Restyling for the big Maserati

A more heavily disguised prototype of the 2009 Maserati Quattroporte was caught testing in Sweden this week and the extent of camouflage makes us suspicious of the degree of the Quattroporte's mid-lifecycle freshening.

With this amount of camouflage, it looks as if the complete front end could be revised. The powerful sedan's headlamps look bigger and there will likely be larger air intakes in the car's new front bumper.

Spy photographers were unable to snap shots of the Quattroporte's rear, but the shooter tells us that the rear bumper was also disguised with black tape so expect changes to the Maserati's back end as well.

The next Quattroporte is due in 2012 rivalling the Porsche Panamera and the Aston Martin Rapide.

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When a test drive goes horribly wrong

A teenager from Victoria, Australia went to their local Holden dealer and took a Holden VY HSV Clubsport out for a test drive. It was all going well untill the teen put their foot down on the gas pedal on the last corner before the Holden dealership.

The teen loses control of the sporty Commodore which went flying into the air after hitting a kerb.

The car went through the dealership’s gate, landing on several cars.

Baby Alfa Romeo in the dark

Good things come to those who wait - and here is the proof!

Fans of the Alfasud have been killing time for more than 23 years and now the very first spy photos of the new Junior have surfaced the Web.

The "Junior" is set to be revealed at the upcoming Geneva motorshow in March and will rival the upcoming Audi A1 and the Mini Cooper whilst slotting under the 147 in the firms line-up.

Although there is no official name yet, Alfa Romeo let Internet users name the car. The winning name was "Furiosa" but Alfa executives decided to ditch the name after the results came in.

The first photo doesn't reveal much except from a foglamp but we expect the new comer to feature the trademark nose treatment which can be seen on the Brera coupé, 159 and the Spider. Its shield shaped grille will be flanked by a trio of projector style headlights. The rear photo gives us a glimpse of the rear bumper and uncovered the oval shaped exhaust tips.

Under the hood will be the brand's JTD diesel engines alongside direct-injection petrol units which will deliver power to the front wheels.

Mazda2 hatchback & sedan go on sale in January (China)

Mazda has launched the Mazda2 five door hatchback and four door sedan in China with the first deliveries starting in early 2008. The hatchback variant comes out in January with sales of the sedan following after. The new model was introduced in China, in November, at the Guangzhou motor show.

The Mazda2 is built in Nanjing by Mazda parent company Ford's joint venture, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile, a new plant completed in September 2007. Mazda is targeting sales of 55,000 or more Mazda2 hatchbacks per year in the growing China market and overall Mazda sales of at least 180,000 units there. Mazda has said that it targets 300,000 sales in China and 300 dealers by 2010.

Next on Mazda's list for China is the Mazda3 five-door hatchback which is due to go on sale in China in mid-2008.

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Teaser: 2008 Mercedes SL-Class facelift

Yesterday, Mercedes Benz announced the addition of two new top-of-the-range AMG models to its SL product range; the SL63 & SL65 AMG. To uphold some momentum ahead of it official launch, Mercedes published only a three-quarters rear view teaser image of the V12 bi-turbo SL65 flagship model, leaving the front end restyling open to assumption.

Apart from the antagonistic new rear air diffuser with the standard AMG quad exhaust pipes, a small rear spoiler and what appears to be "997 Turbo"-inspired wheels, the rear of the facelifted SL AMG model barely looks different from the pre-facelift model.

As far as we know, the SL65 will be powered by a 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 powerplant developing around 612 hp and torque in excess of 1,000 Nm. The SL63 which will replace the SL55, will receive a 525 hp V8 with 630 Nm of torque. Joined with AMG's seven-speed "SPEEDSHIFT MCT" gearbox, these latest AMG beasts should offer true 'Fahrspa.'

Audi A4 sedan proves popular (EU)

Successful start for the new Audi A4:

The new Audi A4 sedan has been available for test driving at Audi dealerships for just a few days now – in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.

“At the time of market launch in the first European countries we already counted 33,000 customer orders,” said Ralph Weyler, Member of the Board of Management at AUDI AG for Marketing and Sales. “The orders received and the impressive response from customers and the media have exceeded all our expectations. From our perspective, this is an extremely positive sign. As our most-sold model, the Audi A4 holds a special significance with respect to our ambitious goals.”

