2007 Fiat Barchetta by Bertone

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Bertone presents the Barchetta concept car in celebration of its 95th anniversary. Based on the floorpan and mechanicals of the Fiat Panda 100 HP, the Bertone Barchetta is an open-topped strictly two-seater sports car that calls to mind the Italian racing cars of the 1950s. In this case, the design explicitly cites the Fiat 500 with Barchetta bodywork created by the young Nuccio Bertone in 1947 as a one-off for his personal use in races.

The decision to celebrate the company’s 95th anniversary with a minimalist yet sophisticated model is perfectly in keeping with the Bertone philosophy. Since its very earliest days, the company has interpreted cars by Italian car makers with an elegant style that emphasises their personality and technological content, with an unparalleled passion for sportiness.

New Fiat 500 review comes a day early

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Fiat is due to unveil the highly-anticipated 500 revival tomorrow, but they’ve given registered “community members” a chance to preview the itty-bitty new car at Fiat500.com

The site features a quick flash animation video that shows the new car from various angles, both inside and out. You only get to see the video once, but some intrepid fellow bloggers have managed to grab some screen shots which we’re glad to share with you above and after the jump.

The car will be officially unveiled to the public tomorrow, but if you can’t wait and want to see Fiat’s flashy flash show, you can go straight to Fiat500.com and register to see the video.

World Car of the Year finalists announced

Posted in Audi, BMW, Citroen, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Volkswagen

At the New York Auto Show in early April we’ll find out which auto has won the coveted World Car of the Year award. We do know, however, it will be either the Audi TT, Lexus LS 460 or new MINI Cooper. The three finalists were recently culled from the list of semi-finalists we brought you back in January. Those ten cars have been pared down to these three, and on April 5th only one will remain.

The Germans (and German-owned) were not only well represented in the list of finalists for World Car of the Year, but also in three other categories for which awards will be given. The finalists for World Performance Car are the Audi RS4, BMW 335i and Porsche 911 Turbo (all German brands). The finalists for 2007 World Green Car are the BMW Hydrogen 7, Mercedes-Benz E320 BLUETEC and Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion (again, all German brands). Lastly, the finalists for the World Car Design of the Year are the Audi TT, Citroen C4 Picasso and Fiat Grande Punto (only one German brand this time, but still). Clearly, German or German-owned brands are the odds on favorite for flying home with some trophy metal.

2007 Volkswagen Beetle

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2007 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that the limited edition Triple White New Beetle convertible is now available at dealers. Only 3,000 customers will have the opportunity to own this truly special edition.

The Triple White New Beetle convertible features a unique Campanella white exterior, a white interior, and white convertible roof boot. The Triple White New Beetle convertible takes its color palette from the original Super Beetle convertible of the late 70s. This modern day rendition includes 17-inch ‘Oktopus’ alloy wheels, a three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel, white leatherette seats and center armrest. Also included are black carpeting, floor mats and door panels along with Sirius Satellite Radio. Another distinctive feature of the Triple White New Beetle convertible is the special front seat headrests ingrained with the New Beetle convertible icon.

With the standard automatic transmission, the Triple White New Beetle convertible is priced at $25,990.

BMW Confirms X6 Crossover

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BMW Chairman of the Board of Management, Norbert Reithofer, during its Annual Accounts press conference yesterday announced that two new models, one of which is the X6 SUV crossover will be launched in 2008. The X6 crossover will resemble a coupe form while having four-doors much like the Mercedes CLS. Spy reports predict the X6 will have a shorter ride height in addition to sportier driving dynamics. Production will be at Spartanburg, SC with total plant production being increased to 200,000 units.