So you think a SMART Car would be to slow for you!

Here is a link to a video of a Smart Diablo aginst a Ferrari, can you guess who wins?

Smart Diablo vs. Ferrari

Heres another link to a video where are having alittle fun with a modded Smart Diablo.

Smart Fortwo with GSX-R engine

I don’t know about you, but I think this car will be a joy to drive.

New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter launched at the Ludwigsfelde plant

* Symbolic launch of production today

* A total of €300 million invested in the expansion of the Ludwigsfelde plant

* Existing 1,500 jobs safeguarded; additional 500 to be created

* New Sprinter donated to non-profit youth project

Stuttgart/Ludwigsfelde, Jun 23, 2006
The first new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter officially rolled off the line today in Ludwigsfelde. DaimlerChrysler CEO and Mercedes Car Group head Dr. Dieter Zetsche, the premier of the state of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, and managing director of DaimlerChrysler Ludwigsfelde GmbH Dr. Heinrich Weiß all pushed the red button that symbolically marked the launch of Sprinter production at the plant, which is located south of Berlin.

“Ludwigsfelde successfully brings together the competitive advantages Eastern Germany offers the automotive industry,” said Zetsche. “This is the place where highly qualified, hard-working, loyal personnel are writing a new chapter in the long and successful history of car manufacturing – here at the bridgehead to the markets of Eastern Europe.”

Brandenburg’s premier, Matthias Platzeck, expressed his approval of what he called DaimlerChrysler’s “exemplary corporate policy.” He said that the Group has “used qualification programs to give formerly jobless people the opportunity to enter regular employment. The Group’s extraordinarily high number of trainees also demonstrates its tre-mendous commitment to the eastern states of Germany and the great contribution it is making to create opportunities for the young people in this part of the country.” Platzeck went on to say: “The rapidly growing region of Berlin-Brandenburg offers DaimlerChrysler a fruitful business environment. The state government of Brandenburg is doing its utmost to support the creation of networks and clusters, such as the supplier network ‘automotive BerlinBrandenburg.’”

The new Sprinter will be produced at the two German plants for the model in Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde. A completely new manufacturing line containing state-of-the-art automated production equipment was constructed for the model at the Ludwigsfelde plant, where flatbed vans and chassis are built. The Ludwigsfelde expansion also included new paint and body shops.

DaimlerChrysler invested a total of €1.8 billion in the development of the new model series. Top priority is being placed on exemplary workmanship and long-term production quality. A considerably greater proportion of sheet metal components are now galvanized as compared to the previous model. Meticulously seamed seals, application of stone chip primer in vulnerable areas, and undersealing likewise help to ensure long life and value retention. In addition, the Ludwigsfelde plant is now employing a new corrosion protection process known as RoDip (rotation dipping): In each pre-treatment bath, including the cataphoretic dip bath, the vehicle bodies are rotated a full 360 degrees on their transverse axes. This ensures uniform all-over coating of all sheet metal parts and cavities.

The new Sprinter is expected to continue the success story of its predecessor model, of which more than 1.3 million units were built in just 11 years. Stepped-up production volume for the new Sprinter has made it possible to divide manufacturing activities between Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde.

“We invested more than €300 million in Ludwigsfelde for production of the Sprinter, and this enabled us to safeguard jobs,” said Zetsche. “In fact, we’re not only safeguarding the approximately 1,500 existing jobs at our plant, but also those at supplier companies in the surrounding area. And we are strengthening the significance of the region around Ludwigsfelde as a production location for the future as well, especially since we’re also creating around 500 new jobs at DaimlerChrysler Ludwigsfelde – jobs that the region urgently needs.” The Ludwigsfelde plant is already working in two-shift operations, and plans call for a third shift to be introduced.

DaimlerChrysler Ludwigsfelde GmbH has a large proportion of trainees working at its plant: The company is currently training around 200 young men and women, 30 of whom are being trained on behalf of cooperation partners. Over the last 15 years, DaimlerChrysler Ludwigsfelde GmbH has trained more than 1,000 people at the plant, and more than 90 percent of the trainees were subsequently taken on by the company in recent years.