Although the new A4 sedan is just now being launched, it has already won some major awards. The new A4 was honored with the “Golden Steering Wheel” as best midsize car by Bild am Sonntag newspaper, and also received the Auto Trophy 2007 from Auto Zeitung magazine. The sedan outdid its competitors handily in the numerous comparison tests performed by Auto Zeitung and auto motor und sport magazines. In the individual test carried out by auto motor und sport, it achieved the top five-star rating.

With these honors, the new A4 moves seamlessly into the successful footsteps of its predecessor. As the eighth generation of the midsize sedan, the new model replaces a highly successful generation that rolled off the line for the last time in November of 2007, and one that sold about 2.2 million units worldwide.

In January 2008 the new Audi A4 will also be launched onto the market in France and Spain, and will then gradually be introduced in the remaining European countries. In the United Kingdom, Audi’s strongest export market in terms of sales, the A4 will start selling at the end of February 2008.

New Car: 2008 Nissan Fuga facelift (Japan)

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the release of the new Fuga luxury sedan, which went on sale at dealers across Japan today. Since its debut in 2004, the Fuga has been highly praised by customers for its exceptional performance, class-leading interior roominess and a variety of luxurious interior trim options. The new Fuga takes each attribute to a new and higher level.

The new Fuga features a revised model lineup, a redesigned exterior and interior, Nissan's new VQ35HR and VQ25HR engines and the world's first*1 Distance Control Assist (Intelligent Pedal) System*2, among other refinements, the combination of which further advances the car's all-around qualities as a premium sports sedan.

Living up to its marketing tagline of “SHIFT_luxury,” Fuga transforms the traditional notion of a luxury car. Fuga is available in three grades (GT, GT Type S and GT Type P) for three engine variations (V6 2.5-liter, V6 3.6-liter and V8 4.5-liter). 4WD version is available for 350GT.

A Redesigned Exterior With Substantial Presence:

The new Fuga announces its substantial presence and premium class image with a new “look” featuring redesigned headlights, grille, front and rear bumpers and rear combination lamps. Making even more of a statement is the GT Type S model, with an exterior styling package that includes new side sill spoilers and a “smoky chrome” finish to the inside of the headlights.

New wheel and tire packages add to the sporty look of the new Fuga, with new 18-inch aluminum wheels standard on the 450GT Type P, 450GT, 350GT, 250GT and 350GT FOUR models, and new 19-inch aluminum wheels standard on the GT Type S model.

Seven body colors are available on the Fuga, including five all-new colors - Crystal White Pearl, with three coats of pearl paint; metallic Blade Silver; a pearl metallic Stratosphere Blue; a metallic Warm Satin Silver; and a titanium metallic Titanium Gray. Nissan’s advanced “Scratch Shield” – a special “self-healing” clearcoat paint treatment – is also available on three colors - Super Black, Stratosphere Blue and Titanium Gray.

A Luxurious, Detailed Interior:

Fuga’s interior has been revised to enhance the feelings of luxury and craftsmanship, with special attention paid to the interior materials and details of all controls and trim panels.

Improvements include new three-dimensional instrument dials with white and blue violet illumination, new bubinga wood and grain pattern of the genuine wood finishers (from rosewood), the addition of pure silver accents to the piano-black interior finisher trim, new billet aluminum center stack control switches, new rear seat fabric and a new full-automatic air-conditioning system with a Plasma Cluster Ion® anti-bacterial function*3.

A top-grade option on the new Fuga is a new semi-aniline genuine leather interior trim package featuring the finest grade of leather. This new package includes semi-aniline genuine leather seats, hand-polished genuine wood trim finishers with a rare grain pattern, genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever knob, and a suede-like headliner. Additional comfort is provided by a front passenger seat with a power ottoman (standard on all models except for 250GT and 350GT FOUR) and power reclining rear seats (standard on GT Type P).

A Responsive Driveline:

Fuga showcases the latest in Nissan engine technology with its choice of 3.5-liter VQ35HR and 2.5-liter VQ25HR engines, which combine high levels of power and torque with low fuel consumption, as well as producing sounds that befit its position as a sports luxury machine.

Both powerplants are backed by a standard full-range electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission with a DS mode. The DS mode works to provide maximum performance by optimizing gear selection for the applicable driving conditions. Additional control is available through magnesium paddle shifters, which are standard on the GT Type S model. (4.5-liter VK45DE engine is also available for 2WD models.)

