConcoursThe Breakers hotel located in West Palm Beach plays host one day a year to the premiere Ferrari Concours in the United States. Some of the oldest, newest, greatest, and rarest Ferrari's are parked on the beautifully manicured golf course lawn. The cars roaring engines trumpet their arrival as they are arranged on the lawn throughout the early part of the morning. The occasional police siren is an indication of an overeager Ferrari motorist late for the show.
The Cavallino Classic is just one of the events that transpired during the week. Activities begin a few days prior with track days at Moroso Motorsports, including the first round of the Historic Challenge. Other activities include a driving and culinary tour of Palm Beach, a jetport reception, dinners, and an art show. The final event being the concours. The following day, the Ferraris are invited to attend the Palm Beach Concours d'Elegance held only a few short miles away.
- Chicago Auto Show RecapSome of the largest and most anticipated auto shows in the world occur during the early part of each new year. January and February, in many parts of the world, are known to be the coldest. In the United States, this is true. The cold winds of the January's Detroit Auto Show are just as cold in Chicago the following month. The cold melts away once inside the convention centers where hundreds of new concept and prototype vehicles are on display. Manufacturers proudly display their latest creations, their fastest supercars, and whatever else can attract a crowd. This year's Chicago Auto Show did not disappoint - it was cold on the outside and hot on the inside. Green has been a theme for a number of years, dating back to the oil embargo and newly introduced government regulations of the 1970's. Detroit Electric produced an automobile during the early 1900's that ran entirely on electricity. The Stanley Steamer was powered entirely by steam, also produced during the early 1900's. Gasoline eventually became the popular of the three due to its tune-ability and reliability, though it was dirtier, smellier, and noisier. The steam powered cars often exploded and the electric vehicles had a limited range and power. Fast forward a hundred-plus years and some would say little has changed. Experiments are still being performed with water and electricity. Walking around the Chicago Auto Show, it became evident that manufacturers are trying harder than ever to produce low-emission, safe, powerful, and fuel efficient vehicles. In a country that demands large and sturdy machines, GM is leading the way with their line of better-than-average behemoth fuel-efficient SUVS. Honda and Toyota have an impressive line of fuel-saving alternative vehicles. Aside from good gas mileage, visitors were wondering about the next big thing; the upcoming designs and new creations. These show-stoppers were proudly displayed on revolving pedestals. Their only protection from endless fingerprints all over their body shell was a piece of glass that stated 'Do not step on turntable.' For weeks these vehicles were subjected to endless camera flashes, finger pointing, scrutiny and critique. We were there and we joined the masses in a parade of exploration from one booth to another. The Chicago Auto Show does well at bringing the crowds, the cars, and the excitement. Please enjoy the photography from the 2006 Chicago Auto Show.
- Mazel Identity I1The Identity i1 has made concrete a proposal which is not only the answer to the challenge of a new model realization but also to the creation of a new brand, a goal which is not easy to reach today.
H2R Design Consulting have studied the concept of the car, developing the design completely in Virtual Reality, and MAZEL-GROUP have executed the physical model. Both companies, located in Barcelona, demonstrate with this project their high technological capacity in the execution of this kind of projects.