During the ceremony to mark the production launch, Zetsche handed over a new Sprinter – an Arctic White twin-cab flatbed truck – to a cabinetmaking shop for young people in the district of Teltow-Fläming. The shop, part of a project supervised by social workers, provides 20 training positions for teenagers and young adults who have been unable to obtain a regular training position or job.

Mercedes-Benz prepares the G-Class for the future: Forever young

Stuttgart, Jun 23, 2006

The legendary G-Class is entering its 27th year of production bristling with new energy. Even after its latest rejuvenation cure this classic cross-country vehicle still retains its striking figure and the highly robust foundations on which it has stood since 1979. In this most recent stage in its evolution, this ancestor of all Mercedes-Benz SUVs has acquired an ultra-modern diesel powerplant. The G 320 CDI has an output of 165 kW/224 hp, is fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter and complies with the strict EU4 exhaust emission limits.

With its smooth power and torque development the new, light-alloy V6 engine pushes the fun factor of driving a “G” up yet another notch – both on and off-road. State-of-the-art, third-generation common-rail direct injection with piezo-electric injectors, four valves per cylinder and an exhaust gas turbocharger with electrically adjusted turbine vanes represent just a few of the highlights boasted by this efficient unit, which is partnered by the standard-fit seven-speed automatic transmission. 7G-TRONIC dovetails perfectly with the output potential of this diesel and promises excellent performance yet low fuel consumption. The new G 320 CDI manages to combine the advantages of its two predecessors, the G 270 CDI and G 400 CDI, offering the fuel efficiency of the 156 hp five-cylinder model while at the same time delivering the same sort of punchy performance as the 250 hp V8 diesel. It need hardly be said that the G 320 CDI complies with the current top emissions standard, EU4, and works in tandem with a standard-fit, maintenance-free diesel particulate filter that slashes particulate emissions by 99 percent without the need for any additives.

The classic among Mercedes-Benz off-roaders continues to offer a superior blend of efficient powertrain and handling dynamics systems. Standard specification includes permanent all-wheel drive with an off-road reduction gear plus the electronically controlled traction system 4ETS, the Electronic Stability Program ESP® and three differential locks which can be operated at the push of a button. The G-Class is built for Mercedes-Benz by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, and has been since 1979, the total production volume to date amounting to over 186,000 units.

And there is still no end in sight to this success story. In the next few years the “G” will continue to round off the line-up of efficient Mercedes-Benz SUVs, alongside the ML-Class and the new R-Class and GL-Class. Here are the main technical data at a glance:


  G
320 CDI
Station Wagon short
G
320 CDI
Station Wagon long
G
320 CDI
Cabriolet
Cylinders
V6

Displacement

2987 cc

Rated output

165 kW / 224 at 3800 rpm

Rated torque

540 Nm at 1600 – 2400 rpm

Transmission

7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic

Length
Width

Height


4212 mm
2007 mm
1931 mm

4661 mm

2007 mm
1931 mm


4257 mm
2007 mm
1941 mm

Tyre size

265/70 R 16

Wheelbase

2400 mm

2850 mm

2400 mm

Kerb weight*

2275 kg

2445 kg

2260 kg

Payload

575 kg

755 kg

590 kg

Towing capacity braked

2850 kg

3500 kg

2850 kg

* In accordance with EU Directive 92/21/EC, version 1995/48/EC

Three body versions, high level of specification

The new engine is available in conjunction with all three body versions, these being the two Station Wagons – with short and long wheelbases – and the luxurious Cabriolet with an electrohydraulically operated soft top. One thing all the versions have in common is the same high standard of equipment for which their predecessors were known. Among other things the G 320 CDI additionally offers 7G-TRONIC, bi-xenon headlamps and fog lamps with the cornering light function. The second-row seats of the four-door Station Wagon feature ISOFIX child seat attachment points. Also new are the scratch-resistant exterior paint colours calcite white, periclase green metallic and teallite blue metallic. The tough “ARTICO” interior package is available as an optional extra, including seats and door liners upholstered in highly hard-wearing yet breathable man-made leather which is particularly pleasant to the touch. The floor covering consists of robust, easy-care plastic.