Advanced Technology:

Fuga is one of Nissan’s most technologically advanced vehicles, and the new Fuga carries forward that reputation. Standard on all models is an HDD-based CARWINGS navigation system, along with a standard side blind-spot monitor and back-view monitor. Also available is a factory-installed Bose® surround sound audio system.

The highlight of the new Fuga’s technology is the adoption of the world's first Distance Control Assist (Intelligent Pedal) System, which is standard on the 450GT Type P/Type S and 350GT Type P and optional on the other models. Using an accelerator pedal actuator, this system assists drivers in controlling the distance between their car and the vehicle in front, reducing the driver's workload in a variety of driving situations - from city driving to expressway cruising.

Also available is a revised Intelligent Cruise Control system incorporating “all-speed following capability” and the world's first “navigation-cooperative control function,” standard on the 450GT Type P/Type S, 450GT and 350GT Type P, and optional on other models. This system has the capability of stopping the Fuga when the vehicle in front comes to a stop, and can control vehicle speed from a standing start to approximately 100 km/h (the previous system had a range of 5 km/h to 100 km/h). Additionally, the new system features a “navigation-cooperative control function” that assists in controlling the Fuga’s speed according to the reading of an upcoming curve in the road.

All of these technological features combine to provide a more comfortable driving experience for Fuga owners.

Sales target : 620 units per month

Price range : 3,969,000yen to 6,279,000yen

*1 As of December 2007.

*2 Based on information obtained with a radar sensor installed in the front bumper, this system controls the brakes according to the distance to the vehicle ahead and the relative speed of the two cars. If the driver is pressing the accelerator pedal at the time, the accelerator pedal actuator generates force to push the pedal upwards, helping the driver switch to the brake pedal.

*3 This product incorporates Sharp Corporation's Plasmacluster technology. Plasmacluster and Plasmacluster Ion are registered trademarks of Sharp Corporation.

Mazda2 diesel pricing announced (UK)

The Mazda 2 will be available with a 1.4-litre turbodiesel engine as of March 2008.

The 67bhp diesel Mazda 2 comes in two trim levels; TS and TS2 with the TS costing £9,499 and the TS2 at £10,999 respectively.

Mazda’s baby oil-burner produces 118lb ft of torque and only 114g/km of CO2, costing only £35 a year to tax and avoiding the London congestion.

Even more of an incentive to wait for the diesel Mazda 2 is the 65.7mpg combined figure, which gives a range of nearly 600 miles to each 42.8-litre tank of fuel and class-leading fuel economy.

The Mazda 2 came second place to the Fiat 500 in the 2008 Car of the Year competition and is considered the benchmark for driving dynamics and practicality.

The addition of the diesel engine will increase sales of the already popular supermini, so get your order in now if you want delivery in March.

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New Car: 2008 Lancia Phedra

The New 170 HP Phedra 2.2 Multijet presented at the Brussels International Motorshow
New 170 HP engine Revised exterior and interior VIP Service included

Latest generation infotelematics:

From January 17 to 27, 2008, the 86th edition of the Brussels International Motorshow will exhibit what is new in the world of automobiles and motorcycles. Together with the New Musa – recently presented at Frankfurt and Bologna - Lancia will introduce the New Phedra, the best example of the “Italian art of living” now offering revised looks for vehicle exterior and interior, a more comprehensive range and above all a new 2.2 Multijet 170 HP powerplant coupled to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission (the latter coming on stream next Spring).

Produced as a joint-venture with PSA of France, in line with the mutually beneficial collaboration dating back to 1994, the new model reproposes the generous overall dimensions, i.e. 4.75 length by 1.86 width by 1.75 height, combined with the luxury of an interior carefully planned in the smallest details and provided with a set of safety, comfort and telematics devices placing it right at the top of its class, as confirmed also by the 5-star Euro NCAP award.

Thus, the Nuova Phedra motorist can choose the dimension of mobility, as well as the extent of conviviality. Without, however, renouncing the vision of the automobile as an object of design, precious materials recognizable by feel, quietly relaxing, comfort at hand, driving and riding pleasure. On board the Lancia Phedra one discovers how engineering and performance combine to assure a sensation of wellbeing.

But the outstanding novelty of the new model is the introduction of the brilliant 2.2 Multijet which delivers 170 HP at 4,000 rpm for 370 Nm max. torque starting from as low as 1500 rpm. Excellent performance, also thanks to the sequential-parallel twin-turbo unit providing fast response times right from low revs for high elasticity, driving pleasure and performance.

Coupled to a 6-speed manual, the powerplant propels the Nuova Phedra 2.2 Multijet to 200 km/h max. speed with 0-100 km/h acceleration in 10 seconds (against the 11.4 seconds of the 136 HP 2.0 Multijet for virtually the same fuel consumption). Overall, this outstanding performance makes for high cruising speeds, good acceleration and pickup, with an eye to fuel consumption. Yet again, Nuova Phedra is at top of its class with a perfect balance between style, habitability and comfort (capacity of up to 7 adults) and excellent driving pleasure. Moreover, emission levels are down thanks to the adoption of a DPF particulate filter.

Finally, in some markets it will be available with “Lancia VIP Service”, the exclusive mobility package with its mobile shop active 24/7 ready to intervene in the unlikely event of trouble, and at no extra cost for the life of the warranty. Also, the owner no longer has to turn in his vehicle for scheduled service: Lancia provides a taxi service for seamless mobility.

A new style in the tradition of Italian elegance and taste:

A quick look at the Nuova Phedra is all it takes to discover a front end now even more imposing and refined. This is due to the exclusive grill and chromed bumper inserts ideally matching the new Lancia logo. And the same emblem is to be found also on both the side pillar and rear end, paired with the new lettering “Phedra”, in smart italics, and with the engine symbol “170 HP”: a match wonderfully representing the temperament of the 2.2 Multijet, coupled to the innate class of the Lancia SUV.

The outline of the new Lancia is made even more appealing by the special 16” bi-color alloy rims. And owners may choose from eleven bodywork colors (including the three new metallics now available, i.e. Guercino Grey, Lorenzetti Bordeaux and Florentine Blue, and 5 types of cloth interiors in Alcantara® or leather.

Thus, only a few exterior touches to make the outline of the Nuova Phedra even more refined and distinctive. Inside the vehicle the comfort and style excellence typical of Lancia is all around, as confirmed by the sensation of muffled elegance upon entering. The spacious interior is limousine-like, and the front seats which swivel through 180 degrees facilitate conversation, or work face to face, or an improvised family picnic. Not to mention the feeling of warmth, protection and welcoming of luxurious materials such as Alcantara® or leather which, emphasized by a discreet insert of tanganykan or brazilian rosewood, cover the entire interior with a cocooning effect for the occupants.

Comfort features also include tilting tables on the rear of the seat backs, leather lined grab handles on center pillars (assisting second and third row occupant entry and exit) and drawers under the front seats. Not forgetting the luggage compartment with a capacity of 324 dm3, increasing to almost 3,000 dm3 with rear seats folded.

The Nuova Phedra has a reflex-free dash with two large closed compartments, covered with a combination of PVC for the frontal area and Alcantara® Starlite at top and bottom. Also the seats have been improved. For example, the Argento version has Castiglio (a chocolate color) side trim and cloth (Tex Carbony) Magnesium color cloth (Tex Carbony) center trim. The other two versions , namely Oro and Platino, come with Alcantara® Starlite Blue or two-tone Beige/Chocolate upholstery as standard equipment (a luxurious perforated leather in the same color is available on request).

In short, all the distinction and prestige of a great sedan for the élite, with the flexibility and room of a large SUV: this is the Nuova Phedra. All of which is rendered appealing by Italian class and elegance, recognizable in the most minute details. In fact, the new Lancia model is the right solution for motorists wishing to travel in style, comfort and safety, who are curious, on the move, seeking interesting places to discover and share the experience with others. But without detracting from their exclusive lifestyle, or without giving up the habit of surrounding themselves with beautiful objects which in their category represent the best the market has to offer. Indeed, the Nuova Phedra fits perfectly the concept of ”Italian art of living”.

Outstanding safety:

Elegant and innovative, Lancia Phedra is also one of the safest models of its segment, having won the coveted five stars of the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP), which places it at the top of the segment in terms of safety (both active and passive).

This important award is above all the recognition of Lancia’s unsparing attention to all aspects of driver and passenger protection, an established part of the design process covering both body and vehicle components, from dash to seats, to occupant restraint systems. For the Nuova Phedra this effort yielded excellent results, as shown by the Euro NCAP award. To attain this goal, designers reviewed all types of possible impacts, including front, side, overturn, rear end and fire hazard. Impact speeds were also taken into account, together with the different types of obstacles and different types of occupants. In-depth evaluation of all these parameters resulted in various technical options which make the Nuova Phedra one of the safest cars of the entire segment.