The G-Class model series as a whole currently comprises three different engines. These are, apart from the G 320 CDI described here, the 296 hp G 500 petrol model with a V8 engine that is also teamed up with 7G-TRONIC, and the familiar top-of-the-range G 55 AMG supercharged V8, which has an output of 476 hp. All G-Class models are now being fitted with bi-xenon headlamps including fog lamps with the cornering light function.

Price summary:

  Station
Wagon short
Station
Wagon long
Cabriolet

G 320 CDI
55,300
€*
59,500
€ *
60,300
€ *

G 500
69,l00
€*
73,300
€ *
74,100
€ *

G 55 AMG Kompressor

97,700
€*

*Plus VAT

The G 320 CDI can be ordered with immediate effect from Mercedes-Benz sales outlets and deliveries to customers will commence in September 2006. The previous diesel versions G 270 CDI and G 400 CDI, as well as the petrol-engined G 320 are now being discontinued.

G-Class: award-winning cross-country vehicle

Scarcely any other off-roader has won as many automotive awards as the G-Class. At the beginning 2006 the readers of the prestigious OFF ROAD magazine voted this evergreen “off-road vehicle of the year” in the “Classic” category. The readers of Germany’s “auto, motor und sport” magazine have voted it the world’s best off-roader no fewer than 13 times. Australia’s “bushdriver” magazine voted the G-Class the best 4×4 cross-country vehicle following its victory in the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1983. And in 1995 the readers of the German watersports periodical “Boote” (Engl. “Boats”) decided that the G-Class was the best towing vehicle. In 2003 the G-Class was dubbed “classic of the future” by the German “Motor Klassik” magazine.

It’s Going to be a Dodge Weekend in Northern California

Dodge and Northern California Dodge Dealers team up to dominate this weekend’s NASCAR Race at Infineion Raceway

* Two NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge Chargers will have special SRT paint schemes
* Full-line SRT Vehicle display
* Dodge City delivers off-track excitement, display of Dodge DNA for race-bound fans that will include the Dodge Nitro, Hornet and Tomahawk concept vehicles

Sonoma, Calif., Jun 23, 2006 –
Northern California Dodge dealers are leveraging their sponsorship of this weekend’s NASCAR Nextel Cup weekend – the Dodge /Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway – to herald their bold line of vehicles to race-going fans.
NASCAR Dodge Chargers with special SRT paint schemes:
Evernham Motorsports teammates Jeremy Mayfield and Kasey Kahne take Dodge’s innovative Street and Racing Technology (SRT) product line from the street to the racetrack with special SRT paint schemes on their Nextel Cup Dodge Chargers.

SRT Display outside turn 7, open all weekend
Dodge SRT vehicles offer the boldest, most powerful performance in the Dodge lineup. Every SRT vehicle showcases five key aspects: exterior styling that resonates with the brand image; race-inspired interiors; top-notch ride and handling characteristics; world class braking, and a standout powertrain.
The display will include the complete line of Chrysler Group SRT vehicles: the Dodge Viper SRT10, Ram SRT10, Magnum SRT8, Charger SRT8; the Chrysler 300C SRT8 and Crossfire SRT6, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. Look for the 40-foot-tall Rams head. This will be a true fan zone; lots of shade, wet Dodge bandanas, loud music and the Dodge Girls!
The display will also include
2006 Dodge Hornet Concept
Internationally Sized, Amped With Attitude
Rally-ready and eager to go, the new Dodge Hornet concept vehicle is designed to bring to the B-segment market a unique blending of European sensibility regarding engine size and overall footprint with an American flair for aggressive attitude and flexible interior space.