Total protection, starting with an array of passive safety devices fitted as standard equipment, including dual multi-stage front airbags, two front side airbags, two window airbags protecting side passengers of the three rows of seats. Moreover, the Nuova Phedra incorporates passenger seat sensors (for airbag activation on impact) and visual and audible warning systems for front seat belts. Plus lap-and-diagonals with pretensioners and load limiters (excluding center seat of second row), headrests adjustable for height and rake (front). And the centralized door locking system, as well as the Isofix mounting points for child safety harness, supplemented by grandangle rearview mirror for monitoring rear seats and driver controlled sliding door and rear window lockup. Finally, automatic door lock release and fuel supply cutoff in case of impact.

The Lancia SUV behaviour on the road is always consistent and predictable, is forgiving in case of driver’s errors and will help him to pull away from critical situations without trouble. As regards active safety the Nuova Phedra, in addition to a high-performance brake system, boasts leading-edge electronics for dynamic vehicle control during braking and traction.

All versions have ABS and EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), a device which adjusts brake pressure to the rear axle to prevent wheel lockup, thereby ensuring that the vehicle is under control at all times and in all conditions. Standard equipment also includes a Brake Assistance Device (BAD) for emergency braking; on cars fitted with ESP the BAD function is electronically controlled by the ABS ECU and is known as HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance).
For maximum vehicle control in all circumstances, all Lancia Phedras incorporate ESP (Electronic Stability Program), a device which is designed to cut in in limit conditions, i.e. when vehicle stability is at risk, helping the driver to resume full control. Moreover, the new model is equipped with ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation), a device designed to control driving wheel spin on low-adhesion road surfaces. This automatic traction control system operates regardless of speed to adjust torque in relation to the coefficient of wheel adhesion. When changing down suddenly from a higher gear in low-adhesion conditions, the MSR (Motor Schleppmoment Regelung) cuts in to increase engine torque, thereby avoiding wheel skidding due to lock-up. A comprehensive package aimed at improving safety when the Nuova Phedra is on the move. To govern these devices, an ECU-driven ‘intelligent central nervous system’ was purpose-designed to process signals received from sensors located around the vehicle and react accordingly.

Last but not least, the highly effective brake system of the Nuova Phedra ensures prompt and progressive vehicle deceleration and reduced stopping distances. On sudden, prolonged braking, the automatic emergency warning system cuts in turning on the hazard warning lights to promptly alert the following drivers. Some versions also incorporate headlamp washers, cruise control, Xenon lamps (standard on the Platino) rain sensor, park sensors, auto. external lights activation sensor and deflated tire sensor.

The range:

The range includes three outfits, namely Argento, Oro and Platino, three turbodiesel powerplants and three seating configurations, i.e. standard five-seat, optional six- and seven-seat (for Italy seven-seat standard, six-seat optional). There are eleven bodywork colors to choose from and five for the interior, namely Castiglio/cloth, Alcantara® Starlite and perforated leather (optional), for a total of up to 52 combinations for utmost personalization, for the most demanding of motorists.

This sophisticated SUV can be supplied with either of three turbodiesel common rail powerplants, i.e. the 2.0 Multijet (120 HP), the 2.0 Multijet (136 HP) with particulate filter and the brand new 2.2 Multijet (170 HP) also with particulate filter, all coupled to a manual transmission (the 170 HP version is also available with a 6-speed automatic transmission), for maximum performance, quiet running, ride comfort and fuel efficiency.

With minor changes depending on market, the three versions come with an extremely plentiful array of standard accessories. First level Argento has 16” wheel rims and heated, defrost, power rear view mirrors on the outside, and zone auto. air conditioning system, car radio with CD reader and Mp3 file, trip computer, hydraulic power steering, second seat row curtains and tinted glass windows (power operated front and rear) on the inside. Standard safety features include ABS, ESP, 6 airbags, headlamp beam adjust and luggage restraint net.

In addition to the above, the Nuova Phedra Oro has Privacy glazing, third seat row curtains, 16” alloy wheel rims, cruise control, pivoting seats and park sensors.