2003 Dodge Tomahawk Concept Vehicle
The Viper-powered Dodge Tomahawk concept vehicle shatters all the barriers of conventional thinking about personal transportation. This four-wheel, single-passenger vehicle is a sleek, rolling sculpture that combines art-deco styling with extreme engineering. The 500-horsepower Viper V-10 engine powering the dual rear wheels gives this radical vehicle a potential top speed of nearly 400 miles per hour – for anyone who wants to test it

Dodge City: behind main grandstand, open all weekend
Dodge City will be Race Central for some of the best fan fun at Infineon Raceway. Power and performance will be the theme for the display that includes some of the industry’s most potent cars and trucks. But Dodge City also offers fans fun thanks to interactive games, a NASCAR simulator, the Raminator Monster Truck, classic Dodge products and engine displays. Product specialists will be on hand to answer questions and hand out t-shirts hats and bandanas.

Dodge City will also include
2006 Dodge Nitro Concept
Dodge is set to ignite mid-size SUV market this fall when a production Nitro hits the streets

* First mid-size SUV for Dodge
* Distinctive style, sporty performance and cargo flexibility
* Offers full-size capability in a mid-size SUV

The Dodge brand — which is no stranger to creating innovative automotive products and features — is spicing up the mid-size SUV segment with the 2007 Dodge Nitro, a new sport-utility vehicle whose bold and aggressive styling matches its dynamic performance.

DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Delray Community House

* New gymnasium to be named in honor of retiring UAW-DaimlerChrysler Vice President Nate Gooden
* State-of-the-art computer lab developed for Delray residents

Auburn Hills, Mich., Jun 23, 2006 –

Residents of the Southwest Detroit Delray community will enjoy a newly renovated community center with a state-of-the-art computer lab and gymnasium at the Delray Neighborhood House thanks to a partnership between the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund and the People’s Community Services, the parent organization of Delray.

The new computer lab, which previously had six older model computers, now houses 12 brand-new computer terminals and a new color printer. The gymnasium, which underwent a complete makeover that included stripping of the floors and new paint, now has new lights, hoops and backboards.

Delray Neighborhood House is a community center that provides social and educational resources for the surrounding community, including health and welfare courses, field trips and summer camps. The new gymnasium will be named in honor of UAW Vice President Nate Gooden, director of the Union’s DaimlerChrysler department and DaimlerChrysler AG Supervisory Board Member. Gooden will retire on June 30 after 39 years of elected service.

The Delray Neighborhood House was selected last year as one of the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund’s community initiatives by Chrysler Group President and CEO Tom LaSorda. Since then, the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund invested $112,000 to help make the necessary improvements to the community center, volunteers from Chrysler Group helped assemble a playscape on the grounds for the neighborhood children and Chrysler Group donated a Dodge Sprinter van to help with the logistics of transporting residents.
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Star-Spangled Spellers: Nearly 200 Chrysler Group Employees to Create the Words “O Say, Can You See” to Raise Awareness of National Anthem Project

* Employee event welcomes National Anthem Project to metro Detroit
* Oakland County Executive helps Jeep® brand celebrate sponsorship of multi-year initiative to re-teach Americans the words to the national anthem
* Employees to sing national anthem loud enough to be heard across Interstate 75

Auburn Hills, Mich., Jun 23, 2006 –

WHAT:
Nearly 200 Chrysler Group employees, dressed in white Jeep® T-shirts, will welcome the National Anthem Project (NAP) to metro Detroit by creating a formation to spell out the first five words of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — “O say, can you see” — on the front lawn of DaimlerChrysler’s Auburn Hills Headquarters on Friday, July 7 during morning drive time. Employees will sing the national anthem loud enough to be heard across Interstate 75.

The “National Anthem Project: Restoring America’s Voice” is a multi-year national education initiative created by the National Association for Music Education (MENC) to re-teach Americans the national anthem after a Harris Poll showed that two out of three Americans don’t know the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Jeep brand is the National Presenting Sponsor, building upon its 65-year heritage and role in U.S. history.