The welcoming, smart interior of the Nuova Phedra Platino incorporates extra refinements which point to the care and attention paid by Lancia in order to pamper the motorist. In addition to the features of the Oro version, the Platino has heated and power-operated front seats, rain sensor and auto. external lights activation sensor, Xenon headlamps, headlamp washers, electrochromic interior rear view mirror and leather lined steering wheel and gear control.

Nuova Phedra owners will be able to personalize their car choosing from a comprehensive range of optionals including lift and roll alarm, power-operated side doors and triple sunroof. The Nuova Phedra can also be provided with Bluetooth hands-free telephone and an innovative sat-nav system. The telephone system makes for maximum driving safety, enabling conversation even with the bluetooth mobile in a jacket pocket or briefcase, automatically muting the car radio (if switched on) and using the stereo speakers to listen. Another optional feature of the Nuova Phedra is the innovative sat-nav system comprising car radio RDS with CD reader, GSM dual band hands-off phone, voice controls for radio and phone, map-based dynamic navigation through 7", 16/9 color display. The device comes with a high-capacity hard disk (10 GB) with which to save up to 180 hours of music files, a map of Europe, 3D Navteq maps, route calculation options, hands-free GSM (by inserting SIM in navigator) and video viewing during stops.

kia sportage

After a 2-year hiatus, the 2004 Sportage returned, sharing its Elantra-based platform with the 2005 Hyundai Tucson. As part of the shift, the Kia Sorento now becomes Kia's compact off-road SUV, and the Sportage moves to become Kia's first crossover SUV. The Sportage will also have a 2.0 L Diesel engine available in the United Kingdom. Pricing starts at just over US$16,000.

harley davidson sportster

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Pontiac g3 nice car

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yamaha tzr pics and specs

It is powered by a two-stroke parallel twin engine utilizing the Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS). Designed to provide agile handling and quick acceleration for both on and off road use. It was the world's first two stroke to use a CDI ignition and digital advance system

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New Car: 2009 Subaru Forester



* All-New Design with Improved Comfort, Space and Utility

* All-New Platform With Sport-Sedan Dynamics

* Standard Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)

Subaru of America, Inc. today released the first official photos of the all-new, third-generation 2009 Forester, a total re-design of the award-winning crossover utility vehicle (CUV) that will debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January. The 2009 Forester, which arrives in Subaru dealerships this spring, builds upon its predecessor’s reputation as an icon of safety, dependability and versatility. The new-generation 2009 model projects a bolder, more SUV-like design and making a major leap in safety technology, comfort, refinement and driving dynamics. As with all Subaru models, the 2009 Forester comes equipped as standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. An all-new platform featuring a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase (now 103.0 inches) and double-wishbone rear suspension improves crash-worthiness and at the same time provides crisper handling, a quieter ride and increased interior space and cargo room. The 2009 Forester once again blends positive SUV attributes including a high seating point and interior versatility with passenger car comfort, handling and fuel efficiency. All Forester models for 2009 feature standard side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, and the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard on all models for the first time. With the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (Subaru DC3), Subaru optimized all elements of the Forester’s chassis to deliver a better balance of ride, handling response, quietness and overall traction performance than offered by competitive vehicles. A comprehensive array of elements contributes to that goal, including the new, high-strength body structure, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, VDC and four-wheel disc ABS brakes with the Brake Assist safety system. Manual-transmission models also feature Incline Start Assist, which can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline. Even with its bolder exterior and roomier interior, the new 2009 Forester is only about three inches longer than its predecessor, thus retaining the trim exterior packaging cited by Forester owners as one of this model’s most essential features. A robust body structure, heavy-duty raised four-wheel independent suspension system and up to 8.9 inches of ground clearance help make Forester equally adept at negotiating twisty roads and absorbing ruts and bumps.


The 2009 Forester offers naturally aspirated and turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter Boxer engines, both revised to provide better low-end and mid-range torque for more responsive everyday performance. New interior materials, including double-stitched fabrics and high-grade plastics, impart a feeling of higher quality. As before, Forester is offered in a wide array of models, with the 2009 Forester 2.5 X offering one of the best values in the crossover SUV segment and the range-topping Forester L.L.

Bean Edition offering more luxury without compromising the vehicle’s sporty nature. The 2009 Forester offers a navigation system for the first time as well as advanced audio system upgrade options. The 2009 Forester comes pre-wired for XM® or SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. An auxiliary audio input jack enables connection of an iPod® or MP3 player.

First 2 images show a U.S spec Forester while the rest are JDM Forester's

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