The five words, to be created with the help of Chrysler Group employees, measure approximately 10 feet wide by 100 feet long.

WHO:
The following will be available for interviews:

* L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive
* W. Frank Fountain, DaimlerChrysler Senior Vice President – External Affairs and Public Policy
* Earl Hurrey, Assistant Executive Director of MENC
* DaimlerChrysler employees

WHEN:
Friday, July 7, 2006
Singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at 6:30 a.m. (EDT); rain or shine

WHERE:
DaimlerChrysler Headquarters
1000 Chrysler Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(Directions: I-75 and Chrysler Drive, Exit 78. Please follow signs for VIP/Media Parking.)

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:

* Chrysler Group employees spelling out the first five words of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — “O say, can you see”
* Employees singing the “The Star-Spangled Banner”

The All-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring — Chrysler Builds on Winning Formula, Creating Inspiration for the Mid-size Sedan Segment

* Strikingly beautiful design with world-class interior craftsmanship
* Purposeful technology that makes life easier and safer
* Class-leading safety features
* Exhilarating performance with excellent fuel efficiency

Chelsea, Mich., Jun 22, 2006 –

Chrysler is creating inspiration in the common car, introducing the 2007 Chrysler Sebring. An all-new mid-size sedan, Chrysler Sebring builds on the winning formula begun with the award-winning Chrysler 300 in the large car segment, and more recently, the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber in the compact car segment. This formula combines stunning design with interior craftsmanship, high-levels of safety and reliability, exhilarating performance and excellent fuel efficiency, all at a surprisingly affordable price. Sebring also features many class-leading technologies not available in the mid-size segment.

“The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring sustains the momentum started by the blockbuster hit Chrysler 300 and continued with the Dodge Caliber,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Marketing. “Just as the 300 redefined the large-car segment and signaled the return of the great American car, Chrysler Sebring combines the levels of reliability and durability that mid-size buyers demand with unexpected levels of style, craftsmanship, technology and affordable performance.”

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring appeals to buyers who appreciate style, practicality, safety and value. Sebring’s elegant and sophisticated design, packaged with interior craftsmanship, exciting new technologies and class-leading safety features, meet the needs of their busy lives.

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring will be available in U.S. dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2006 and in global volume markets in the first half of 2007.

Strikingly Beautiful Design
Inspired by the 2003 Chrysler Airflite concept vehicle that was revealed at the Geneva motor show, the all-new Chrysler Sebring’s elegant lines evoke the exterior styling features of the Chrysler vehicle, bringing the Chrysler brand’s expressive design attributes to the mid-size segment.

“Sleek and sophisticated, the Chrysler Sebring’s overall surfacing and details reflect the Chrysler brand’s four attributes: expressive, refined, athletic and passionate,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design. “Sebring’s elegant styling provides a clear alternative to European and Japanese competition.”

From the front, the Chrysler Sebring sedan features the distinctive face of the Chrysler brand, with the Chrysler signature grille, a uniquely sculptured hood, large, distinctive quad headlamps and available fog lamps.

A long hood profile, chrome beltline molding and long roofline emulate a five-door appearance. High-gloss blackouts on the B-pillars enhance the length of the Sebring’s greenhouse. Sculptured character lines running along the body accentuate Sebring’s athletic stance.

The expressive character of the vehicle continues at the rear where Sebring’s wide tail-lamps are integrated into both the rear quarters and extend into the deck lid for visual impact. Rear fog lamps mounted in the backup lamps maintain a uniform appearance between domestic and export vehicles. Chrysler Sebring Limited models for the U.S. market add chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets to hint at the performance capability of the optional 3.5-liter V6 engine.

World-class Craftsmanship
The elegance found in Sebring’s exterior styling also runs through the vehicle’s interior, which features a modern, clean appearance with intense focus on quality, detail and execution.
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